Plant Based Oils & Butters
Avocado Oil - Expeller pressing (cold pressing) of the avocado fruit flesh. An ultra conditioning oil that is rich in vitamins A, B, D, and has high levels of Oleic and Linoleic fatty acids. I love the moisturizing results of this oil in our soap!
Castor Oil - Expeller pressed from the bean of the Ricinus Communis, a tropical perennial shrub. It's a humectant, which draws moisture to the skin and creates an amazing lather in soap. There is nothing quite like it! Used in all of our soap recipes at 5 or 6%.
Hazelnut Oil - Pressed from the nuts of the Corylus Avellana, a deciduous shrub commonly grown in many countries around the world. It has a lightweight texture and creates a conditioning and small lather.
Olive Oil - Cold pressed from the flesh of the Olive fruit. Results in a very conditioning lather but not as bubbly. If OO is included in the recipe, we typically keep it around 20%.
Rice Bran Oil - Extracted from the bran (outer coating) of the brown rice grain. This is a mild oil that is rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins, essential oils and antioxidants from the Vitamin E family. It can give soap a sheen too, making it look less dull.
Sunflower Oil - Cold pressed from the Sunflower plant seeds. This oil is full of Vitamins A, B, D and E and is super high in Oleic acid which makes it moisturizing and ultra conditioning.
Sweet Almond Oil - Cold pressed from the fruit kernel inside the seed shell. An ultra conditioning oil. It’s full of Oleic and Linoleic fatty acids and has a lightweight and moisturizing consistency. This oil is perfect for soothing dry, flaky and irritated skin. It is said to be beneficial for skin ailments like rashes, psoriasis and eczema.
Hard Oils & Butters
Babassu Oil -Is a white solid oil that is cold pressed from the kernels of the babassu palm trees seeds, which grows in the Brazilian Amazon. Has a high content of lauric and myristic acids. Large fluffy bubbles, high cleansing but a bit milder than
coconut oil. We mostly use this in our Coconut free soaps, at no more than 15%.
Cocoa Butter - A solid, off-white butter that is extracted from the beans of the Theobroma Cacao plant. It adds a luxurious and moisturizing feeling to cold process soap and a stable & creamy lather.
Coconut Oil - Cold pressed from the fruit meat of the coconut palm seeds. It probably takes top spot as the most used soap making oil because it produce lovely large & frothy bubbles.. but it is super cleansing. When used, we limit it to 15% in our recipes.
Kokum Butter - Extracted from the seeds of the Kokum tree, found in tropical coastal forests of India. Of all the botanical butters out there, kokum butter is among the most balanced and nutrient-dense. It is a natural moisturizer that is rich in vitamins and nutrients.
Mango Butter - Pressed from the seed kernel of the Mangifera Indica, a tropical evergreen tree indigenous to India and Malaysia. Adds luxurious conditioning and moisturizing values.
Palm Kernel Flakes - Obtained from the kernels, taken from the cracked nuts of the palm tree. Creates a hard bar. Very similar to Coconut oil.
Palm Oil - Cold pressed from the fruit of the palm tree. We don't use Palm in many of our receipts but, when we do, we ensure that it comes from a Sustainable source. Palm Oil has been one of the top soap making oils for many years but with the increasing problem of deforestation and the destruction of habitats, it has become imperative that we, as consumers of this oil, do our best to ensure that we are not part of the problem. When used, this oil is added to our Vegan recipes in order to create a harder bar. It also produces a very nice stable and conditioning lather.
Sal (Shorea) Butter - Obtained from the fruit of the Sal tree (Shorea Robusta) in India. It has moisturizing properties in soap that are very similar to Shea Butter.
Shea Butter - Expeller pressed from the Shea nut. Rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids, this oil forms a breathable barrier on your skin that helps to protect it from harsh elements . High in vitamin and mineral content.