Personal hygiene is… well, essential! That’s why we named this the Essential Bar. Sure, you could get all fancy and come up with some cool names, but we figured we’d tell it like it is. This is our standard-frills luxury soap bar, balanced for most skin types and cleansing while also being super moisturizing. Great for face and body, and never harsh or drying.
- Handmade in small batches with care in Portland, Oregon by an Oregon native and 3rd-generation herbalist.
- Full of vitamins, antioxidants, nutrients, and healthy fats from oils like Shea Butter, Avocado, and Jojoba.
- Vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, all natural.
- Available fragrance-free and in a variety of scents, some using essential oils and some using fragrance oils. Fragrance oils are paraben-free, phthalate-free, gluten-free, and vegan as well.
Net weight approx. 4.5 oz (minimum). One bar will last you quite a while, depending on how much you use it and how it is stored!
- Saponified oils of:
- Shea Butter
- Castor Seed
- Jojoba Seed
- Sodium Lactate
- Kaolin Clay
... And either pure essential oils or phthalate-free fragrance oils. Some scents are simply not possible with essential oils - either because the smell cannot be replicated, the plant is endangered (such as Sandalwood), or the oil is too expensive (like Rose). We use a moderate amount of fragrance and even our smell-sensitive folks are usually okay with the soaps, but if you're super sensitive or genuinely allergic, we suggest sticking with the essential oil soaps (or unscented)!
Years ago, we realized fragrance sensitivity was a thing. And then allergens were a thing. And everyone in my family had them. So we started making our own products, learning from my grandmother, who had been growing herbs and making soaps from them for years. Our recipes and processes have been refined over the years, and continue to evolve as we learn more – for example, we stopped using palm oil once we realized the destruction its harvest wreaks.
We use the “hot process” method of soapmaking, which provides less room for super fancy designs and such but has some tangible benefits – the short version being that the soap is essentially done cooking before most of the good stuff is added! Scents tend to last longer, and the fun ingredients that are added (like herbs, aloe vera, and extra luxury oils) don’t get broken down during the soapmaking process. This can potentially provide you with some aromatherapy and herbal benefits.
In addition, we do a thing called “superfat after cook”. Most handmade soaps are “superfatted”, meaning there’s a little extra oil in the bar that doesn’t get turned into soap – providing that oh-so-delightful moisture that your skin craves! In most soap bars, those oils are randomly chosen by the soap gods during the saponification process and you get what you get – which, granted, is still pretty awesome. Using this method, we get to choose which oils you moisturize with. Unless specified otherwise, that’s a combination of Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter and Avocado Oil.
Every bar is made in small batches (one batch makes 15 bars, unless I really screw up), then cut by hand and allowed to cure. Because we use that hot process method, the bars are technically ready to use right away – but the longer they cure, the harder (thus longer lasting) and more bubbly they’ll get! So don’t be afraid to let them sit awhile – they’re not likely to go bad (unless you forget about them for YEARS, which I definitely haven’t ever done...).
Give us a try; your skin will thank you!
What you won’t find in our soap
No gluten, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, preservatives, petroleum byproducts, lanolin, or harsh chemicals. Usage of any animal products is limited to honey, beeswax, or goat milk in a handful of items. Oils are solvent and pesticide-free, non-GMO, and organic whenever possible. All ingredients are sourced carefully to be as ethical, pure, and affordable as we can find.