Base oils used

  • olive oil - first oil choice of many soap makers; olive soaps mature slowly and get better with the time. They have a slightly oily feel and lather slowly but moisturise well.
  • coconut oil - the number one staple oil creating a hard bar soap with rich foam
  • palm oil - refined and unrefined produces hard, long lasting soap with relatively low foam; the unrefined is full of beta carotene and other minerals and vitamins
  • sunflower oil - very good for all skin types, low foaming
  • rapeseed oil unrefined - full of goodness , low foaming
  • avocado oil - a luxury addition for dry, problem skin, rich and nourishing
  • sweet almond oil - makes white, conditioning bars of soap for face or for babies, excellent as base for body oils
  • hemp seed oil - rich moisturizing and nutritious helps to balance dry skin
  • ricebran oil - similar to olive oil however lighter and better foaming in soaps
  • castor oil - easily absorbed by the skin, makes thick, creamy lather, moisturising
  • flax oil unrefined - short shelf life oil, must be kept in a cold and a dark place, so used for production mainly during the winter time; helps with skin problems, regenerates, moisturises
  • shea/ karite butter & mango butter - gives hardness for the soap, highly conditioning
  • cocoa butter - full of vitamin E, soothes and conditions, gives hardness for the soap
  • bees wax - I only use wax from my own beehives, it is yellow, not bleached and smells gorgeously; gives hardness for soap bars and is protective for the skin
  • honey - like beeswax, I use my own honey, it has lovely moisturising properties, not to mention the flavour...
  • glycerine - really nice “by-product” of the saponification, also given for extra conditioning in some soap batches 
  • clays - all draw toxins out of the skin, ideal for oily skin, acne problems or body detox
  • pumice powder - very fine, gently abrasive in peeling soaps