We are working to create quality, cosmetics that are sustainable, low-waste and local. Palm oil, the commonly used soap ingredient that makes a hard bar, is produced halfway across the globe with devastating effects on local wildlife and the environment.
So, to the delight of our dogs, we are now the almost-vegans who render mutton fat in a kettle in our backyard, transforming a waste product from the local butcher into tallow for soap. This greatly reduces the carbon and water footprint of our product, uses more of the animal that would be otherwise thrown away, and creates a beautifully hard and nicely lathering bar of soap.
As it turns out, tallow is loved by your skin, not just your dogs. A traditional skin salve for dry and chapped skin, this nutrient dense fat is easily absorbed by your skin without any greasy after-feel. It contains a similar fatty acid to sebum which is what our bodies naturally produce. To be totally honest, these are the moisturizing effects one gets from actually rubbing tallow into your skin. The tallow in our botanical soaps is saponified -- meaning when it is turned into soap, it creates a perfectly hard bar, with great cleaning properties and very stable lather -- but loses both its tallow-y odor as well as many of these skin mending properties. To give our bars their superior moisturizing properties, we super-fat with with organic jojoba oil, a non-comedogenic desert oil that nourishes and regenerates skin without clogging the pores.