Why soap from Holleman Farms--
When I choose the oils to use in our soap, I am trying to achieve a soap with a rich, creamy lather that leaves your skin cleansed, refreshed and soothed. I also want our bars to be hard so that they last a long time and give you wash after wash. We use essential oils and fragrance oils that provide aromatherapy properties, such as relaxation, vitality and soothing.
We always use shea butter in our soap because of its awesome properties. Shea butter contains a ton of Vitamin E in the form of tocopherol (100 to 150 ppm) and tocotrienols (110 to 175 ppm) that acts as a natural anti-oxidant for your skin and the butter, so it’s softening to our skin. It contains at least 8 various catechin compounds, which offer anti-bacterial properties to shea butter.
The phytosterols in shea butter contain cinnamic acid esters , which can act as a UV protectant. This offers some of the healing properties associated with shea butter because these esters can reduce superficial irritation and redness of the skin.
Shea butter contains allantion, which is approved by the FDA as a barrier ingredient to temporarily prevent and protect chafed, chapped, cracked, or windburned skin by speeding up the natural processes of the skin and increasing the water content.
We find a lot of oleic acid in shea butter – 40 to 55% – which offers moisturizing and regenerating, anti-inflammatory, and softening properties. It is well absorbed by the skin.
We also find a lot of stearic acid in shea butter – 35 to 45% – which offers improved moisture retention, flexibility of the skin, and skin repair.
Following is information on the other oils that we use in our soaps:
Coconut oil - Coconut oil is composed of medium chain fatty acids – MCFA – containing 6 to 12 carbon atoms. It contains a lot of saturated fats with 47.5% lauric acid, and some unsaturated fats with 18.1% myristic acid, 8.8% palmitic acid, and a titch of stearic, oleic, linoleic, and arachidic acids.
Coconut oil offers a ton of wonderful polyphenols such as ferulic acid. Ferulic acid is a very effective anti-oxidant, more powerful than Vitamin E, that can prevent skin aging, reduce age spots, and help repair light and radiation induced damage. It penetrates skin to soften and moisturize, soothes wind chapped and sun burned skin, and reduces itching and inflammation. Coconut oil contains caffeic acid, which is also a good anti-oxidant.
Coconut oil also contains catechins, a polyphenol found in tea and chocolate that can offer antibiotic properties as they disrupt a stage of bacterial DNA replication. Lauric acid can also act as an anti-bacterial.
Olive oil - With 55 to 83% oleic acid, 4 to 21% linoleic acid, 1% linolenic acid, 10.5% palmitic acid, and 2.6% stearic acid, it offers the best of all worlds in one oil. We know oleic acid has many great features – it’s moisturizing, regenerating, softening, offers anti-inflammatory properties, and is well absorbed by the skin – but the unsaponifiables in olive oil are really vital to its awesome power!
In the 0.5 to 1.5% of the unsaponifiable part of olive oil we find the good stuff that gives olive oil its punch. We find the tocopherols – 100 to 300 mg per kilogram of oil – and squalene, which makes up 40 to 50%! Squalene is found in our sebum (about 12%), which is why you’ll see olive oil as listed as being like our natural sebum and allowing our skin to “breathe”.
Avocado oil – Avocado oil contains a great deal of oleic acid (75 to 80%), and very little linoleic (7 to 10%), stearic (up to 4%), or palmitic (about 10%) fatty acids. It contains 130 to 200 mg per kg tocopherols, which are lovely for the skin. It has about 1% unsaponifiables in the form of phytosterols, which will help itchy or inflamed skin.
Rice bran oil - Rice bran oil contains 16% palmitic acid, 2% stearic acid, 42% oleic acid, 36.6% linoleic acid, and 1.5% linolenic acid. It contains tocopherols at 400 mg per kg of oil, which means loads of Vitamin E for your skin. All of this is great, but what makes rice bran oil fantastic are the unsaponifiables, which make up about 4% of rice bran oil. The unsaponifiables in rice bran oil contain Vitamin B, Vitamin E, and squalene (0.1 to 0.7%). Rice bran oil contains about 1 to 2% y-oryzanol, a phytosterol unique to this oil. It’s a mixture of “ferulic acid esters or sterols and triterpene alcohols”. What does this mean? Ferulic acid is a very effective antioxidant, and the y-oryzanol has been shown to be a more effective anti-oxidant than Vitamin E. Studies are showing ferulic acid can prevent skin aging and reduce age spots. It can help with light or radiation induced damage in skin. It will penetrate the skin to offer moisturizing and softening, help with wind chapped or sun burned skin, and help reduce itching and inflammation in the skin.
(Source: Susan Nichols, www.swiftcraftymonkey.blog)