What's In This Soap?
Aqua (Water) is one of the key ingredients in cold process soap. To initiate the saponifiation process (making soap) sodium hydroxide dissolves in water so it can interact with the oils and create soap. Whilst soap is curing some water will evaporate, which makes a more solid soap bar that lasts much longer.
Coconut milk, in our opinion, is one of the most creamy milks available. It is a natural ingredient and great for your skin. It helps to create a creamy, moisturising soap with vitamin E oil. It is a common ingredient in high quality soap is because, like goat’s milk, it has a high concentration of fats and oils.
Coconut oil in soap acts to remove dirt from your skin and also improves the lather quality of the soap. Most high quality soap will contain extra coconut oil as it creates a bar that is mild and gentle on your skin.
Olive Oil is deeply moisturising and highly nourishing. As well as a making an excellent base ingredient for soap, olive oil is commonly used on its own as a body oil. Olive oil contains Vitamin A and E and powerful antioxidants. It’s also good for your hair.
Glycerine is a colourless, odorless liquid that is a byproduct of the Saponification process (making soap). It is highly moisturising to the skin and also commonly used in the food industry as a sweetener. Many big producers of soap extract the Glycerine and sell it as a byproduct of the manufacturing which provides a secondary income. The resulting soap however contains less glycerine and is of an inferior quality. This soap has a high glycerine content, which indicates the high quality of production one would expect from a natural handmade soap.
Cocoa butter is an edible fat extracted from cocoa beans. As well as being used to make chocolate it is a common ingredient in soap and bath bombs. Its scent is that of cocoa and just like other fatty-acid oils it is beneficial to your skin.
Oenothera Biennis, commonly known as evening-primrose, is a plant with a small yellow flowers and is native to North America. The oil is extracted from this plant to make Evening Primrose Oil. It is commonly used to treat skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne.
Sodium Lactate is obtained from the natural fermentation of sugars found in corn and beets. It is the sodium salt of lactic acid and commonly used in food products to act as a preservative.
Iris Florentina is commonly used in skin care products. It is believed that Iris Florentina helps to improve the elasticity of the skin. It is both cleansing and soothing. Some shampoo manufacturers also include Iris Florentina in their formula to add sheen to the hair.
Mentha Piperita a.k.a Peppermint is a cross between Watermint and Spearmint. Peppermint oil is extracted from the mentha piperita plant and adds a wonderful fresh scent to this handmade soap.
Pine is a scent common in many cleaning products because it has antibacterial, antiseptic and antiviral properties. Pine essential oil can cause irritation in high concentrations which is why this soap only contains enough to add a beautiful scent to the soap. This soap’s wonderful combination of milk and oils create a highly moisturising soap suitable for even the most sensitive skin.
Ingredients as a list: Aqua (Water), Coconut Milk, Sodium Cocoate (Coconut Oil), Sodium Olivate (Olive Oil), Glycerine, Sodium Cocoa Butterate (Cocoa Butter), Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose Oil), Sodium Lactate, Iris Florentina, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint Oil), Pinus Sylvestris (Pine Leaf Oil)