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Oils and types of Butter

Oils & Types of Butter

Deciding to ditch the chemicals is great and I am sure you can identify with having one of the five different skin types. Normal, dry, oily, combination, or sensitive. But just what oils should you be looking for in your new natural soap?

Would using clay be beneficial? What are all these other ingredients? By using what is known about the acids, antitoxins, and vitamins found in the properties of various oils and types of butter Soap-makers can formulate beneficial soaps. Soaps that bring out the natural beauty of your skin. The way it was meant to be!

Below is a list of the oils we use in our soaps, along with a description of their properties and why we decided to use them.

Oils and Types of Butter

Almond Sweet Oil

Used in only one of our four soap recipes, almond oil is light in texture, and mild. Traditionally as a bonding massage oil for infants, this oil is safe for all skin types. However, with the concerns of nut allergies, it is always advisable to check the ingredients of all products you use.

Almond oil is fairly high in Oleic and Linoleic acids, while also containing Palmitic, Stearic, and Linolenic acids. This is to say that this oil tends to add moisturizing properties to soap. While adding a creaminess to the lather.

Almond oil is also used in some of our beard care products due to its benefits to the hair. Being an emollient this oil can fill in gaps in the hair at a cellular level. Resulting in a smoother texture over time.

Argan Oil

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

Used in three of our soap recipes as well as our beard care products avocado oil is another lightweight versatile oil. Used topically, vitamin-rich avocado oil works as a regenerating, rehydrating treatment for skin that soothes and enhances texture. Yet people with oily skin may want to avoid this Oleic rich oil. As well as anyone that is allergic to avocados.

Containing vitamins A, D, & E avocado oil is high in Oleic, Palmitic, and Linoleic acids with lower values of Stearic fatty acids. This is another oil that helps to produce a moisturizing, creamy soap. Used in our beard products for the ability to penetrate the hair shaft. Allowing the vitamins and antioxidants to strengthen the hair and prevent breakage.

Avocado Oil’s hydrating properties are also helpful in reducing beardruff and the itchiness associated with starting to grow a beard.

Babassu Oil

Used in our Low Oleic soap recipe babassu oil is a lightweight, silky feeling oil that is in a solid form at temperatures below 76 degrees. Derived from the seed of the South American babassu palm tree. In its native countries, babassu oil has many uses from cooking to biofuel. Medically this oil is also used to treat minor wounds.

Loaded with various compounds that help to reduce cellular damage. Infection fighting antibacterial agents have been found in lab tests to kill Staphylococcus aureus the cause of staph infections.

Babassu Oil is also contains Lauric, Myristic, Palmitic, and Oleic acids. With lesser amounts of Stearic fatty acids. This oil helps to create a longer lasting bubbly soap that quickly combines with body oils and grime to be easily washed away.

Black Current Seed Oil

Used in our Low Oleic and Palmitic soap recipes black current seed oil is a light oil that quickly absorbs into the skin. Known to contain a compound called anthocyanins. Scientists believe this compound may help to improve skin elasticity.

Black current seed oil is high in both Linoleic and Linolenic fatty acids. Two essential fatty acids because unlike most other acids they cannot be produced by the human body. Other fatty acids found in this oil to a lesser degree include Oleic, Palmitic, and Stearic acids.

While further studies on black current seed oil are needed to make definitive medical claims. The presence of the two fatty acids Linoleic and Linolenic does help to produce a conditioning soap without adding a greasy feel to already oily skin. While also being beneficial to mature skin.

Camelina Oil

Referred to as a dry oil. Camelina oil is found in our Linoleic and Palmitic soap recipes. Due to how it leaves the skin feeling once applied. An old-world oil, camelina can be traced back four thousand years. Archeological finds proving Celtic use in healing ceremonies.

Being extremely high in Linolenic while also being high in Oleic and Linoleic acids it is easy to see why Celtic people held this oil in high regard. The fatty acids rounding out this oil are Palmitic and Stearic acids at lower levels. Which helps to produce a creamy stable lather that is very conditioning. A combination that favors dry skin.

Considered to have a moderate to high comedogenic rating. This is to say people with acne-prone skin should use this with caution. Still, camelina’s anti-inflammatory properties have been known to help soothe and calm skin problems. While the oil’s high Vitamin E content helps to combat the effects of sun damage and premature aging.

Castor Oil

Found in all of our soap recipes as well as some of the beard products. Castor oil is considered a semi-thick oil. And the only natural source for Ricinoleic fatty acid. A soothing acid with anti-inflammatory properties that easily penetrates the skin to soften rough patches and stimulate collagen production.

While this oil is a minor source of Oleic and Linoleic acids, castor oil’s main property is the Ricinoleic acid. Giving our soaps an added moisturizing effect, along with a thick rich lather.

There are many claims that castor oil may promote hair growth, yet in reality, there are no studies that confirm this. However, this oil still benefits beards by softening the hair. While its anti-inflammatory properties help to fight Beardruff.

Cocoa Butter

Cocoa butter is used in both our Linoleic and Palmitic recipes. Packed with nutrients and vitamins A, C, & E, cocoa butter readily absorbs into the skin without leaving a greasy feel. Generally, this butter is considered to be safe for all skin types, however people prone to frequent acne breakouts should avoid cocoa butter.

High in Oleic, Stearic, and Palmitic acids along with lesser Linoleic properties cocoa butter is extremely conditioning. Some research suggests that this butter may help to protect against skin damage that leads to premature aging.

While there are many claims that cocoa butter helps to remove scars, these are mostly unfounded. A highly moisturizing spread that hydrates the skin deeply, and provides a protective barrier for the skin. Cocoa butter is an effective shield against the elements. However, research has not found proof of the rejuvenating claims some have made.

Coconut Oil

Considered a heavy oil coconut oil is found in all of our soaps. Noted for its lathering ability, Coconut oil is full of antioxidants while being composed of healthy saturated fats and vitamins such as vitamin E, amino acids, lauric acid, and caprylic acid. 

As an effective skin moisturizer that is easily absorbed into the skin coconut oil is also believed to enhance the skin’s protective barrier. As it helps to create a harder, longer-lasting bar soap

Corn Oil

Used in only our Palmitic Soaps corn oil is a light unfragrant oil that is sometimes used as a carrier oil for essentials oils or massage oils.

High in Linoleic, Oleic, and Palmitic fatty acids corn oil is highly moisturizing which lends itself to help create a conditioning soap with creamy lather. Properties which are beneficial to mature skin.  

Grapeseed Oil

Another light-weight oil that quickly absorbs into the skin leaving it soft, supple, and moisturized. Used in our balanced soap recipe as well as some of the beard care products. There are many claims that grapeseed oil tightens and tones the skin and protect against sun damage. While also reducing the appearance of blemishes, wrinkles, and stretch marks.

When it comes to the fatty acids of grapeseed oil every acid except Ricinoleic is present to some degree. Palmitic, Oleic, Stearic, and Myristic are the prevalent acids. Followed up with Lauric, Linoleic, and Linolenic acids to help produce a long-lasting soap high in cleansing properties. Known to pull excess oil from the pores.

Being light-weight grapeseed oil easily penetrates the hair shaft promoting softness and smoothness. While its ability to boost circulation encourages beard growth. This along with grapeseed oil’s moisturizing effects on the skin helps to reduce the chance of beardruff.

Hemp Seed Oil

Sometimes called the next “It” oil in skincare. Hemp seed oil is praised for reducing inflammation. As well as hydrating the skin, and regulating the skin’s oil production. Used in our palmitic soaps and some of our beard care products. Hemp seed oil is considered safe for all skin types. Including acne prone skin.

Extremely high in Linoleic, and Linolenic acids hemp seed oil s reputed to repair dry and damaged skin Strengthening the skin while maintaining its suppleness and softness. Other acids rounding out the properties of this oil are Oleic to increase the moisturizing effect. Along with Palmitic and Stearic, both are ideal for the care of aging skin.

While there are many unsubstantiated claims about hemp oil protections for hair, the skin benefits can not be denied. Which undoubtedly promotes the growth and care for your beard by improving the health of the skin beneath.

Japan Wax

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.

Jojoba Oil

Considered a lightweight oil, the makeup of jojoba oil is the closest vegetable oil to the sebum of the human body. Which makes it easy to absorb into the skin as well as safe for all skin types.

Used in our beard products, jojoba oil contains vitamins B, C, and E. Providing protection against dryness, breakage, and split ends. While this oil’s moisturizing effects o for hair and skin are its main benefit to promote strong, soft, and shiny beards.

While there are claims jojoba oil promotes beard growth. Research is yet to prove this. Still, by providing nourishment to the skin and hair, your beard will is strengthened and protected from breakage. Which in turn improves the overall health of the beard you have.

Mango Seed Butter

Mango Butter is used in our beard products and sugar scrubs for its rich, silky texture that is light and non-greasy acne-prone. A non-comedogenic moisturizer that doesn’t clog pores, making it great for all skin types even acne-prone skin.

High in Oleic and Stearic acid mango seed butter also contains Palmitic and Linoleic fatty acids. As well as antifungal and antimicrobial properties to fortify the skin while helping to seal moisture into the beard. Resulting in soft whiskers while enjoying protection from harsh elements faced daily.

Milk Thistle Oil

Found in both our Linoleic and Palmitic soap recipes, milk thistle has had medical uses for over two thousand years. Where ancient Romans used the plant as an elixir for liver ailments. A treatment that researchers today tend to agree with. Along with a list of other benefits the plant provides.

Loaded with Linoleic and Oleic acids as well as Palmitic and Stearic acids. Milk thistle also contains an antioxidant, “Silymarin”. Which researchers have listed as beneficial to multiple skin issues.

Milk thistle oil is another oil that helps to create a soap with a stable creamy lather which is nourishing and conditioning for dry skin.

Olive Oil Pomace

Olive oil pomace is middle of the road in heaviness, that is to say, olive oil is heavier than an oil such as jojoba oil yet lighter than one such as castor oil. Found in our balanced recipe and many of our beard care products olive oil pomace is high in conditioning properties.

With high levels of Oleic, Palmitic, and Linoleic acids in that order olive oil pomace also includes Stearic as well. While adding a slightly higher level of Linolenic acids than other grades of olive oils. All working together to help create a stable creamy lather to condition and nourish the skin.

Used for hair conditioning throughout the millenniums. Olive oil’s makeup of Oleic, and Palmitic acids, plus squalene aid our beard products with its softening properties. While the moisturizing effects of elements help to strengthen the beard and protect against split ends.

Palm Kernel Oil Flakes

As part of our Low Oleic soap recipe, palm kernel oil flakes help to produce a long-lasting soap bar that lathers well. Even in what is referred to as as hard water. While also creating a soap that cleanses grease and oil away easily.

High in Lauric, Myristic, and Stearic palm kernel flakes are also a good source for Palmitic acids and Vitamin E. While also bosting lesser amounts of Oleic acids than the comparable coconut oil. This oil produces a very hard bar that lasts well and creates a very cleansing bubbly lather.

Safflower Oil

Another lightweight non-greasy oil, safflower oil is part of our Low Oleic soap recipe and various beard products. With benefits often overlooked safflower is an excellent choice for hydrating the skin without adding problems to acne-prone skin.

Loaded with Linoleic acid with lower levels of Oleic and Palmitic acids safflower oil is non-comedogenic and packed with vitamin E. Making it extremely nourishing without clogging pores and creating problems for oily skin.

Noted for the ability to moisturize and promote hair growth. While protecting the hair from protein loss and increasing blood circulation to the follicle. Safflower oil helps to keep beards health and shiny as it soothes the skin below as well.

Sesame Seed Oil

As one of the oils found in our beard oils, sesame seed oil is rich in both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Which a 2017 study noted the absents or deficiencies has a strong effect on hair loss.

Being high in Linoleic, Oleic and Palmitic acids sesame seed oil is an emollient that fills in gaps in the hair shaft to form a protective shield to prevent the beard from absorbing excessive amounts of water when wet. Which can cause the hair to swell and damage the structure of the shaft.

Shea Butter

Shea butter is part of our balanced soap recipe as it is a skincare product with a history dating back to Cleopatra. Known for its skin softening properties. Shea butter also possess healing abilities and is often used to fade dark spots.

Shea butter has a long history of moisturizing skin by quickly absorbing into the body. Without leaving an oily sheen. Making it safe for all skin types.

Loaded with Oleic and Steric acids along with lower levels of Linoleic and Palmitic fatty acids, shea butter is another solid oil that helps to create a hard long-lasting soap. While producing a creamy lather that nourishes the skin.

Sunflower Oil

Similar to jojoba oil sunflower oil is a lightweight oil that readily absorbs into the skin and hair alike, preventing moisture loss and brightening the skin. Found in two of our soap recipes as well as many of our beard care products. Sunflower oil is noted for protecting, repairing, and, regenerating the skin and hair.

Extremely high in Linoleic acid while also being high in Oleic with a respectful level of Palmitic. Plus lower levels of Steric and Linolenic sunflower oil boast an impressive ensemble of fatty acids. Known to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and over-sized pores. While soothing irritated, and calloused skin. Sunflower oil also eliminates acne-causing bacteria. This oil helps to create a soap that is conditioning without being overly creamy.

When added to your beard sunflower oil helps to soften the coarse hair while managing frizz by adding moisture. Known to strengthen hair and repair damage sunflower oil also protect the skin below to prevent beardruff.

Oils and types of Butter

Fatty Acids & Vitamins

After looking over the oils we use it should have become clear that when it comes right down to the point. It’s actually the fatty acids that give our soaps their properties and benefits.

With these acids divided into three basic groups, omega 3, 6, & 9. Where the omega 3, and 6 essential fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids. These are the building blocks for healthy skin that your body can not produce on its own.

While omega 9 acids are monounsaturated. These are acids that can be produced by the body. Although the degree of production varies from person to person. Where someone with oily skin may produce excessive amounts and a person with dry skin may not be producing enough.

Whether you have dry, oily, combination, or balanced skin these natural building blocks are necessary for healthy skin. For more information on these acids click the link below.

Clays, Exfoliants, and other Additives

Clays, Exfoliants & Other Additives

Every skin type can benefit from an occasional exfoliation, but choosing the best type doesn’t have to be a shot in the dark.

By selecting the best clay or exfoliant to complement each recipe we’ve got your back. Whether it’s cornmeal to absorb excess oils or brown sugar to gently remove dead skin cells from sensitive skin.

Not to mention the effects of other additives such as goat’s milk or beer to nourish and pamper the skin. By adding their vitamins and fatty acids in addition to the oils used.

Everything working together to give you the treatment you deserve. Come learn more about the natural additives used in our soaps.

Oils and Types of Butter

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