Are your soaps Palm Free?

All soaps are Palm Free. Many soap makers use Palm to produce a harder bar of soap with better lathering qualities. All soap cleanses whether or not the bubbles are big and fluffy. I would rather not devastate the lives of Orangutans, natives and the environment to have big fluffy bubbles.

Are your products Vegan?

YES! And they always will be. I do not use Tallow in place of palm oil in soaps so that I can better serve vegans. I use Sodium Lactate to make up for the absence of hardening oils. All other products are 100% vegan as well. I use vegan waxes in beard balms in place of beeswax. If beeswax is used any products, it will be clearly stated on the product page.

What is Sodium Lactate?

Sodium Lactate is a liquid salt naturally derived from the fermentation of sugars found in corn and beets. It helps to produce a harder bar of soap and better lathering qualities. This is especially useful for those of us who make Palm Free soaps with a higher amount of soft oils. Sodium Lactate is also a natural humectant that provides moisture to the skin. It is NOT a milk protein as one might assume by the label. It is a vegan ingredient and safe to use.

Although only a tiny amount is used in my soap batches, If you suffer allergies to corn or corn-derived products, please seek advice on whether or not this ingredient is acceptable for use in your skincare.

Are your products ALL Organic?

No, they are not. It’s impossible for all soap to be 100% organic. It’s impossible to go 100% organic in products when a recipe calls for ingredients that do not have organic options. Sometimes it is a matter of affordability and availability. In other cases, it’s a matter of changing the recipe by omitting the ingredients that are not organic.

I don’t agree that only organic ingredients should be used because many other ingredients have exceptional qualities even if not organic. Organic doesn’t always equal “better for you”, and not all organics are truly organic, but this is another conversation to be had at a different time and place.

Either way, I strive to use as many certified organic ingredients when possible since that is also my personal preference, but my first priority is serving the function of my recipes while keeping it as affordable as possible.

Do you use preservatives?

I will only use a preservative in formulations that are water based. There is no way around this and it is for the safety of the consumer. The only other way around it is to make it yourself, and you would have to do that quite often since water-based recipes do not last long even when refrigerated. Fungal and bacterial growth occurs within a short period of time without proper preservation.

The conditions in which you store your product will make it more susceptible to oxidation and contamination, and this includes oil-based products. This is the reason I suggest hand washing before using beard balms and body butter that is stored in wide mouth jars and tins.

Oil-based products should be kept in a cool and dry place as often as possible. Moisture and heat can destroy a jar of oil, balm or butter. It is important not to get any water droplets into those products because it will cause bacterial growth. My oil-based products DO NOT have preservatives, therefore, extra care needs to be taken.

I never recommend storing beard balms, lip balms or body butter in the fridge because it raises the chances of contamination and could possibly grow mold from being kept in a moist environment. If you have a separate fridge for cosmetics only, then this would be a better option to lengthen the shelf life of some products. If not, refrigeration is a good option for products such as toners, bottled lotions and delicate oils.

While I personally do not agree with the “paraben & formaldehyde scare”, I will only use formaldehyde-free and paraben-free preservatives in water-based products. I will disclose all information about my chosen preservative so that you may follow up with information on that ingredient. Should a recipe call for a more effective broad spectrum preservative, it is more likely to be a paraben based or one considered to be a formaldehyde donor. These ingredients will be clearly stated in the product description. The choice will be left to the consumer of whether or not they are comfortable using such products. Preservatives are used at a very small percentage of the product.

*Soap does not require a preservative even though water is used to make it.

Any more questions?

If you have any other questions, feel free to contact me.