The ingredients you see on our soap box, are the chemical names of different soaps molecules. Each soap molecule is a saponified fatty-acid from an oil/fats ingredient. That’s why it makes more sense for soap makers to talk about the raw materials – the oils and fats – and other additives in the witch’s pot.

Please note, soap only refer to soap molecules derived from the saponification process of oils/fats and is naturally alkaline. Any other form of surfactants that gives similar ‘cleaning’ power’, alkaline or not, are not natural soap. See here for the definition of soap from the Food & Drugs Authority of the US.

Nowadays, palm oil, which has been an essential raw material in cosmetics and food industry, is less appreciated by the soap & cosmetics makers, due to its relationship, though not a key factor, to global deforestation. La Beer Epoque has also chosen not to use palm oil in our products. We also favours productions within and around the EU.

La Beer Epoque soaps use the best and traceable ingredients.

Key ingredients: fats and oils

IngredientOriginin which LBE soapWhat so good about it
Shea Butter AfricaEssentials E, VintasHigh in Oleic and Stearic fatty acids, contributes to mildness and longevity of a soap.
Mango ButterIndiaFruitasHigh in Oleic and Stearic fatty acids, it contributes to hardness and longevity of a soap, and adds luxurious conditioning and moisturising values as well.
Avocado oilUSA
SudorasHigh in Oleic fatty acid, it contributes to the soap’s mildness.
Olive oilSpain allHigh in Oleic fatty acid, it contributes to the soap’s mildness.
Coconut oilNetherlands
allHigh in Lauric and Myristic fatty acids, it contributes to rich lather, cleansing power and a long lasting soap.
Castor oilIndiaallHigh in Ricinoleic fatty acid, it contributes to bubbly lather.
Canola oilNetherlandsEssentials EHigh in Oleic and Linoleic fatty acids, it contributes to the mildness of the soap.
WaterBelgiumallWater is essential in the hydrolysis process of lye.
LyeBelgiumallor Caustic Soda, composing of a sodium molecule and hydroxyl group, reacts with fatty acids in oil/fat to form soap molecules and glycerin. After such reaction, all lye molecules are all consumed and traces of oils are left in addition to the natural glycerin formed.

Article by KA LAB

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