T H E B A S I C I N G R E D I E N T S
Natural fruit, vegetable, and nut oils
Olive Oil - a therapeutic oil packed with antioxidants and Vitamin E that is easily absorbed by the skin. Heals, soothes, and protects. Nothing beats olive oil for creating an exceptionally gentle and moisturizing soap that cleans without drying out your skin. The main ingredient in all of my soaps.
Organic Coconut Oil - a rich, saturated oil that moisturizes and protects skin. Creates a long-lasting soap that cleans well, with oodles of creamy bubbles.
Organic Palm Oil (sustainable source) - a solid oil that creates a gentle, long-lasting bar of soap. Organic, sustainable palm oil is grown and harvested in a responsible, eco-friendly way.
Castor Bean Oil - a super rich oil that draws moisture to the skin and creates a dense, foaming lather. Pressed from the castor bean plant, a tropical plant native to the Mediterranean and Africa.
Sodium Hydroxide (Lye) - while you would never want to put plain lye on your skin, it is absolutely essential for turning the vegetable oils into rich, creamy, moisturizing soap. Without lye, you can't make soap! The secret is a precise recipe and careful measurements so that there is just enough lye to combine with the oils and create a perfectly crafted bar of soap, with a small percentage of extra oils to moisturize and nourish your skin. There is NEVER any lye left in the finished soap - it breaks down and gets used up in the soapmaking process.
Some handmade soap makers choose to list their ingredients as "saponified oils" rather than listing the oils and lye separately, but there is no difference in how the soap is made. The word "saponified" means that the oils have been combined with sodium hydroxide and turned into soap. So, another way of listing the ingredients of Ellie's Handmade Soap would be "Saponified oils of olive, coconut, palm, and castor". Different wording, same ingredients!
Want to learn more about how vegetable oils are turned into soap? Check out the How Soap is Made page.
N O U R I S H I N G E X T R A S
Rich emollients , natural grains, herbs, and more
Honey - a naturally healing moisturizer, full of natural enzymes and vitamins C, D and E, to leave skin soft and healthy. Draws moisture from the air to your skin to keep it hydrated.
Oatmeal - gently exfoliates and unclogs pores, soothes irritated skin, and retains moisture for soft, smooth skin.
Shea Butter - a super-emollient moisturizing oil, rich in vitamins A and E, that softens and heals severely dry skin. Shea Butter is great for treating eczema, psoriasis, rashes, and even wrinkles and stretch marks!
Chamomile - a calming herb that soothes and deep cleans skin.
Coffee - a natural odor absorber. Helps remove unwanted cooking smells (like onions and garlic) from your hands. Provides gentle scrubbing and is rich in antioxidants that are good for your skin.
E S S E N T I A L O I L S
100% natural plant extracts for beautiful scents and gentle skin care
Cinnamon Leaf - stimulating scent, increases energy, reduces headaches and irritability, fights viral, fungal, and bacterial infections.
Clove Bud - a fragrant, spicy oil that kills germs, numbs pain, and reduces drowsiness, headaches, and irritability.
Lavender - a wonderful oil for all skin types, including dry, oily, blemished, sensitive, and mature skin. Soothes irritation, rejuvenates skin cells, kills bacteria. This soothing oil reduces stress, relaxes muscles, and helps you sleep.
Lemon- reduces stress, helps you focus, and is an antidepressant. It kills viruses and bacteria, regulates oily skin, and relaxes stiff muscles.
Lemongrass - a rejuvenating and stress-reducing oil with a fresh earthy lemon scent that is an anti-depressant. Astringent properties make it especially good for oily or acne prone skin and dull hair. A natural deodorant.
Litsea - also known as "May Chang", this calming oil is anti-inflammatory, skin cleansing, antiseptic, and a natural insect repellant and deodorant. Has a sweet, rich lemony scent.
Orange (Sweet) - a bright and fragrant oil that reduces anxiety and depression, improves circulation, rejuvenates dull skin, detoxifies, and is a gentle antiseptic.
Palmarosa - hydrating, balancing, good for dry or oily skin, and helps treat acne. A gentle, all-purpose skin care oil that treats many skin conditions.
Spearmint - refreshing, uplifting, calming scent. Treats headaches, nausea, fatigue, and depression. Safe for young children. Antiseptic.