First and foremost, our primary ingredient is LOVE! Really, we love what we do and it shows!
All of our other ingredients come from natural sources from around the world! Check some of them out!
Oils: Over time we have formulated the best mixture of oils to give us a soap that is hard, long-lasting, mild and FULL of bubbles (we like bubbles!). Some of those oils include avocado, olive oil, castor oil and coconut oil. We only use virgin olive oil (no pomace) and the palm oils that we use are supplied by a company that has completed the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Supply Chain Certification.
Scents: We do not use perfume oils, fragrance oils or any artificial scents. We do use essential oils and make use of the natural aromas of some of the ingredients that we use….like chocolate :0)
Colourants: This is our favourite part of soap making! We do not use any chemical colourants, micas, or man-made oxides. We use zinc oxide (naturally occurring) for whiteness when we need it (zinc is incredibly good for the skin and wound healing which is why you find it in baby bottom cream). We use clays from Australia, Canada, the US, and France. We also use botanicals such as parsley, ratan jot, espresso, and calendula.
Minerals: The primary mineral that we use in our soaps is zinc oxide. It’s a natural compound that forms on zinc when said zinc is exposed to water and air. You’ll find it in in baby creams and in some sunscreens (although many now use titanium dioxide which is not a natural compound). You’ll also find zinc in vitamin and mineral supplements as it has an important role in the immune function of all animals on this planet :0)
Oh…and sometimes we use 24k gold. Yes. Yes we do!
Clay has a number of roles in our soaps. We use it as a colourant, a very mild exfoliant, and to improve the hardness of our bars. Clay is well known for it’s ability to draw oils and impurities from the skin. It is said to promote blood circulation and to invigorate the skin.
Indigo a well known source of blue cultivated from the plants of Inigofera Tinctoria. It produces a wide variety of blues from pale sky blue to dark navy. We use indigo sparingly because it is known to run (remember those jeans that were so blue that you couldn’t sit down on a white couch? Indigo!) The indigo that we use is derived from a farm in South India and is sourced through Maiwa Supply in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Annato is where we get our yellows and golds for our soaps. It comes from the reddish, waxy coating of the seeds of the achiote tree (Bixa orellana) native to Brazil.
Ratan Jot (AKA Alkanet)
Used in India to give colour to the famous curry dish Rogan Josh, we use alkanet for the purples in our lavender and sage soaps. It comes from the roots of the Alkanna Tinctoria and has been used in the Mediterranean region since antiquity. In alkali environments the alkanet dye has a blue color, with the color changing again to crimson on addition of an acid.
We use very, very, finely ground columbian coffee. This gives some of our soaps a lovely speckled effect. Because the coffee we use is ground so finely it gives a mildly exfoliating effect.
We use sustainable palm, not only to give our soaps a harder quality, but also to help preserve the environment. We ONLY use palm oils that are supplied by a company that has completed the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Supply Chain Certification.
This is an excerpt from the folks at the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil:
“Replacing palm oil with other types of vegetable oil (such as sunflower, soybean or rapeseed oil) would mean that much larger amounts of land would need to be used, since palm trees produce 4-10 times more oil than other crops per unit of cultivated land. This would result in serious environmental damage, with the risk that more forests would need to be converted into agricultural land.
In producing countries, millions of farmers and their families work in the palm oil sector. Palm oil plays an important role in the reduction of poverty in these areas. In Indonesia and Malaysia, a total of 4.5 million people earn their living from palm oil production. Stopping the production of palm oil altogether would create significant problems for these people who support their families by working in this industry. Replacing palm oil with other types of oil is not always feasible due to palm oil’s unique properties as food ingredient.”
Here is a great video from the World Wildlife Federation explaining how the Roundtable works: