We’ve been working on some new products during early covid lockdowns last year. As you may have recalled, the reason we created Pine tar soap is to fight dandruff, acne and most importantly eczema and psoriasis. Taking the same roots, we went on to look for other soaps that we can create using natural ingredients to solve skincare issues. Here’s what we did!
There were some dried ingredients we wanted to use in our soap making. Instead of just throwing them into the soap match we decided to try something new, but old-school! This time we wanted to try out sun-infusion or solar infusion. This an ancient technique that gently releases the medicinal properties from flowers, leaves, skins, fruit, bark, resins, seeds even minerals, resin and wood into carrier oils. Usually, the oils are left in the sun for about four weeks sometimes for years. Since this is our first attempt, we infused these oils for nearly three months (during the covid lockdown last year). Though this is a slow and time-consuming method, this enables all the constituents of the plant to thoroughly infuse into the oil. So yeah, it took us about four months to complete making these soap bars, including the curing time :’D
Here are our infusions: Sandalwood chips, dried rosebuds, dried mint leaves, the carrier oil we went with golden king coconut oil
Sweet Rose soap: Perfect combination of Lavender, Rose, Vanilla and Ylang-Ylang. This will help you calm your nerves and help you sleep like a baby after a long day of work. Ideal for anyone who’s looking for a sweet change. Rose antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties, which makes this soap ideal to topically treat a host of skin conditions. So if you are looking for a soap to help your skin problems and smell amazing, this is the one for you.
Beer and spice: This is one of those crazy alchemist products we wanted to try out. Why beer? beer has been used to help acne, eczema and skin irritations for years. beer soap is known to have great moisturising properties. Beer is made with hops which contain skin-softening amino acids that can help soothe irritated and inflamed skin. So this is the best solutions for anyone who’s struggling with itchy beard, scalp and fighting ache. On top of that, the Brew’s yeast in the beer works as an antibacterial agent, which can help fight acne.
For this particular soap, we decided to use light beer. Beer is traditionally made with water, barley malt, hops, yeast using a natural brewing processes. The beer and the combination of pure essential oils in this bar give this soap a nice clean and delightful smell.
In addition to this, this soap bar not only great for your skin but also doubles down as a great beard/hair bar because beer tightens the cuticle of the hair shaft while the proteins from the malt and hops covers or coats the hair, builds it up and add lustre and body.
Yeti 2.0: This is an update of our old Yeti bar. Thanks to all our customer feedback from version 1. We have upgraded this soap bar with sun-infused mint leaves, added more methol to pack a punch! (3% which is still below the safe amount).
Meet the new Yeti 2.0! the monstrous beast, also known as Abominable Snowman in western pop culture. Said to inhabit the Himalayans, a place of treacherous terrain and ice, where only those with grit dare to go. This handcrafted soap bar will cool you down after long, hot days. Best to use in cold showers, this will help wake your body up, inducing a higher state of alertness and be ready to seize the day! Like taking a plunge in an ice-cold river or heading to the frigid mountain top where this beast roams.
Other ingredients included in the soaps are:
Shea Butter: gives our soap a wonderfully rich and luxurious lather that feels so good on the skin. Shea butter in soap is known to help temporarily relieve the mild symptoms of eczema and mild itching.
Mango butter: Rich in vitamins A and E, Mango Butter has a deep moisturizing and regenerative effect on both strands and scalp. It fortifies strands from the inside out, softens dry hair, reduces breakage, and smooths split ends. Mangoes have proved to be effective in soothing irritated skin and reducing symptoms of eczema and psoriasis.
For anyone who has access to herbs, fruits and spices, and lots of time. Try making some sun-infused oils, this will be a great addition to your medicine chest. We are in the process of working on a few more variety, so do let us know what you would like us to work on.