INTOXICATING FRAGRANCES, PRETTY COLOURS, AND EVERYTHING ELSE
Your guide to understanding all the natural (and nearly-natural!) ingredients we use so you can make good, easy decisions about the handmade soap, bath products, and natural skin care products you buy
FRAGRANCE AND COLOUR
Natural Fragrance and Phthalate-Free Fragrance Oils
As an educated shopper who actually reads the labels on skin care products, you probably already know that fragrance, parfum and aroma are bath products ingredients to be avoided if you have extra-sensitive skin, wish to reduce your toxic load, or care about keeping chemicals out of the waterways and ecosystem. We understand: if you prefer unscented bath and body care products, we have several offerings, from bath tea to natural soap to bath salts, to help you keep it clean. For those who love to stimulate their senses with fragrance, we offer two kinds of scented bath and body care products.
Scented with only pure, natural essential oils and/or herbal and fruit extracts
Scented with phthalate-free fragrance oils in place of, or in addition to, natural essential oils
This brings us to phthalates...a group of industrial
chemicals used in hundreds of products, that has
been linked to organ damage and reproductive
damage in animal studies. In the environment,
these chemicals can mimic estrogen and harm
the reproductive development of males.
Phthalates are bad, m'kay?
Our fragrance oils are sourced only from suppliers who make
fragrances from naturally-derived ingredients with a minimal
synthetic component which helps set the fragrance.
Using fragrance oils also allows us much greater flexibility to
make wonderful-smelling products with scents that are not available in essential oils alone. You will find 'phthalate-free fragrance' on the ingredients list of all products that contain fragrance oil, on our website and/or on the product labels themselves.
Fun Fact: You know how if you store an unopened bottle of perfume in a cool, dark place and open it 3 years later, it will smell exactly the same as it did the day you bought it? Or, if you open it and store it in the heat, 3 years later it will smell like it's gone bad, but it will still smell very, very strong? That's phthalates. Our products do not contain phthalates, so the fragrance isn't bound strongly to the product. We recommend using your SaltZ within 3-12 months (depending on the product) to ensure freshness of fragrance.
Natural Colours and Skin-Safe Colorants
Who says that natural bath and body care products have to all be beige? Part of our mission to make bath time fun again includes making pretty handmade soaps and colourful bath salts that kids can really get behind. We do this in three ways:
Natural micas - naturally occurring silicate minerals that glitter and reflect light
Natural pigments - food-grade additives like vanilla, pink salt, rose clay, beetroot powder, green tea powder, olive leaf, sea clay, rosemary, coffee, red wine, black tea, and charcoal
Skin-safe cosmetic colorants - pigments with synthetic ingredients that are specifically used to colour soaps and cosmetics
Needless to say, we try to use natural colours in our products wherever possible and effective to do so. Our shift is always towards using the best possible natural ingredients and minimizing the synthetics. That's why fragrance and colour are the only two synthetic additives to be found in any of our products, and only then in certain products and in minimal amounts. When using cosmetic pigments such as LabColors, it is often in concert with natural colours, and always in amounts subtantially smaller than the maximum recommended for any bath and body care product.
NATURAL SKIN CARE INGREDIENTS
We use wonderful, natural ingredients to improve performance in our handmade soaps and natural skin care products! These ingredients are vegan, naturally derived, and give your natural bath products a boost in terms of efficacy, shelf life, and skin-loving benefits. Examples include:
Hydrosols - floral waters, a byproduct of the essential oil distillation process
Witch hazel - toner, cleanser and fragrance diffuser
Menthol crystals - produced through the distillation of mint essential oil
Arrowroot starch - a naturally absorbent plant alternative to talcum powder
Kaolin clay - water-softening additive that hardens bath bombs and adds 'slip' to soap
Resins such as benzoin, frankincense and myrrh - contain their own skin healing benefits
Powdered extracts such as coconut milk, colloidal oatmeal and cucumber peel
Vitamin E - natural preservative
Citric acid - naturally occurring in citrus fruits, it reacts with baking soda to make the fizz in natural bath bombs
Stearic acid - a naturally occurring fatty acid found in animal fats, as well as vegetable fats like cocoa butter and shea butter. We only use vegetable sources for our body butter!
Honeyquat - a natural active ingredient and humectant made from pure honey that has been rendered non-sticky for use in rinse-off and leave-in hair and skin products
Vegetable glycerine - a natural emollient. To expand on this ingredient as an example, vegetable glycerine is a transparent, colourless, unscented liquid derived from the oils of plants such as coconut, palm, or soy. Used topically, it is gentle enough for the most sensitive skin (even baby skin!) It attracts and locks moisture into the skin, softening, smoothing, and soothing without clogging pores. It is thought to be good for dry, itchy, inflamed skin for its ability to help maintain the skin's elasticity and protect against external irritants by creating a protective barrier.
Our natural soap bars handmade in Toronto, and our handcrafted liquid castile-based soaps all contain glycerin and nourishing oils for the healing of common skin discomforts like eczema and redness, which are exacerbated by the rigors of our harsh Canadian climate.