Certified Organic Coconut oil is derived from the dried flesh of the coconut, or ‘copra’, this oil when saponified produces a rich lather which rinses with little effort even in cold water.
Certified Organic Olive oil is a natural source of many of the essential vitamins and moisture which our skin needs. It contains caffeic acid, oleic acid, polyphenols and oleuropein — all of which are potent antioxidants. Separated from the freshly crushed pomace of olives by only centrifuge, never chemical solvents, certified organic olive oil is the highest recognized grade, free from defects and unrefined. It creates a soap which cleans gently and provides a soft moisturizing finish.
Certified Organic and Fairtrade Shea Butter sourced from women’s cooperative in the village of Pusu-Namogo, near Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region of Ghana. This region is the second poorest in the country with approximately 70% of the population working in agriculture. The cooperative is for women who want to work to improve quality of life for themselves and their families. Shea butter nourishes the skin with Vitamins A, E and F. Vitamins A and E keep the skin clear and healthy. They are particularly helpful for sun damaged skin.
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Organic Cold Pressed Cocoa Butter is made by pressing the whole bean thus retaining vital antioxidants. Cocoa beans are sourced from small scale farms in Uganda mainly family run units. Cocoa butter lays down a protective layer that holds moisture to the skin, making it good skin softener.
Refined Canola Oil is rich in vitamin E and K, which helps to eradicate skin problems like acne and blemishes.
Kukui Nut oil – The kukui nut tree is the official state tree of Hawaii. Kukui nut oil is high in linoleic and linolenic acids – essential fatty acids which are critical for healthy skin – and is easily absorbed by the skin. Research has shown kukui nut oil to benefit acne, eczema, psoriasis, sunburn, and chapped skin.
Certified Organic Neem oil -The leaves and the bark of the neem tree are used to treat a variety of skin disorders. The oil has antiseptic properties and is used to treat dandruff, oily skin, and skin diseases such as scabies.
Certified Organic Avocado oil is highly therapeutic. It contains protein, amino acids and vitamins A, D, and E, making this oil very much alive. These components are not only moisturising, but also healing. They enable avocado oil to regenerate cells, soften body tissues, and heal scaly skin and scalp.
Calendula oil’s regenerative and anti-inflammatory properties are known to successfully heal a variety of types of skin damage. The oil promotes the healing of wounds, burns, and tissues, and softens and soothes dry, chapped skin.
Vitamin E is antioxidant, derived from GMO-free corn, is used as a natural preservative to prevent the rich natural oils we use from becoming oxidized. It is also beneficial to the skin because antioxidants can neutralize the free radicals which can cause skin damage.
Rosemary Extract contains more than two dozen antioxidants, including carnosic acid, one of the only antioxidants that deactivates free radicals through a multilevel cascade approach. When rosemary extract is combined with other antioxidants its potency increases. For instance, vitamin E must be re-cycled after quenching a free radical before it can quench another. But when it is combined with rosemary extract, the carnosic acid, which starts the cascade effect, rejuvenates vitamin E back to its original state, so it can attack additional free radicals.
Sodium Hydroxide – A strong base, similar to very strong baking soda, sodium hydroxide is created when electricity is passed through highly salty water. This substance is critical to soapmakers everywhere because it is what turns the oils into soap (saponification). When mixed with water it is known as lye. When the lye is mixed with the vegetable oils each sodium hydroxide molecule combines with an oil molecule to form a glycerine molecule and three soap molecules. The sodium hydroxide is used up in the reaction and the water evaporates during the curing process. Often soap labels will say “saponified oils” which means vegetable oils have been mixed with sodium hydroxide.