Scented with "Crisp Juniper" fragrance oil, this clean fragrance combines notes of lavender, rosemary, lemon, lime, and, of course, juniper berries. Given that the gnomes appear to be lightly drifting down, along with the leaves, we were tempted to name this "Fall Gnomes," except that that sounded a little mean!
These indulgent cold processed bars are made with saponified olive, organic coconut, sustainable palm, almond, and castor oils; shea butter; cocoa butter; lard; coconut milk; kaolin clay; tussah silk; and sugar, these bars are formulated to offer a rich, creamy lather with plentiful bubbles. Each bar weighs a minimum of 7 ounces (very big bars!).
The other ingredients, not related to lather, bubble type, and skin feel, are skin safe micas, phthalate free fragrance oils, and sodium lactate (the salt component of lactic acid, used for hardening soap). Sodium hydroxide (lye) is added to oils early in the soap making process. Lye and oils combine in the saponification process, chemically transforming into soap and glycerin, leaving no remaining lye. Our soaps, along with many (most?) cold processed soaps, are "superfatted," which means that we add slightly more oils than are necessary to saponify the lye. This ensures that no lye will remain when saponification is complete, and the remaining oils contribute to producing an emollient bar of soap.