Archive for May, 2010

Natural Should Mean. . . Well. . . Natural.

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

Soap Alchemy Basic Castile Soap - LavenderShouldn’t it? Did you know that in the United States, the term “natural” can be used on skin care products that contain little or no actual “natural” ingredients? At Soap Alchemy, when we say “natural” we mean “natural.” Plain and simple… We only use food grade oils in all of our soaps. They are not bleached, deodorized or refined, just natural, food grade vegetable oils. Many soap manufacturers use cosmetic grade oils… You wouldn’t want to cook with cosmetic grade oils, so why put them on your skin?

Did you know that the FDA does not review cosmetic products before they are marketed to consumers? There are ingredient requirements but it is left to the manufacture to verify compliance. Soap Alchemy lists every ingredient that goes into the batch on each bar of soap we produce. We do not use any ingredients that we would not ourselves put on our skin. There are no additives such as Sodium Laurel Sulfate or it’s cousin Sodium Laureth Sulfate which are notorious for drying the skin. We don’t use fragrance oils in any of our soaps, just pure, natural essential oils and we see no purpose in using any colorants, natural or otherwise, in any of our products either. Soap Alchemy uses food grade ingredients, essential oils, no synthetic fragrance, no colorants, no dyes!

Since every body is different, at any given time, you will find between 30 and 40 different varieties of soap on our website. For those who prefer no scent, we make about 10 different soaps that contain no essential oils or scent masking chemicals, which you may find in some “fragrance free” products, so you can choose what soaps work best for your type of skin. Our Pure Castile line of soap uses only 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil as the base oil for the soap while our Basic Castile line of soap, which includes our Oatmeal Soaps containing Certified Gluten Free Oatmeal, uses a blend of Soybean, Extra Virgin Olive and Palm Kernel Oils as well as Babassu Oil, Cocoa Seed Butter and Jojoba Oil. Our Goat Milk Soaps contain Soybean, Coconut, Babassu and Jojoba Oils, Cocoa Seed Butter and Goat Milk.

Our Specialty Soaps offer completely different blends of food grade, natural vegetable oils in each different bar to allow more choice in the oils which go on your body. Our Shea Butter Specialty Soap contains 35% unrefined Shea Butter! We also offer Neem and Tea Tree, Hempseed with Rosemary, Baby Almond, Avocado with Spearmint and Sunflower Oil Soap in this line.

What’s more, with the exception of our Goat Milk line of soap, Soap Alchemy Soaps are Certified Vegan!What you do get is a pure soap that rinses clean away and is good to use on your hands, face and entire body! We even have customers who use it on their hair!

Be Good to Your Body, Be Good to the Earth.
Our bars of soap not only claim to be natural, they are and they are safe for the environment. From the paper we use to package it, to our display boxes, our marketing materials and the inks used in our printed materials, you can bury it in the ground and it will break down naturally leaving nothing behind to harm the environment. Our wrappers and marketing materials are printed with soy inks on 100% recycled paper, our boxes are made with FSC Certified paperboard and printed with linseed oil inks and our soaps use all natural, earth friendly ingredients.

American Content.

Soap Alchemy sources as much ingredient and packaging from USA as possible.  But, it is not always possible.  For example, Tea Tree oil is from Australia.  However, Orange Essential Oil is from America!  The paper we print on is made in Michigan, the ink we use to print is also American Made.  The plastic jars we use are made in USA as well as the lids, the plastic shrink wrap.  Soap Alchemy strives to source American where ever possible.  For example, Sugar, from America, Sodium Hydroxide, a critical ingredient in Soap, made in America. Make a positive choice, help us to build a better, healthier America.