You are using chemicals. If I couldn’t pronounce it then it must be toxic!

Yeah sure, we use chemicals… since a chemical is any substance consisting of matter. We’ve made the difficult names easier for you to understand.

But before that, let’s define some terms:

A surfactant is a substance that reduces the surface tension of a liquid in which it is dissolved, lifting dirt. These are found in products like soaps and detergents.

An emulsifier is a substance that acts as a stabilizer for mixtures preventing liquids that ordinarily don’t mix from separating, like oil and water. Lotions and conditioners have emulsifiers.

A salt is any compound formed by the neutralization of an acid with a base.

A soap is a byproduct of saponified oils— oils mixed with lye (caustic soda) – also called saponification, until it turns into soap and glycerine. No lye remains in the final product, if cured properly. Without lye, there is no soap. Lye is a very dangerous chemical to handle, and results in a very high pH product. Our shampoo bars are soap-free thus lye free.

  • Sodium cocoyl isethionate: a surfactant based on the fatty acids from coconut oil and isoethionic acid. Rated to be non-toxic for humans and the environment. Also referred to as baby foam since it is used widely for baby shampoo and wash.
  • Decyl glucoside: a co-surfactant derived from corn oil and coconut oil. Very mild and usually found in baby shampoo.
  • Behentrimonium methosulfate: an emulsifier, derived from rapeseed oil, it is one of the most superior and gentlest substances used to thicken, detangle, and condition hair. Although it has “-sulfate” in the name, do not worry as this is not an actual ‘sulfate’ related to SLS or SLES, and is rather a conditioning agent. Widely used in hair and skincare products. Rated to be safe for humans and the environment. For those of you who are asking us to reconsider this product because of the very word “rape-seed” — are you for real? Rapeseed is a plant, the plant itself is not safe for human consumption because of high fat content, but you’re not going to eat your shampoo.
  • Cetearyl alcohol. An emulsifier derived from plant oil (ours is coconut-derived). We use a very small amount.
  • Stearic acid: An emulsifier, vegetable-derived and helps to solidify emulsions (or else it wouldn’t be a solid bar!)
  • Caprylic triglycerides: an emulsifier used in small quantities to aid in conditioning. Made via steam-distillation then esterificarion of the compounds found in coconut oil.
  • Citric acid: we use this to bring our shampoo bars’ pH down to a healthy 5.5. Citric acid occurs naturally in citrus fruits, giving them a sour taste.
  • Magnesium stearate – a salt, primarily used for making capsules as it prevents the individual ingredients in a capsule from sticking to each other and the machine — also helps our powder ingredients from clumping together. Completely edible and poses no health and environmental risks.

What about pH?

You might have read that the skin’s pH falls at 5.5, and that a substance with pH of less than 7.0 is an acid, while above 7.0 is a base (alkaline). Skin isn’t acidic, per se. Yes, the skin tends to be covered with a thin acidic layer (acid mantle) of secretions (sweat, oil and bacteria) but even if you remove this layer, the body quickly replaces this with a new layer. As for hair, a pH of 3.5 is considered normal at the shaft, as higher pH levels would open up the cuticle layer, making hair frizzy. A low pH also prevents the growth of fungi. As such, for hair products, choose one with pH levels between 4.5-5.5. Solids and oils don’t have a pH, as pH is a measure of the concentration of hydrogen atoms in a water solution. Pure water is 7.0, and different sources of water can test below or above 7.0 depending on water hardness, varying the total pH. We have indicated the pH of some of our ingredients, in their liquid forms, but overall pH would still vary depending on your water source. Generally speaking, tested with OUR water, product pH are as follows: Shampoo bar: 4-5-5.5 Conditioner bar: 4.5-5.5 Feminine wash bar: 7 (we refuse to lower pH levels using acids as this may do more damage to intimate areas)