Each soap is hand-crafted in small 2-10 lb batches to ensure quality and consistency. Each soap recipe is designed to use a good balance of high-quality and skin-loving oils and butters, herbs, and other additives. Every ingredient has a reason! Soaps also include Vitamins E and C for additional skin benefits and cruelty-free Tussah silk for extra luxuriousness. Examples of oils and butters included in the soap are: olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, castor oil, sweet almond oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, mango butter, and kokum butter.
Fragrances used for the soap come from herbs used, oils and other ingredients like colloidal oatmeal or rosemary oleoresin extract, and essential oils and phthalate-free fragrance oils. We love smelly soaps, and we are constantly playing with new combinations to create scents of which we're proud.
Each recipe sold has been tested by a variety of people. I have the cleanest family and friends – they are always trying out new formulations and giving me their opinions :)
There are a number of reasons why you should purchase handcrafted soap:
Palm oil does bring a lot of great things to soap - it is a hard oil, so it helps create harder, longer lasting soaps, and it also is a lathering agent. Palm oil is also much cheaper than other oils, so it brings down the cost of handcrafted soap.
HOWEVER, palm oil also is harvested from many South Asian and African countries, including large plantations in Indonesia and Malaysia. Palm Oil is not only used in soap - it's also a common vegetable oil in foods and in biofuel. Use of this oil is on the rise, especially in Europe and Asia, and many plantation owners are unscrupulously and illegally clearing land and destroying orangutan habitat and increasing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation to produce more palm oil. There are even questions around the current effectiveness of organizations that certify sustainable palm oil harvesting. For further reading, check out these links:
Everyone will have their own opinions on many ingredients, but this is an ingredient we've chosen to avoid, and we only use Palm Kernel Oil in one recipe, which is formulated to be free of coconut oil, for people sensitive to the dryness coconut oil can bring to soap. We are currently working on another formulation that brings the same soap qualities to the table without the palm kernel oil and hope to have that out soon!