The Oils used in Donegal Bogcotton Soap
Our handmade soap is gentle on your skin. It is a natural soap made by the Cold Process method using the raw ingredients water, lye, plant fats and oils. This means our handmade natural soaps are entirely vegan and cruelty-free since they are made using plant-based ingredients. We use the best quality organic oils.
Olive oil is a liquid fat obtained by pressing whole olives and extracting the oil. This oil provides deep hydration and seals in moisture to smooth and plump the skin, thanks to its fatty acids and antioxidants. These Antioxidants also help to calm redness. Olive oil makes a hard, long lasting soap with a gentle cleansing lather, suitable for all skin types including sensitive skins.
Shea Butter is our favourite oil and one we would struggle to give up. It is a fat that is extracted from the nuts of the shea tree which is native to West Africa. Shea butter is a wonderful ingredient to use in soap making as it makes the soap super creamy and moisturising. It is packed with essential nutrients to enhance your natural complexion and help you glow from the inside out. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties
Coconut oil is an edible oil extracted from the meat of matured coconuts and harvested from the coconut palm tree, Coconuts, despite their name, are technically not nuts but drupes (a fruit with a single seed). It has anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties Coconut oil creates a protective moisturizing shield on the skin. It is full of antioxidants and is composed of healthy saturated fats and vitamins like vitamin E, amino acids, to name but a few.
Using coconut oil in cold-process soap is a great way to build a healthy lather. The creaminess of organic coconut oil a leaves your skin feeling clean and moisturized.
Cocoa Butter is an extract from roasted cacao beans. It is also known as Theobroma oil. Cocoa Butter contains abundant natural antioxidants, and saturated fats along with vitamins K and E, which help skin softening and healing. It is a rich moisturizer that penetrates deep into the skin to give intense hydration and a hint of the scent of delicious chocolate. The abundant antioxidants protect skin from irritation and damage. Cocoa butter is high in fatty acids, which is why it’s often promoted for its ability to hydrate and nourish the skin and improve elasticity. The fat in cocoa butter forms a protective barrier over skin to hold in moisture.