All Natural isn't a regulated term. So, it gets used in all sorts of ways. So, what do we mean when we tell you our soap is "all natural. We mean we start with fresh, nourishing oils and butters. Olive, Coconut, Castor, Avocado, and Rice Bran Oil. Shea Butter, and Cocoa Butter. In our shampoos we add Walnut or Jojoba Oil. Each of these oils and butters brings its own unique characteristic to our soaps, resulting in the skin feel you love.
Then we add lye, or sodium hydroxide sourced from a reputable dealer so that we know we are not adding any impurites to your bar. But did you know, there is no lye in your soap when you receive it? All of the lye has interacted with oil molecules to create soap, in a process called saponification. We always add lots of extra oils to soothe and condition your skin.
Next, we scent your soap, with essential oils sourced from reputable suppliers who assay each batch and provide us with the assay reports. As essential oils are natural products, there are always going to be folks who cannot tolerate some of them. Thus, we ensure we have a clearly identified product, added at skinsafe levels as determined by IFRA, and list it on the label for you.
And finally, we color your soap. You may have noticed that all ours soaps are earthy, botanical colors. There is a shortage of bright tones. This is because we seldom use micas in our soaps. (when we do, we choose micas colored with minerals.) Most of our colors are derived from a selection of carefully sourced clays, or from botanical products. The root of himalayan rhubarb, for instance, gives a lovely bright pink. Many plants; basil, neem, alfalfa, spirulina, for instance, give tones of green. Indigo and woad make beautiful blues. Paprika, saffon and turmeric provide yellows and oranges. Cocoa makes browns, and activated charcoal gives us the greys and blacks. These botanicals are added as oil infusions, teas, or powders, to give different shades and textures.
The last step is pouring the now colored and scented soap batter. This is where we get to play and be artistic. Shall we go for layers? swirls? Wisps of one color in a base of another? Maybe an In the Pot Swirl, combined with layering? Shall we try the new technique we learned in the latest cool soap video?
Whatever we do, a couple days later, your soaps are carefully cut and placed on the rack to cure for a month, ensuring that your receive a gentle, longlasting bar to start or end your day just right!
Good Morning! I hope that you have been finding safe and healthy ways to enjoy the outdoors in this time of Covid. We have been learning to camp and boat while social distancing. The first step has been to choose a community that will help this happen. If you don't have the support and agreement of the people you are with, everything is much more difficult.
Good social support also makes living an eco conscious life easier.
EcoTip # 777 Find a community.
I walked down the laundry isle in the store last week, and it didn't take much to realize that most people are still using the 60% of detergents that get a D or F on the Environment Working Group's website. I think only one or two of the 152 products that receive an A got any shelf space at all. No wonder its so easy to feel alone and helpless when you embark on your eco-journey. So today, I want to introduce you to some great folks and resources that can help you feel part of a great eco-community.
One great place I love is the Facebook group SLC Zero Waste. The moderators are wonderful young women with a real heart for living an eco-friendly life. Don't let the Zero Waste moniker scare you away. The group is happy to support everyone in their waste reduction journey, and they are a great resource for local information and resources.
Many neighborhoods in Salt Lake have local Buy Nothing Groups to help you avoid buying and to share things you don't need any more. See if your neighborhood has one.
We also are fortunate to have several bulk store in Salt Lake! Hello!Bulk Markets offers bulk foods, as well as cleaning and personal care products. They have done an amazing job continuing to provide bulk goods in this time of Covid-19 restrictions. animailia is a gift and personal care shop with a whole supply chain emphasis. One wonderful service they offer is the ability to bring your personal food waste to their shop to be delivered to the local digester, diverting it from the landfill! Check out their website for more details. lever Octopus is another local business that is helping divert waste from the landfill. They take donations of many craft and other items, and help you turn them in to new and fun crafts. They offer (in normal times) classes in their own facilities, schools, libraries, and other places. They have been involved in implementing our local Fix-it clinics with the Utah Recycling Alliance. They help bring art to kids, adults and underserved communities. Their shop is a wonderful place to spend time with your crafty kid or your crafty grandma. Check them out!
These are a few places where you can find community in your Eco-Journey. Where do you find community and support? Share with us on our Instagram and Facebook pages!