The following oils make up the body of each one of our soaps. They were carefully selected and proportioned to deliver superior cleansing and moisturizing power while providing a great bubbly lather.
Avocado oil has a high amount of proteins and unsaturated fats, which are both extremely beneficial to the skin. Among these are Omega-3 fatty acids, sterolin, lecithin, potassium, and several antioxidants. These vitamins and compounds combined with avocado oil’s rare ability to deeply penetrate the skin make it especially healing for dry skin, wrinkles, and age spots, as well as strengthening weak hair and hair follicles (1).
Coconut oil contains saturated fats, capric acid, caprylic acid, and lauric acid, which not only help the skin retain moisture, but also prevent microbial infections by protecting pores as well as open wounds. The many proteins in coconut oil help replace sick and dying cells with new healthy cells at a natural rate, which keeps the skin young and rejuvenated (2). Coconut oil is also a natural makeup remover.
Our palm oil comes exclusively from RSPO-certified sources (please visit www.rspo.org/about/sustainable-palm-oil for more information on the importance of this). Palm oil contains tocotrienols, which are compounds of the vitamin E family, but are very rare in other natural substances. Tocotrienols are 40-60 times more powerful than the more common forms of vitamin E in fighting free radicals and preventing skin cancer. In addition to fighting free radicals, palm oil can go as far as preventing them from forming. Palm oil also contains a refatting agent that helps restore natural skin and hair oils that most soaps and shampoos strip away (4). Palm oil reduces damage done to the skin through UV ray exposure because of its betacarotene content.
Shea butter contains several unique fatty acids that give our soap strong anti-inflammatory properties. These compounds not only make Shea butter a strong aid in healing skin diseases and acne, but also inhibit the promotion of skin tumors (5). Shea butter helps tissue-cell regeneration and softens the skin which reduces wrinkles (6). Not only does Shea butter relieve skin damage caused by harsh climates due to sun, wind, and cold, but its quality of sealing moisture within the skin help prevent these types of skin damage as well. These properties also make Shea butter an effective treatment for dry scalp and dandruff. It also reduces the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks and increases skin elasticity by boosting the skin’s collagen production.
The Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans did not have the luxury of soap. Instead, they rubbed pure olive oil on their skin and simply scraped off the excess (7). While the cleansing power of olive oil may have been known for millennia, we are only recently starting to understand why. Among its antimicrobial properties, olive oil does not clog pores, and even unclogs them, making it an effective treatment for acne. It contains forms of vitamin E and three major antioxidants: hydroxytyrosol, polyphenols, and phytosterols. These compounds are not only anti-aging by promoting collagen production (8), but they have been shown to reduce damage caused by UVA and UVB rays, and have even been shown to prevent skin tumors (9),(10).