Each soap has a different pattern - so it will be a nice surprise of what exact soap you'll get.
A soap for purists: 100% tallow (The fat came from a farm here in the Marlborough Sounds and was rendered by us - we do render all our tallow ourselves).
I put a lot of care into the recipe - because normally 100% tallow soaps don't lather very well, I added some sugar and citric acid, which helps to get more lather and also decided to use the dual lye method. I used mainly the usual sodium hydroxide (NaOh - lye), but added a part of potassium hydroxide (KOH - lye) as well. This is usually used for liquid soaps, but has the advantage here of producing a bit more lather than a 100% NaOh soap usually would.
The colour comes from Purple Brazilian Clay - all natural.
Please be aware that natural colours do fade after a while, so might not look quite the same as on the photo.
Saponified fats: 100% Tallow. Water, Glycerine*, Essential Oil, Brazilian Purple Clay, Citric Acid, SugarEssential Oil: Lavender
*Please note that I don't put any extra glycerine into the soap - this is just the glycerine that is created naturally during the soap making process.
According to NZ labelling rules the final ingredients of a product have to be listed
Properties of oils / materials used:
|Tallow||Provides excellent hardness to soap for long-lasting bars. Produces a creamy lather with good cleansing properties. Contains skin-friendly vitamins A, D, E, and K. Natural antioxidants help protect the skin.|
|Citric acid||in your soap serves a dual purpose. It helps your soap perform well in hard water by preventing mineral build up, ensuring a rich lather. Additionally, it acts as a natural preservative, extending the soap's shelf life for a longer-lasting product you'll enjoy.|
|Sugar||Added to soap recipes to increase lather and bubbles. Acts as a natural humectant, attracting moisture to the skin.|
|Clays||Might provide some very mild exfoliation and are mainly used as a natural colourant in soaps.|
|Essential Oils||It's important to note that while essential oils have gained popularity for their natural origins, they can be potent and should be used with care. Essential oils may trigger allergies or skin sensitivities in some individuals, and their usage often requires dilution and proper knowledge. Which is why we’re very careful in our usage of them and often prefer to use Fragrance oils. We adhere to European safety regulations and never put more than 3% into our oils and usually use a mix of Essential oils to really be on the safe side here. As with our fragrance oils, we only buy from reputable sellers.|