Transparency in labeling is important! Every item in this shop has a list of ingredients in the description. Feel free to use the contact form if you have any questions!
Real soap consists of 2 major parts- oil and lye. Most Salty Crossing recipes use a variety of oils to achieve a balanced bar. Each oil offers different qualities to the recipe— some make big bubbles or plentiful lather; others offer gentle cleansing but don’t lather as well; some make the soaps harder and last longer; others make the soaps soft and dissolve easier.
Mango butter, coconut oil, avocado oil, walnut oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil, and castor oil are commonly used in Salty Crossing soaps. All recipes are palm free.
You can’t make soap without the chemical reaction known as saponification! So yes, all Salty Crossing soaps contain lye. All are ‘super fat’ recipes which means there’s more oils than the added lye can saponify. Those extra oils help keep the soap gentle on your skin.
During the soap making process, the lye is dissolved into a liquid before being combined with the oils. The possibilities here are many, but the most common are distilled water or goat milk or coconut milk.
All natural soaps are often scented with essential oils, which you will see listed individually in the ingredients. The ingredients in synthetic fragrance oils tend to be proprietary and not made available to makers. These types of scents will be listed as ‘fragrance’ in the soap ingredients. All fragrance oils used here at Salty Crossing come from reputable suppliers and are phthalate free, responsibly sourced, vegan and cruelty free.
In natural soaps, the colors come from clays- like green French clay, or purple Brazilian clay. They might also come from plant based additives like cocoa powder or indigo powder. You will see these ingredients listed individually.
Other soaps may use a combination of micas and pigments, which will appear as ‘colorants’ in the ingredients list.