All About Our Natural Soap

Our beautiful range of luxury cold-pressed 100% natural soaps are hand-crafted in small batches in New Zealand. We use premium sustainable plant oils, carefully blended essential oils, purified clays, and natural colourants. We never use palm oil, animal fats, synthetic colours, or synthetic fragrances. Our natural soaps are suitable for vegans and are cruelty-free. We proudly feature in the NZAVS ‘Cruelty-free guide’.  Our goal is ‘zero waste’ hence our soaps are wrapped in recyclable brown kraft paper with no plastic packaging. Prepare to be enchanted with an exquisite creation that will delight your senses, nourish your skin, ease your conscience, and bring happiness with every use.

The Science

Our natural soaps are made using the traditional cold process technique that involves combining an alkali with an acid. The alkali used to make bar soap is sodium hydroxide (also known as NaOH, caustic soda, or lye). The acid can be any kind of oil or fat. The chemical reaction that occurs when an alkali and acid are combined is called saponification and it results in the production of a fatty acid salt, called soap, and glycerine. Glycerine, highly valued for its moisturising properties, is extracted in commercial soap making and sold separately to cosmetic companies. The removal of glycerine is one of the reasons commercial soaps are often very drying to the skin. In cold process soap-making glycerine remains in the final product producing a gentler soap with moisturising properties.
 
**It is important to note that sodium hydroxide is a crucial ingredient in soap making and it is impossible to make soap without it. Although caustic in its raw form, once it has undergone saponification NO sodium hydroxide remains in the final product and it is perfectly safe to use.
 

The Ingredients

Choosing which oils to use in a bar of soap is very important as every oil has a unique composition of different fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that affect the final product. For example, coconut oil is high in lauric acid, a saturated fatty acid, which creates a hard soap bar with a rich foam and antibacterial properties. Coconut oil can be drying on the skin when used alone, hence it is often combined with other oils to make a more balanced bar of soap that does not dry out the skin. The plant oils in our soaps have been carefully selected based on their unique compositions, how well they blend with other oils, and how they work together in the final bar of soap. Our soap bars are gentle, moisturising, and non-irritating, and effectively cleanse the skin without stripping away its natural oils. We only use pure high-quality plant oils in our soaps, we never use palm oil or animal fats in any of our products.

Our natural soaps are coloured with vegetables, seeds, clays, spices, and minerals to complement the chosen fragrance. No artificial colourants are used.

All of our soaps are scented with pure high-quality essential oils from sustainable sources. We never use synthetic fragrances. Essential oils are created through the physical processes of distillation, diffusion, and pressing. The process captures the fragrant plant essence that gives each plant its characteristic scent and transforms it into a natural composition to delight our senses.

The Magic

The true magic of soap making is the addition of fragrance, colours, and design to transform it into a unique masterpiece. The design of our soaps is what sets us apart. All our designs are original and every bar of soap is a unique piece of art that looks, smells, and feels amazing.

A scent to remember...

Sharing our love of fragrance and bringing joy to others through our naturally scented soap bars is one of our greatest pleasures. A beautiful scent can turn a bathing routine into something so luxurious, relaxing, and memorable that it becomes a time to look forward to each day, time just for you. Take a moment each day to stop, inhale, and take note of everything beautiful around you. Enjoy the simple things in life…

The power of olfaction

Olfaction, our sense of smell, plays a very important role in our feelings of well-being and happiness. How we perceive and react to different aromas is determined by past experiences and cultural identity, as well as by various biological functions.
 
Our sense of smell is connected to the part of our brain called the limbic system which is where our feelings, moods, emotions, and memories are processed. We learn most smells while growing up hence our childhood memories are very likely to influence the smells we like and dislike. The ability of our brains to transform a scent into a thought, memory, or feeling is quite incredible, and the way a few tiny scent molecules can change the way we feel in an instant is really quite magical.

"Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles
and all the years you have lived..."

Helen Keller

How to store your natural soap

All our soaps are hand crafted in small batches and each batch varies slightly from the last. Because we use only pure essential oils to scent our soaps the scent will be more subtle and natural than soaps containing synthetic “fragrance oils”.
 
You can use your newly purchased soap immediately. Unlike many commercial soaps, which can be stored for years due to the synthetic chemicals used, our natural soaps have a shorter shelf life but will stay nice and fresh for a few months and up to a year if cared for properly. If you are not using your soap immediately it is recommended that you store it in a cool dry place wrapped in its original packaging or a small cardboard box. If left unwrapped on a shelf the colours and scent will gradually fade over a few months to a year so please use and enjoy your soap, we will make more!
 
Avoid having your soap sitting in water, or in the direct stream of water from the shower, or it will become soft and dissolve away. Sit your soap on a well-draining soap dish to allow it to dry out between uses. 
Please note that some natural colourants can stain porous surfaces. Please ensure you place your soap on a soap dish to avoid this.

Safety

Essential oils are extremely concentrated and powerful and must always be used with knowledge and care. The concentrations used in our soaps are within the range specified by cosmetic legislation to be safe, however, essential oils can still be irritating to some people. We recommend a patch test be performed if you have a history of allergies or skin sensitivities and to discontinue use if a rash or irritation occurs. People with very sensitive skin, eczema, or known allergies to any ingredients should avoid using any soap or skin care products with fragrance, natural or synthetic.
 
Our soaps are intended for external use only. Please DO NOT EAT, they will not taste nearly as nice as they look or smell 😊

 

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