These soaps smell Incredible! They are scented with a blend of lavender and tea tree essential oils, and good golly but ... Wow! Just so awesome. But these little facial bars are more than just pretty smelling! They are loaded to the gills with all the fancy stuff -- mango butter, shea butter, cocoa butter, jojoba and kukui oils! Not to mention goat's milk, tussah silk, and... oh yeah... activated charcoal!
These cold processed soaps are made with saponified olive, organic coconut, almond, jojoba, kukui, and castor oils; shea, mango, and cocoa butters; goat's milk; activated charcoal; tussah silk; and sugar, formulated to offer a rich, creamy lather with pleasantly bubbly foam. Each bar weighs at least 3.75 ounces.
The other ingredients, not related to lather, bubble type, and skin feel, are lavender and tea tree essential oils, black iron oxide, jojoba beads, 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.
*The little decorative soap phoenix is made with saponified cocoa and shea butters; organic coconut, sustainable palm, and castor oils; and lard.