Lets talk about ingredients - what do our products contain?

by Donna Wright

The question we get asked more than any other is around what we put in our products, this is really important to us, we live and work on our small holding in the Lincolnshire Wolds with our rescue greyhounds and several chickens.  We live and work with nature and try to keep our ingredients as natural as possible, so lets start with bath bombs!

Citric acid and baking soda (aka sodium bicarbonate) are the two main ingredients in bath bombs. That combination creates the fun fizzy reaction when the bath bomb is introduced to water.  Check out our video below for that fizzy reaction, Bath Bomb Fizz

Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate is not SLS, it is known as SLSa but is a very different product.  SLS is considered harsh on skin, it can cause irritation and is particularly bad for sensitive skin.  We use SLSA which is a gentle plant based alternative it is derived from coconut and palm oils and is classified as a safe skin friendly surfactant for both skin and hair because of its large molecular structure. This mild plant derived surfactant creates a lather that effectively removes surface oil, dirt and bacteria, without stripping or drying sensitive skin.  You can see how it foams here Foaming Bath Bomb

Fragrances/Essential oils are used to scent and infuse our bath bombs, we use a combination of skin safe cosmetic fragrances and pure essential oils.  Our herbal hemp bath bombs contain 100% pure lavender, grapefruit, sage, sweet orange, sandalwood and patchouli.

Mica colours skin safe natural micas, minerals and oxides and extra strength cosmetic colours, some colour the water others enhance the experience.  

Butters and Oils are luxurious additions, we use Shea butter, apricot kernel oil, olive and hemp oils.  These provide skin caring qualities, moisturising, soothing and other herbal benefits.

Shea butter has been used as a cosmetic ingredient for centuries. Its high concentration of vitamins and fatty acids — combined with its easy-to-spread consistency — make it a great product for smoothing, soothing, and conditioning your skin

Apricot oil helps to improve skin tone, maintain softness and radiance of the skin. It also nourishes the skin and lowers the appearance of face wrinkles, fine lines and blemishes (that's the Vitamin C and E working in partnership)

Olive oil does have some reported benefits to the skin. According to the International Olive Council, olive oil has many vitamins, including A, D, and K, as well as vitamin E. If you’re prone to acne, using a product made with olive oil may help decrease your acne by killing off the bacteria that causes the acne. Olive oil is also known to moisturize and hydrate your skin.

Hemp oil may also reduce inflammation in the body.  Hemp oil contains large amounts of omega-6 and omega-3 fats, which are two types of unsaturated fat s, or “good fats,” and all nine essential amino acids, the materials your body uses to make protein.  The linoleic acid and oleic acids found in hemp oil can't be produced by the body but can play a crucial role in skin health and anti-aging

Next week we will talk through soap and what goes into our bars