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Olive Oil - natural moisturizer, produces a hard bar of soap
Coconut Oil - cleanser, contributes to a hard bar of soap and bubbly lather
Castor Oil - humectant, contributes to a creamy lather.
Fruit/Nut Oils - moisturizer, stabilizes lather.
Stearic Acid - Surfactant, emulsifying agent
Shea Butter - moisturizer, improves skin elasticity
Cocoa Butter - moisturizer, packed with natural antioxidants
Nut/Fruit Butter - rich in antioxidants and healthy fats
Beeswax - emollient, humectant
Emulsifying Wax - vegetable derived wax used to blend oil and water solutions
Herbs - Rosemary, Peppermint, Lemon Balm, Spearmint
Plants - Chamomile, Lavender, Pot Marigold (Calendula), Rose Buds, Pea Flowers, Arnica Flowers, etc.
Roots - Dandelion, Marshmallow, St. John's Wart, Comfrey, Plaintain
Sugar - exfoliant
Sea Salt - exfoliant, also used to thicken aqueous solutions
Citric Acid - preservative, PH adjuster
Clays and Colorants
Rose and White Kaolin Clay, French Green Clay - mild clay, removes impurities, mild exfoliant
Charcoal - detoxifier, removes impurities
Natural Colorants - Various herbs and spices: Paprika, Turmeric, Indigo, Spirulina, etc
Micas - Colorful or transparent shiny silicate minerals
Oxides - Man-made pigments from natural elements
Distilled Water - solvent, free of toxins, pollutants and microbes; provides hydration
Milks - Coconut, Oat, Rice, Almond, Hemp;
Glycerin - sugar alcohol; humectant which prevents the premature loss of moisture
Tea - Black, Green, Red Rooibos, packed with antioxidants
Honey - humectant, hydrates the skin
Coffee - exfoliant, increases circulation
Essential Oils - natural oil obtained by distillation of botanicals or other sources. Usually carries the fragrance of the source.
Fragrance Oils - mechanically created fragrance composed of natural and chemical components.
Sodium/Potassium Hydroxide - hydrolyzes fats and forms soap, controls PH