Oils & Types of Butter
Embracing the decision to ditch chemicals is a commendable step, and undoubtedly, you can relate to having one of the five different skin types: normal, dry, oily, combination, or sensitive. However, as you embark on the journey of choosing a new natural soap, you may wonder which oils are best suited for your skin’s needs.
Moreover, you might be curious about the benefits of incorporating clay into your soap and what other intriguing ingredients are part of the formulation. Rest assured, soap-makers are well-versed in the properties of various oils, as well as the presence of acids, antitoxins, and vitamins within them. This knowledge allows them to carefully craft soaps that can bring out the natural beauty of your skin, just as it was intended to be.
To shed some light on the matter, let’s delve into the list of oils we use in our soaps, accompanied by descriptions of their unique properties and an explanation of why we have specifically chosen to incorporate them.
Oils and Types of Butter
Almond Sweet Oil
Within our soap lineup, almond oil takes its place in just one of our four recipes. It boasts a lightweight and gentle texture, making it an excellent choice. Traditionally used as a bonding massage oil for infants, it is considered safe for all skin types. However, it is important to be mindful of potential nut allergies by checking product ingredients.
Almond oil is notable for its relatively high content of Oleic and Linoleic acids, accompanied by Palmitic, Stearic, and Linolenic acids. This combination equips the oil with moisturizing properties, enhancing the soap’s ability to hydrate the skin. Additionally, it contributes to a creamy lather, elevating the overall sensory experience.
Beyond soap, almond oil finds its place in some of our beard care products due to its remarkable benefits for hair. Acting as an emollient, the oil has the capacity to fill in gaps in hair at a cellular level, resulting in a smoother texture over time.
Experience the nourishing touch of almond oil and discover its transformative effects on your skin and hair. However, always ensure to review product ingredients for any potential allergies or sensitivities.
Used in our beard care products, argan oil is a non-greasy lightweight oil that can generally be used by all skin types. Often found in lotions and hair care products argan oil is renowned for its moisturizing properties, as well as source for conditioning to restore shine and elasticity.
Argan oil’s structure boasts an abundance of vitamin E, Oleic, Linoleic, and Palmitic acids. Along with smaller levels of Myristic and Linolenic fatty acids. The molecular structure of argan tends to form a protective layer on the hair without clogging the hair follicles.
Often suggested as a cure for itchy and flaky skin. Argan oil helps to reduce inflammation. As well as reduce the appearance of scarring.
Avocado oil, a versatile lightweight oil, features in three of our soap recipes and our beard care products. It is a regenerative and rehydrating treatment for the skin, enhancing texture and providing nourishment. Note that individuals with oily skin or avocado allergies should exercise caution.
Rich in vitamins A, D, and E, avocado oil contains high levels of Oleic, Palmitic, and Linoleic acids, with lesser amounts of Stearic fatty acids. It contributes to the creation of moisturizing, creamy soaps. In our beard products, it penetrates the hair shaft, fortifying the hair with vitamins and antioxidants, helping to prevent breakage.
The hydrating properties of avocado oil are also beneficial in reducing beardruff and alleviating the itchiness that often accompanies beard growth. Experience the hydrating prowess of avocado oil and embrace a healthier, more comfortable beard journey.
Babassu oil, featured in our Low Oleic soap recipe, is a lightweight and silky oil that solidifies below 76 degrees Fahrenheit. Derived from the seeds of the South American babassu palm tree, it serves multiple purposes, including cooking and biofuel. In medical applications, it is used for treating minor wounds.
Packed with compounds that help reduce cellular damage, babassu oil has demonstrated antibacterial properties in lab tests, effectively combating Staphylococcus aureus, the bacteria responsible for staph infections.
Babassu oil contains beneficial acids such as Lauric, Myristic, Palmitic, and Oleic acids, along with smaller amounts of Stearic fatty acids. This oil contributes to the creation of long-lasting, bubbly soaps that efficiently combine with body oils and grime, allowing for easy removal during washing.
Discover the wonders of babassu oil as it enhances your cleansing experience with its unique properties and versatile applications.
Castor oil, present in all our soap recipes and select beard products, is a semi-thick oil renowned for its unique properties. It serves as the sole natural source of Ricinoleic fatty acid, a soothing acid with anti-inflammatory benefits. This acid easily penetrates the skin, softening rough patches and stimulating collagen production.
While castor oil contains minor amounts of Oleic and Linoleic acids, its standout feature lies in Ricinoleic acid. This imparts moisturizing effects and contributes to a thick, luxurious lather in our soaps.
While claims of castor oil promoting hair growth lack scientific evidence, it remains beneficial for beards by softening the hair. Moreover, its anti-inflammatory properties aid in combating Beardruff, providing relief and maintaining a healthy beard.
Experience the remarkable properties of castor oil in our products as it enriches your skincare and grooming routine.
Cocoa butter, featured in our Linoleic and Palmitic recipes, is a nutrient-rich ingredient abundant in vitamins A, C, and E. It effortlessly absorbs into the skin, leaving no greasy residue. Generally safe for all skin types, However, those prone to acne breakouts should exercise caution.
With its high content of Oleic, Stearic, and Palmitic acids, alongside lower levels of Linoleic properties, cocoa butter delivers exceptional conditioning benefits. Some studies suggest it may offer protection against skin damage associated with premature aging.
While claims of cocoa butter’s scar removal properties are largely unsupported, it is highly moisturizing, deeply hydrating the skin, and forming a protective barrier against environmental elements. Cocoa butter effectively shields the skin, although research has yet to substantiate rejuvenating claims made by some.
Indulge in the deeply nourishing qualities of cocoa butter as it pampers your skin and provides a protective shield. Discover the luxurious experience of cocoa butter-infused skincare.
Coconut oil, a prominent ingredient in all our soaps, is classified as a heavy oil renowned for its exceptional lathering properties. Abundant in antioxidants, it contains beneficial saturated fats, vitamins (including vitamin E), amino acids, lauric acid, and caprylic acid.
In addition to its moisturizing capabilities, coconut oil easily penetrates the skin, enhancing the protective barrier. This oil’s presence contributes to the creation of harder, longer-lasting bar soaps, ensuring a luxurious bathing experience.
Coconut oil’s multitude of benefits in soap extends beyond its moisturizing and lathering attributes. Its antioxidant-rich composition provides nourishment while the presence of lauric acid offers potential antimicrobial properties. Revel in the skin-loving properties of coconut oil as it elevates your bathing routine to a new level of indulgence.
Exclusively featured in our Palmitic Soaps, corn oil takes center stage as a light and unfragrant oil with versatile applications. While commonly used as a carrier oil for essential oils or as a base for massage oils, corn oil holds great potential in soap formulations.
Abundant in Linoleic, Oleic, and Palmitic fatty acids, corn oil offers a myriad of benefits for the skin. Its high moisturizing properties make it a valuable ingredient in creating conditioning soaps that provide a luxurious and creamy lather. This makes corn oil an excellent choice for crafting soaps that leave the skin feeling nourished and pampered.
Furthermore, corn oil possesses unique qualities that cater specifically to mature skin. Its moisturizing capabilities help address the common concerns associated with aging skin, such as dryness and loss of elasticity. By delivering deep hydration, corn oil promotes a more youthful and radiant complexion.
Beyond its hydrating prowess, corn oil plays a vital role in maintaining the skin’s natural protective barrier. This ensures optimal moisture retention, preventing excessive dryness and promoting a healthy skin barrier function.
Indulge in the remarkable benefits of corn oil-infused Palmitic Soaps and experience the difference it makes in your skincare routine. With its exceptional moisturizing properties and its ability to create a creamy lather, corn oil brings a touch of luxury to your bathing experience, leaving your skin feeling beautifully conditioned and rejuvenated.
Flax Seed Oil
Flaxseed oil, a key component of our moisturizing soaps and formulations designed for mature skin, offers a plethora of benefits. This nourishing oil, rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants, is specifically chosen for its ability to deeply hydrate and rejuvenate the skin.
In our moisturizing soaps, flaxseed oil takes center stage as a powerhouse ingredient that effectively combats dryness. Its emollient properties deliver intense moisture, alleviating parched skin and restoring its natural softness and suppleness. By replenishing the skin’s moisture barrier, flaxseed oil helps to lock in hydration, ensuring long-lasting comfort and relief for dry skin.
Flaxseed oil’s advantages extend to mature skin as well. With its abundance of antioxidants, it provides protection against environmental stressors and assists in minimizing the signs of aging. These antioxidants work diligently to combat free radicals, reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. The result is a more youthful complexion with improved elasticity and firmness.
Incorporating flaxseed oil into our soap formulations allows us to create luxurious cleansers that offer a harmonious blend of cleansing and nourishment. By harnessing the natural benefits of flaxseed oil, our soaps provide a gentle and effective cleansing experience while simultaneously infusing the skin with moisture and revitalizing properties.
Indulge in our moisturizing soaps and soaps specially crafted for mature skin, enriched with the goodness of flaxseed oil. Experience the transformation as this remarkable ingredient works its magic, leaving your skin feeling deeply hydrated, rejuvenated, and radiant.
Grapeseed oil, a lightweight and fast-absorbing oil, is a key ingredient in our balanced soap recipe and select beard care products. Known for its moisturizing properties, grapeseed oil leaves the skin feeling soft, supple, and deeply nourished.
This versatile oil has been associated with various skincare benefits, including claims of tightening and toning the skin, providing protection against sun damage, and reducing the appearance of blemishes, wrinkles, and stretch marks.
In terms of fatty acids, grapeseed oil contains a comprehensive range, with the exception of Ricinoleic acid. Predominantly, Palmitic, Oleic, Stearic, and Myristic acids are present, complemented by Lauric, Linoleic, and Linolenic acids. This composition contributes to the production of a long-lasting soap with excellent cleansing properties. Grapeseed oil is known to effectively remove excess oil from the pores, promoting a clearer complexion.
For beard care, the lightweight nature of grapeseed oil allows it to penetrate the hair shaft, resulting in increased softness and smoothness. Its ability to boost circulation can also stimulate beard growth. Additionally, grapeseed oil’s moisturizing effects on the skin help minimize the likelihood of beardruff, promoting a healthier and more comfortable beard-growing experience.
Discover the benefits of grapeseed oil in our products, where it plays a vital role in maintaining skin hydration, promoting beard health, and providing an overall nourishing experience.
Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp seed oil, often hailed as the next “It” oil in skincare, offers a multitude of benefits. It is renowned for its ability to reduce inflammation, hydrate the skin, and regulate oil production. Our palmitic soaps and select beard care products feature the nourishing properties of hemp seed oil, which is considered safe for all skin types, including acne-prone skin.
Rich in Linoleic and Linolenic acids, hemp seed oil is believed to effectively repair dry and damaged skin. It strengthens the skin’s barrier, promoting resilience, suppleness, and softness. The presence of Oleic acid further enhances its moisturizing effects, while Palmitic and Stearic acids make it ideal for caring for aging skin.
While there are numerous claims about the protective benefits of hemp oil for hair, its undeniable benefits for the skin are widely acknowledged. By improving the health of the underlying skin, hemp seed oil undoubtedly contributes to the growth and care of your beard.
Experience the remarkable properties of hemp seed oil in our products, as it works harmoniously to nurture your skin, promote a healthier complexion, and support the overall well-being of your beard.
Also known as sumac wax, this can be found in our Palmitic soap recipes. Due to its extremely high concentration of the fatty acid.
Often used in cosmetics as a vegan alternative to beeswax. Japan wax is valued for its velvety feel and lower melting point.
With a concentration of 87% Palmitic acid rounded out with Stearic, Oleic, and Myristic fatty acids japan wax helps to create a long-lasting soap. With a creamy stable lather.
Recognized as a lightweight oil, jojoba oil closely resembles the natural sebum produced by our bodies, making it highly compatible and easily absorbed by the skin. Its versatility makes it suitable for all skin types, delivering nourishment and hydration.
In our beard products, jojoba oil shines with its rich content of vitamins B, C, and E, offering exceptional protection against dryness, breakage, and split ends. Its moisturizing properties work wonders for both hair and skin, promoting strong, soft, and lustrous beards.
While claims about jojoba oil stimulating beard growth lack scientific backing, its true power lies in providing vital nourishment to the skin and hair. By fortifying and safeguarding your beard from damage, it enhances its overall health and appearance, resulting in a beard that exudes strength and vitality. Embrace the benefits of jojoba oil for a beard that commands attention.
Kokum Seed Butter
Kokum Seed Butter, an essential component of our body butters, scrubs, and beard care products, offers a plethora of benefits for both skin and hair.
For the skin, Kokum Seed Butter acts as a superb moisturizer, deeply nourishing and hydrating without leaving a greasy residue. It helps to improve skin elasticity and promote a supple, youthful appearance. With its high content of essential fatty acids, it aids in maintaining the skin’s natural moisture barrier, keeping it protected and preventing moisture loss. Kokum Seed Butter is also known for its soothing properties, helping to calm and alleviate skin irritations and inflammation.
When it comes to hair, Kokum Seed Butter works wonders by conditioning and softening the beard, making it more manageable and reducing frizz. It helps to nourish the hair follicles, promoting healthy hair growth and preventing breakage. With its lightweight texture, it easily absorbs into the hair, leaving it lustrous and revitalized.
Experience the remarkable benefits of Kokum Seed Butter as it transforms your skin and hair. Embrace the natural goodness it offers, and enjoy the nourishing and revitalizing effects it brings to your self-care routine.
Mango Seed Butter
Mango Butter, a key ingredient in our beard products, body butters, and sugar scrubs, brings forth its luxurious, velvety texture that is both lightweight and non-greasy. It’s a remarkable moisturizer for all skin types, including acne-prone skin, as it is non-comedogenic and won’t clog pores.
Abundant in Oleic and Stearic acids, mango seed butter also boasts Palmitic and Linoleic fatty acids. These nourishing components not only enhance the skin’s resilience but also offer antimicrobial and antifungal properties. By effectively sealing moisture into the beard, it delivers a soft and manageable whisker experience while providing a shield against the rigors of daily exposure.
Embrace the goodness of Mango Butter, and indulge in its skin-loving and hair-nurturing benefits. Pamper your skin, enhance your beard, and revel in the protection and hydration it brings to your grooming routine.
Milk Thistle Oil
Milk Thistle, a prominent ingredient in our Linoleic and Palmitic soap recipes, as well as our body butters and beard care products. Holding significant importance in Scotland as a symbol of longevity. For centuries, this plant has been utilized for its medicinal properties, with ancient Romans recognizing its efficacy in treating liver ailments, a belief shared by contemporary researchers. Moreover, Milk Thistle offers a range of other benefits for the body.
Abundant in Linoleic, Oleic, Palmitic, and Stearic acids, Milk Thistle also contains a potent antioxidant called “Silymarin,” which has been recognized for its positive effects on various skin concerns.
In skincare, Milk Thistle oil plays a vital role in creating soap with a luxurious creamy lather that nourishes and conditions dry skin. Its high fatty acid content provides moisturizing properties, helping to restore and replenish the skin’s hydration levels.
Additionally, Milk Thistle oil offers potential benefits for hair care. Its nourishing properties contribute to softer, smoother hair, while the antioxidant properties of Silymarin help protect the hair and scalp from environmental stressors.
Experience the exceptional advantages of Milk Thistle in skincare and hair care as it provides nourishment, hydration, and protection. Embrace the natural goodness this remarkable plant offers and enhance your self-care routine with its enriching effects.
Olive Oil Pomace
Olive oil pomace, featured in our balanced soap recipe and numerous beard care products, possesses a medium weight that falls between oils like jojoba and castor oil. It offers excellent conditioning properties for both skin and hair.
Enriched with significant amounts of Oleic, Palmitic, and Linoleic acids, alongside Stearic acid, olive oil pomace stands out with slightly higher levels of Linolenic acids compared to other grades of olive oil. This harmonious blend of fatty acids works synergistically to create a stable, creamy lather that deeply conditions and nourishes the skin.
Olive oil has been renowned for its hair conditioning benefits throughout the ages. The combination of Oleic and Palmitic acids, along with the presence of squalene, contributes to the softening properties of our beard products. Moreover, the moisturizing effects of olive oil help strengthen the beard and safeguard it against split ends, ensuring optimal beard health.
Experience the remarkable qualities of olive oil pomace as it provides exceptional conditioning and moisturizing benefits for both your skin and hair. Embrace the nourishing power of this time-tested ingredient and indulge in its natural goodness.
Palm Kernel Oil Flakes
In our Low Oleic soap recipe, palm kernel oil flakes play a vital role in crafting a long-lasting soap bar with excellent lathering properties, even in hard water conditions. Additionally, it contributes to the soap’s effective cleansing of grease and oil.
Palm kernel oil flakes are rich in beneficial fatty acids such as Lauric, Myristic, and Stearic acids. These acids, along with the presence of Palmitic acids and Vitamin E, enhance the soap’s performance. Compared to coconut oil, palm kernel oil contains lower amounts of Oleic acids. This results in a solid and durable soap bar that maintains its integrity over time.
The combination of these properties makes palm kernel oil an ideal ingredient for creating a soap that not only provides a cleansing experience but also produces a satisfyingly bubbly lather. Its ability to cleanse and create a rich lather contributes to an enjoyable and effective bathing or cleansing routine.
In our Low Oleic soap recipe and various beard products, safflower oil is an often overlooked yet highly beneficial ingredient. As a lightweight and non-greasy oil, it provides excellent hydration without exacerbating concerns for acne-prone skin.
Rich in Linoleic acid and with lower levels of Oleic and Palmitic acids, safflower oil is non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog pores. It is also packed with vitamin E, which nourishes the skin without causing problems for oily skin types.
Safflower oil is known for its moisturizing properties and its ability to promote hair growth. It helps protect the hair from protein loss and enhances blood circulation to the follicles. This results in healthier, shinier beards while soothing the skin beneath.
For those with oily skin, safflower oil offers the dual benefits of hydration and non-comedogenic properties, allowing the skin to maintain a healthy balance without excessive oiliness. When used in beard care, safflower oil helps nourish the hair, stimulating growth and improving overall beard health.
Shea butter, a key ingredient in our balanced soap recipe, has a rich history dating back to Cleopatra. Renowned for its remarkable skin softening properties, shea butter is also known for its potential benefits in promoting skin restoration.
Shea butter has long been cherished for its moisturizing qualities, effortlessly absorbing into the skin without leaving a greasy residue. This makes it suitable for all skin types, including balanced skin.
Abundant in Oleic and Stearic acids, with lower levels of Linoleic and Palmitic fatty acids, shea butter contributes to the creation of a hard, long-lasting soap. It generates a luxurious creamy lather that nourishes the skin, promoting a healthy and radiant complexion.
For those with balanced skin types, shea butter offers a multitude of benefits. Its moisturizing properties ensure optimal hydration, while its potential in supporting skin health contributes to a revitalized appearance. Additionally, shea butter is believed to help maintain a balanced complexion, making it a valuable addition to skincare routines for balanced skin.
Sunflower oil, much like jojoba oil, is a lightweight oil that effortlessly absorbs into both the skin and hair, providing excellent moisture retention and enhancing the skin’s radiance. It is a valuable ingredient found in two of our soap recipes as well as many of our beard care products. Sunflower oil is highly regarded for its protective, reparative, and regenerative properties, benefiting both the skin and hair.
Abundant in Linoleic acid and boasting substantial levels of Oleic acid, along with a significant presence of Palmitic acid, sunflower oil offers a remarkable combination of fatty acids. It is renowned for its ability to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and minimize enlarged pores, while also providing soothing relief for irritated and calloused skin. Furthermore, sunflower oil exhibits antibacterial properties, aiding in the elimination of acne-causing bacteria. In soap formulations, it contributes to a conditioning effect without excessive creaminess.
When incorporated into your beard care routine, sunflower oil works wonders in softening coarse hair and taming frizz by imparting much-needed moisture. It is known to strengthen hair strands and repair damage, while simultaneously safeguarding the underlying skin to prevent the occurrence of beardruff.
In summary, sunflower oil offers a range of benefits when utilized in both soap formulations and beard care products. Its presence in soap promotes conditioning without an overly creamy texture, while its incorporation into beard care routines ensures soft, manageable facial hair with added protection for the skin beneath.
Fatty Acids & Vitamins
The world of skin acids can be categorized into three fundamental groups: omega 3, 6, and 9. Among them, omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids stand out as polyunsaturated fatty acids. Serving as vital building blocks for healthy skin. Interestingly, our bodies cannot produce these acids independently.
On the other hand, omega 9 acids are monounsaturated and can be naturally synthesized by the body. However, the production levels may vary from person to person. For instance, individuals with oily skin might produce excessive amounts, while those with dry skin may struggle to produce enough.
Regardless of your skin type, be it dry, oily, combination, or balanced. These natural building blocks play a crucial role in maintaining healthy skin. To learn more about these acids, click on the link below for detailed information.
Clays, Exfoliants & Other Additives
Exfoliation holds benefits for every skin type, and finding the perfect match doesn’t have to be a guessing game.
At Highlands Lather, we carefully select the ideal clay or exfoliant to complement each recipe, ensuring optimal results. Whether it’s cornmeal to effectively absorb excess oils. Or gentle brown sugar to delicately slough away dead skin cells from sensitive skin, we’ve got you covered.
Moreover, the effects of other enriching additives like nourishing goat’s milk or skin-rejuvenating beer go beyond imagination. These ingredients, along with the essential vitamins and fatty acids they offer, work in harmony with the chosen oils. Creating a synergistic treatment that your skin truly deserves.
Curious to learn more about the natural additives we incorporate into our soaps? Come and explore the wonders that await you.
Discover the transformative power of our soap additives by clicking the link below.