FAQs About Ingredients
What do you look for when selecting ingredients?
- I only use the finest, most environmentally sustainable ingredients possible; locally sourced when able. All ingredients must be phthalate-free, sulfate-free, paraben-free, and cruelty free. I want you to feel good on both the inside and outside, and that starts with using only the best, eco friendly ingredients available!
Do you use animal products or byproducts in your products?
- No! All my products are 100% vegan.
Is your packaging eco-friendly?
- Yes! Keeping a low environmental impact is important to me, both in terms of my ingredients as well as my packaging! All soaps and bath bombs are shrink wrapped in an oxo-biodegradable shrink wrap called Biolefin. All bath bombs are bagged in 100% compostable clear cellulose bags made from wood cellulose fibers sourced with sustainable forestry principles, certified biodegradable, compostable and made carbon zero. For smaller packages, I use 100% biodegradable bubble mailers. The bubble wrap is made of PBAT and modified corn starch. The envelope is made of kraft paper. They are certified by BPI, ok to compost, and meet the standards of ASTM 6400 and EN13432. They generate less CO2 than traditional plastic. If you see any other ways that I can lower my environmental impact, please email me!
Tell me about the palm oil in your soap...
- I only use RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) certified organic, sustainable palm oil. The RSPO has developed a set of environmental and social criteria which companies must comply with in order to produce Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO). These criteria help to minimize the negative impact of palm oil cultivation on the environment and communities in palm oil-producing regions.
About My Ingredients:
- Activated Charcoal is a form of carbon that is processed to have small, low-volume pores increasing the surface area available for absorption. It is often “activated” by a high temperature steam process. The resulting activated charcoal has an increased surface area, increasing the charcoal’s ability to absorb and filter impurities – aka super cleanse! It is great for cleansing oily and acne prone skin as it naturally draws out oils and dirt but may be a little too drying for dry skin types.
- Avocado Oil is derived from – you guessed it – the avocado and is super moisturizing! It contains a high percentage of Vitamin E, as well as potassium, lecithin, and many other nutrients that nourish and moisturize your skin.
- Castor Oil is extracted from castor seeds and is rich in antioxidants. It contains Vitamin E, proteins, and Omega 6 & 9 that are the key components responsible for good hair and skin. It acts as a natural humectant, locking and protecting your skin. It also contributes to soap’s luscious lather.
- Cocoa Butter is a fat that is derived from the cacao bean. To make cocoa butter, the seeds of the cacao bean are fermented in banana leaves. They are then dried, roasted and pressed to release the luxurious butter. Cocoa butter is abundant in antioxidants that may protect skin from environmental, internal, and external forces that can cause irritation or damage.
- Coconut Milk is chock full of healthy fatty acids and water that deeply moisturize the skin. In addition to moisturizing the skin, coconut milk can also work as a skin cleanser. It has a light consistency that can penetrate deeply into the pores and help to remove dirt, germs, and pollution.
- Coconut Oil is rich in fatty acids that help protect and nourish the skin. It provides good barrier control and helps us hold on to our own moisture, preventing dryness.
- Olive Oil is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, healthy fats that pose a variety of health and cosmetic benefits, and contains skin-loving antioxidants. It contains squalene, which is extremely hydrating. Its main benefit is to moisturize the skin by reducing water loss. It has been used in skin care since before the days of Cleopatra.
Palm Oil contains hard to find toctrienols, which are members of the vitamin E family. It also contains a refatting agent that helps restore the skin’s natural oils that most other soaps can strip away, restoring hydration to dry skin and preventing further dryness by sealing in moisture.
Shea Butter is naturally nourishing and has been used for centuries to nourish the skin. It is rich in skin loving vitamins A & E, which help protect the skin from environmental damage. While super moisturizing, shea butter also contains linolenic acid, which is like the body’s own oil. This makes shea butter naturally easy for the skin to absorb without leaving your skin feeling greasy.
- Tea Tree Oil, also known as melaleuca oil, is an essential oil that comes from steaming the leaves of the Australian tea tree. It is excellent for combating oiliness and can be used in routine face washes and bathing. It will leave you with the glowing, flawless skin you have always wanted.
- All fragrances are phthalate-free.
- SLSa (Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate) is derived from coconut and palm oils (I do NOT use SLS or SLES). SLSa is classified as a safe skin friendly surfactant for both skin and hair because of its large molecular structure. This mild plant derived surfactant creates a lather that effectively removes dirt and bacteria, without stripping or drying sensitive skin. SLSa is hydrophillic, which means it is attracted to water. This enables it to dissolve more readily in water, thus providing superior rinse ability.
- All colorants are approved by the FDA for use in bath and body products. All aluminum lakes used as colorants in my bath bombs are FDA certified and all micas used in soaps are cosmetic grade. All of my lakes are batch certified by the FDA. An aluminum lake, or simply lake, is an insoluble material that tints by dispersion. Lakes are produced by coloring an aluminum salt (this is not elemental aluminum) substrate using FD&C dyes. They are oil-dispersible and can be mixed with oils and fats.