Today we’re going to take a look at the primary ingredients that make up our castile soaps and explain why we choose them.
Olive Oil & Sunflower Oil
These two ingredients make up our primary oil base because of their high oleic acid content which helps keep the final soap extremely gentle on skin. When we set out to create Rich Farmers castile soap, we wanted the final product to be gentle enough to use straight out of the bottle, without having to dilute it. The combination of these two plant oils ensures our soaps have a low fat to oil base that don’t dry out the skin.
Olive and sunflower oil on their own have extremely poor foaming qualities. Coconut oil is used to help enhance those foaming qualities.
Apple juice is used as opposed to water because of its fructose (fruit sugar) content. It has water binding and hygroscopic properties that help attract and retain moisture. Fructose also acts as a natural exfoliator and is beneficial to blemish control as it helps restore the balance of the skin's natural oils. Lastly, the natural glycolic acid in sugar helps condition, moisturize, and protect the skin from pollutants and toxins.
Oat extract is an anti-inflammatory that helps exfoliate and remove dirt and oil from your skin and pores.
We hope that explained a little bit about our thought process when it comes to formulating our soaps. Our overall goal was to create a castile soap that didn't need to be diluted and wasn't overly drying on the skin. We wanted a soap that was safe to use right out of the bottle and gentle enough for everyone.