OUR PLANET SOAP SIGNATURE PLANTS INFUSION: All of our soaps include a majority of our Signature Olive Oil Infusion of these skin soothing & calming plants, that can help contribute to healing: calendula flowers, plantain, marshmallow root, comfrey root, and chamomile flowers. Our philosophy is to treat our skin with gentle respect so that even our exfoliating products leave the skin pampered and happy.
OUR PLANET SOAP HAIR PLANTS INFUSION: Our shampoo bars include an argan oil infusion of these hair loving plants: horsetail, fenugreek, burdock root, calendula flowers, plantain leaf, and marshmallow root, all which help stimulate hair growth, strengthen hair strands, and encourage a healthy happy scalp.
ACTIVATED CHARCOAL is made specifically for use in the cosmetic industry by steam activating coconut or hardwoods. Helpful for many skin problems, it gently exfoliates and absorbs toxins and dirt from clogged or congested pores, as well as helping reducing body odor. All of our soap bars that have any black or gray coloration in them contain activated charcoal.
ALKANET ROOT, an herb from the borage family and native to the Mediterranean area, is mainly used as a dyeing and coloring agent, especially for fabrics, soap, and lip balm. In the past, it was used to improve the appearance of low-quality wines and ports, and to give an aged appearance to wine corks! We use a smidge of alkanet in our Wolf Soap Bar.
ALOE VERA, a member of the cactus plant, and believed to have originated in the Sudan, has long been known as a miracle worker. We add aloe vera to all of our products for a soothing silkiness. Aloe’s lists of possible benefits are almost endless. It moisturizes, treats sunburn and skin irritation in a variety of skin, hair and scalp problems. It contains two hormones: auxin and gibberellins, which help heal wounds, reduce skin inflammation, and reduces scarring. Gibberellin also acts as a growth hormone stimulating the growth of new cells. It contains over 75 different nutrients including vitamins, minerals, enzymes, sugars, anthraquinone or phenolic compounds, lignin, saponins, sterols, amino acids, and salicylic acid. It soothes in periodontal disease and aids in digestion. It seems there is nothing aloe vera can’t do!!
ANISE STAR ESSENTIAL OIL comes from the flower of the star anise tree, a medium-sized evergreen tree of the magnolia family. It has a sweet yet fresh scent of black licorice, and is the secret ingredient in traditional “Fishermans’ Soap,” as the anise essential oil is said to mask the human scent from fish and game. In fact, fish seem to be attracted to the scent of anise. The tree fruits are harvested before they ripen, then sun-dried. The Japanese plant this tree around their temples, and use the pounded bark as incense. Anise seed infused tea, or chewing anise seeds is also really good for indigestion. We use this essential oil in our delicious Penguin Soap Bar.
ANNATTO SEEDS, which produce a dark orange powder, comes from the South American achiote lipstick tree, an amazingly diverse & useful plant. People take annatto for diabetes, diarrhea, fevers, fluid retention, heartburn, malaria, and hepatitis. They also use it as an antioxidant and bowel cleanser and tasting a bit like paprika, it is widely used as a colorant in food. The seeds inside the pod contain bixin, a bright red carotenoid pigment, giving foods like cheddar cheese its orange color.
ARGAN OIL comes from the fruit of the argan tree, native to Morocco. It is high in Vitamin E, is softening and hydrating, used to help reduce blemishes and scars. It moisturizes and relieves chapped and dry skin. It’s also used to protect skin elasticity and promote healthy skin and hair.
BAOBAB OIL comes from the African baobab tree, and is known as ‘The Tree of Life’. It is a prehistoric species which predates both mankind and the splitting of the continents over 200 million years ago. Native to the African savannah where the climate is extremely dry and arid, it is a symbol of life and positivity in a landscape where little else can thrive. They can live for up to 5,000 years, and during the rainy season absorbs and stores water in its vast trunk. Every part of the baobab tree is valuable - the bark can be turned into rope and clothing, the seeds can be used to make cosmetic oils, the leaves are edible and can store water and the fruit pulp is extraordinarily rich in nutrients. Used for centuries as a rub to relieve aches and rheumatism, and rich in vitamins A, D, E and F and other essential fatty acids, Baobab oil provides excellent moisturizing benefits to the skin and hair. It absorbs easily into the skin, can improve tone & elasticity, as well as helping regenerate and renew skin cells. It is said to have antioxidant properties and is an excellent ingredient in formulations for eczema and psoriasis. We use baobab oil in our Lion Soap Bar.
BEER, when added to soap, adds tremendous lather. The yeast in beer can help improve the acne symptoms by slowing down overactive sebum production, and killing the bacteria that triggers acne, as well as softening the skin. We use beer in our Grizzly Soap Bar.
BTMS (aka Behentrimonium Methosulfate) is a natural, conditioning emulsifier very widely used in skin care and hair conditioners. It has excellent detangling properties, leaving hair with body and spring, and can also be used as a leave-in conditioner. BTMS is naturally derived from Colza oil (obtained from the seeds of rapeseed) and is very gentle on the skin and hair.
BERGAMOT ESSENTIAL OIL has a lovely green citrus scent, used in many famous perfumes and teas. It is cold-pressed from the rind of its fruit, which looks something like a pear-shaped rustic orange. A flowering tree originally from SE Asia, it is now grown around the Mediterranean and Africa. Bergamot is an excellent skin cleanser and helps balance oily skin, is said to help relieve depression, anxiety, reduce pain and prevent infections. It is used extensively in cosmetics as it can help wound & scar healing. It can be skin sensitizing, so we use it only in small doses, and never in a leave on product. We add a bit of Bergamot essential oil in our Honey Bee Soap Bar.
BLACK CUMIN SEED OIL has been used for thousands of years to help heal skin. Rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins, this anti-fungal oil can help calm inflammation, assist in healing dry skin and eczema. It also helps infuse our Bison Soap with its own spicy scent.
BRINE SOAP is soap made with a saturated salt solution, delivering all the mineral, toning, and healing qualities of sea salt, but in a smooth lotion-like bar. Our customers love our Whale and Dolphins Brine Bars.
BURDOCK ROOT has been used in both western and eastern herbal medicine for thousands of years. It is cleansing, smoothing, and soothing to the skin. It can heal wounds and treat conditions like fungus and yeast infections. Used in hair products, it helps stimulate growth, fortifying and shining hair. Burdock is one of our central herbs we use in almost all of our products.
CALENDULA FLOWERS is another one of our central plants we use in olive oil infusions, as well as adding it directly to our products. From the same species as marigolds, it is very calming to the skin, a powerful antioxidant and a strong antiviral. Whereas most herbs and fruits eventually turn brown, calendula has the rare quality of retaining its sunny yellow color ever after being dried. We add the yellow flowers to our Lion and Orangutan Soap Bars for color as well as light exfoliating action.
CASTOR OIL comes from pressing the seeds of the castor bean. It gives the soap a rich creamy lather, as well being a humectant, meaning it attracts moisture to your skin and is especially useful in shampoo bars, and lip balms. It is said to increase hair growth, including eyelashes and eyebrows.
CEDARWOOD ESSENTIAL OIL is extracted directly from the wood of various types of cedar trees. A natural antiseptic, cedarwood oil can prevent the development and growth of harmful microorganisms that can negatively affect skin health, can promote hair growth and soothe the skin, as well as help treat skin problems like eczema. Plus it has an irresistible clean woodsy scent that can be used on its own or combined with other essential oils, as it is in our Wolf Soap Bar.
CHAMOMILE FLOWERS are a gentle daisy-like herb used for centuries, with a sweet apple-like scent. Besides using the tea for soothing the nerves and aiding sleep, chamomile is also calming for the skin. Anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, it has a very low allergen rate and helps to reduce skin irritants by neutralizing free radicals. Chamomile has antioxidants that help protect the skin from environmental stress and is mild enough to use on babies’ skin. Used on hair, it calms the scalp and can help emphasize the golden hues.
CLAYS: ROSE CLAY, ORANGE ILLITE CLAY, SEA CLAY, KAOLIN WHITE CLAY, FRENCH GREEN: We use a variety of natural cosmetic clays in our products. They lend a silky feel to the soap but more importantly give the soap a gentle detoxifying, exfoliating, and tightening action on the skin. Rather than using harsh chemical exfoliators, clay is an ancient method to polish the skin and shed dead skin cells. Different clays have different drawing properties, as well as give the bars natural colors. Clays are also said to help cold process soap retain the scent of essential oils. Rose Clay gives our Leopard Soap Bar it's beautiful hue.
COCOA BUTTER is the pale yellow, edible vegetable fat which is expeller-pressed from the seeds of the cacao tree, the same tree used to make chocolate. It is great for assisting healing and moisturizing sensitive skin. Besides smelling like chocolate, it gives soap a very creamy lather, and helps a natural bar soap last longer.
COCOA POWDER As we know, chocolate is full of antioxidants, but it is also a great skin detoxifier, sloughing off the dead skin cells and allows the newly exposed, fresh skin to breathe freely. It gives a lovely warm brown color to our Grizzly, Bison, Leopard, and Giraffe Soap Bars.
COCONUT OIL is one of the keys to making a hard, bubbly soap bar, especially since we don’t use any palm oil. It can be very drying if used in soap at high percentages, so our formulas are carefully balanced. Coconut’s caprylic, capric, and lauric fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial. Unlike a lot of people, we do not recommend using it as a makeup remover or moisturizer because it is very high on the comedogenic scale and can be irritating or pimple-inducing.
COCONUT MILK in a number of our soap bars adds a rich moisturizing creaminess to the lather, as well as vitamins like C and E. It is also a good substitute for goats milk in vegan soap bars.
COFFEE grounds, when used in soap, provide a strong exfoliation action, and the caffeine is said to increase blood circulation under the skin thus aiding in reducing the appearance of cellulite. It definitely improves the texture and tone of the skin with regular use. Our Rhino Soap Bar is a bit messy in the shower, but so worth it for baby-soft better skin!
COMFREY LEAF, sometimes called the "Healing Herb", has been used for thousands of years to soothe skin and help heal abrasions, burns, sprains, and scars. Despite it being drunk as a tea since antiquity, these days doctors do not recommend taking it internally. But used externally in oil infusions, salves, and soap, it can help stimulate skin healing and calm inflammatory conditions. We use comfrey in all our olive infusions for soaps, butters, and salves.
CUCUMBER SEED OIL is very moisturizing & anti-inflammatory, yet is easily absorbed into the skin leaving no greasy feel. It encourages skin cell regeneration, helping to heal many damaged skin conditions including sunburn, stretch marks, and acne. We use cucumber seed oil in our Sea Turtle Soap Bar.
CUCUMBER POWDER is a powder made directly from the skins of the cucumber, making it a fragrant light green powder. The skin of the cucumber contains Vitamin C and Caffeic Acid, which is believed to have potential anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and can soothe skin irritations, lighten skin, and reduce swelling. We use cucumber skin powder in our Sea Turtle Soap, both for it's skin qualities, as well as a natural green colorant.
EUCALYPTUS ESSENTIAL OIL is made from the leaves of certain eucalyptus tree species. The essential oil is probably most known for its sinus-clearing respiratory benefits, including coughs and sore throats from seasonal allergies, as well as soothing headaches, and reviving energy. The potent medicinal benefits of eucalyptus oil are due to a compound called eucalyptus (also known as cineole). Researchers have found that it can boost immunity, relieve muscle pain when used in salves, and fight common fungal infections like candida and nail fungus.
FENUGREEK SEED has been used in the kitchen and as a medicine both internally & externally, for a thousand years. In our case, we use a fenugreek oil infusion in our shampoo bars, as it is said to promote hair growth, strengthen the hair shaft, and leave hair shiny and smooth.
FIR ESSENTIAL OIL, extracted through a process of steam distillation from fir needles, has antiseptic and detoxifying qualities, can improve respiration and aching muscles, and is great at fighting body odor. Plus it smells like you’re in the middle of a forest! Fir essential oil is part of the secret scent of our Wolf Soap Bar!
FLUORPHLOGOPITE, made in a lab from natural minerals, is referred to as Synthetic Mica, and is the new standard for an environmentally friendly alternative to sparkling mica or even glitter. This area in cosmetics is evolving rapidly, and we'll update as necessary. Natural mined mica has disturbing connections with child labor, so we want no part of that. And glitter is just basically tiny plastic film pieces that never degrade. But we still want a little sparkle in our lives, so we use a tiny amount of fluorphlogopite on the top of our Polar Bear bars, as a nod to their life on the ice and snow.
FRANKINCENSE ESSENTIAL OIL is the distillation of hardened tree resin that comes from cuts made in the trunk of the boswellia carteri tree, commonly grown in Somalia and Pakistan. It has been used and valued since ancient times for its medicinal, cosmetic, aromatic, and spiritual applications. Its skin benefits are legion and include strengthening and toning the skin, fighting signs of aging, and helping to heal scars. We use frankincense infusions in our salves and other products.
GRAPEFRUIT ESSENTIAL OIL (both white and pink) is extracted from the grapefruit peel. It has a bright and uplifting scent and has been known to help with mental alertness, depression, hangovers, acting as an appetite suppressant, as well as helping with acne issues, microbial infections, and as a deodorant. Rich in antioxidants and Vitamin C, it’s major component limonene has been found to possess anti-cancer properties. Our Lion Soap Bar combines white grapefruit essential oil with honey and oatmeal.
HIMALAYAN PINK SALT comes from the Punjab region of Pakistan, and contains trace amounts of iron oxide, which gives its pink color. Natural salt is very helpful in detoxing the pores, and getting rid of unwanted bacteria, including body odor. It has good healing properties, can treat acne, and tones the skin. We add himalayan salt to our Puerto Rico soap bar.
HONEY is another one of nature’s miracles. It is moisturizing, antiseptic, heals by stimulating wound tissues, anti-parasitic, as well as conditioning to hair and skin. Mixed with milk or yogurt makes wonderful skin treatment and a terrific mask for combatting acne.
HORSETAIL is a plant that contains a substantial amount of silica, which is a principal ingredient in growing hair, as well as increasing hair's strength and sheen. Horsetail is also anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, healing, antiseptic, and antimicrobial, so it’s good for both hair and skin. We add horsetail to most of our hair products.
KELP & SEAWEED contain an array of vitamins and minerals that are healthy and toning for the skin. Its antioxidant qualities can help in reducing sun damage, age spots, and discoloration. The natural seaweed smell can be strong, so it is best used lightly, as we do in our Sea Turtle Soap.
KOMBUCHA and probiotics are relatively new ingredients in skin care. Used directly on the skin, probiotics might help restore the balance of “good bacteria” to your skin, help with exfoliation, and have an anti-inflammatory effect that can alleviate skin issues like acne and rosacea. It is also said to balance the skin’s pH, improve skin elasticity and fight the appearance of aging skin. We make our Tiger Soap Bar with our own black tea kombucha blend.
LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL, in the same family as mint, combines a floral, camphor, and rosemary-like scent. Arguably the most useful essential oil, it has an almost miraculous reputation for healing & calming anti-inflammatory properties, reducing headaches, relieving stress, repelling bugs, fighting infections, cold sores, bees stings, acne, great for hair, scalp, and skin! Both our Butterfly and Wolf Soap Bars have healthy doses of this magical essential oil.
LEMONGRASS ESSENTIAL OIL, long used for its anti-bacterial, antifungal, analgesic, and skin healing qualities, lemongrass is a natural addition to our Bison Soap Bar. Its lemony scent is a wonderful deodorizer, and while humans love the scent, many insects like mosquitoes do not!
MANGO BUTTER comes from the fruit kernels of the mango tree. Harder than shea butter, but a bit softer than cocoa butter, mango butter adds a wonderful moisturizing quality to body creams and our Whale Soap bar.
MARSHMALLOW ROOT, found on the banks of rivers and in salt marshes, is a plant that has been used for at least 2000 years to treat mucous membrane conditions, ulcers, and coughing. In soap, it provides a nice slip to the skin, and it also really good for detangling hair. It has low concentrations of ceramide precursors, a natural hydrator which helps to repair the skin barrier. For hair, the marshmallow root mucilage also binds to the proteins to make strands look thicker. Not to be confused with that white fluffy square of sugar, we use real marshmallow root in many of our hair products and soap bars.
MARULA OIL is extracted from the nuts of the African Marula Tree, aka The Elephant Tree. It is high in oleic and linoleic acids, making it wonderful for dry skin and various skin disorders, and is packed with antioxidants to help fight aging skin and UV damage. It is also said to reduce redness and improves skin texture, and its high content of palmitic acid creates a protective coating on the skin. The traditional tale says that when the Marula fruit drops to the ground and lightly ferments, it “drives elephants mad.’ Maybe they mean tipsy! So of course, we had to add some Marula to our Elephant Soap Bar.
MAY CHANG ESSENTIAL OIL (aka Litsea Cubeba) is a floral lemony scent that is a produced from the small fruit of a shrub native to China and Southeast Asia. Along with being anti-fungal and antibacterial, it can be toning for oily skin. May Chang is also used aromatically to alleviate stress, anxiety, and relieve respiratory conditions. Our Giraffe Soap Bar makes good use of this essential oil for his lemony floral scent as well as the natural color it adds to the bar.
MEADOWFOAM OIL, which comes from the fields of the Pacific Northwest, is a light but moisturizing oil that is easily and quickly absorbed into the skin. One of the most stable oils known, it also has a fantastic ability to extend the shelf life of all other oils to which it is added, making it very useful for extending the shelf life of natural products.
MORINGA OIL is another wonderfully moisturizing yet light oil for the skin. Moringa trees are an attractive sustainable crop, as they grow quickly, thriving in hot dry climates. Originally growing in Africa and SW Asia, they are now are being grown in other areas of the world. Most parts of the moringa tree are utilized, including the seeds, flowers, fruit peels, and unripe pods, and is now considered a ‘super food’. The leaves, in particular, appear to have antibacterial activity against human pathogens. Imagine all this goodness packed into our soap! Moringa is rich in sulfur, assists in the production of keratin and collagen, helping to keep your skin smooth and resilient. We add a touch of magical moringa oil to our Wolf Soap Bar.
MYRRH OIL comes from the resin extracted from a number of small, thorny tree species of the genus commiphora. It has been used medicinally for thousands of years for its antiseptic, detoxifying, and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as perfume and incense. It was actually used in the mummification process by the Egyptians 5000 years ago, so perhaps gives us a clue as to its ability to preserve skin’s youthfulness! Seriously though, it is great for anti-aging, skin smoothing, new cell rejuvenation, and wound treatment, so it’s especially useful after shaving and healing small cuts. It can offer relief from colds and congestion, as well as strengthening hair roots thus reducing hair loss.
NEEM and NEEM OIL comes from the azadirachta indica tree that’s native to India and has been used for centuries because of its antiseptic and skin healing qualities. Neem is often used as an anti-fungal ingredient for acne or scalp problems, fighting conditions such as dandruff and folliculitis (a common skin disorder where the hair follicles become inflamed and sometimes infected), improves hair texture, and stimulates new hair growth. Neem is also moisturizing, and may help lessen itchy skin, assists in smoothing wrinkles and stimulating collagen. Referred to in India as the “Village Pharmacy,” neem is a key herb used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine. We add neem oil to our Gorilla Soap.
OATMEAL is a very gentle cleanser, is a humectant which helps your skin retain moisture, and its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties calm and soothe sensitive or damaged skin. Colloidal oatmeal (which is a very finely ground oatmeal powder) is often used in a bath or soap to combat itchy skin. Our Lion Soap contains a good amount of colloidal oatmeal.
OLIVE OIL has been used in soap making for thousands of years, making a very gentle soap by combining olive oil, sea water, and lye. After an extra long cure period, olive oil makes a very hard bar of soap that is a mild, low lather, and moisturizing soap, wonderful for babies or people with extra sensitive skin. All of our soaps contain a majority of high-quality plant-infused olive oil, with other oils added for more lather and bubbles, or other desired ingredients.
PAPAYA FRUIT EXTRACT POWDER contains papain, a natural enzyme that promotes skin renewal, removes impurities and sloughs away dead skin cells. Papaya also has restorative properties that soften the skin, and its antibacterial properties are used in the topical treatment of cuts, rashes, stings, and burns. Papaya fruit extract makes an effective, nonabrasive exfoliant.
PATCHOULI ESSENTIAL OIL is distilled from the leaves of the pogostemon cablin plant, a perennial herb native to tropical regions of Asia, and a close relative of mint and lavender. A traditional Asian medicine used to treat hair, scalp, and skin problems, depression, dry chapped skin, healing and scar reduction. Historically, Romans used it as an appetite stimulant and in India was used it as an aphrodisiac! In fact, it stimulates the sex hormones estrogen and testosterone and is said to boost your sex drive. Most of us remember it as a very popular perfume used by hippies in the 1960s, and its rich musky scent is still used primarily as an incense and perfume base. We mix patchouli essential oil along with ginger in our Tiger Soap Bar.
PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL, derived from the leaves of the mentha pipertita plant, has active components of menthol and menthone, which are known to reduce pain and tingle on the skin, invigorate, energize, and prevent the growth of harmful bacteria, disinfect and soothe inflamed skin. Peppermint oil can be used as an expectorant and decongestant, clear phlegm in your respiratory tract when used as a chest rub or inhaled through a vaporizer, even battle bad breath. Peppermint essential oil is what makes our Polar Bear Soap Bar so invigorating.
PINEAPPLE FRUIT EXTRACT POWDER, like Papaya Extract, contains papain, a natural enzyme that promotes skin renewal, and is a gentle exfoliant that helps dissolve dead skin cells on the surface leaving soft skin behind. Pineapple Powder is also a good astringent for use in toners and has some antioxidant and skin-soothing properties.
PLANTAIN, another one of our key plants used in almost all our products, from soaps to salves to butters & solid perfumes. Ancient civilizations considered it a sacred healing plant. Native Americans used plantain leaf extensively in a poultice to treat insect bites, allergic reactions, and healing bruises. In soap, plantain leaf soothes and relieving itching. Plantain is considered an annoying weed by some, but they clearly don’t understand its wonderful qualities!
POMEGRANATE POWDER is vitamin-rich dried & ground pomegranate seeds. Its antioxidants like proanthocyanidins and flavonoids helps the skin by delay the signs of aging (like wrinkles). Wonderful for use as a gentle exfoliator, it is also anti-inflammatory, encourages skin cell regeneration, and when applied to the skin can help remove dark spots and treat pigmentation and even brighten the skin naturally. Anticancer properties of pomegranate seeds can be attributed to certain components called ellagitannins that prevent cancer cell proliferation and also induce cell death, and may help prevent skin cancer We add dried pomegranate to our Orangutan Soap Bar for texture, exfoliation, and for all of the above mentioned healing reasons.
POMEGRANATE SEED OIL contains a unique omega 5 fatty acid, punicic acid, which has strong anti-inflammatory properties that helps fend off free radicals to keep skin aging at bay, and may provide protection against sun damage. It is ideally suited to acne-prone skin because it has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. It penetrates deeply into the skin, moisturizing without leaving an oily residue.
PUMPKIN SEED OIL is an all-star for both skin and hair. It helps skin retain moisture, fight free radicals, and thus supports a youthful appearance. It is a powerhouse of nutrition, rich in carotenoids, vitamin E, zinc, omega 3- and 6- fatty acids as well as antioxidants, boosting skin’s elasticity and tone by encouraging collagen production. Pumpkin seed oil may inhibit the undesirable activities of the 5-alpha-reductase enzyme (DHT), which is a leading cause of hair loss or thinning hair. Our Orangutan Soap Bar contains fresh pumpkin as well as pumpkin seed oil.
ROSE GERANIUM ESSENTIAL OIL is produced by extracting oil from the leaves and stalks of the pelargonium plant. The ancient Egyptian upper class used it to improve and beautify their skin and to relieve anxiety, an antidepressant, an antiseptic, and wound healer. Geranium oil may also be one of the best oils for congested skin, eczema, dermatitis, and helps tone the skin. When I was a child in France, we used this oil as a mosquito repellant and substitute for deodorant. Its scent is calming and serves as a good scent alternative to rose essential oil, which is extremely expensive. We add this fragrant essential oil to our Leopard Soap Bar.
ROSEHIP OIL is a cold-pressed seed oil, extracted from a small red seed pod of two types of wild roses. The inside of a rosehip is a bright orange, which is where the oil gets its notorious bright orangey-red color. Rosehips were used by the ancient Egyptians, Mayans and Native Americans because of its amazing healing properties. Today, it's considered a powerhouse for the skin with brightening vitamin C and vitamin A carotenoids, helping stimulate collagen production, helping with eczema and scarring, and fighting hyper-pigmentation.
ROSEMARY ESSENTIAL OIL is wonderful for skin and hair, is said to protect skin cells from sun damage, is a good disinfectant, as well as stimulating to your scalp and perhaps increasing hair growth!! The antimicrobial and antiseptic qualities make it beneficial in efforts to eliminate eczema, dermatitis, oily skin, and acne. It also helps with alertness and memory, making it a great way to start your morning shower. We use Rosemary Essential Oil in all our hair products, as well as in our Bison Soap Bar.
SEA BUCKTHORN OIL is a bright orange oil extracted from the seed and berries of the sea buckthorn plant (Hippophae rhamnoides), a deciduous shrub native to Europe and Asia. It has sebum-balancing linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid, which helps with acne and rosacea, preventing and treating sunburn, helps to heal cuts and dermatitis, and may rejuvenate dry skin by increasing elasticity.
SEA SALT is very helpful in detoxing the pores and getting rid of unwanted bacteria, including body odor. Sea salt is full of important minerals like calcium, magnesium, and zinc. It has good healing properties, tones the skin, and reduces redness and inflammation, drawing out toxins from the skin, which is very important in fighting acne and other skin conditions. Used in our salt and bar bars, it also gives the soap lather a smooth lotion-y feel, rather than bubbles.
SALT SPA BAR is a soap that contains a large percentage of sea salt, resulting in a soap block full of the good minerals contained in seawater and a very lotion-like lather. Sea baths have been used for millennia as therapy to cure all sorts of ills. See our Puerto Rico Salt bar, or Whale Soap.
SHEA BUTTER is a thick butter obtained from the nuts of the African shea tree. It is a mainstay in soaps and cosmetics, providing deep moisturization, anti-aging and healing benefits to the skin, all while being, contrary to its appearance, is very low on the comedogenic scale (doesn’t clog pores or cause pimples). The high level of cinnamic acid also gives shea butter a bit of natural sunscreen. We use a refined version, as raw shea butter can be allergenic to some people.
SODIUM CITRATE is the salt of citric acid (which is an organic acid that occurs naturally in plants and animals). Sodium Citrate is very helpful in reducing the amount of sticky soap scum that can be left behind when using real soap, especially if you have hard water. Your shower is left cleaner, as well as being very useful in shampoo bars, helping eliminate that sticky hair feel that so many complain about with shampoo bars. Sodium citrate is also really helpful in increasing lather, and we all like that! EWG.com rates it as low hazard: https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/706027/SODIUM_CITRATE/#.WyBG1zNKhR4
SODIUM HYDROXIDE, otherwise known lye, is one of the two main ingredients to making soap. The chemical reaction of combining oil and lye together forms soap. There is zero lye left in a properly formulated soap. In fact, in order to make the soap extra gentle, we actually “super-fat” the soap by 5% or more (meaning there is 5% more oil than is needed to form soap). There is no such thing as a soap that was not originally manufactured without lye.
SODIUM LACTATE is the sodium salt of lactic acid, and has a mild saline taste. It is produced by fermentation of a sugar source, such as corn or beets. Despite the name, it has nothing to do with milk or lactase, so it is perfectly acceptable for vegans. It can be used in shampoo and and soaps as an effective humectant or moisturizer, in food as a preservative or acidity regulator, and it even has medical applications.
SPEARMINT ESSENTIAL OIL is extracted from the leave of the leafy spearmint herb. Gentler than peppermint, it is often used in aromatherapy to help ease fatigue, headaches, migraines, nervousness and even digestive problems. Ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman physicians were said to have used it for centuries. It was mentioned by Pliny, the Roman herbalist, in 41 different potions, highlighting its potential as a restorative and for improving digestion. In modern times, both the essential oil and the herb itself are widely used as a cure for digestive discomforts like gas and indigestion, as well as for alleviating nausea, cramps and pain. Our Gorilla Soap Bar contains both Spearmint and Eucalyptus EOs.
SUGAR is added to soap to increase bubbles. We use raw brown sugar, powdered sugar, or honey, depending on the recipe. Sometimes yogurt or coconut cream will substitute for the sugar addition.
TAMANU OIL, sometimes called Beauty Leaf Oil, comes from the pressed & dried nuts of the tamanu tree, found in SE Asia and Madagascar. It makes a thick dark green and rich warm smelling oil, yet absorbs very easily into the skin. It has incredible skin benefits, is wonderful in leave-on creams and salves, and is recommended for acne and eczema, to help heal wounds and burns, fade scars and stretch marks, and also as an anti-fungal, which can be useful in a soap! We add Tamanu Oil to our exfoliating coffee Rhino Soap Bar.
TANGERINE ESSENTIAL OIL, is a sweet, tangy, bright, happy scent, made from cold pressing the rind of tangerines, and can relieve anxiety, depression, and nervousness. It is antiseptic and anti-fungal, making it good for skin and scalp conditions. When applied topically as a massage oil, it may help fight cellulite. Tangerine essential oil gives our Orangutan Soap Bar its bright note!
TEA TREE ESSENTIAL OIL comes from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a small tree native to Australia, and has been used as a traditional medicine by Aborigines for centuries. It is a real workhorse because of its antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, anti-odor, and insecticide components. Tea tree can help reduce inflammation and is effective at reducing acne, encouraging healing. As a purifier, it is often used to relieve for itchy scalp, nail fungus, athletes foot, lice and bacterial infections. We use a Tea Tree essential oil blend in our Migratory Bird Soap Bar.
TURMERIC, besides having great anti-inflammatory benefits as a food spice, it is known for its medicinal and healing benefits for the skin, due to the presence of an active ingredient called curcumin, as well its yellow color added to food and soap. When applied topically, turmeric can help heal acne scars and refine the complexion, speed up wound healing, and control psoriasis flares. We use turmeric in our bars as a yellow or orange color, as well in our facial bars.
VINEGAR, both apple cider vinegar and white vinegar, have a myriad of uses for the skin and scalp. Vinegar helps restore the proper pH levels to your skin, is great at fighting dandruff and scalp irritations. Diluted in water, vinegar makes a healthy and detangling hair rinse.
YOGURT is a great ingredient for your skin. Besides adding moisture, yogurt contains lactic acid, a gentle alpha hydroxy acid, which helps unclog pores. In soap, yogurt also adds a creamy lather, and provides sugar, which in soap means more bubbles!
ZINC OXIDE protects against UVA and UVB light rays by forming protective layers atop the skin, scattering away from the harmful ultraviolet lights. It also protects skin by calming skin inflammation, helps soothe redness, decrease the size of pimples, and helps to dry out excess oil production. We add a touch of zinc oxide to our Polar Bear Soap for skin soothing purposes.