Natural Soap + Skincare Use
To use and care for your natural soap and skincare collections, we recommend and encourage you to read the following.
We have carefully selected the finest natural ingredients to use in our natural handmade soap and skincare collections. If you have skin sensitivities or allergies to any of the ingredients used in the manufacture of our handcrafted soaps and skincare products, we recommend you use caution, and encourage you to:
- read the list of product contents prior to use;
- keep products out of your eyes;
- do not consume products;
- use products externally only; and
- discontinue use if irritation occurs.
If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, suffering from a health condition or on any medications, please consult a healthcare professional prior to use. The information in our descriptions is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Handcrafted soaps naturally have a high glycerin content, which is wonderful for your skin, but it also means the soap requires a place to dry out between uses. The glycerin attracts water and if left in standing water, the soap will break down quickly. To extend the lifespan of your soap, do not allow it to sit in a dish or container that allows water to pool in the bottom. Also, beware of the indentations built into some showers as “soap dishes” as they rarely drain properly.
Instead, be sure to store your soap in a dry place out of the stream of water, and on a draining soap dish. A slatted wood or bamboo soap dish is ideal because it wicks water away from the soap, allowing the soap to dry properly.
Unused soaps need to be stored in a cool, dry place. A linen closet is great - plus, the soap will make your linens smell wonderful.
Bath bombs are a wonderful addition to any bath. Depending on the size, it may be cut it in half with a serrated knife and the unused portion wrapped tightly to save for another time.
To use, fill the tub with water at a comfortable temperature and level then add the bath bomb. It will bubble and fizz, breaking apart and dissolving in the water releasing moisturizing ingredients, color and fragrant oils. Use caution when exiting the bath as the oils in our bath bombs may cause it to be slippery.
Your bath bomb has a shelf life of approximately 6 months and should be stored in a dry location or air-tight container away from humidity.
BATH SOAKS / TUB TEAS
Over the centuries, various substances have been added to bath water for their fragrance or healing benefits. Bath soaks create a soothing, overall relaxed, comfortable feeling and leave your skin feeling soft and supple. The lactic acid of milk in our soaks help clean and soften, preventing dryness by hydrating the skin, helping to exfoliate and improve your skin for additional softness.
To take advantage of the extraordinary benefits of bath soaks and tub teas, add 1/2 to 1 cup of bath soak or tub tea to running bath water or fill a muslin bag and hang on the faucet. Using a water temperature you are comfortable with, allow the water to run over the bag and infuse your bath. It is not uncommon for the bath water to turn pal green or light yellow due to the herbs and botanicals in your soak, and you should soak for no more than 20 minutes.
Your bath soak should be stored in a dry, cool location keeping it away from sunlight and humidity, and has an average life of 8 - 12 months.
Salt water has long been recommended by physicians to alleviate skin conditions, improve circulation, or a general restorative. Most natural salts contain healthful minerals and are credited for their cleansing and detoxifying properties. Our bath salts are made with Dead Sea Salt which is known to produce some of the most mineral rich salt found on earth. These benefits are more than likely due to the high mineral content found in the clay and salt of the Dead Sea.
To use, add 1 - 2 scoops of bath salts when filling the tub, and dissolve into the stream of running water. Stir the water with your hand to help the salts dissolve and release the fragrances slowly with the stream.
Bath salts should be stored in a dry, cool location, and although bath salts have no true expiration date, the fragrances and any color may eventually fade over time.
BODY BUTTER / LOTION BAR
Body butter and lotion bars are wonderful moisturizers that nourish dry, chapped skin and help protect the skins natural oils. Lotion bars and body butter may be used all over but do exceptionally well moisturizing dry skin on knees and elbows.
To take advantage of the nourishing benefits body butter offers, dry off gently after a shower, leaving a little moisture on the skin. Take a small amount (use sparingly - a little goes a long way) and rub it in until the body butter is fully absorbed. Use your lotion bar by massaging directly on your hands or dry skin areas, as your body heat softens the bar, skin nourishing oils are released to rub into your skin.
Prolong the lifespan of your whipped body butter and lotion bar by storing it in a dry, cool location keeping it away from sunlight and humidity. It is normal for body butter to harden slightly over time, but it is safe to use and does not lose any of its moisturizing qualities. Based on the oils used to make it, your body butter has an average shelf life of 1 - 2 years.
SALT / SUGAR SCRUBS
Scrubs invigorate your skin by increasing circulation and encouraging new cell growth to give your skin a natural glow. Sugar scrubs moisturize and exfoliate while being gentle enough for your face. Salt scrubs may be too harsh for sensitive skin, but are wonderful for exfoliating dry skin on heels, knees and elbows.
To use, apply the scrub to wet skin in a circular motion using gentle pressure. Rinse off with lukewarm water and gently pat your skin dry. Use caution when exiting the bath as the oils in our scrubs may make it slippery. Over exfoliating may damage your skin which is why we recommend using salt scrubs once a week while sugar scrubs are gentle enough for daily use.
Keep your skin hydrated after using a scrub by applying an appropriate moisturizer for your skin type.
By following these steps, the life of your natural handmade soap and skincare essentials will be extended long enough for you to enjoy all the extraordinary benefits they offer!