Natural Fruit, Vegetable, and Nut Oils
Olive Oil - A therapeutic oil packed with antioxidants and Vitamin E that is easily absorbed by the skin. Heals, soothes, and protects. Olive oil creates an exceptionally gentle and moisturizing soap that cleans without drying out your skin.
Coconut Oil - A rich, saturated oil that moisturizes and protects skin. Creates a long-lasting soap that cleans well, with lots of creamy bubbles.
Jojoba Oil - A highly moisturizing oil, rich in Vitamin E, that closely resembles that produced naturally in the human body.
Palm Oil (Sustainably Sourced) - A solid oil that creates a gentle, long-lasting bar of soap. The palm oil we buy is grown and harvested in a responsible, eco-friendly way.
Castor Oil - A rich oil that draws moisture to the skin and creates a dense, foaming lather. Pressed from the castor bean plant, a tropical plant native to the Mediterranean and Africa.
Avocado Oil -An oil rich in Vitamins A, B1, B2, D, and E as well as amino acids, sterols, pantothenic acid, lecithin, and other essential fatty acids. Avocado Oil is great for those with skin ailments such as eczema, psoriasis, and other skin problems.
Sweet Almond Oil - Renowned for its rich concentration of oleic and linoleic essential fatty acids which help to give it unequalled penetrating and restructuring properties.
Lye - While you would never want to put plain lye on your skin, it is absolutely essential for turning the vegetable oils into a rich, creamy soap. Without lye, you can't make soap! A precise recipe and exact measurements is needed so that there is just enough lye to combine with the oils and create a perfect bar of soap. Our soaps are also superfatted, which means there is a small percentage of oils left in the finished soap to help nourish your skin. There is NEVER any lye left in the finished soap - it breaks down and gets completely used up in the soapmaking process.
Moisturizers and Exfoliants
Honey - A natural moisturizer, full of vitamins and natural enzymes which help make skin soft and healthy. Draws moisture from the air to your skin to keep it hydrated. To learn more about my honey supplier and the benefits of raw honey, visit their website.
Oatmeal - Gently exfoliates and unclogs pores, soothes irritated skin, and retains moisture for soft, smooth skin.
Coffee - A natural odor absorber. Helps remove unwanted cooking smells (like onions and garlic) from your hands. Provides gentle exfoliation and is rich in antioxidants that are good for your skin.
Nettle Leaf: Creates shades of green
Alkanet Root: Creates shades of purple
Paprika: Creates shades of orange
Safflower: Creates shades of yellow
Here at the Mindful Soap Co., you’ll notice I focus ALOT on essential oils. I pride myself in using essential oils vs. artificial fragrances in my products. At this point, you may be wondering, “What’s the difference? Why essential oils?” What does "therapeutic-grade" mean? I’m glad you asked...
The uses for essential oils (both for health and emotions) are numerous and diverse. Plants have many beautiful qualities, but the essential oils that are extracted from the leaves, flowers, stems, roots, or bark are amazing tools for us to use in our everyday lives.
Essential oils carry the essence of the plants in such a potent form that a single drop of essential oil can equal multiple teaspoons of the dried herb (for instance, 1 drop of peppermint oil equals more than 25 cups of peppermint tea and oils can be up to 70x more potent than in their dried herbal form). Essential oils can be used or applied in a number of ways and combinations to bring powerful results to your mind, body, and overall health.
All essential oils are made up of various chemical constituents whose research is continually growing, especially in recent years. They often also transfer very pleasurable sensory experiences within minutes because of their fragrances, making them impactful on our brain chemistry and emotional well-being. This makes for a long and diverse list of uses for essential oils.
But the remarkable uses of essential oils can only be maximized when purity is involved. Since quality regulations are virtually non-existent, knowing where your oils come from and how they are created is crucial to ensuring their safety and effectiveness. You can be sure that the Mindful Soap Company will always source its essential oils from the finest, most reputable companies in the industry. I only use 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils. Always have, always will. This means they are in their purest form, not diluted down, therefore maximizing the likelihood of receiving all the health benefits they have to offer.
**Safety Disclaimer**: The FDA has not evaluated these statements. No claims are made as to any medicinal value of these blends or oils. Information and descriptions presented are for educational purposes of the traditional uses of essential oils only and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. Individuals with serious illnesses should consult a qualified healthcare professional.
Goat milk is GREAT for your skin!
Alpha-Hydroxy Acids: Goat milk contains alpha-hydroxy acids such as lactic acid which help remove dead skin cells from your skin’s surface. This leaves new cells on the surface of your skin that are smoother and younger looking. Removing dead skin cells can help many skin conditions by removing irritation.
Vitamins: Goat milk contains many vitamins, but is particularly high in Vitamin A, which is necessary to repair damaged skin tissue, and maintain healthy skin. There have been several medical studies showing that creams made with Vitamin A reduce lines and wrinkles, control acne, and provide some psoriasis relief.
Minerals: Goat milk contains important minerals for the skin such as selenium. Selenium is believed by scientists to have an important role in preventing skin cancer. Selenium can also help prevent damage to the skin from excessive time in the sun.