I’m a simple woman and I like simple, uncomplicated things. Several years ago I started simplifying my life, partly out of economic reasons, but mostly out of ethical and philosophical reasons. I’ve tried to reduce my consumption and reduce my waste. I look for simple, natural ingredient lists, and I’ve migrated to more natural products. I’ve reduced my reliance on western medicine and increased my reliance on natural healing. My journey has taken me in directions I never imagined. I’m studying to be a healing touch practitioner and certified clinical aromatherapist, and will be opening my own practice in the near future. I started making my own homemade soap, and personal care products and hand crafted jewelry using raw and natural materials. I make my own laundry detergent, home crafted kombucha, I crochet blankets, I cook, I sew, I bake bread. I absolutely adore crafting things with my own hands, and trying to get as close to natural as possible. I love knowing the ingredients in the things I put on and in my body.
I’ve spent years researching and developing my own recipes and line of products. During all of my research and development, I couldn’t find many recipes that fit my “keep it simple and uncomplicated” philosophy, so I devised my own recipes that are uncomplicated and natural that contain fine, high quality ingredients. Nothing extravagant, just pure, clean, simple, effective, fine products and beautiful, purposeful jewelry.
My recipes are simple and my inventory is small. My favorite ingredient in my soaps is coconut oil. This medium chain of fatty acids makes for the perfect oil. It is in virtually all of my products: soaps, lotions, lip balms. Coconut oil is highly cleansing, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, soothing, and healing. And it is non-acne forming.
A few of my other favorite ingredients are argan (organic only) and jojoba oil. Argan is a rich, non-greasy cold-pressed oil that is anti-aging and conditioning. Jojoba oil is actually a wax that is very similar to our own natural skin sebum. I use raw shea butter sparingly , a little cold-pressed castor oil, and a little cocoa butter, and olive oil. Olive oil is wonderful in baby soap. I use therapeutic grade pure essential oils that I source from a local Minneapolis distributor.
I don’t add colorants or other clutter to my products unless they serve a purpose. Charcoal adds a lovely dark gray color, that is gorgeous, but I use it for the detox properties. Otherwise, the colors of my soaps come from the ingredients only, not added micas, powders, colorants, etc. You’ll never find fragrance in my soaps, I use pure therapeutic grade essential oils.
My salt spa bars are dreamy. Salt is a natural detoxifier, it creates a lotion-like creamy lather, it imparts healing magnesium, potassium, calcium and zinc minerals to your skin, which help reduce inflammation. It is mildly exfoliating, balance the natural oils in your skin, and actually acts as a humectant (adds moisture) to your skin. It also seems to make your bar of soap last longer.
Soap is all about chemistry.
NO LYE, NO SOAP. All soap is made with lye. Lye is sodium hydroxide. Lye is wood ash. When oil and lye meet, a reaction occurs, the oil thickens, becomes “saponified”, and after a time of cooking or curing, the lye completely dissipates, and what is left is cleansing soap. DO NOT let anyone fool you by their labeling. Many natural soapers try to keep the public unaware of the use of sodium hydroxide by disguising the term like this: Saponified olive oil. Or, saponified Coconut Oil. Translation: Olive oil and sodium hydroxide, or Coconut oil and sodium hydroxide.