Soap is the result of a chemical reaction. When sodium hydroxide (lye) and oils are combined the result is soap and glycerin. The oils chosen to form part of this chemical reaction provide different characteristics to the finished product. Some make it more gentle or harsh, make bubbly or creamy lather, and so on. Next you will find a list of the ingredients we use in our formulas. Not all of our soaps have all the ingredients. Each soap's description will state the ingredients used in that particular recipe.
Coconut oil is great for adding cleansing power to soap and produces lots of lather and large bubbles.
Olive oil is conditioning and moisturizing, produces a mild soap that is ideal for babies and sensitive skin.
Avocado oil is a vitamin rich oil that is full of nourishing skin loving fatty acids and has conditioning and moisturizing properties.
Sweet Almond Oil is rich in vitamins A, E, and B and has conditioning and moisturizing properties.
Castor oil comes from the seed of the castor bean plant and adds large and luxurious bubbles.
Palm Oil comes from the pulp of the fruit. There are environmental concerns surrounding this oil. At Jabonera Don Gato we only use RSPO certified palm oil. This certification verifies that tropical forests were not cleared, and social and environmental safeguards were met during the oil’s harvest and production. We also have palm free alternatives for those of you who would prefer to avoid this oil.
Lard is fat rendered from a pig. It is one of the first fats used for soap production. The resulting bar is mild and has a creamy lather.
Sunflower oil is full of essential fatty acids and vitamin E. It produces a rich, creamy lather.
Hemp oil is high in essential fatty acids and produces a rich and nourishing lather.
Shea Butter comes from the nut of the African Shea Tree and has moisturizing properties.
Cocoa Butter comes from the cacao bean and has moisturizing properties.
Mango Butter comes from the seed of the mango fruit and it has conditioning and moisturizing properties.
Lingonberry oil is full of antioxidants and produces a rich, creamy lather.
Exfoliants and other additives
Coffee grounds add exfoliation to soap.
Brewed coffee acts as a natural colorant in soap and makes coffee soaps extra special.
Colloidal oatmeal is soothing and extremely gentle, great for babies and sensitive skin.
Coconut milk adds a touch of creaminess to the lather and boosts the moisturizing properties of soap.
Mica is used as a colorant. We buy exclusively from ethical suppliers.
Clays have many uses in soap. They can be used as colorants, exfoliants, scent anchors, among other uses.
Fragrance oils are a combination of aroma chemicals and essential oils. At Jabonera Don Gato we only use quality skin safe essential oils.
Essential oils are compounds extracted from plants that capture the plants scent. They are used for scenting soaps.