We gave a bar of our By the Sea Soap Shoppe "Let It Lime" soap to a friend for Christmas and what did she do? "It was too nice to use", she said. She put it away on a shelf, until one day during the Covid year, she ran out of soap and got out her bar of "Let It Lime" soap.
Well. Her husband loved it! After he used it up, he woke her up one Saturday morning and said, "I'm out of that Lime soap! You need to get some more!" She laughed and got up and later in the day came for some more. He took some samples with him to his work place as well. That's a pretty good recommendation, isn't it?
The Shea butter in this soap adds some extra moisturizing and smoothness, and the lime scent is invigorating, uplifts your mood and helps to give you emotional balance.
In addition to all the benefits coconut, palm and olive oils bring, Lime essential oil brings some extra purifying, helping to cleanse your skin and hair. It's aromatic scent uplifts your mood, it promotes a feeling of well-being and emotional balance.
This soap is vegan, and handmade with all-natural ingredients in Prince Edward Island, Canada.
Coconut oil, Olive oil, Palm oil, Shea Butter, Water, Lye (Sodium Hydroxide), Lime Essential Oil, Titanium Dioxide powder, Purple/Violet 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.
Shea Butter comes from a nut, not a cow. It contains a number of fatty acids and Vitamins A and E so - another ingredient in our soap that moisturizes your skin, protects your skin, it's anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, meaning it protects your skin from becoming infected and helps to heal it if it does, and it fights "free radicals" that can harm your cells, helps to prevent mutations and reduces signs of aging.
Lime Essential oil is a highly effective disinfectant and is good to use in any cut or wound that you need to clean out. As this oil is antibacterial, it's effective to combat any already existing infections, and may help to give relief to skin conditions like acne, psoriasis and eczema.
Because the bars are handmade, you can expect to see slight differences in the size and weight. After the soap is made, it needs to cure for at least one month. However, after it's cured, some of the moisture in the bar continues to evaporate out. The bar shrinks a little; enough that the label we've wrapped around the bar becomes a bit loose and the weight decreases a little. The bar gets harder, and this is actually better. There is nothing lost from the soap, and it will not dissolve as quickly when it does get wet in a shower or bath.
Each bar is approximately 2 1/2 in. x 2 1/2 in. x 1 in. - or 6 cm. x 6 cm. x 2 cm. Weight is between 3.5 and 4 oz., or between 99 and 113 grams.
Please note that because this soap is handmade, the appearance of the soap may not be exactly as shown.
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 Titanium Dioxide - I mean, that sounds like some kind of weird chemical, doesn't it?
Titanium Dioxide is a type of metal oxide. Metal oxides make up most of the earth's crust and are formed with metals react with oxygen from the air or water.
It's a natural substance. And it also happens to make whiter soap.
What about Green Oxide powder? It is another oxide, a natural substance; in this case it's chromium that's reacting with the oxygen. Interesting trivia – because it was hard to counterfeit on the end of the American Civil War, it was part of the original ink used to print American bills. It’s a very stable, durable compound used to tint paint, ceramics, glass and yes – soap!