Ale/Beer – Adding ale or beer to soap brings a lot of moisturizing qualities. Several amino acids found in hops, an ingredient in beer, can help relive irritated and inflamed skin. Antibacterial properties of brewer’s yeast in beer make it a great acne treatment.
Almond Oil, Sweet (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis) – Around 65% of Sweet Almond oil is Oleic acid, which is similar in chemical structure to the skin’s natural sebum, so it is readily absorbed into skin tissues. It is also high in Linoleic Acid, which helps calm and soothe sensitive, irritated skin.
Apple Cider, Organic – An apple a day keeps the doctor away, and does wonders for your skin. Rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, and vitamin E, applying apple fruit water can help hydrate, and soften your skin. Helping to prevent premature aging, and promoting healthy, radiant skin. Nutrients found in apples work as a wonderful natural toner. It helps to overall tighten and improve the circulation of blood to the skins surface. Apples balance the skins pH levels, reducing the production and secretion of oils from the skin and may help alleviate acne, blemishes and dark spots. Without any scrubbing bits, apple fruit water is a gentle exfoliant helping to slough off dead skin without breaking up the proteins that hold skin cells together. In cold process soaps, apple cider adds many skincare benefits along with a sweet scent.
Avocado Oil (Persea Gratissima (avocado) oil) – Avocado oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A, D, and E. It is very moisturizing and helps relieve inflammation of the skin.
Babassu Oil (Attalea Speciosa) – A moisturizing and cooling oil, Babassu oil is useful for dry, damaged hair and skin.
Calendula, Organic Petals/Powdered/Tea (Calendula officinalis) – Also called Pot Marigold is known to have anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. Calendula powder is the ground blossoms of the calendula plant and I use Calendula powder to infuse oils I use in my skincare products.
Castor Oil ( Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil) – This thick liquid is extracted from the castor bean plant. It draws moisture to the skin and creates amazing lather in soap.
Chamomile, Organic Petals/Powder (Matricaria Chamomilla) – Chamomile powder is the ground blossoms of the chamomile plant. It provides all the soothing qualities of chamomile and a lovely scent. I use chamomile powder to infuse oils I use in my skincare products.
Cocoa Butter, Organic (Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter) – Cocoa Butter has a high concentration of antioxidant compounds, including oleic acid, palmitic acid, and stearic acid. It deeply moisturizes the skin and can help reduce the appearance of scars. It also has an amazing chocolaty scent which can influence the scent of products it is used in.
Cocoa Powder, Organic (Theobroma Cacao) – Cocoa powder is an unsweetened dark brown colored powder that is extracted from cocoa beans. It’s a powerful antioxidant that helps to repair damaged skin. Theobromine, found in cocoa powder, increases blood flow to the surface of skin which helps prevent skin from drying out, promoting healthy skin tissue. Cocoa powder aids in the renewal and formation of new skin cells, creating healthy skin cell development. It’s also a gentle exfoliant that can help slough off dead skin cells, and is perfect for sensitive skin. Your hair can benefit from cocoa powder as well. Containing a significant amount of sulfur, an important mineral for hair health, it has been known to help stop stress-caused hair loss and promotes moisturization, creating soft, smooth hair.
In cold processed soap, it creates a natural brown color and adds a velvety lather.
Coconut Milk (Cocos Nucifera Extract) – Coconut Milk is high in healthy fatty acids, proteins and vitamin E and it has excellent moisturizing and repairing properties for your hair and skin.
Coconut Oil, Organic Unrefined Extra Virgin (Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil) – Is high in fatty acids including vitamin E, which protects the skin from oxidative damage and offers a rich moisturizing feel.
Coffee, Organic Brewed/Ground/Powdered (Coffea) – We add coffee several different ways to our skincare products. Brewed, whether by hot or cold brewing methods, ground as an exfoliate, or powdered for a gentle exfoliate or colorant. Either way you add it, coffee provides an array of benefits for your skin. By encouraging blood flow to the skins surface, coffee can reduce dull, puffy skin. Coffee beans are full of anti-oxidants, and when you apply them directly to the skin they can provide a soothing effect and sense of calm and quiet. Along with the antioxidants, coffee also contains stimulates, and chlorogenic acids that may make it an effective acne treatment. We add ground coffee beans to our skincare products the help rid the skin of dry, dead skin cells, restoring it to a more radiant and smooth appearance.
Cranberry Seeds – Cranberry seeds are an excellent exfoliant, gently scrubbing away dirt, oil, and dry skin.
Distilled Water (deionized water) – Distilled water is steam from boiling water that’s been cooled and returned to its liquid state. Distilling rids water of all those impurities. It also removes more than 99.9% of the minerals dissolved in water.
Egg Yolks (vitellus) – Egg yolks contain at least seven essential minerals, including: calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc. Egg yolks are a plentiful source of many vitamins, especially fat- and water-soluble vitamins. Applying egg yolk topically to your scalp can infuse the root of your hair with vitamins. This means that the new hair will grow out stronger and be less prone to breakage and shedding. When your hair doesn’t fall out as much, it becomes fuller. It can even seem like it’s growing in faster.
French Green Clay (Montmorillonite or Illite Clay) – Clay detoxifies the skin as it draws out impurities. They also gently exfoliate and cleanse the skin. French Green Clay is green due to the decomposed plant material and iron oxide in it. It is used in soap as a natural colorant and cleanser. Mask and scrubs made with green clay are best suited for normal to oily skin type.
Glycerin, Organic (Vegetable Based, Palm Free) – Vegetable glycerin is a natural humectant which attracts and locks moisture into the skin.
Goat Milk, Powdered (Capra hircus) – Goat Milk is used in some soaps in its liquid form and in facial masks and bath bombs in a powder form. As an excellent moisturizer, goat milk contains amino acids such as lactic acid that help remove dead skin cells from the skin’s surface and is full of vitamins and minerals.
Honey, Powdered (Apis) – Honey is naturally antibacterial, full of antioxidants, and a powerful humectant. Meaning it draws and seals in moisture, making it extremely moisturizing and soothing for the skin.
Infused Oils – Infusing oils and butters with dried botanicals imparts some of the beneficial properties, along with the scent of the botanical into the oil adding to the quality of the product. To infuse oils I grind the dried botanical, then place them in the bottom of a large glass jar, filling it the rest of the way with the oil or butter to be infused. Where possible, I use the long infusion method which takes about 6 weeks.
Jojoba Oil, Organic (Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil) – Jojoba is referred to as an oil but is actually a liquid wax. It is suitable for all skin types because structurally and chemically it is very similar to the human sebum. It absorbs quickly into the skin, does not clog pores and offers many beneficial qualities for the skin.
Kaolin Clay, White Powdered (Hydrated aluminum silicate) – White Clay is a great option for almost all skin types as it gently draws dirt and build-up out from beneath the surface of the skin and absorbs excess oil that may clog pores and also works as a mild exfoliant. Kaolin is also thought to be the mildest and most gentle clay used in skin care.
Kokum Butter (Garcinia indica) – Kokum butter helps treat dry, cracked, and inflamed or damaged skin.
Madder Root Powder (Rubia Cordifolia) – Also known as Manjistha, is a good anti-inflammatory agent. It can relieve joint pain, redness, swelling, and arthritis. It may also be an effect way to reduce acne, promote the healing of skin tissues damaged by injury or infection and bring luster to your skin, make it glow.
Mango Butter (Mangifera Indica Seed Butter) – Mango Butter contains essential fatty acids and antioxidants that make it a wonderful choice for mature and dry skin.
Neem Oil (Azadirachta indica) – Neem oil reduces insect feeding and acts as a repellent. It also interferes with insect hormone systems, making it harder for insects to grow and lay eggs. Neem oil can also repel and reduce the feeding of nematodes. Other components of neem oil kill insects by hindering their ability to feed.
Caution: Consult your physician before using if you are nursing, pregnant or intend to become pregnant.
Oatmeal, Organic Whole/Rolled/Powdered (Avena sativa) – Oatmeal is a very versatile ingredient for skin care, it can be included in soaps, scrubs, and cleansers. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties making it soothing for sensitive or irritated skin and it contains saponins making cleansing for all skin types. Powdered oatmeal is made from grinding whole rolled oats and is used as a light exfoliant.
Olive Oil, Organic Extra Virgin (Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil) – Olive oil is my favorite soap making oils due to its deeply moisturizing and nourishing properties. It is rich in vitamins, minerals and natural fatty acids so it is also great for lotions, creams, and scrubs.
Orange, Organic Zest/Granules/Powdered (Citrus Sinensis) – Loaded with antioxidants and nutrients, orange peel is quite beneficial for your skin. By hydrating your skin, orange peel can help heal dry, flaky and itchy skin. Orange peel has anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties, making it a great facial cleanser and leaving the skin looking refreshed. The antimicrobial properties of orange peel can help reduce acne, marks and scars on the face. It is also an natural exfoliant helping to remove dead cells from the skin, unclogging pores and removing blackheads for an effect treatment for those with acne and oily skin. The vitamin C contained in orange peel helps form collagen and elastin bringing anti-ageing properties to your skin by reducing wrinkles and fine lines.
Palm Oil, Organic Sustainable (Elaeis guineensis (Palm) Oil) – Due to its high palmitic acid content, palm oil makes soap hard and long lasting. White Cedar Naturals only sources organic and sustainable palm oil to use in our products.
Potassium Hydroxide (KOH) – Potassium Hydroxide is an alkali used for making liquid soap.
Pumpkin, Organic Puree – It’s no wonder pumpkin is considered a super food. From the seeds to the flesh, pumpkins are loaded with nutrients that are helpful for the skin. Because of its small molecular structure it can penetrate deep into the skin, providing many beneficial enzymes and vitamins. Pumpkin contains alpha hydroxy acids, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Beta-carotine, Magnesium, Omega-3 fatty acids, and Zinc. These nutrients do everything from hydrating to repairing damage.
The alpha hydroxy acids found in pumpkin help break down dead skin cells, removing them from the skin and speeding up normal cell regeneration. Which help smooth and brighten the skin resulting in a natural glow.
Pumpkin enzymes are full of antioxidant-rich vitamins A and C. These amazing properties help to soften and soothe dry skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Pumpkin also boosts collagen production which keeps skin from looking cracked and scaly.
Containing high amounts of magnesium, zinc, and antioxidants pumpkin seed oil is especially useful in preventing the signs of aging by promoting moisture retention and improving the skin’s elasticity
Pumpkins also have powerful acne-fighting and oil regulating properties. Pumpkin can help treat and prevent zits because of its potent combination of zinc, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals.
Salt, Pink Himalayan/French Gray Sea Salt/Sea Salt – Adding salt to a cold process soap creates a creamy and mild lather and is a light exfoliant, removing dead skin cells and leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth. Salt is an excellent source of essential nutrients that your skin loves. Containing magnesium, zinc, calcium, and potassium, just to name a few.
Salt, well known for its stimulating and soothing properties, is also an natural humectant. Meaning it draws moisture to your skin and helps to retain it resulting in softer, smoother skin.
Salt helps balance skin oils and is a natural detoxifier, absorbing the toxins from the skin. It can also help reduce acne with its antiseptic abilities, clearing pores and drawing out impurities, calming inflamed skin.
Adding salt to your bath, with its area of minerals can help to detoxify and relax sore, achy muscles, relieve water retention and reduce inflammation in the legs, along with other problem areas.
Shea Butter, Organic (Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit) – Shea Butter has high concentrations of fatty acids and vitamins and also has anti-inflammatory and healing properties making it a go to ingredient for any skin care product.
Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH) – Sodium Hydroxide also known as lye is an alkali used in the soap making process. When fats and lye come together a chemical reaction occurs called saponification, the only way true soap is made. No sodium hydroxide is left in finished, properly made soap, because it is all used up in the chemical reaction.
Spirulina (Arthrospira platensis) – Spirulina also know as blue-green algae, is loaded with various nutrients and antioxidants. It is used in soap as a natural colorant and in face masks for its nutrients.
Wheat Germ Oil (Triticum Vulgare) – Because wheat germ oil is readily absorbed by your skin, it is an effective moisturizer and topical treatment. When applying wheat germ oil to your skin, you get a healthy dose of vitamin A, vitamin D, B vitamins, antioxidants, and fatty acids. These nutrients not only moisturize and heal dry or cracked skin, they also help prevent scarring. Wheat germ oil is particularly rich in vitamin E, which reduces skin damage, fights free radicals, and supports healthy collagen production.
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