Juniper berry and orange essential oils, combined with a little bit of patchouli fragrance, give these creamy bars a scrumptiously delicious fragrance! Some finely ground juniper berries offer light exfoliation, and coconut, almond, palm, olive, and castor oils, along with shea butter, goat's milk, tussah silk, and kaolin clay, provides a smooth, soothing lather. Each bar weighs at least 5.25 ounces.
The other ingredients, not related to lather, bubble type, and skin feel, are skin safe micas, charcoal, dark red brazilian clay, essential oils, 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.