Oils with Benefits
Have you seen that T-shirt which proclaims, "I moisturize?" It's funny, but so true. Moisturizing is an essential part of any skincare routine. Oils and butters in soap take care of moisturizing.
By definition, soap is the product of a chemical reaction between oils (or fats) and lye water. We do not use animal fats in our soap. Instead, we use various types of vegetable oils and butters. Let us talk about these oils/butters and some of their benefits.
Olive oil is rich in vitamins A, D, E, and K. It is full of antioxidants and has been used for thousands of years in cleansing rituals. Like many other oils, olive oil locks in moisture and keeps your skin from drying up. In bar soap, olive oil produces a creamy lather.
Coconut oil is anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant. Research suggests it has wound healing properties and helps with skin barrier repairs.
Avocado oil is rich in vitamins A, B, D, and E. The high amount of fatty acids makes it a great addition to a soap bar.
Rice bran oil contains a lot of vitamin E and antioxidants. Similar to olive oil, it leaves your skin moisturized and feeling nourished.
Castor oil contains antioxidants which fight the free radicals in your body. Free radicals accelerate the aging process and wrinkles. Castor oil reduces puffiness, due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Shea butter is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, and antifungal. As such, it may help prevent acne. Shea butter moisturizes your skin well without leaving it feeling oily.
Canola oil is similar to olive oil in its chemical makeup. It produces a well balanced bar and creamy lather. Canola oil contains vitamins E and K.
Almond oil helps with skin barrier repair. It also has anti-aging effects.