Our By the Sea Soap Shoppe "African Garden" Mini Soap is great to give as a gift and to take places.
It's also great to try out the African Garden mini soap (or any of our other mini soaps) when you're not sure which one you'd like best. After all, you can get five different mini soaps for only $10.00!
If you're like many, you may be looking at this soap because of its unique and beautiful colours. Sadly, I haven't figured out how to send the scent to you online :) Otherwise, you would probably be picking it up and smelling a beautiful floral scent that you'll love.
Along with the usual base of coconut, olive and palm oils that most of our soaps have, this soap also contains castor oil. It helps this soap to be even more lathering, which is fun.
Castor oil also has a high fatty acid content which deeply moisturizes, softens and soothes the skin - it stimulates production of that all-important collagen and boosts elasticity in the skin.
What does this do for you? You won't get wrinkles as soon, your skin will look younger, you'll have reduced acne and it's anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-fungal.
And it's a great soap!
Coconut oil, Olive oil, Palm Oil, Distilled Water, Lye (Sodium Hydroxide), Castor Oil, Green Oxide Powder, Spring Flowers Organic Aromatic Fragrance, Yellow Oxide Powder, Titanium Dioxide, Pink Ultramarine Powder
Vegan, all-natural ingredients
No parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, artificial colours or synthetic fragrances
Coconut oil is easily absorbed into the outside layer of your skin (called the epidermis). It helps to protect from infection, repairs your skin barrier and helps to regulate how much water you lose through your skin.
Olive oil has lots of Vitamins A, D, E and K. Each vitamin has a positive effect on your skin, but Vitamin E is especially great as it is an "antioxidant", which helps to prevent skin damage and may prevent premature aging and sun damage.
Palm oil has a high amount of antioxidants, carotenes and other nutrients, making it beneficial both for the inside and the outside of the body. It has loads of Vitamin E which may help with skin conditions such as eczema, acne and dermatitis. It is also a good moisturizer and helps to smooth your skin.
Castor oil is one oil I didn't know a lot about. Now I think I should use it by the gallon (or liter)! It has a high fatty acid content which deeply moisturizes, softens and soothes the skin. It stimulates production of that all important collagen and boosts elasticity in the skin. What does this do for you? You won't get wrinkles as soon, your skin will look younger, you'll have reduced acne and it's anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-fungal. I could go on and on but suffice it to say, it's a great oil to include in your soap.
Each bar is approximately 2 in. x 1 in. x 1/2 in. - or 5 cm. x 2.5 cm. x .5 cm. Weight is around 1 oz., or 28 grams.
Please note that because this soap is handmade, the appearance of the soap may not be exactly as pictured.
Some of you might be wondering, "Lye? Isn’t lye dangerous? Won’t it harm my skin?”
First - all actual soap is made with lye. No lye, no soap. (A lot of "soap products" in the stores are actually detergent. If you look at the labels, they are not called "soap". They are called "hand wash" or "body cleanser" or some such thing.)
This could become a chemistry lesson, but to make it short - soap is made from lye, fats and liquid. When the lye mixes with the fats and liquid, some kind of chemical reaction goes on, and the lye and fats change into soap and glycerin. In the process, the lye is all used up. Even though lye is used to make the soap, there is no lye left in the soap at all.
This is why soap made with lye is not dangerous, and it definitely won’t hurt your skin.
Let's talk about Oxides - that sounds like some kind of weird chemical, doesn't it?
Oxides (or metal oxides) are types are natural substances which make up most of the earth's crust; they're formed when metal react with oxygen and they create a certain colour. For instance, everyone is familiar with rust which is iron oxide - the iron reacts with oxygen (which is in water). Perhaps you've seen the green roofs on cathedrals - that's copper oxide. So the red, green, pink and yellow powders that we use are all from these natural metal oxides.