Olive Oil (Olea europaea) - Our main ingredient contains omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids which provide superior hydration to the skin. Olive oil is high in antioxidant vitamin E and phytonutrient compounds which have been found to be significantly anti-inflammatory. Olive oil allows the skin to breathe and makes for a mild soap suitable for young children and those with sensitive skin. Olive oil alone produces a softer bar of soap, so we add complimentary botanical oils to nourish the skin while adding lather and hardness to the bar.
Glycerin- When sodium hydroxide molecules bind with oil molecules during the saponification process soap is created. All cold processed soaps naturally produce about 10% glycerin. Natural glycerin soap is opaque not transparent. Glycerin is humectant ( attracts and retains moisture).
Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera)- Coconut oil when combined with olive and palm oil will produce a nice creamy, fluffy lather in cold processed soap - perfect compliment to skin conditioning olive oil. Coconut should be a compliment to the olive oil and not the main ingredient because it can be drying to the skin if too much is added to the recipe. We add just enough to produce a nice lather.
Sustainable Organic Palm Oil (Elaesis Guineesis)- Palm oil adds firmness to the soap and will produce a hard longer lasting bar . Palm oil contains vital nutrients that are essential to healthy skin. . It.. . . I..... . A natural source of antioxidants rich in palmitic acid, vitamin E, K, and and magnesium. Palm oil is naturally antibacterial and will fight acne bacteria. Sustainably harvested in South America, the farm is in a region of the Amazon that was cleared 30-40 years ago and the reestablishment of this forest crop has brought back many species of birds and other plants and animals. While not as diverse as a natural Rain Forest it is a vast improvement over grasslands. This supplier is a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.
Natural Vitamin E Mixed Tocopherols and Soybean Oil (GMO Free) Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant to protect the cells in the body from the effects of other toxins, free radicals, and pollution. Vitamin E is able to regulate vitamin A which benefits the skin to combat the effects of aging by reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Synthetic forms of vitamin e are less biologically effective.
Rosemary Extract (Rosemary Oleoresin Extract)- A natural antioxidant that will slow the rancidity of fixed oils to extend the shelf life of our soap. We never use synthetic preservatives.
Carrot Seed Oil- Rich in beta- carotene, vitamin B,C,D and E carrot seed oil is one of the most rejuvenating oils for the skin. Improves complexion, elasticity in the skin and firmness.
Green Tea Extract- Potent antioxidant Green Tea has the ability to repair aged and sun damaged skin. The active constituents in Green Tea are the Catechi Poly phenols.
Essential Oil (certified 100% pure)
Aromatherapy from skin absorption works because the skin is the largest organ of the body. Molecules of the essential oils pass through the skin's epidermis and are carried away by the capillary blood circulating in the dermis. Essential oils work as rubbish collectors attaching themselves to toxins, free radicals, cell debris, fungi, bacteria, viruses, or other debris and eliminating them by metabolizing and passing them through the body's waste. The human body takes the most vital properties of essential oils and uses them to bring itself into balance and is left in a healthier state.
Lavender: skin care- burns, inflammation, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, dry skin, sunburn, sores, sensitive baby skin, acne, aging skin. A natural antibiotic, antidepressant, sedative, and detoxifier. It promotes healing and stimulates the immune system so wounds regenerate more quickly. Truly indispensable.
Tea Tree: skin care- acne, athletes foot, dandruff, insect bites, oily skin, cold sores, infected wounds, psoriasis. Deodorizing, strong antiseptic, antiviral, anti fungal properties make Tea Tree is extremely useful in a wide range of conditions and all sorts of infections.
Rosemary: skin care- dermatitis, eczema,acne, dermatitis, promotes hair growth, regulates seborrhea. Both physical and mental stimulant, excellent for the treatment of all muscular conditions. Sprains, arthritis, depression, fatigue, memory loss, head aches, asthma, coughs, flu. Invaluable for the gardener, sportsman.
Eucalyptus: skin care- infections, insect bites, wounds. Antiseptic, antiviral, decongestant properties have proved effectiveness in respiratory ailments, asthma, coughs, colds, and infections. Eucalyptus is a natural insect repellant.
Citrus Oils: Bergamot, Lime, Orange, Lemon, and Grapefruit all contain different properties but share an uplifting fresh scent, antiseptic, astringent, toning, uplifting. The tonic action helps to detoxify the body through the lymphatic system.
Patchouli: skin care-weeping eczema, dermatitis, acne, wrinkles, sores, cracked chapped skin. Anti-inflammatory, antiviral, aphrodisiac. Helps regenerate skin cells, reduces scar tissue.
Peppermint: skin care- acne, dermatitis, ringworm, scabies. Fresh, tingly awakening, antiseptic, stimulating. Antispasmodic aids in asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, inflammation, nausea, head aches, fevers, arthritis, and much more. It has a mild cooling effect on the skin.
Fair Trade Unrefined Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii) - Natures own Shea Butter high in vitamins and nutrients is a natural fat derived from the seed of the Shea- Karite tree grown only in Africa. Shea butter offers a natural SPF 6 and a protective layer over the skin to provide deep intensive healing moisture for a variety of conditions: helps restore elasticity, softens dry cracked skin, stretch mark prevention, dry scalp, itching, eczema and rosacea relief. Intensive face, hand and body moisturizer.
Avocado Oil- Rich in vitamin A,D, and E this thick rich oil is excellent for those with eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, mature and damaged skin. Avocado Oil has the ability to absorb deep into the skin and can help other oils to absorb into the skin as well. Avocado soothes scaly skin and scalp, relieves dryness, and softens skin.
Oatmeal- For centuries oatmeal has been used to soothe, moisturize, and soften dry itchy or irritated skin. Oatmeal has excellent anti-inflammatory properties and will gently exfoliate and cleanse the most sensitive skin.
Goat Milk- Perfectly balanced goat milk has a natural ph level similar to the ph of human skin. Super nourishing goat milk contains over 50 nutrients to soothe and moisturize extra sensitive skin. Rich in protein, vitamins and minerals, goats milk also contains natural alpha-hydroxyacids to gently exfoliate and reveal radiant healthy skin.
Honey- Natural humectant, antioxidant and anti-microbial there is no wonder honey is in so many skin care and beauty products. Honeys ability to absorb and retain moisture will support the skins ability to rejuvenate and refresh depleted skin leaving it feeling silky and soft.
Beeswax- (Cera alba)- Natures owns beeswax is what we use in our lip balms and some of our body balms.
Bentonite clay- one of the most powerful and effective healing clays on earth. This clay has the ability to absorb toxins and impurities within the skin helping to prevent dermal irritation and razor bumps. This very unusual clay is made from weathered and aged volcanic ash mined hundreds or thousands of feet below the earths surface. Bentonite helps to clear acne and can soak up poisons which makes this soap also perfect for cuts, wounds and bug bites.
Although we make no claim that we can cure any specific skin condition, our customers have told us time and again how their sensitive, dry, itchy, eczema or acne prone skin has never looked clearer and felt healthier. Scientific studies have shown that many skin irritations are caused by harmful synthetic chemicals found in common commercial bath and beauty products. Most often store bought detergent soaps are made with hormone injected animal fat (sodium tallowate) that can clog the pores. These unhealthy ingredients are absorbed directly into the skin often causing inflammation and irritation that age the skin.
Moon River pure and natural soap is made for complexion, body, and scalp to promote healthy skin on adults, children, and babies.