Ingredient List


We do not have an extensive list of ingredient.  We like to keep our products, simple yet effective.

Butters & Oils 

Apricot Kernel Oil, Prunus armeniaca, is a light expeller pressed oil rich in vitamins A, D and E and in oleic and linoleic acids. Non-greasy and easily absorbed into the skin, apricot kernel oil is frequently used in massage. A great moisturizing and conditioning oil for mature and sensitive skin and skin that is inflamed and dry.

Argan Oil, Argania spinosa, produced from the kernels of the Moroccan argan tree, is prized for its ability to improve the quality of skin. Rich in vitamin E, natural squalene, phytosterols and essential fatty acids it helps reduce wrinkles and fine lines. It contains natural anti-inflammatory agents that help with inflamed skin, sebum regulating properties to help reduce the appearance of blemishes and acne and hefty dose of antioxidants to neutralize free radicals. Argan oil improves skin hydration and skin elasticity leading to a firmer, smoother complexion. In hair care it penetrates deep to moisturize, replenish nutrients, and help fight breakage to promote soft, silky hair with a lustrous, beautiful shine. The nutrients found in argan oil promote hair growth and help prevent damage to the hair including hair loss.

Avocado Oil, Persea gratissima, expeller pressed from the pulp of the avocado fruit, is rich in vitamins A, D and E. Avocado oil is very penetrating and imparts valuable nutrients to the skin because it is a penetrating oil rich in vitamins A, B1, B2 panthothenic acid, E and lecithin and fatty acids. Great for dun damaged and mature skin. In hair care it helps restore luster and hydrate dry and damaged ends.

Babassu Oil, Orbignya oleifera, expeller pressed from the seeds of the native Brazilian babassu palm, has been used for generations by indigenous cultures of South America as a natural moisturizer. A fast penetrating oil, Babassu is one of nature’s richest emollients and is especially good for eczema, itchy , dry and inflamed skin. In hair care babassu oil nourishes, moisturizes and restores hair strength, giving you shiny, healthy-looking hair.

Carrot Seed Oil

 

Castor Oil, Ricinus communis, also known as Palma Christi oil, is expeller pressed from the castor bean plant. Rich in fatty acids, it is a soothing, lubricating oil that is readily absorbed by the skin. It moisturizes by acting as a humectant to attract and lock moisture to the skin. Castor bean oil adds mildness and richness to soap and provides a conditioning, fluffy lather with thick, large bubbles. In hair care castor oil is commonly used in hair conditioners and in hot oil treatments for brittle, damaged hair or hair loss. Castor oil coats the hair shaft and smooths the cuticle layer, sealing in moisture and leaving the hair feeling soft and silky

Black Castor Oil

 

Cocoa Butter, Theobroma cacao, a prime pressed creamy yellow butter from the seed of the Cacao Tree, has the distinct aroma of chocolate. Cocoa butter is an excellent all over the body moisturizer as it acts as an emollient (softening and soothing to the skin) that adds a protective layer that locks in natural moisture. It soothes and softens dry, itchy skin. The natural emolliency, moisturizing and antioxidant characteristics of cocoa butter make it an excellent choice for dry overworked skin. Cocoa butter is often found in products that claim to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scars. In soap, cocoa butter helps make a hard, very moisturizing bar - great for very dry skin. In hair care cocoa butter easily absorbs into the hair and imparts sheen. It locks in moisture and helps protect the hair shaft. 

Coconut OilCocos nucifera, from the fruit of the Coconut Palm, is a great moisturizer. When rubbed into the skin, the rich natural fats are easily absorbed and penetrate deeply to plump up your cells creating a smoother, softer, healthier and more youthful appearance This oil gives soap cleansing properties and makes a rich creamy lather with big, fluffy bubbles. In hair care it is used as a hair tonic to stimulate the scalp and encourage hair growth.

Virgin Coconut OilCocos nucifera, is a light, penetrating oil extracted from freshly cut coconuts. The fresh coconut meat is grated and then expeller pressed to produce the coconut milk. This milk is centrifuged to separate the milk into coconut solids, water and oil. This result is a very creamy coconut oil that retains the smell of fresh coconut milk. This cold process extraction takes place within hours of opening the coconuts and thus conserves the nutritive components of coconuts such as natural squalene and vitamin E. We use certified organic virgin coconut oil.

Grapeseed OilVitis vinifera, extracted from the seeds of grapes, is a lightweight oil that easily absorbs into the skin without leaving a greasy feeling. It is very rich in linoleic acid, (Omega 6), an moisturizing fatty acid quite important for the skin and cell membranes. In hair care, grapeseed oil promotes healthy hair and has been used in conjunction with jojoba oil and essential oils as an anti-hair loss massage. It also has good slippage for detangling hair.

Hemp Seed OilCannabis sativa, is not, as so many people assume, the same plant as marijuana. It is a non-narcotic variety. Hempseed oil, expeller pressed from a tiny nut, contains about 20 to 35 percent protein. One of the world's richest sources of polyunsaturated fats, it contains more naturally occurring essential fatty acids (EFA) than any other plant-derived oil. Rich in vitamin E, hemp seed oil is a great oil for all skin types, balances skin oil production, provides-long lasting moisture, does not clog pores, soothes irritated skin and may help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In hair care, hemp seed oil imparts luster and manageability to hair, bringing relief from dry scalp or hair damage.

Hemp Seed OilCannabis sativa, is not, as so many people assume, the same plant as marijuana. It is a non-narcotic variety. Hempseed oil, expeller pressed from a tiny nut, contains about 20 to 35 percent protein. One of the world's richest sources of polyunsaturated fats, it contains more naturally occurring essential fatty acids (EFA) than any other plant-derived oil. Rich in vitamin E, hemp seed oil is a great oil for all skin types, balances skin oil production, provides-long lasting moisture, does not clog pores, soothes irritated skin and may help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In hair care, hemp seed oil imparts luster and manageability to hair, bringing relief from dry scalp or hair damage.

Jojoba OilBuxus sinensis, expeller pressed from the jojoba bean, has been used for skin and hair care for hundreds of years. Jojoba (pronounced "ho-ho-ba) oil is not an oil but liquid wax. The structure so closely resembles that of your own skin sebum, it is considered nature's most effective natural moisturizer. It penetrates the skin easily, has anti-inflammatory actions and can be used on acne without any problems. It is great for mature, aging skin and exceptional mildness for sensitive skin. In hair care products, jojoba provides shine, promotes hair growth and improves the health of the scalp and hair.

Mango ButterMangifera indica, a gentle butter obtained from the fruit kernels of the Mango tree, is rich in essential fatty acids necessary to restore skin tone, elasticity and flexibility. It is a great moisturizer for all skin types, but especially mature, dry or sun-damaged akin. Nourishing mango butter helps provide relief from the dryness of eczema and psoriasis. In hair care, mango butter replaces moisture, adds softness, elasticity and shine to your hair.

Neem OilAzadirachta indica, cold pressed from the fruit of the Neem or Margosa tree, is an excellent moisturizing oil whose medicinal use can be traced back to the Indian Harappa culture, 4,500 years ago. Known as “the village pharmacy" in India, neem plays an essential role in Ayurvedic medicine as an antiseptic to fight viruses and bacteria. The neem fruit, with its garlicky odor, has been used in the treatment acne, psoriasis and eczema. It is especially gentle and nourishing when used for itchy, sensitive or dry skin conditions. In hair care, it is used to treat itchy, irritated scalps, dandruff and other scalp problems.  Regular use of neem oil products may also help with thinning hair since the oil promotes hair growth and strengthens hair from the roots.

Olive OilOlea europea, obtained from cold pressed olives, attracts external moisture, holds the moisture close to the skin, and forms a breathable film to prevent loss of internal moisture. Since the fat composition of olive oil is very similar to that of human skin, it rarely causes allergic reactions and does not block the natural functions of the skin. Olive oil is believed to have healing properties and helps keeps skin soft, supple and younger looking. In hair care, olive, used for centuries in hot oil treatments, helps repair split ends, control dandruff, and makes your hair shiny, silky, and lustrous.

Rice Bran Oil:

 

Shea ButterButyrospermum parkii, also known as African Karite Butter, has been shown to increase the healing of wounds and improve scars. It is used to soothe burns, rashes, severely dry skin, and to lessen the irritation of eczema and psoriasis. It penetrates deep, moisturizes and nourishes, and is excellent for dry, damaged and maturing skin. Shea butter contains unsaponifiable fats, which do not turn to soap and thus supply wonderful moisturizing properties in a bar of soap. In hair care Shea Butter provides deep nourishment for the hair shaft, and moisturizes dry, dull hair resulting in improved luster and manageability. It is particularly beneficial for processed and heat-treated hair and is also believed to help promote new hair growth.

Sunflower OilHelianthus annuus, expeller pressed from the seeds, is very high in essential fatty acids and helps to moisturize, regenerate and condition the skin. This oil is easily absorbed and can be used on all skin types. It is high in tocopherols (vitamin E), a natural antioxidant, making it especially helpful for delicate, dry or mature skin. It is known to be one of the most moisturizing vegetable oils. In hair care, nutrient-rich sunflower oil moisturizes, nourishes and protects for silky, strong, healthy hair. Sunflower oil is said to be a hair strengthener and prevent aging of the hair follicle.

Tamanu Oil, Calophyllum inophyllum, cold pressed from the nuts of the Tamanu tree, has been used in Tahiti for centuries to heal wounds and skin damage. Its ability to heal damaged skin has been demonstrated in clinical studies. Tamanu,  rich in fatty acids, has antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal properties. Tamanu oil fades stretch marks, helps improve the appearance of scars, promotes new tissue formation and encourages healthy skin growth to aid in healing minor cuts, burns, rashes, acne, eczema, rosacea, and other skin conditions. It contains a high content of calophyllic fatty acid, an anti-inflammatory that is said to reduce signs of aging and relieve puffiness around the eyes.  When massaged into the skin, Tamanu has demonstrated relief from neuralgia, rheumatism and sciatica. Tamanu oil has a rich earthy scent and although it is a relatively thick oil, it is non-comedogenic (non-pore clogging). Tamanu is safe for use on oily, acne-prone or sensitive skin.

Wheat Germ OilTriticum vulgare, expeller pressed from the germ of the wheat kernel, is rich in vitamins and minerals. We use virgin wheat germ oil, rich in vitamin E, a natural antioxidant, which is believed to promote skin elasticity, nourish skin cells, and prevent moisture loss resulting in smoother, younger looking skin. In hair care, wheat germ oil improves the scalp’s ability to utilize oxygen, leaving the scalp healthy and softens hair.

Additives

Arrowroot PowderMaranta arundinacea, made from a starch extracted from the rhizome of the arrowroot plant, is most often used in cooking as a replacement for cornstarch in thickening puddings and sauces. It imparts a silky texture to body creams and helps decrease the oily feeling of natural oils and butters. A great substitute for cornstarch for those with corn allergies, arrowroot powder also helps absorb perspiration. Arrowroot softens the skin and is used to help heal rashes. 

Avocados, a treasury of vitamins, minerals and natural oils, were once used as an aphrodisiac. Although we make no guarantees on that account, the oils do have an ancient history of use in cosmetics. Ancient Aztec, Mayan and Inca women believed that the avocado fed the skin from without as well as within. Today avocado pulp is used to make moisturizing complexion masks. Avocados are high in beta-carotene, lecithin, fatty acids, potassium and protein, not usually found in fruit. They are high in vitamins A and D and contain more vitamin E than any other fruit. Avocado pulp is rich, nourishing, and moisturizing leaving skin feeling soft and smooth.

Baking Soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, has been used for years to treat stomach ailments, eliminate odors, clean your home and create scrumptious food.  But baking soda is also great for skin and hair care. It can be used as a dry shampoo, a to remove residue and chlorine from hair, natural deodorant, foot soak, bath soak and more. While any baking soda will do for cleaning, all baking sodas are not created equal. Our baking soda is mined directly from the ground in its natural state. There are no chemical reactions, nothing added or processed--simply pure sodium bicarbonate, just the way our Earth made it. Less expensive baking soda is made using a chemical process that creates baking soda from mined trona ore. This baking soda is not necessarily bad, but it’s not the same as natural baking soda. A side note: Baking Soda does not and never has contained aluminum.  It is baking powder that may have aluminum--so look for the aluminum-free label when buying baking powder. 

Bamboo Charcoal is made up of pieces of the rapidly growing moso bamboo. As the moso bamboo matures, millions of tiny holes or pores form in the stalks.These tiny holes increase the surface area of the bamboo. This means that it is able to adsorb a large amount of bacteria, toxins and micro-particles.   Due to its exfoliating and detoxifying properties, bamboo charcoal is great for folks with acne, troubled skin, or oily/combination skin. It works to unclog skin and absorb excess skin oil. Charcoal adsorbs dirt and debris from pores leaving skin ultra-clean, soft and smooth. Four times more adsorbent than wood charcoal, bamboo charcoal eliminates impurities and neutralizes odors. In hair care, bamboo charcoal goes deep to clean, remove impurities and adsorb excess oils without stripping the hair of its natural oils. Its strong adsorption properties helps to attract and draw out dirt, toxins and pollutants from the hair and scalp. The antimicrobial properties help with scalp problems and stimulate circulation to promote hair growth and prevent hair loss. 

Bananas, rich in minerals, antioxidants and vitamins are also high in sucrose, fructose and glucose (natural sugars). The sugar's fruit acids are natural exfoliants that help slough off dead skin and revitalize dull skin. Bananas, an excellent choice for smoothing and moisturizing dry skin, are often used in facial masks to help reduce wrinkles. They also contain anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties that may help fight acne.

 

Beer is a humectant, which means it attracts and locks moisture to the skin. Adding beer to a bath is a practice that began in the Middle Ages. Well known for its conditioning properties, beer creates a gentle moisturizing lather. The malt and yeast in beer are rich in B complex vitamins, biotin, pantothenic acid, and trace minerals, which help make skin smooth and supple. Beer has been used to help acne, eczema, and skin infections. The hops in the beer gives the soap a nice clean smell with a hint of sweetness similar to honey. In hair care, beer tightens the cuticle of the hair shaft adds luster, body and manageability. The proteins from the malt and hops coat the hair, build it up and help repair damage.

Carrots and Carrot Juice were regarded by the ancient healers as the 'herbal healer' of skin. Carrots are rich in antioxidants which fight tissue damage caused by free radicals, help rejuvenate sun-exposed and mature skin and may help with wrinkles. The soothing properties of carrots have been used to treat dermatitis, eczema, and rashes. The fresh root, finely chopped, has been used as a beauty mask for the face . The carrot juice adds a lovely orange color to soap. Carrots were first cultivated in 500 BC in the Mediterranean regions. They were introduced in Europe 1600's and ladies used the feathery tops as decoration for hats and wore them in their hair.

Chocolate and Cocoa Powder add color, aroma, and skin soothing and softening properties. People pay good money to have their bodies coated with real chocolate. Chocolate contains antioxidants, which inhibit the free radicals that otherwise break down normal cell reproduction. Many people use green tea-based cosmetic products, for their antioxidant qualities, but dark chocolate has four times as many antioxidants as green tea. It also contains well known cellulite fighter - natural Caffeine! Caffeine helps temporarily plump and smooth the skin. Bathing in chocolate is almost as much fun as eating it. Chocolate has been associated with romance since the age of the Aztecs. Our chocolate and cocoa are Fair Trade and supports small farmer co-ops that use sustainable farming methods.

  • Clays, called Ee-Wah-Kee, which means "mud-that-heals," were used by Native Americans as a natural way to purify, sooth, and heal wounds. Clay masks are used today by many cultures as a natural way to remove toxins and tone facial skin.  Buyer Beware: Clays also have many industrial uses. Cheaper industrial grade clays are not necessarily pure. Knowing your clay, how its source, processed and handled  is very important. The clays we use are monitored by our organic certification agency!

Bentonite Clay is derived from naturally occurring volcanic ash sediments here in the US. When mixed with water, it becomes very slippery, almost gel-like. Good for all skin types, it is commonly used in shaving soaps to make the razor slippery to avoid cuts to the skin. It also makes an invigorating body or face mask.  Bentonite has astringent properties which helps shrink enlarged pores due to the accumulation of oil and dirt in the skin.  It provides gentle exfoliation which helps naturally cleanse and unclog pores.  Bentonite is useful for treating problem skin, acne and poison ivy. When used in natural deodorants, nutrient-rich bentonite clay helps absorb sweat naturally. Clay gives soap a smooth silky lather. In hair care, bentonite clay draws out impurities, restores hair’s natural balance and helps remove product buildup on the hair and scalp.         

China White Kaolin Clay, also called kaolin clay or white clay, is one of the mildest and purest of all clays. It can be used on even the most sensitive skin. Since it does not draw oils from the skin, it can be used on dry skin and is often used in fine face powders. The very fine, naturally absorbent texture gently cleans, exfoliates, and eliminates clogged pores, while improving circulation. White China clay is soothing, cleansing, hydrating, detoxifying, and gives soap a smooth creamy lather. In hair care, gentle and rich in silica, kaolin clay helps clean scalp without drying. It calms inflammation and helps moisturize dry, brittle hair. It improves circulation in the scalp and removes dirt and impurities from the hair follicles which helps strengthens the roots. 

French Green Clay is mined from bedrock quarries in France. It has great absorbent powers and literally "drinks" oils, toxins and impurities from your skin. Its toning action stimulates the skin bringing fresh blood to damaged skin cells, revitalizing the complexion while tightening pores. This clay is great for oily skin and helps to clear problem skin.

Pink Kaolin Clay, also called French Pink Clay, is a mild clay that can be used everyday without drying the skin. Extremely beneficial for dry and sensitive skin, it gently cleans, exfoliates, and eliminates clogged pores, while improving circulation. Pink clay is soothing, cleansing, hydrating and detoxifying and gives soap a smooth creamy lather and a lovely rose color.

Rhassoul Clay, also known as Moroccan Lava Clay, is an ancient clay formed deep beneath the Atlas mountains in eastern Morocco. Due to its ability to detoxify and absorb oil and impurities from both skin and hair, rhassoul clay leaves the hair and skin unbelievably clean, smooth, moisturized, clear, and feeling fresh. Rhassoul clay, very rich in trace minerals, has extraordinary absorption properties which makes it very effective for cleansing the skin. It helps reduce dryness, reduce flakiness, improve skin clarity, improve skin elasticity and improve skin texture. It removes dead skin, surface oil, and oil from inside and around clogged pores resulting in a general smoothing of the skin. Often used in masks, mud baths, and clay baths, rhassoul is described as a balancing clay, perfect for all skin types since it attracts and lifts dirt, yet does not strip the skin of precious natural oils. In hair care rhassoul was used to naturally shampoo hair in Ancient Rome and Egypt. Rhassoul clay is the moisturizer and softener. It reduces dryness in the hair while also removing impurities and product buildup. It stimulates the scalp, helps restore softness and luster to dull hair and nourishes because of the higher ratio of silica, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and other trace minerals.

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Coconut milk, softening, soothing and moisturizing to the skin, adds creaminess to handcrafted soap. Rich in natural antiseptic fatty acids, coconut milk, gently removes impurities without drying sensitive skin. Coconut milk has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years.  It is widely used in spas in India to soothe dry skin and scalps. Women in India often use coconut milk to help prevent hair loss.

Coffee is used in soaps to absorb odors from the skin. It also contains well known cellulite fighter - Caffeine! Caffeine helps temporarily plump and smooth the skin. Coffee grounds provide pumice-like exfoliation, removing dead skin cells, and firming and toning skin. In hair care, brunettes have been pouring fresh brewed coffee on their hair for centuries to help transform flat brown tones to into shiny, rich color and maybe even do away with some of those pesky gray strands. The natural oil from the coffee beans adds luster to dry hair and studies done at a university in Germany suggest that caffeine promotes hair growth. Our coffee is Fair Trade and supports small farmer co-ops that use sustainable farming methods.

Cucumber, when liquefied and added to soaps, acts as a mild cleanser, toner, and astringent. Cucumbers, which have been cultivated for 3,000 years, are one of the most highly prized ingredients for beautifying your skin. Cleopatra was said to use cucumber juice to preserve her skin and the Egyptians and Romans used cucumbers to sooth complexions and restore tone to tired skin. Cucumbers are a natural source for antioxidants, calcium, potassium, vitamin B1 and Vitamin C, all of which are believed to be helpful in treating eczema. Cucumber, also known to soften, soothe and tone the skin, is great for facial care and is often used in moisturizing and anti-age creams.

Dead Sea Salt: Legendary for its rich concentration of salt and rare minerals, the Dead Sea has long been praised for its healing qualities and therapeutic properties. At 1,290 feet below sea level it is one of the most saline lakes in the world with a mineral concentration of 33%, compared to the average 3% in the world's oceans. Fed mainly by the Jordan River, the Dead Sea has no outlet and loses large amounts of water by evaporation into the hot dry air. This results in a giant reservoir of salts and minerals. The water of the Dead Sea contains 21 minerals, many of which are found in no other sea or ocean. Cleopatra went to great expense to obtain exclusive rights over the Dead Sea area.

 Dead Sea Salt is so rich in minerals that it has been renowned for its therapeutic effects since ancient times. Skin absorbs the minerals lost due to sun, age and pollution, looking healthier and younger!

 

Goat Milk is one of natures finest moisturizers and skin softeners due to its high butterfat content. People who can not use regular soap find that our goat milk soaps are very mild and non-irritating to their skin. Rich in vitamins, goat milk also contains lactic acid, one of the most commonly used alpha hydroxy acids in skin care. Alpha-hydroxy acids penetrate the skin and have rejuvenating effects on skin's cells, neutralizing free radicals, slowing the aging process and improving the overall look and feel of the skin. Inhair care, goat milk replenishes the moisture in every strand by penetrating the hair shaft. It nourishes the scalp, adding life, luster, and body to hair. Our Goat Milk is provided by McKenzie Creamery a local farm known for their excellent goat cheeses.

Himalayan Pink Salt: Millions of years ago, a great ocean separated India from Asia in the region that would become the Himalayan Mountain range. The pristine salt deposits from this ocean are over 250 million years old. Harvested from the foothills of the Himalayas, this naturally pink salt is one of the purest salts found on earth. These salts, known for their healing properties, are an effective treatment for dry skin, psoriasis, and acne. Himalayan salt can also soothe insect bites, heal blisters, and even help with arthritis. Himalayan salt baths cleanse and detoxify the skin, leaving it smoother, softer, and healthier. Our Himalayan pink salt is organic compliant.  

Honey is nature's ultimate beauty product. Throughout the centuries, beautiful woman have used honey as part of their skin and hair care treatments. Cleopatra was famous for her milk and honey baths, and Poppea, wife of Roman Emperor Nero, used a honey and milk lotion on her face to keep her looking youthful. The acids in honey have been known to help one’s skin look youthful. Numerous studies have proven its effectiveness in fighting infection, promoting new skin growth and even lessening scarring. It is used in many hospitals to treat burns. Honey derives its antibacterial effects from natural hydrogen peroxide, produced by an enzyme naturally present in honey. Honey never spoils due to a very high potassium content, which makes it difficult for bacteria to survive. Honey hydrates, moisturizes, soothes, softens and gives soap a lovely tan color and a sweet scent, Honey, one of the best-known humectants, traps and seals in moisture leaving skin soft and supple. In hair care, honey revitalizes hair and acts as a natural sealant, holding moisture and shine in the hair. We use natural raw honey so it still contains bits of pollen, honeycomb, and healing propolis- all the natural goodness the bees put in

Menthol CrystalsMentha arvensis,are the solid portion of the natural oil of mint. As the mint essential oil is subjected to very low temperatures, the menthol crystallizes out. Menthol crystals stimulate cold receptors in the skin and are excellent for use in products made to provide cooling and soothing relief for muscular aches and pains. Their strong minty aroma also helps with upper respiratory and nasal congestion. Our menthol crystals are a 100% natural organic product that originate from mint essential oil extraction--nothing synthetic!

Oatmeal has long been used to soften and soothe sensitive or irritated skin. Ground oats have been used in beauty bars for centuries as a gentle exfoliant that removes dead cells and stimulates circulation to maintain healthy, beautiful skin Oatmeal is a soothing, anti-inflammatory grain that  helps calm dry, inflamed and sensitive skin and helps with the painful itching associated with eczema and minor skin irritations. Finely ground oatmeal binds moisturizing emollients to your skin which helps dry skin. Many of you may remember using an oatmeal and baking soda bath to help relieve the itching of chicken pox! Oatmeal provides a wonderful texture, color, and scent to the soap naturally.

Pumpkin,  high in vitamin A and beta carotene, protects and soothes sore rough skin and helps prevent flaking…perfect for eczema. Salons are now mixing this vitamin rich vegetable into facials. Natural enzymes found in pumpkin help exfoliate dead skin and leave skin softer and brighter. Pumpkin also adds a lovely natural orange color, sweet aroma, and creamy texture to soap.

Rice Flour,  made from finely milled rice, is a good substitute for wheat flour for those who are sensitive to gluten. Rice flour has been used as a natural beauty treatment for centuries to relieve inflammation associated with skin diseases and for cleansing and softening skin. Its oil-absorbing properties make it an excellent choice for balancing skin oils. This very fine and silky flour makes an excellent base for natural body and hair powders. It can also be used as a natural base for make-up to create a satin smooth finish.

Tapioca Flour is a starch extracted from the root of the cassava pant (Manihot esculenta). Native to Brazil, it is now cultivated worldwide. The cassava root is a gluten free product. In herbal medicine, the roots are made into a poultice and applied to the skin as a treatment for skin irritations. It is a highly absorbent powder, imparts a silky texture to body creams and helps decrease the oily feeling of natural oils and butters. Its very fine, velvety soft texture and absorbent properties make it a great base for body powders and dry shampoos.   All tapioca flour (starch) is not created equal.  The tapioca sold for cosmetic use is often “modified tapioca starch,” because it does not clump and flows more easily. This form of tapioca is often modified with a silicone to give it more slip. The biggest concern when using any modified food starch is that there is virtually no way to know what chemicals were used to "modify" it or what trace chemical contamination remains in the product. Our organic tapioca flour is not “modified.” 

Vanilla Beans, Vanilla planifolia, are the dried unripe fruit pods of a climbing orchid vine. Although its sensual aroma helps soothe your soul, relax nerves, ease tension, lift your mood and acts as an aphrodisiac, vanilla is more than just a pretty scent. It is a great additive to skin care products. The major constituent of vanilla beans, vanillin, is a powerful antioxidant that helps the skin repair cell damage. Its anti-inflammatory properties help ease muscle strain and tension. Vanilla bean infused oils can be used for relaxing massages, calming baths or as a deliciously moisturizing body oil. Vanilla is the second most expensive spice after saffron. Growing vanilla seed pods is labor-intensive. It takes up to three years after the vines are planted before the first flowers appear. Each flower opens only one day a year for a few hours before wilting and must be hand pollinated by workers in order to produce the vanilla bean fruit. Each flower produces a single bean. The yellow unripe beans are picked, boiled and then dried slowly in the Sun over a period of months. As the beans dry and shrivel the flavors concentrate.

 

Yogurt, has been used in facial masks and creams for years. Yogurt moistures as it soothes, softens and rejuvenates the skin. Milk and yogurt contain lactic acid, a natural alpha hydroxy acid that helps the remove dead skin cells and hydrate and sooth the complexion--leaving skin refreshed and clear. Yogurt is very rich and nourishing and is helpful for all skin types, even sensitive and delicate. It makes a wonderful soap that is very moisturizing and has a great texture!!

...Well I guess we do have  quite a list after all LOL!