Working With Natural Fragrance
Here at The Good Soap we don't use anything artificial in our products we only use natural oils, butters and waxes and clays. We don't use preservatives, hardeners, silicones, sulphates, artificial fragrance or anything that can dry out skin or react with skin conditions. None of our products or raw ingredients are tested on animals.
When it comes to fragrancing products we always use essential oils which are concentrated plant extracts that retain the natural smell and essence of their source. Essential oils come from the secretory system of plants - either the bark, seeds, leaves, petals, stems or roots. On average these are 80 times more potent than the dried form of the plant. I am qualified as an aromatherapist, which gives me knowledge on how to safely use these oils. Essential oils contain naturally occuring allergens which some people can react to on an extremely rare occasion. By law these are listed on the website and ingredient label, at the end of the ingredient list.
All essential oils vary in the strength of their fragrance - especially in the finished product. When used in soap, once they have been through the soaping process some of the scent can diminish, however the properties still remain and these in turn will help care for your skin and your hair. Certain oils can complete the soaping process and still smell quite strong in the final product, for example Peppermint Oil, other oils diminish in scent, for example the Citrus Oils. The fragrances are not diminished when used in our moisturisers and deodorants and other none soap products.
Other products that we use for ingredients have their own natural smell - cocoa butter, pictured above, is the best example of this smelling strongly of chocolate, and shea butter has a distinct sweet smell. We use coffee liquid for scent in our coffee soap. These again vary the scent of the final product, and even different batches of ingredients that we purchase for our products can vary in scent - this can sometimes cause a slight difference in the smell of the final product, so you may notice the same item that you buy twice can have a slightly different scent. Again, using all natural ingredients leaves us open to slight variations even though our recipes remain exact. Sometimes we need to get creative and combine oils to replicate scents. Our Gingerbread Soap is a combination of Ginger Oil and Cinnamon Oil to replicate the smell of gingerbread, our Mulled Wine Soap is a combination of Clove Oil, Cinnamon Oil and Orange Oil.
Our products are great for all members of the family, from start to finish you can be assured that everthing we put in our products is artificial chemical free, which is good for you and good for the planet xx