Ingredients in our Handcrafted Soaps

We make our soap completely from scratch, using raw ingredients and our own recipes. 
While our ingredients vary, depending on the type of soap made, they all start out as simple oils and botanicals 

What is differnt with each of these oils is what they bring to the proverbial table
It is what these oils do for our skin and body that we will discuss on this page.

                                                        First off lets talk Carrier oils. 

Argan oil
Best for: Fine lines, dry skin, and dry hair
Extracted from the kernels found in the fruit of Moroccan argan trees, argan oil has high levels of vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants.

Avocado Oil
Best for: Dry, sensitive, or irritated skin
What it is: "This oil is high in vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids, which helps proper cell function and decrease inflammation

Coconut Oil
Best for: Sensitive skin, eczema, dry hair

Research has shown that coconut oil restores dry hair. "Its 12-carbon fatty acid structure allows it to penetrate the hair cuticle and help provide flexibility and strength

Flaxseed Oil
Best for: Irritated, sensitive skin, and conditions such as eczema and dermatitis
What it is: Packed with heart-healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, flaxseed is important for a healthy heart and complexion. "

Jojoba Oil
Best for: General dry skin
What it is: While technically a wax, jojoba (pronounced ho-HO-ba) oil has a chemical structure that's very similar to our skin's natural oils, so it's easily absorbed. Dermatologists recommend it because it also contains such minerals as zinc and copper, and vitamins B and E, which help strengthen the skin.

Olive Oil
Best for: Very dry skin
What it is: Olive oil — particularly extra-virgin olive oil — is a good all-around natural moisturizer and is recommended for dehydrated skin. "It's super rich in fatty acids and vitamin E," Dr. Sobel says. Like jojoba oil, olive oil is similar to the oils naturally produced by our skin and so is absorbed well into the skin. Studies also show that the antioxidant content in olive oil may help protect against skin cancer.

Rose Hip Seed Oil
Best for: Uneven pigment, scars, fine lines, and acne-prone skin
What it is: Rose hip seed oil, which is extracted from the seeds of a South American rosebush, is like Mother Nature's Retin-A without the irritating side effects. It contains omega-6 essential fatty acids and vitamins A and C, which work to increase cell turnover

Safflower Oil
Best for: Dry, irritated skin
What it is: The oil of this thistle-like flower contains linoleic acid, or omega-6 fatty acid, which helps your skin make ceramides, a type of lipid that helps the skin hold onto water and prevent dehydration. It's the best of all the oils for inflamed, dry skin.

Now lets look at Essential oils. 

Lavender Oil
Best for: Acne-prone or irritated skin
What it is: Collected from the fresh flowering tops of lavender, lavender oil may be especially beneficial for those with acne and general skin irritation. "It helps control sebum production, soothes irritation, and is a natural antiseptic and disinfectant," says Linder. Lavender oil can also boost the performance of your other skin products. Says Linder, "It's thought to help aid in the absorption of active ingredients into the skin."

Tea Tree Oil
Best for: Acne-prone skin
What it is: Tea tree oil is the essential oil taken from the leaves of the Australian tree Melaleuca alternifolia. Found in many natural acne remedies, it helps kill bacteria in the pores and hair follicles that lead to blemishes, and, luckily for those who can't find relief fast enough, it penetrates the skin quickly. "For best results, use it in conjunction with alpha- and beta-hydroxy-acid washes," says Dr. Zeichner. "Doing so will help slough off dead skin cells to prevent clogged pores."

Although it's a natural substance, tea tree oil may cause irritation, so make sure you test it on a small patch of skin before you use it generally.

Why is there sugar in my soap? 
Cause we like you sweet thats why.. well no not really but it sounded good didnt it  :D 

Sugar brings good things to a bar of soap. What is that you ask?  Bubbles!!! Loads and loads of soft luxurious bubbles. 

Again. You're welcome

Okay, maybe that explains the sugar by why did you put vinegar in my soap? 

Well now, that is a great question and I am glad you asked it. We at Okanagam Soapery learned that back in the day they used to put vinegar in soap to harden it.  That to us was a good thing. The more soft oils I can add to a soap, the more nurishment it brings. 

The second part to that equation was that while a handcrafted bar of soap is chocked full of good oils, they melt when left in water. If you are anything like me, I am of the mind that if I am going to spend money, I want my products to last. Which is why between the rope for hanging and the vinegar for hardening, we feel we are bringing to you a quality cake of soap that has all the nurishment as well as lasting power we all want from our products 

 As it turns out what also happens is that during the process called saponification the lye turns the vinegar into a product called lactic acid. Lactic acid is one of the most popular alpha hydroxy acids(AHAs) in skin care today, marketed as a powerful ingredient that helps reduce acne breakouts and the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of aging.

Who wre we to not bring such goodness to the table.