Our soap is:
- Safe for Sensitive Skin
Our bar soap: Our bar soap is considered “pure soap” which means that there are no detergents, no sulfates and no alcohol. So real and pure is our bar soap, the FDA does not require that the ingredients be listed on the label. Many bars on the market are actually detergents, and not soaps at all. They are called “syndet bars”, or synthetic detergent bars. They are made from synthesized chemicals (powdered detergent) and are typically much harsher than soap. True soap, like ours, is made from natural oils and is gentle -much more mild than detergents.
Glycerine is good! And our bar soap contains a high amount of natural vegetable glycerine. A natural humectant, glycerine attracts moisture to the skin. Glycerin soaps are known to have a mild ph and are gentle, moisturizing and softening. A high glycerine soap is especially good for sensitive and delicate skin, and for children.
Believe it or not, a lot of companies will extract the glycerin at a certain stage of the soapmaking process by adding salt to the batch. In order to make the extremely hard French milled soaps, the glycerin must be removed or the soap would be too soft. In our case, we maintain the glycerine and the integrity of the soap producing a bar that is detergent free, hard and long lasting.
Our liquid soap: Our liquid soap is a Castile soap. Castile soap is a natural, vegetable oil soap that has been around for hundreds of years. Castile soap isn't a brand but a type of soap made exclusively from vegetable oil (often olive oil) rather than animal fat or synthetic substances.
In our castile soap, we use a combination of extra virgin olive and coconut oils to create a soap that cleans effectively without being aggressive - a soap that leaves the skin silky-smooth and refreshed. Our natural liquid soap has a high level of glycerine with no sulfates, surfactants or detergents. It is mild to the skin while offering great natural cleaning power.
No Unnecessary Additives: We stay as close to natural as possible using the highest quality ingredients and avoiding unnecessary additives. For example, we do not use sodium lauryl sulfate - a thickening and sudsing agent. Not only does our soap lather up beautifully on its own, we would never want to add an ingredient that literally strips away the benefits of our soap.
What we put into our soap is just as important as what we leave out. We use ingredients such as olive oil, shea butter and lots of glycerine to gently cleanse, moisturize and protect skin.
Packaging and Design
Style with Substance: We have always had a thing for vintage, particularly retro-modern – a contemporary take on classic aesthetic. Turns out this is extremely popular these days. More than ever, people are gravitating towards the comfort zone of nostalgia - a simpler life, a return to “home” and the familiar.
Our “look” is not sterile or omni-present. Nor is it passé. Our packaging conveys imagery and style that speak to everyone – we zero in on personality and help consumers to express their individualism. Paired with a luxurious, effective body products, we have created something special and have set ourselves apart from the rest of the personal care market. Why not have it all? Great product AND gorgeous design!
The power of smell: Even our scents have a nostalgic quality about them. We worked hard to develop scents that were both refreshing and familiar. Whether it is fruit or floral, our blends are sophisticated and attractive. Our scents are light, natural and not over-perfumed. We use consumer-safe fragrance oils that include natural ingredients.
Close to Home
Local Production: Our research indicates that many personal care products are made overseas, in several different countries. Proud to be MADE IN THE U.S.A, our soaps are made right here in Northern California using traditional, time tested soap recipes - no shortcuts, no overseas production (it's surprising how many soaps are not made in the USA!). The benefits of local production include reduced carbon footprint, procuring local ingredients, hiring local people – enhancing the local economy, and employing family businesses like our own, whenever possible.
“Green” as a Lifestyle
Going Green: For us, going green means simply using recipes and ingredients that were developed before the industrial and chemical revolutions - using ingredients that are pure and locally procured, when possible, and keeping production within our local economy. Green is not a marketing tool for us, we just happened to have embraced a lifestyle and business philosophy that falls within the definition of “being green.”