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More skin research for the dog with dry skin

Well, I am continuing my quest to find something to calm my daughter’s dog’s skin condition..  I didn’t post pics of the Sea Buckthorn Oil, per the previous post, because it came in a dropper bottle and I didn’t have the patience for one drop at a time.  LOL…  after opening the package and seeing that, I decided that it was best if mixed with other ingredients that are good for the skin.  So, my research continued.  I scoured Wikipedia,’s customer reviews, science and medical articles, etc.  These findings are just a compilation of all of those.  This might even help other soap makers, who knows?

I DID rule out a few things.  For example, Ubiquinol was left out because… oh, it only costs a mere $1.077/24 ounces and that did NOT include shipping.  It is kinda like CoQ-10 and super good for the skin… but I can’t afford that.  If you can, go for it!!

Here are some products you may want to consider using in your DIY pet products, or for your own bath and beauty products:

Argan Oil: This oil is expeller pressed and rich in vitamin E.  It’s a lightweight oil that absorbs quickly making it a great addition to most all cosmetic products.  Argan is a particularly nourishing addition to any hair care product.  The essential fatty acid can help moisturize and define dry damaged hair.  Not to mention, it also works great in lotions, creams, salves, or leave in treatments.  Whether you’re looking to simply boost the moisturizing power of your lotion or go all out with an argan oil hair mask, pamper yourself with the addition of our argan oil.  Argan oil is easily absorbed into the skin, making it a fantastic oil to include in your haircare and skincare formulations.  Argan oil allows the skin to breathe, and is used in many acne-fighting formulas.

Avocado Butter – Avocado Butter is manufactured from the fruit of the Avocado Tree. The Avocado Tree generally grows in sub-tropical regions. Our butter is hydrogenated to yield a green-tinted butter that is soft and has a very mild odor. The butter is solid at room temperature but has wonderful melting properties which make it ideal for skin care. Use it in all types of soap, as a balm (straight) or in your lotion blends. It’s often used in soap recipes for people with sensitive skin.  Heavy in texture, Avocado Oil increases epidermal elasticity, while thoroughly moisturizing and softening stubborn, dry or cracked skin.

Avocado Extract: Avocado Extract is generally used to improve softness and radiance of skin. It is also considered helpful with dry hair and scalp. This oil based additive is amazing in face masks, and will be a wonderful addition to your soap, balms, salves, lotion and hair care recipes.  This product is lip safe at a usage rate of .5-3%.

Avocado Oil – Avocado oil has a high percentage of unsaponifiables, making it an excellent choice to superfat your cold process soap with. It is wonderful in massage oil because of its natural vitamins B1, B2 and A. This oil is cold pressed. Heavy in texture, Avocado Oil increases epidermal elasticity, while thoroughly moisturizing and softening stubborn, dry or cracked skin.

Babassu Oil – Melts quickly, non greasy, penetrates. Protective, soothing, moisturizing whitish color. Alternative to Coconut & Palm oil. High content of saturated fatty acid. Rich in lauric acid, soft-solid oil at room temperature.  Especially suitable for eczema, itchy, dry, and inflamed skin. High content of lauric & myristic acids which have a melting point relatively close to the human body temperature.

Buckthorn Extract is derived from the seeds and pulp of the Sea Buckthorn berry (not the sea). High in natural Vitamin C and E, this extract is used for it’s nourishing effects in soothing sensitive and easily irritated skin, primarily in anti-aging creams. Use in conjunction with other anti-aging type additives in your handmade recipes. Sea Buckthorn Extract is extracted via expeller into Fractionated Coconut Oil for a light, easy to absorb product. Use up to 15% in skin and hair care. This product is lip safe at a usage rate of .5-3%.

Calendula Extract: Traditionally, Calendula has been used to sooth sensitive or irritated skin. This plant is also used as a rinse to lighten hair or for blonde hair shampoos. Externally, infusions of Calendula are also antiseptic, rumored to disinfect minor wounds and treat infections. Suggested usage rates: 4 – 7% in liquid soap, cremes, hair products, melt and pour and CP soap.  Calendula is used in lotions, ointments, and creams to help inflammed, burned, rashed, or bruised skin. Varicose veins have been known to shrink after using calendula-infused lotion for a few weeks.

Carrot Extract: Carrot Extract is high in vitamins A and E and beta carotene. It is an anti-inflammatory, soothing chapped and uncomfortable skin. It is thought to bring balance to the moisture in both skin and hair as a conditioning agent. Thisoil based extract will be beneficial in handmade hair conditioner, balms and skincare recipes, especially for dry winter skin, aging or matured skin. Use at 5 – 10% for conditioners and 1 – 5% for skin care.

Castor Oil – Castor oil is extracted from the Castor Bean Plant. It is a thick, viscous liquid with a slight distinctive smell. It acts similar to glycerin, as a humectant, drawing moisture to the skin. Castor oil contributes to thick, large bubbles in cold process soap and is used in most shampoo bar recipes. It is a good oil for superfatting.

Chamomile Extract: Chamomile Extract is used as an anti-inflammatory and also as a mild sedative. Use it in sleepy-time cream, night time baths or pulse point formulas. On the skin, it helps to reduce redness and is soothing on inflamed skin. This product is lip safe at a usage rate of .5-3%.

Chamomile, Egyptian – Used for centuries to help relax, this herb is also lovely as an additive in soap and bath teas. Use whole in bath teas, or ground up in soap for exfoliation and slip. Chamomile helps with a number of skin problems; flaky skin, wrinkles, and stretch marks.  skin softening purposes in soaps. Chamomile infusion can also be added to shampoo recipes. Conditioners made with chamomile will produce shinier, more manageable hair.  Chamomile flowers can be infused in massage oils to help with muscle stiffness and inflammation. Chamomile flowers can be ground and used in scrubs.

Chia Oil:  Known for its high omega-3 fatty acids content.  Recently, this oil has become popular in the cosmetic industry for those looking to soothe dry, itchy, or inflamed skin.  Chia oil is commonly incorporated into cosmetics that market its antioxidant benefits and skin protecting properties.  Its high content of protein, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, niacin, iron, and zinc make chia oil great for applications meant to replenish hair, skin, and nails.  This Chia Oil also gives off a soothing nutty aroma.  We love using chia oil for a nourishing addition to applications such as a moisturizing hair treatment or hydrating body butter.  Works great in combination with other morsturizing oils like our Hemp Seed Oil, Argan Oil, or Jojoba Oil! Other application could include a lip products, eye treatment, or wrinkle cream. NOTE: This product has a shelf life of 1 year.  We recommend using this oil within 6 months of purchase.

Cocoa Butter:  This oil comes in a large, hard solid block, and remains solid at room temperature, making the term “butter” a bit misleading. It is a vegetable fat that is obtained from cocoa beans, and it has a very mild chocolate-y aroma. Cocoa Butter is one of the most stable fats and also contains natural antioxidants. It is reputed to provide a barrier that helps retain and restore the moisture in your skin. This butter is different than our other butters like Mango or Coffee Butter which are soft to the touch. If you hold a piece of solid Cocoa Butter against your skin, it will start to melt in the way a chocolate bar does, but stays solid at room temperature. Note: To avoid crystallization when melting cocoa butter, it is best to temper it. It’s simple to do: raise the temperature on your melting cocoa butter slowly, over 45 minutes. Then, turn the heat off, cover the cocoa butter and let it cool for approximately 10 minutes. Use this method to achieve smoother lotion and lip balms. It is used in conjuction with unsaturated oils like olive oil or castor oil, or with more sticky ingredients such as shea butter and lanolin when making soap.  Using too much cocoa butter in soap will result in a dry, exceptionally hard bar of soap.

Coconut Milk Powder:  Coconut milk is packed with vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5, B6, potassium, and folate to help nourish and hydrate skin and hair.  It works great as an addition to cold process soaps or can add an extra level of moisture to your haircare and lotion products.  The lauric acid content of coconut milk gives cold process soap extra hardness and promotes a luxuriously fluffy lather. When using this Coconut Milk Powder we found it was a little tricky to mix into water however, heating the water slightly (to about 95°F) made it easy.

Coconut Oil – Coconut Oil is one of the most common raw material used in the soap and toiletry industry. It comes from the seeds of Cocos Nucifera and is primarily cultivated from Southeast Asia and the Philippines. Our coconut oil has a melt point of 76 degrees. Our 7 pound size of Coconut Oil comes in a microwavable & boilable bag for ease of use and the 35 pound size comes in a 5 gallon bucket. It is a food grade bag that can be used for liquids after it is empty.

Colloidal Oatmeal: This micro-fine, ground oatmeal is not rough or abrasive. In lotion it can create a barrier over the skin making it a great additive for those with extra dry skin. In soap it is often used to alleviate itchiness. Colloidal Oatmeal makes a soothing addition to your favorite recipes. This product is excellent in face masks, milk baths, soap, and creams. Usage rate varies depending on the product. Soap recommended usage rate is up to 5%, milk bath, up to 50%, masks, up to 25% and creams up to 1%.

Coffee Butter – Luscious and rich – this coffee butter will wake you up with just one whiff! Blend with cocoa butter and you have the perfect mocha lip balm or body butter! This butter is a blend of Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil and Coffee Seed Oil and contains between .5%-1% natural caffeine. is antioxidant-rich and beneficial for anti-aging skincare. It helps to heal dry, chapped and cracked skin, balances the moisture in skin, and well conditions the hair. helps the skin’s barrier function to maintain moisture levels and to maintain a healthy protective layer, relieving irritation, dryness and peeling, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and leaving skin soft and smooth. It will help to keep your skin healthy. suitable for all skin types, especially for dry or mature aging skin. It helps damaged skin like burns, wounds, cuts, scars, itchy, scaly, irritated skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Also use it on areas that need extra attention like the elbows and knees. It is a desirable anti-cellulite body care. It helps for DAMAGED HAIR, DRY SCALP AND BRITTLE NAILS. It  promotes silky soft hair, prevents moisture loss and adds elasticity and suppleness, and also provides an immediate sparkle and shine, and helps to mend split ends.

Cupuacu butter is pressed from the seeds of trees that are native to the Amazon forest. These trees grow in the wild (there is no commercial farms of Cupuacu anywhere yet) and drop their fruits on the ground/rivers where native women pick them up during tropical rainy season and its seeds are cleaned from the husk and inner partitions (refined) and then cold pressed to be changed into a soft and moisturizing butter. Cupuacu butter is similar to cocoa, but without the caffeine content. Creamy, emollient and softer than cocoa butter, it, still, is solid at room temperature. The butter is known to local tribes as a beneficial remedy for dry and damaged skin and hair. High water absorption capacity of Cupuacu makes this butter a great moisturizer promoting deep, long lasting hydration of the skin and hair. Recommended for dry and cracked skin, mature and aging skin, lip care, hair care and more

Dulse Extract: Dulse is a sea vegetable that typically is snacked on for its nutritional properties. In skincare, Dulse is used for its natural antioxidant properties and abundance of vitamins B6, B12, C, E, and A. Use at up to 7% in handmade skin care products, 3% in handmade haircare products and 5% in lip products. Dulse Extract is in Fractionated Coconut Oil and is oil soluble.

Emu Oil. Unsurpassed nourishing benefits: provides radiant youthful and plumper skin. Reduces dryness, redness, itching, marks, and soothes sunburn & Promotes hair health and growth. Perfect for aching joints, sore muscles, sprains, burns, wounds and scars, stretch marks.

Evening Primrose Extract: Long known as a natural anti-inflammatory, Evening Primrose extract has traditionally been used in mature skin preparations, but also wonderful to soothe skin dryness, itchiness, and redness. A natural yellow, this extract is oil soluble and can be used in handmade haircare and skincare products, including lotions and soaps. Suggested usage rate is 1-2%.

Ginseng Extract: Ginseng is a fantastic additive to lotions and balms for mature skin. Our ginseng extract is suspended in a fractionated coconut oil blend, which makes it very easy to add to any oil based product, or lotions during the oil phase.

Grapeseed Oil comes from the seeds of grapes used in winemaking and is a light, thin oil. It is easily absorbed Suitable for all skin types; won’t clog pores or cause break-outs by the skin and can help retain natural moisture. Grapeseed Oil is high in linoleic acid which has anti-inflammatory properties and is a healing fatty acid. Our grapeseed oil is expeller expressed (no solvents are used) and is non-GMO (Genetically Modified). Please note: This new stock of grapeseed oil is expeller pressed, and is a muted green color. (February 2015)

Green Tea Extract: The benefits of Green Tea are well known from an ingestion standpoint. Green Tea has natural antioxidants (called catechins) that help fight damage caused by free radicals. Animal studies have showed protection from skin cancer. Both animal and human studies have demonstrated that topical green tea formulations reduce sun damage. Very preliminary studies show that green tea topically may inhibit enzymes whose excessive activity contributes to age-related degradation of the skin matrix. This oil based formula will work well in soaps, lotions, and body butters. Use up to 6% in skin and hair care. This product is lip safe at a usage rate of .5-3%.

Green Tea Seed Oil: Tea seed oil is also referred to as camellia seed oil. This oil has many natural skin nourishing benefits and is commonly used throughout China and Japan. This oil is cold pressed from the seeds of the tea (camellia) plant. Because of its high absorbency and non-greasy feel when applied to the skin and hair; tea seed oil is most often used in lotions, creams, balms, soaps, and hair care products. We generally use this oil at 2-10% in formulations.  Consisting mostly of monounsaturated fatty acids (Omegas 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids), green tea seed oil is nutrient rich making it ideal for use in skin and hair care products. This oil is high in skin benefiting vitamins A and B. It is reputed to have antioxidant properties that can fight disease and signs of aging, as well as to help prevent and reduce wrinkles, stretch marks, and scars.  This oil does not have a strong scent to it and should not be confused with Green Tea fragrance oil or Tea Tree essential oil. Tea seed oil is lip and skin safe at any usage level.

Hazelnut Oil – This oil is gentle, non-greasy, and is recommended for very dry skin. The oil is pressed from hazelnuts and is imported from France. The shelf life on this oil is approximately 3 months. This oil is excellent in lotions, creams and facial products and is popular in soap as well. Use it alone as a massage oil or combined with jojoba or sweet almond oil.  It’s high in essential fatty acids, light and penetrating, and doesn’t leave a greasy or oily feeling behind. Being slightly astringent, it’s a good choice for acne-prone or oily skin, and it also has moisturizing qualities. For mature skin, hazelnut oil is also beneficial, as it helps to tighten and tone the skin, aids in skin regeneration and even has mild sun-filtering properties.  It is deeply penetrating and stimulating to the circulatory system. It helps to tone and tighten the skin, and is applicable for all skin types.

Hemp Oil (Refined) – Hempseed Oil is an excellent vehicle for providing essential fatty acids to your skin. These fatty acids are high in antioxidant protection as well as help to protect your skin from moisture loss. We recommend refrigerating your hempseed oil or freezing it. Our Refined Hemp Seed oil has a slightly nutty smell, is a light green and can be used up to 15% in your soap. You can use it up to 50% in your lotions and other toiletries that call for liquid oils. It is high in vitamins A and E. Hempseed oil has been reported to reduce inflammation, eczema, & psoriasis as well. Also helps with acne.  If you are making such a crème, be sure to pick up some Tamanu Oil as well (which has similar claims).  Eyelash growth!!

Hydrolyzed Oats – A water soluble form of hydrolyzed whole oats consisting mainly of hydrolyzed oligosaccharides (or carbohydrates). This novel skin care ingredient can be used to improve properties of creams and lotions and imparts a soft, cushiony feel on the skin, giving it a near-velvet smoothness after drying. Applied neat, (undiluted on the skin) it dries with almost no tack, leaving a light, shiny and flexible film on the skin. With the natural touch it provides as an all-vegetable derived moisturizer, hydrolyzed oats are a wonderful addition to any product for the skin or hair.  Recommended use levels are 1-5%.

Illipe Butter is one of the greatest natural moisturizers  Keep the skin moist and wrinkle free. Prevents skin disorders such as acne and eczema It reduces skin inflammation and helps in curing several skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis. Usage Rate: 1-100% The Illipe Tree (Shorea Stenoptera) is a magnificent tree which grows in the forest of Borneo in the South Pacific. Illipe butter is light tan in color and has long-lasting moisturizing properties. It is most renowned for its skin softening quality. Illipe’s chemical composition closely resembles that of cocoa butter, yet with a higher melting point, making it ideal for use in bar soaps, lip balms, lipsticks and other stick type applications where a higher melting point is desired. Suggested use levels Lotions & Creams: 3- 5% Balms 5 – 100% Bar Soaps 4 – 8% Hair Conditioners 2 – 5% Illipe Butter – Natural INCI = Shorea Stenoptera Seed Butter Moisturizes the skin and restores elasticity. It is used in skin and sun care products, massage creams, and soap. It lends rigidity to balms, stick formulations and soaps.

Jojoba Oil – This refined and unique product is actually a liquid wax. Renowned for its absorption and moisturizing abilities, our jojoba oil is expeller pressed from the Jojoba Seed. Because of its fatty acid make up, jojoba oil is very resistant to oxidation (and rancidity) and has a very long shelf life.  It takes 1200 Jojoba nuts to add up to a pound which has a 50% yield of oil, which is one of the reasons it is more expensive than other oils.

Karanja Oil 100%, Pure, Great in soaps, creams, lotions and for massage.  Keep the skin moist and wrinkle free. Prevents skin disorders such as acne and eczema It reduces skin inflammation and helps in curing several skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis. Usage Rate: 1-100%

Kokum Butter – may prevent drying out of the skin and development of wrinkles and reduces degeneration of skin cells / It reduces skin inflammation and helps in curing several skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis. Usage Rate: 1-100 Keep the skin moist and wrinkle free. Common Uses: Common Uses: lip balm making, soap making, lotion making, body butter making, body, hair, feet, hands, skin, eyes, face, pregnancy, eczema, psoriasis, stretch marks, soap making, soap base, lip balm making, cream, lotion, Body butter, Natural hair growth, relaxed hair, acne, curly hair, babies, baby hair, men, massage, Lotion Bars, skincare, essential oils, rashes, texturizer, toner, whipped, moisturizer, serum, soap bar, melt and pour base, souffle, dry skin, itchy scalp, itchy skin, shampoo, heals, nilotica, carrier oils, blends, recipe, sun burn, Skin Hydrating, Sensitive Skin, black soap.  Kokum Butter is produced from the seeds of the Kokum tree’s (Garcinia Indica) fruit, Kokum Butter is refined resulting in a white butter with a mild to nonexistent odor. Kokum Butter has a smooth dense texture suitable for cosmetic, confectionary and toiletry applications. Kokum Butter is highly resistant to oxidation and often used as a Cocoa Butter substitute. Kokum Butter is believed to promote skin elasticity, prevention of skin dryness, and restoration of damaged skin.

Macadamia Nut Oil (Refined, cold pressed)- Macadamia nut oil provides nourishment and emollience to dry, aging skin.  Macadamia nut oil is readily absorbed by the skin; not leaving the skin feeling oily.  This makes macadamia nut oil a fabulous choice for massage oils, lotions, and haircare products.  Macadamia nut oil produces a conditioning lather in soaps.  It is high in omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, and due to its high level of antioxidants, this oil is not prone to racidity. The 4 oz. and 16 oz. bottles of this oil are sold by volume instead of weight.  However, the 7 pound containers are sold by weight.  Macadamia Nut Oil is used in formulations of massage oils, soaps, lotions, creams, mature skin products, baby products,  lip balms, scrubs, and other bath related products.

Mallow Extract: Mallow was cherished by the Ancient Romans for it’s soothing and protecting properties to dry and sensitive skin. It is commonly used in skincare preparations to reduce inflammation. In hair care, Mallow Extract is said to hydrate and support moisture balance within the shaft of the hair. Use up to 7% of this oil based extract in your handmade skin and hair care recipes. This product is lip safe at a usage rate of .5-3%.  Can be added to facial masks to soothe the skin, to reduce swelling, and to promote healthy cell growth.

Mango Butter – Mango Butter is extracted from the fruit kernels of the Mango tree. This butter is solid at room temperatures but melt upon contact with skin (approximately 87 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit). Our butter is carefully refined and deodorized and can be used straight as a balm, or in other products, such as creams, lotions and soaps with a suggested usage rate ranging from 5% to 100%.   It is said to reduce the signs of aging by reducing wrinkle formation.

Meadowfoam Oil – Extracted from the seeds of a Pacific Northwest native annual, Limananthes alba. Containing over 98% long-chain fatty acids, Meadowfoam Oil is one of the most stable oils with the ability to extend shelf life of less stable ingredients. Use in your handmade recipes for its moisturizing and rejuvenating properties. This oil has a non-greasy feeling, blends well with other carrier oils and has binding qualities, allowing it to help your products retain scents longer. Meadowfoam is a very earth-friendly product. The Meadowfoam plant is a sustainable and renewable resource. Often used by farmers for a rotation crop, it also helps to bring in additional income. It was originally developed as an alternative to Sperm Whale oil, thereby helping to lessen the demand. Meadowfoam Oil is a wonderful substitute for Jojoba oil.  Meadowfoam Seed Oil helps to repair dry, damaged skin. Due to its high levels of natural antioxidants, meadowfoam oil has a long shelf life and is not prone to rancidity.  Meadowfoam oil is also known for its UV light protection properties, making it a fabulous oil to include in your skincare formulations.

Monoi – Monoi de Tahiti is an extraordinary oil for skin and hair care. It has been shown to penetrate and hydrate the skin rapidly and reduce trans-epidermal water loss. Use Monoi oil in creams, lotion, shampoo, soap and etc..Monoi de Tahiti Oil helps to heal dry, chapped and cracked skin, balances the moisture in skin, and it conditions hair well. It helps damaged skin like burns, cuts, scars. It helps heal dry and cracked skin. Also use it on areas that need extra attention like the elbows and knees. Monoi de Tahiti carrier oil is suitable for all skin types, especially for dry or mature aging skin. It helps to balance the moisture in the skin. It helps to remove toxic build-up in the skin, improving the skin’s complexion. It is good oil for face and neck treatments and may even help to reduce wrinkling.  Monoi de Tahiti Carrier Oil applied into the scalp will encourage healthy hair growth, and when rubbed into the ends of the hair, will help to repair split ends

Neem Oil – Enjoy your skin and face again. See the changes, and enjoy your clear, smooth, and soft skin. Reduce your acne and take control over your skin once again. Moisturize your skin and give it its vitality back. Great for soaps, creams and lotions! Get all the nutrients for your skin and hair with this pure, cold pressed Neem oil. Anti-septic, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal Prevents skin disorders such as acne and eczema, rashes, burns and acne .It reduces skin inflammation and helps in curing several skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis.

Nettle Extract: Externally, nettles have been used to improve the appearance of the hair, and is said to be a remedy against oily hair and dandruff. It also works as an anti inflammatory aid. Suggested usage rates: 3 – 5% in liquid soap, cremes, melt and pour and CP soap. This product is lip safe at a usage rate of .5-3%.

Oat Extract: Soothing for all types of skin and especially popular in baby skin care products, Oat Extract is also considered moisturizing and mildly anti-aging. This extract is oil soluble and suggested for use up to 10% in conditioners, soaps, and lotions.  This product is lip safe at a usage rate of .5-3%.

Olive Oil is a blend of extra virgin and refined grade “A” olive oil. Olive oil gives a rich feel and helps to create a very hard bar once fully cured. Used in the making of Castile soap (both liquid and bar).er directly to your soap or try infusing your oil for a speckle free look. Great for advanced recipes such as 6 – 12 color swirls because it allows more time to work with the batter vs. using Pomace Olive Oil.

Olive Oil Pomace-  Olive oil is generally the #1 oil in most soap makers’ recipes.  Olive oil soaps are very moisturizing, make hard, white bars of soap, and are exceptionally mild.  Soap made with 100% olive oil is referred to as the famous “Castille soap”, and “Marseille soap” is soap that must contain at least 72% olive oil. The lather from Castille soap is low and a bit slimy, therefore, most soap makers combine olive oil with other oils to improve the lather.

Olive Oil Squalane- naturally occuring in human sebum, squalane lubricates and protects skin. Reduces fine wrinkles and is a superior moisturizer.

Palm Oil – Palm oil is produced from the fruit of the oil palm, or Elaeis Guinnesis tree, which originated in West Guinea. Currently, Malaysia is the largest exporter of Palm Oil in the world. Our Palm oil is physically refined without the use of chemical solvents, thereby reducing the risk of residue contamination. Palm oil is used in cold process soap to add to the hardness of the bar and is typically replaced for tallow in all vegetable oil recipes. Palm Oil is comprised of liquid and solid oils. Because of this, it is important to fully melt and stir your palm until it is clear before using it so that it is the right mix of oils every time. In keeping with our social and ethical responsibility goals, our Palm oil supplier is a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), an organization that supports sustainable palm oil production.

Pomace Olive Oil is a wonderful addition to your cold process soap recipes. Olive oil gives a rich feel and helps to create a very hard bar once fully cured. Used in the making of Castile soap (both liquid and bar). Pomace oil is made by extracting the last bits of oil and fat from the paste left over from pressing the Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Note: Note: Pomace Olive Oil versus other grades tends to move more quickly in cold process soap recipes. For intricate designs, such as multi colored swirls, consider working with our Pure Olive Oil. Pomace grade olive oil is a thick, rich, green grade of olive oil that is obtained by solvent extraction of the fruit and pits of the olives- what’s left over after the first several pressings that give the virgin and Grade A oils.  It has a very high level of unsaponifiables (the portions of the oil that do not react with the lye to form soap).  This will make your trace time quicker.  Since olive oil pomace has a green color, it may affect the color of your bar of soap.

Pumpkin Seed Oil: This cold pressed oil has a dark color a nutty, seed-like aroma. It’s full of skin loving vitamins A and E as well as linoleic (omega 6) fatty acids.  This oil obsorbs easily into the skin, making it great for use in balms, lotions, or soap. This oil is typically used at around 5-10% in cold process soap. Pumpkin seed oil is the perfect addition for any nourishing project! Pumpkin seed oil helps to repair dry, damaged skin.

Rice Bran Oil- Our Cold Pressed Rice Bran Oil is rich in Vitamin E and anti-oxidants. This oil has long been used in Japan as a base for soap, skin moisturizer and protector. It is said to be an effective substitute for lanolin. Rice Bran Oil is especially used for treating dry and mature skin.

Rosehip Seed Oil –  Known to Heal and lighten minor to severe stretch marks and scars, firms the skin, and keeps the skin hydrated and supple. Rose hip seed oil is known to work for a variety of skin conditions, including dermatitis, acne and eczema. Dry Skin will be replenished and revitalized. The appearance of Fine Lines are visibly diminished and skin looks brighter and more radiant.  Helps skin return to a more youthful appearance. It tends to halt and reverse typical signs of aging such as wrinkles and sagging skin by accelerating the skin’s cellular activity. It also adds shine and body to colored hair, permed hair, or hair that has been damaged by too much sun or cold weather

Sea buckthorn virgin oil After cold pressed (without solvents) extraction and filtration the oil results in a deep red colored liquid with a pungent (but not unbearable) characteristic odor. Due to natural richness in vitamins, essential fatty acids, and nutrients, Seabuckthorn Virgin Oil is known to be unique nutritional supplement. It can help heal cuts and burns, wounds and sunburns, rashes and other types of skin problems. It is a great natural cleanser and its daily use helps slow down the signs of aging by nourishing the tissues in our skin. Sea buckthorn contains high amounts of vitamins (A, C, E), fiber and protein. It has 15 times more vitamin C than oranges. The fruit also is rich in carotenoids, amino acids, dietary minerals and polyphenols. Sea buckthorn oil is considered to have high antioxidant as well as antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties that help promote whole body health. Sea buckthorn oil can be taken internally as a dietary supplement or used topically. As a dietary supplement, take 1 teaspoon 2-3 times daily. Warnings: Keep out of reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes. If pregnant or lactating, consult a health professional before use.

Sesame oil is high in antioxidants, unsaponifiables (like sesamline, sesamine, and sesamol) and is high in Oleic and Linoleic fatty acids. As a result, it has a long shelf life and can add a great moisturizing quality to your soaps and lotions. We especially love it in lip balms and massage oils. This is a light golden oil – not the toasted, pungent Sesame oil used in Asian cuisine.

Shea Butter – Our Shea Butter is obtained by cold pressing the seeds of the karite tree (and is then refined). Our shea butter is a creamy white solid that is ultra-refined and has a neutral smell. The Shea Butter, Ultra Refined is physically decolorized using organic clays (diatomaceous earth, aka “bleaching clays”) to remove color and impurities. The odor is removed via injection of steam to “blow-off” the volatile oils which contribute to shea butter’s sharp, objectionable odor. There are no chemicals used to process our shea butter. Our shea butter will start to melt on contact with the skin, making it an excellent choice for lip balms and lotion bars. Suggested Use Levels: Lotions & Creams: 3-5% Balms: 5-100% Bar Soaps: 3-6%.

Shea Oil is created during the processing of Shea butter. The liquid oil is a fraction derived from the nut of the Butyrospermum parkii tree. Shea oil has a high content of Diglycerides, Sterol esters and Essential Fatty Acids.  We love using this clear liquid Shea oil because it gives you all of the skin loving, moisturizing benefits of Shea Butter without having to melt it down, so there’s no worry about crystallization in your products (in other words, you won’t get those annoying little bumps that show up in your lip balm).

Sunflower Oil – Our high oleic sunflower oil has large amounts of essential fatty acids as well as a high amount of Vitamin E. Sunflower oil is a good oil to blend with other base oils in massage or perfume bases. This oil does tend to leave a more oily feeling on the skin. It helps to provide a stable, conditioning lather in soap. It is a more lightweight oil so it’s wonderful in bath oils and lotions but does have a slow absorption rate (thus the oily feel). Refrigerate this oil to help increase the life of the oil. Some oil experts suggest a shorter shelf life than 6 months. Known for its ability to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

Sweet Almond Oil – Excellent as a massage oil, this luxurious oil is also wonderful in soap. Use it in your cold process recipes at 5% and enjoy the moisturizing properties of this light oil. Sweet Almond Oil is renowned for its rich concentration of oleic and linoleic essential fatty acids which help to give it unequalled penetrating and restructuring properties. This oil also makes an unparalleled carrier for salt (for use in salt scrubs).

Tamanu Oil – Tamanu Oil is an incredible oil! Thousands of years ago, the natives of Tahiti found a large, strange tree growing near the ocean. They soon found that the dried nuts from this tree, which they name the “ati” tree, contained a special oil that they used to help protect their skin from the hot sun, humidity and sea winds. There is a very small supply of Tamanu oil in the world because of the small growing area. It takes a full 100 kilograms of Tamanu fruit (which is the annual production of one adult tree) to make just 5 kilograms of cold pressed Tamanu oil. Reputed uses by the people of Tahiti are wide and varied – from burns, to insect bites, to stretch marks. This oil is truly multi faceted. Use it in soap up to 5% or as a massage oil – the uses are endless! As with any nut based oil, people with allergies to nuts of any kind should not use Tamanu Oil.  It is a pure nut oil that soothes and softens your skin and help you keep your skin clear and smooth.★acne reduction and acne scar removal ★eczema ★psoriasis ★toenail fungus ★insect bites and sun burns.  New research has shown that Tamanu nut oil has significant antimicrobial, antibacterial, and anti-fungal qualities. No wonder why this essential oil has been used as the preferred skin treatment for people from many places in the Pacific Islands.

Virgin Olive Oil: Olive Oil is a must have in every soap makers supply cupboard!  Virgin Olive Oil takes a long time to trace, and is an excellent addition to a complicated swirl design, or use in conjunction with a fast moving fragrance oil. It will give you a very long time to work with the soap!  Olive oil gives a rich feel and helps to create a very hard bar once fully cured, however be aware that curing can take longer than other recipes. Used in the making of Castile soap (both liquid and bar).

Vitamin E – Use Vitamin E in your fixed oils to help slow the oxidizing process or use it in your soap and lotions as a wonderful anti-oxidant. This is a thick, viscous oil that is easy to mix into lotions and liquid oils. This product is synthetic.  This is a gluten free product!

So, as you can see… the list is LONG and the choices are MANY.  It will take me a while to do some “trial and error” to see what is going to work out best.  You can print this long list below.  There are additional items in this list, as I complied this list for my own personal use in making soaps for humans and our fur babies.  You may wonder where I get these things. is one of the best sources.  They also are on hand to answer any questions for you, and their customer service is wonderful.  Some of the items I get from because I can use smile, and make a donation to the charity of my choice and I choose Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue as I foster for them and they go WAY above and beyond to help find homes for this unique dog.  (And I have one that I will be showing for the first time on the second weekend in September.) is another good source.  I DO NOT get any type of compensation from any of these vendors, they are just my personal choices.

I have some soaps for dogs ready to try out, and my test subjects are coming over within the next 2 weeks.  🙂  I will reveal the results….  but don’t hold your breath!  I have a LOT of out of town guests coming in the next couple of weeks!!

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