The following is a list of the many oils and butters that we use to make our products.
Almond Oil (aka Sweet Almond oil) - a heavier oil used in massage oils, lotions, balms and soaps. Good for conditioning and softening the skin. Made from the dried kernals of almond trees, we recommend those with nut allergies to avoid products made with this oil.
Apricot Kernal Oil - This is a medium to light oil good for all skin types. Contains vitamins and minerals and nourishes the skin and is wonderful in massage or body oils and lotions.
Avocado Oil - This oil is rich in Vitamins A, D and E and Lecithin. This is a highly therapeutic oil said to have healing and regenerating properties.
Borage Oil - This is more of an expensive luxury oil. This oil helps to maintain healthy skin and repair mature skin as well as sun-damaged skin.
Castor Oil - (Palm Christi Oil) This oil is rich in fatty acids and ricinoleic acid. It acts as a humectant (draws moisture to the skin) and is very good in combination with other oils in soap. Wonderful in lip balms.
Cocoa Butter - An excellent emollient butter which softens and moisturizes the skin. We use this butter in many of our soaps and in most of our balms. It has a wonderful chocolate scent although we also use a deodorized version when we don't want the chocolate scent to come through in the final product.
Coconut Oil - This oil is derived from the meat of the
coconut. It is often used in cooking. We use this oil in our soaps to
increase lather and cleansing ability and make a nice hard bar. Also available
in fractionated form which means the solids have been removed. Fractionated
coconut oil has a very long shelf life and we use this oil in many of
our products such as body sprays and perfumes as well as some of our scrubs.
Some of our products contain another version of the oil known as 'Virgin
Coconut Oil' which has a wonderful coconut aroma.
Emu Oil - This oil is a deep penetrating oil which draws into the skin any other ingredients used with it. We use it with only essential oils and herbs because it helps these work much better. It is said that Emu oil helps sore muscles and joints. It is a non-clogging and nourishing oil, and good for all skin types.
Evening Primrose Oil - This oil is rich in essential fatty acids and it absorbs quickly into the skin. It is excellent for dry flaky skin and skin prone to Eczema.
Grapeseed Oil - This is a light oil used in massage oils and also as a base oil for lotions and creams. It has excellent emmolient properties and is a nourishing oil good for all skin types.
Hazelnut Oil - This oil is a medium weight oil that is high in unsaturated fats. It is also high in Vitamin E and has astringent properties which makes it good for oily or combination skin. Since it is a nut oil we recommend those with nut allergies to avoid products containing this oil.
Hemp Seed Oil - This oil contains essential fatty acids and Vitamin A. Good for moisturizing and soothing the skin. We use hemp seed oil in a small amount to superfat our soaps resulting in a nice silky bar.
Jojoba Oil - This oil is not really an oil, it is a wax. It is said to closely resemble human sebum which makes it very compatible to our skin. Jojoba oil has a very long shelf life and we use it in our perfumes and balms. It is a nourishing oil good for all skin types.
Lard - Lard makes a wonderful bar of soap. It was used as the main fat in soapmaking before vegetable oils were used. Lard contributes to the lather and hardness of the soap and makes a nice white bar. I love my lard soaps!
Macadamia Nut Oil - Macadamia is a medium weight oil that is highly emollient and is a wonderful addition to soap, lotion, creams and massage products. High in palmitoleic acid, making it an effective anti-oxident, it leaves the skin feeling smooth and conditioned. Please avoid this oil if you are allergic to nuts.
Mango Butter - This is a creamy colored butter and has great moisturizing properties. We use it in some of our soaps and also in our balms and lip butters. It is said to restore elasticity to the skin.
Monoi Oil - (Also known as Monoi de Tahiti) Another expensive luxury oil. It is made from Coconut oil and is an excellent moisturizer and we use it in one of our whipped shea butters. Yummy scent!
Olive Oil - We use olive oil in almost all of our soaps. It is an excellent moisturizer and very soothing to the skin. It creates a very mild bar especially when using it as the only oil, as in a castille soap. We make an 'almost' castille soap combining another oil such as castor with the olive to achieve a bit more lather.
Palm Oil - This oil is a good base oil for our all vegetable soaps when we don't use Tallow or Lard. It is a mild oil that lends to the hardness and fluffy lather of the bar.
Palm Kernal Oil - This oil is similar to Coconut oil because of the high percentage of lauric acid which makes the bar hard and also contributes to the lather. We usually use it in most of our soaps along with Coconut oil as it makes a nice mild non-drying soap.
Rice Bran Oil - This oil is rich in anti-oxidents and is a great oil for dry, sensitive, and mature skin. We use this oil in many of our soap recipes as it makes a wonderful gentle bar and we also use it in many of our blams and creams.
Safflower Oil - This is an unsaturated, moisturizing oil. Used with other oils it creates a conditioning bar of soap with stable lather.
Sesame Seed Oil - This oil is rich in fatty acids and is said to be good for Psoriasis, Eczema, Rheumatism, and Arthritis. We use it as a superfatting oil in our soaps because of it's moisturizing properties.
Shea Butter - This butter contains fatty acids and melts right into the skin making it an excellent moisturizer. It is said to heal small wounds and burns. It also contains unsaponifiables, which means that many of the wonderful properties remain after the soapmaking process. It nourishes the skin and is great in soaps, lotions, creams, and balms.
Sunflower Oil - This oil is extracted from the seeds of the sunflower and is a less saturated oil. It contains Vitamin E and is good for massage oils, creams, lotions and soaps. It is good for all skin types.
Tallow - This is similar to lard and makes a wonderful hard white bar of soap.
Wheat Germ Oil - This oil is rich in Vitamin E and it is a natural antioxidant. This oil nourishes dry cracked skin and soothes skin prone to Eczema and Psoriasis. Good for mature skin and may also reduce scarring and prevent strecth marks.
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