Olive oil nourishes the skin by helping it retain moisture and maintain elasticity. It also accelerates the healing process due to its high Vitamin E content. This 100% olive oil soap is also known as Castile Soap, after the place it originated in Spain. Castile Soap has excellent cleansing properties and helps unclog your pores. It is also non-greasy and low on lathering.
Saponified olive oil and water. That’s it, truly!
All soaps and shampoos are saponified using sodium hydroxide (lye). However, there is no lye in the final bar of soap as it gets consumed during the saponification process. It isn’t possible to make any soap (be it handmade or commercial) without lye, and if someone tells you otherwise, they are either misinformed or not admitting the truth Read more about how we make soaps and shampoos.
WHY SHOULD YOU SWITCH TO BOH Soaps?
Most commercial soap is not really soap at all but a detergent bar that is more often than not harsh and drying. These soaps also contain a lot of chemicals like triclosan, sodium lauryl sulphate, sodium laureth sulphate, and other harmful synthetics.
We often get ‘green-washed’ by terms like “organic” and “all-natural”. As they don’t have a regulated definition, companies often use these labels indiscriminately to induce you to buy. However, many of these so-called “natural” products contain synthetic fragrances, the compounds in which remain undisclosed and are unregulated.
To see what we mean, go and ahead and inspect the ingredients of any mainstream skincare products and even those so called “Ayurvedic, natural products” you use! You’ll be surprised at the number of chemicals you’ll find. Research shows that such compounds harm your hormonal and respiratory system. So be cautious of products without a complete ingredient list or that merely mention ‘key ingredients’.
In contrast, BOH artisan soaps are made using cold-pressed oils, raw butters, essential oils, and herbs and clays in small, detailed batches, using the traditional cold-process technique. This superior method of making soap preserves the natural properties of herbs and oils. This ensures that your soap is truly chemical-free!
Most of the “handmade soaps” you find in stores aren’t really handmade at all. They produced using a premixed, commercially manufactured base in the form of soap flakes, noodles, or cubes. This is called the ‘melt-and-pour’ method in soap-making, as the base is melted, colours and fragrances are added for customization, and then the base is poured into a mould.
This makes a good-looking soap but at the cost of safety. This is because the soap-maker has absolutely no control over the chemicals used in the base! At BoH, we make soap from scratch without commercial bases, using instead various vegetable oils that are much more effective in nourishing and moisturizing your skin.
CARE & SHELF LIFE
- Cold process soaps are softer than commercial soaps because they retain their natural glycerine, a natural by-product of soap-making. Also, we do not use any waxes to harden our soaps.
- Do not store unopened soap in a damp place. Many of our customers keep their favourite BOH soaps in their cupboard as a air freshener
- Our soap and its packaging may become damp during monsoons due to high glycerine content. THIS IS NORMAL and a sign of a good quality soap. Read more about this phenomenon here.
- As far as shelf life goes, a bar will usually last about two years before the fragrance fades and the oils lose their nourishing properties. It’s still good soap; it just won’t smell as pretty. Some fragrances fade quicker than others, like citrus oils and lavender.
HOW TO USE
- To prevent your soap from melting, keep it in a well-drained soap dish so it can dry between uses.
- You can also cut the bar into two and use a piece at a time, storing the other half in a dry place.
- Using a loofah helps to reduce the quantity of soap used per wash.
How long will it last?
It should last for 20-30 washes if kept dry between uses. You can use it daily if you need to!
Will it lessen my tanning / pigmentation?
Maybe! Our soaps have natural skin-lightening ingredients like carrot juice, cucumber juice, and rice flour. These help lighten your skin but cannot completely eliminate tanning / pigmentation. To speed up the process, you may wish to use a homemade ubtan—find recipes in our Happyness Handbook!
Can I wash my face with it?
Definitely! All our soaps are formulated to be gentle on facial skin. BoH products are gentle on delicate facial skin unlike commercial soaps that leave you with a dry, tight, and uncomfortable feeling. This happens because most of your store-bought soaps contain harsh synthetics, dyes, and fragrances. These chemicals stay on your skin even after your bath and create problems such as dry skin and allergies. If a BOH soap is not suitable for facial use, it will be specified on the product page.
Should I use a moisturizer afterwards?
Yes, but stay clear of synthetic moisturizers. You can use one of our natural facial serums
Can this be used on dogs?
Yes! Our shampoo bars are a great alternative to chemical pet shampoos and don’t pose a risk even if the dog licks the lather (our dogs do that). We bathe our dogs with our shampoo bars – they love it and we love how soft their fur gets!
Why does it melt so quickly?
Glycerine makes our soaps softer than commercial soaps. It draws moisture out of the atmosphere to itself to leave your skin feeling incredibly smooth. This property of glycerine results in beads of water on the soap surface, a phenomenon called ‘sweating.’ Sweating is a sign of a good, moisturizing soap. Read on to learn how to make your soapy happyness last longer!
How can I make my bar last longer?
Before use, keep your shampoo bar in a dry, cool, and well-ventilated spot out of direct sunlight. Don’t store it in your bathroom before opening, even if that’s where you’ll use it eventually. The humidity will melt the glycerine, which will then evaporate, and we don’t want that to happen! Avoid holding your shampoo bar in the shower stream. Keep it on a well-draining soap dish, not sitting in water. Your bar will usually last about a year before the fragrance fades and the oils lose their nourishing properties.
Due to the handmade nature of our products, individual units may vary slightly in shape, colour, and weight.
All our bars are hand by hand and might have uneven edges or surfaces.
This vegan, truly natural product is free from chemicals or preservatives. It has been made from scratch using simple ingredients with extraordinary benefits.
All soaps are made using the traditional cold-process technique which is a superior technique of soapmaking. All products are formulated in house and are tested amongst family and friends, and not on animals.
Natural products can also cause allergies in some people. People with skin sensitivity, low immunity, skin issues like eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis etc or other allergies must perform a patch test before use.