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What Do We Mean by Natural?

Updated: Oct 26, 2020

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A bar of our handmade, natural soap

What exactly do we mean when we say that our products are natural?

When we produce a bar of soap, a jar of body butter, a bottle of bug balm, or any of our other products, we are working with ingredients that are drawn directly from nature. Our product base is typically a high-quality mix of natural oils such as olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil, and/or shea butter with no additives and minimal processing. We use these particular oils not only for their blending abilities, but also for their known nurturing qualities for your skin and hair. Our goal is to give you all the benefits you do want, without the things you don't want, such as petroleum byproducts or metals.

Our products are typically scented using essential oils. Essential oils are produced by steam distilling a large quantity of plant materials to extract a small amount of the fragrance, making them one of the more expensive ingredients that we use. Because of the nature of essential oils, a couple of our scents use fragrance oils instead. Fragrance oils consist of either a synthetic aroma compound or essential oils that are diluted with a carrier such as vegetable oil. We use fragrance oils ONLY when the essential oil is prohibitively expensive (costing sometimes hundreds of dollars per ounce) or if that scent is simply not available from nature.

We source all of our ingredients from reputable companies, ones who maintain high quality standards and also manage their resources in a responsible and sustainable manner.

Finally, we make each batch by hand. Soap making is essentially both science and art, from the initial mixing to the final scenting. We oversee the process and quality from start to finish to make sure that you get the best product, using time-tested methods proven by generations of soap makers. And we constantly assess our products to make certain they will perform as expected.

We are not only producers, we are also consumers because we started out using these products in our own home. If it doesn't perform well for us, we're not going to put it on the market. We'll go back to the drawing board until we get the high-quality, natural products we expect for ourselves as well as our customers.

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