Learn how to read the ingredients
Just because the ingredients do not include the word lye - doesn't mean it wasn't used. Soap ingredients can be listed three ways. Each example is the same bar of soap.
Ingredients: Water, Olive Oil, Beef Fat and Lye
Saponified Oils of Olive and Tallow
Ingredients: Sodium Olivate and Sodium Tallowate (Lye is a salt which is sodium).
Make certain you purchase soap from a soap maker or company that discloses the list of ingredients on the package. Soap is sometimes considered a cosmetic and must be labeled by FDA standards and sometimes it is not - and no ingredients are required. If the soap just says, Vegetable Glycerin Soap - there are other ingredients used to make it than just glycerin and you are not being told - ASK!Here's some common soapmaking oils and additivies used;
Almond, Sweet (Prunus
Great for all
skin types, almond oil is created by the pressing of almond nuts.
This oil is used to help relieve dry, itchy skin.
Apricot Kernel (Prunus
hydrate the skin and wonderful for facial massages.
unrefined green oil is from the first pressing of the fruit and contains
protein, amino acids, vitamins A, D & E along with potassium and sulfur.
Easily absorbed in to the skin, this is a highly nutty scented oil in
the unrefined form.
Beeswax (Apis mellifera)
We only use
unrefined yellow beeswax for our products. Some of our sources are
from local bee keeps, others are from Texas and North Carolina.
vintage liniments contain this sweet
One of the
primary ingredients in our shampoo bars, we use castor oils in many body
care products for people and pets. Known by some as Palm Christi
Oil, is made from the first pressing of the castor bean. Very
moisturizing for dry cracked skin, our
Salve contains healthy
amounts of this thick rich oil.
Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao)
We only use
the unrefined and highly fragrant form of organic Cocoa butter for it's rich
skin soothing properties. Very hard and made from pressing cocoa
beans used in chocolate and is a high saturated fat. Cocoa butter
helps to lock in moisture on the skin. Our
Cocoa Butter Lip Balms are great
for soothing dry, chapped lips.
Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera)
We use both
76 and 92 degree coconut oil for crafting our products. Used in
soap making to help create fluffy lather.
Not to be
confused with Fragrance oils which are synthetic reproductions of
nature. More information coming soon on each individual oil.
Hazelnut (Corylus avellana)
An oil for
oily skin! It is light weight and easily absorbed into the skin.
Those with allergies to latex might want to avoid hazelnut oil along
with peach fragrance oils.
Jojoba, Golden (Simmondsia
wax, this beautiful golden colored oil that is hydrating and not a
"slick" feeling oil. Hypo-allergic and very good for children's
products. It is reported to be anti-bacterial and
used by early soap makers. It is made from the rendering of hog
fat. Our lard is food grade and does not contain whiteners or
preservatives needed for long term shelf storage, like the type found in
grocery stores. Lard produces a softer soap than a tallow or palm
oil soap. Many detergent manufacturers use lard as an
ingredient in their laundry soaps usually listed as lardate. You'll find this ingredient in our vintage
country lye soaps.
Oil (Olea europaea)
Olive oil has been a popular oil for
centuries, from using in cooking to soap making. In soap, it gives
a rich silky feel to the final bar and also is reported to have
moisturizing benefits. We use both organic virgin olive oil
and pomace oil depending on the recipe and use.
Kernel Oil (Elaeis
Hard at room
temperature, this is a beautiful white oil from the kernel of palm
trees. In soap making, it is used to help with lathering.
Oil (Elaesis guineesis)
It is used in soap making to increase hardness of
soap. We like this oil for laundry and kitchen hand soaps but will
use it for some body care soaps to create a long lasting bar.
Rosemary Extract (Rosmarinus Officinalis)
This is not
essential oil of Rosemary. Rosemary extract is used as a
preservative to extend the life of the oils and prevent them from going
rancid. It does not protect against bacterial or fungus infections
in creams with water.
Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii)
One of the most popular oils on the market today. Shea butter has been used for centuries. It is expressed from the pits of the
African Karite tree. We use the unrefined smokey form of Shea butter in our luxury soaps.
Soybean (Soya max)
We no longer use soybean oil in any of our products. Many people are finding out they have allergies to soy.
misunderstood ingredient we use! Dreaded and feared by many due to mishaps, it's perfectly safe if used with a bit of care and common sense. Sodium hydroxide is actually a salt and what creates bar soap. It is the chemical reaction between lye, water and oils that create soap. Glycerin is the natural by product of this chemical reaction. When people think of "lye soap" most think the old time hard white soap that left hands and faces red, but all of our luxury and vintage soaps which are made with lye are gentle.
A soap maker controls the level of lye used and thereby creates harsh or
mild soaps. Sometimes a stronger solution of lye is used to make
effective laundry soaps - one would never use a strength for laundry the
same as a facial bar.
Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)
Similar to olive oil used in soap making, our sunflower oil is from the USA. Rich in Vitamin E (tocopherols), this oil assists the skin to maintain it's natural moisture. Sunflower oil is a clear, unscented, light weight oil.
Tallow may be
of animal or vegetable origin, but usually it is of animal origin. Vegetable shortening has been used as a tallow for the same characteristics in soap making. Either form makes a hard long lasting bar of soap.
Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
A very thick
and sticky liquid. We use vegetable source vitamin E. While Vitamin E is known as a preservative, it is not a preservative against bacteria or mold. Vitamin E in high amounts is effective in preventing oil rancity oil - that's it's preservative features, not protecting against mold or fungus.
Walnut, Black (Juglans nigra)
This is Black Walnut extract, not just walnut oil from several pressing. It's thick and very black in color.Currently we only use this oil in our Black Walnut and Sassafras Soap.
Germ (Triticum vulgare)
germ is unrefined and has a very distinctive scent.Incredibly orange in color, this is a favorite of ours to use in lotions, scrubs and soap.A natural antioxidant, wheat germ contains huge amounts of Vitamin E. It also is known to aid in both muscle and lymph functions.