We strive to make things as sustainable as possible, while still making the products useful and fun.
For us that means a making a soap base with few ingredients using local and organic raw materials. In this case we chose three main oils as our starting point. Most bar soaps need a “hard” oil or butter to make a solid soap, this would traditional be lard or palm oil. We only make vegan products and avoid palm oil as much as possible, this left coconut oil as the best choice. We use olive oil for its over all good qualities in soap and its easy accessibility in EU. And lastly, we use organic rapeseed oil from Denmark, to fill the rest of the soap, as it’s a good cheap and sustainable option.
To spice it up we use fragrance oils, the same as in our candle (yes, they are skin safe), pigments/oxides, clay, charcoal powder and mica for some colour and sparkel.
Prefer no scent and/or no colours? No worries we got something for you too.
Lye or sodium hydroxide
All soap is made through a chemical process called saponification. It happens when you mix oil with a strong alkaline in this case sodium hydroxide or NaOH aka lye. There is no way to make soap without this reaction. But don’t worry by the time the soap is in your hand all traces of lye are gone, and we are only left with lovely soap. We only use a cosmetic grade quality sodium hydroxide for maximum purity.
Rapeseed oil or Sodium Rapeseedate
We use a locally and organic grown rapeseed oil. When grown organically rapeseed is relatively sustainable with little to none damage to the environment and does not require large amounts of water (it does rain a lot in Denmark anyways). In soap, rapeseed oil is moisturizing and provides creamy lather. Sadly, making a soap that is 100% rapeseed oil is not ideal so it has to be mixed with other oils.
Olive oil or Sodium Oleate
Olive oil is a stable in the soap making world and have been used for centuries. We use a organic extra virgin olive oil from Spain. As with many other crops olive oil is not 100% sustainable options due to the mass production and deforestation associated with it. This is why we choose to work with suppliers that makes high quality organic olive oil while working with sustainable farming.
In soap olive oil is creates a very gentle cleansing and a moisturizing bar. While you can make a 100% olive oil soap (Castille soap) it was not the type of soap we wanted to make. This is also the most expensive oil in our recipe and we wanted to keep the cost reasonable for both you and us.
Coconut oil or Sodium Cocoate
We use organic coconut oil from the Philippines as our hard oil, it along with olive oil, is one of the most used oils in soap making. Coconut oil in soap creates a rich lather and foam, and helps make the bars setup hard. Unlike what you may think, coconut oil does not make a moisturizing soap, but rather a very cleansing and more drying soap. This is why a 100 % coconut oil hand soap is rarely seen, as it needs some help to be more skin-friendly.
To us synthetic does not mean bad, many man-made products are in fact much safer and cleaner than their “natural” counterpart. Acquiring even just one bottle of essential oil requires an incredibly large amount of plant material. It takes about 242.000 rose petals to get approximately 5 ml of rose essential oil.
All our fragrances are vegan and paraben free.
But why even use scent. We don’t have to but we want to. Who doesn’t like smelling something nice? We don’t want the scent to be the main selling point of our soaps, but we do believe a lovely scent does help convince people to make the switch. And if you prefer soap without scent or have an allergy, don’t worry we have not forgotten about you.
We use a variation of pigments, oxides, clays, charcoal powder and child labour free and/or synthetic mica to make the soap more fun. While colourful soaps aren’t a need, they are what makes you want to use them, along with the scent. For bar soaps to be sustainable they have to be used. While the most plain soap (like our Just Soap) is the most sustainable, it may not convince people to switch from bottles to bars.
While some of our colourants are just for the aesthetics, our soaps containing clays or activated charcoal powder does have added effects, like our Pink Salt & Charcoal Soap or our Coconut Milk & Clay Soap.