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The excellence of our soaps comes from the integrity of our basic ingredients. We use only food grade oils that nourish your skin. By blending various oils—olive, rice bran, kernel and soy—we craft a perfect bar of soap that's moisturizing, long-lasting and luxuriously lathering. To these base oils we add lye to “saponify” them, converting all the fat molecules into soap. There is no lye left in the finished and cured bars. Glycerin forms as a natural by-product of our “cold process” soap making. Triglycerides from base oils break away to become glycerin, which composes about 8% of each bar. Glycerin feels silky smooth on your skin.
We add to our basic soap recipe one or more of the following luxurious oils to provide your skin with maximum moisturizing. This step is called “superfatting.”
The fragrances in Herbaria soaps are essential oils derived only by steam distillation, expression, or extraction from actual plants. We are careful to select oils from sustainable plants, avoiding those from endangered species such as sandalwood or rosewood. In addition to creating the vibrant scents of our soaps, natural essential oils may also contribute therapeutic value for your skin health. See the descriptions of each bar for more details.
We add oatmeal to many bars because it is unsurpassed for exfoliating and soothing your skin. Cornmeal provides the scrub for our Gardener's Hand Soap. We use no oxides, ultramarines, synthetic colorants or dyes, choosing instead clays and plants' blossoms, leaves or roots to complement our scents and to make our soaps pretty as well.