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Ingredients

Botanicals

Using various botanicals in soapmaking, bath salts, etc. can help to bring decoration, color, and texture to the final product. In some cases botanicals are added to bring therapeutic benefits as well (for example calendula flowers have historically been used by herbalists to treat skin conditions). We categorize botanicals as any herb, spice, flower or seed added into our product. We typically utilize them primarily to provide exfoliation and to improve the final look of the product. Some examples of botanicals we use frequently are calendula petals, lavender petals, cranberry seeds, poppy seeds and more! Please asses any sensitivies on a case by case basis.

Colorants

Mica
Oxide Pigments

Mica

Mica is an iron-derived mineral that, when ground into an extremely fine powder, gives a shimmery lustre to cosmetic and bath products. Micas are typically dyed and act as a pigment, though mica itself is white or off-white. We use mica in bath bombs and salts, and when we want to add sparkle to our soaps.

Exfoliants

Cane Sugar
Coconut Sugar
Oat Flour

Cane Sugar

Help your body to shed it's dead skin by exfoliating with a cane sugar body scrub! In addition to being a great manual body exfoliant, cane sugar also provides natural glycolic acid, which also gently helps the dead skin come off from the body.

Flavor Oil

Flavor oils are the oils most commonly added into lip balms and lipsticks. Despite their name, they are technically actually highly concentrated food grade fragrance oils. Not all fragrance oils or essential oils are lip safe (and not all would taste that good either!), however all flavor oils are guaranteed to be lip safe and they taste good too! Flavor oils also a bit of a misnomer in an additional way as well since you can't actually taste the flavor oils. What is happening when these products seem to have a taste, is that they are actually using a sweetener (commonly aspartame or other sugar substitute). The sweetener then tricks your brain into thinking you are tasting the flavor when you are actually just smelling it! So, flavor oils are essential oils that do not actually taste - keeping up? :) Flavor oil formulations are not required to be listed by individual ingredients. Ingredients that make up a formulation are Federally protected as proprietary formulations by regulating bodies and are considered a protected trade secret by the manufacturer. The word "fragrance" or "flavor" is all that is required to be listed. No other obligations are required by any regulating bodies. We use flavor oils with a gentle hand in some of our lip balm formulations, but if you are concerned about a sensitivity we also have a special lip balm formula in our L’Étoile du Nord Collection (no added scents or colorants) which is simply a plain beeswax lip balm.

Fragrances

Essential Oils
Fragrance Oil

Essential Oils

An essential oil is a concentrated liquid containing compounds from plants. They are usually obtained by water or steam distillation, or by cold pressing. Through this process, the oils inside a plant can be extracted into a highly concentrated form. Essential oils are "essential" in the sense that it contains the "essence of" the plant's fragrance—the characteristic fragrance of the plant from which it is derived. Essential oils can have very complex biochemical interactions in our bodies. For example, different essential oils can create different reactions in our enzymes and hormones. Take an extremely popular essential oil for example - tea tree. One of the primary active ingredients in tea tree oil is Terpinen-4-ol, which has been demonstrated in studies to kill parasites found on human skin! In addition to having effects on the body when applied to the skin, their scents alone have been shown to activate certain receptors in our brains when smelled which could then bring about, for example, a sense of calm. Many essential oils on the market tout therapeutic benefits ranging from minorly helpful (like reducing redness) to even claims as bold as curing cancer. Of course we do not support such extreme claims but many essential oils do indeed help in various therpeutic scenarios. Perhaps even more importantly in the soapmaking business - THEY ALSO SMELL AMAZING! Essential oils should never be applied directly to the skin without being in some other carrier oil/product. All of our product formulations which include essential oils use skin safe amounts diluted enough in the resulting product to smell great and provide benefit but to never irritate the skin. If you are a person who happens to have many skin sensitivies and are concerned about the inclusion of added fragrance, please check out our L’Étoile du Nord Collection. All products in our L’Étoile du Nord Collection contain no added fragrances or colorants. They are specially formulated for sensitive skin.

Oils & Moisturizers

Argan Oil
Avocado Oil
Beeswax
Canola Oil
Castor Oil
Cocoa Butter
Coconut Oil
Glycerin
Honey
Jojoba Oil
Oat Protein
Olive Oil
Palm Oil
Propylene Glycol
Safflower Oil
Shea Butter
Sorbitol
Sweet Almond Oil
Vitamin E

Argan Oil

The amber-hued argan oil originated on Morocco’s Haha Coast and is derived from the fruit of the native argan tree. Since at least 600 BCE, the Phoenicians relied on the oil for healing and beauty. Even today, Southern Morocco is the only place in the world where the argan tree grows. As a result, the oil produced is one of the most expensive in the world. Argan oil is rich in unsaturated fatty acids such as oleic and linoleic acid, making it great for improving the health and youthfulness of skin. Soothing and anti-inflammatory, argan oil helps to calm irritated and red skin. It help repair damaged skin, and also assists in treating skin conditions such as eczema. All around a great oil, it is perfect for sensitive and dry skin.

Other Ingredients

Activated Charcoal
Arrowroot Powder
Champagne Extract
Citric Acid
Clay
EcoGlitter
Lye
Polysorbate 80
Sodium Bicarbonate
Sorbitan Oleate
Spinach Powder

Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal, simply, is carbon. It is created from burning carbon-rich materials at high temperatures, for example, wood, coconut shells or coal, are burned at a high temperature down to a powder. The charcoal powder is then typically charred with some additional material, such as chloride salts, to help create the porous structure. Finally the excess material is then washed away with a dilute acid solution to leave the pure carbon. Having been pressed into extremely fine dust like particles, the remaining activated charcoal has a ton more surface area. Carbon like that has a lot of porous area where chemical adsorption can occur. No, that's not a typo! Adsorption is similar to absorption in that your material is "sucking up" stuff from liquids or gases. However, in the case of adsorption, all the atoms and molecules stick to the surface area of the activated charcoal. Because it is so fine, activated charcoal has a lot of surface area, so it can adsorb a ton and it can also do it quickly and efficiently. Activated charcoal has been used for a long time in medicine, particularly poison control, to help over dose victims, treat patients with wounds, decontamination scenarios and more. These days you will see it used more and more frequently in skincare, oral hygiene and more because people feel that it will have these same sorts of 'detoxyifying' qualities in those applications as well. Whether it does or doesn't, it is also simply an excellent exfoliant and the surest way to make sure you are ending up with the blackest of black pigment in a skin safe manner!

Salts

Dead Sea Salt
Himalayan Pink Salt
Magnesium Sulfate
Sodium Lactate

Dead Sea Salt

People have been using dead sea salt since ancient times for its therapeutic qualities. One important quality of Dead Sea Salt that makes it so desirable is it's high mineral content as it contains magnesium, calcium, sodium, zinc, potassium and more. Besides its therapeutric qualities, it also has practical use as an excellent exfoliant. The calcium, zinc and potassium work together to replenish and proctect your skin's moisture. The high mineral content also makes Dead Sea Salt an excellent choice for individuals with eczema, psoriasis or other sensitive skin conditions.

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