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The base of our soaps are made with all natural olive, coconut, soybean, and corn oils and scented with a blend of all natural essential oils. We include organic shea butter and unrefined sea salt both of which provide natural benefits for your skin.
Sea Salt is a natural exfoliant and is an important ingredient in every one of our bars. The texture of the sea salt is smooth to the touch so it can gently slough off dead skin cells, and soften tough skin. Sea salt is made by taking water from either oceans or saline lakes and letting the water evaporate to leave the salts behind, whereas table salt is mined from salt deposits in the earth and heavily processed to produce “clean” salt.
Shea butter is extracted from the nuts of the Shea tree (Butyrospermum parkii), which grows in the savannah of Western Africa. For millennia, people have used it to protect their skin from the drying winds and sun as well as to heal many skin problems, minor cuts and burns. The shea butter we use is certified organic and is included in every bar of soap we make. What makes Shea butter has a natural richness in essential fatty acids, phytosterols, vitamin E and D, provitamin A and allantoin, all of which have been used to improve the general health and wellness of skin.
Our soap is produced in Michigan City, Indiana.
Our soap is completely free of ingredients derived from gluten-containing cereals including wheat (including kamut and spelt), barley, rye, Malts and triticale.
Yes. Palm oil is an edible plant oil and is derived from the mesocarp (reddish pulp) of the fruit of the oil palm. It is often used during the production of soap because it is a highly saturated vegetable fat which is conducive of the saponification process. The use of palm oil in food products attracts the concern of environmental groups due to the concerns that the high oil yield of the trees have led, in parts of Indonesia, to removal of forestry in order to make space for oil-palm monoculture. SoapBox Soaps has decided not to use palm oil due to these ethical considerations. Instead we use a combination of olive, coconut, soybean, and corn oils.
Yes. SoapBox Soaps has been certified by PETA as cruelty free and vegan friendly. We love our furry friends and want to make sure that our team is the only ones testing our products. To be granted certification a company must: guarantee that no animal testing is conducted or commissioned for finished products or ingredients in any phase of product development by the company, its laboratories or suppliers; obtain assurances from its suppliers and intermediary agents that no animal testing has been conducted on its behalf after a fixed date; and agree to independent verification of this policy and its application through an audit program.
Yes, Glycerin is a natural part of the vegetable oils we use to make our herbal soap, so it is a natural part of all SoapBox Soaps. Glycerin soap is gentler on skin than most soaps, making it a good choice for people who have particularly dry or sensitive skin. Our soaps qualify as “glycerin soaps,” because glycerin accounts for 9-10% of the final product. Unlike most commercial soap companies, we retain all glycerin produced during the saponification process. Since glycerin is a sellable commodity, commercial soap makers remove it for sale, or they keep trace amounts so that they can mention it on their labels. Our soaps differ from clear “glycerin soaps” because our bars are not transparent. To produce their transparency, “glycerin soaps” contain a sugar-alcohol compound that can dry your skin.
The final product contains no lye. All soap, including SoapBox’s products, are made using lye (NaOH, “sodium hydroxide”). Even transparent “glycerin” soap and “melt and pour” soaps are made using lye. (Transparent glycerin soaps are made from oil and lye, like opaque soaps, except that a sugar-alcohol compound is added to maintain transparency.) In a properly produced soap, lye is a raw ingredient, but there is no lye that remains in the final product. All lye is consumed in the saponification process and presents no danger to you. Superfatting further ensures that all lye is consumed. Any company that claims their soap is not made with lye is either promoting false information or doesn’t understand the chemistry behind soap.
Our packaging is made using 100% recycled fibers and an average of 35% post consumer recycled material and printed using vegetable based inks. Post consumer recycled materials are things like old corrugated containers, old magazines, old newspapers, office paper, old telephone directories, and residential mixed paper. Its just another way we are doing our part to keep our planet healthy.
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