SOAPS & SO... natural handmade soaps in curacao by an islandgirl

ABOUT US...

I am a

mother of 2 boys born on the beautiful island of Curacao. Growing up here I never realized how much beauty and freedom we had until I became an adult and moved to the Netherlands. It wasn't until I had finished my education as a florist in flower retail and had been working for some years that I realized I had a bad allergy for Camomile and Cocoamido Propyl Betaine.  Cocamidopropyl betaine is used as a foam booster in shampoos and soaps. And we all know what good properties Camomile has. So I decided to change courses and become an interior designer at the Academie of Arts. Over the years I just avoided anything from soap to cream and shampoo and all in between. After 14 yrs abroad I returned back to my beautiful Island which I had missed. The sun, the warm weather and beauty nature had to offer. I appreciated it more now. But my allergy was still there. Fast forwarding to 2017 I decided to try making soap, since I still had my allergies and enjoyed more natural products, especially the vegan cruelty free products. The down side of this beautiful Island is that a lot of products need to be imported and by the time they get here they become more expensive. So I believe by using all natural products we find around us and being 100% sure nothing is tested on animals I can controle what I use for beauty products. And most of all, I enjoy the beautiful result.

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What we use...

 We have soaps for the body and for the face containing one or more of these ingredients:

  • Cactus has 17 amino acids and antioxidants that can prevent damage from the sun? Sounds like an anti-aging ingredient that's honestly tempting me to move to a desert climate.  As a bonus, just like aloe vera, cactus leaf has also been known to alleviate mild cramps.
  • Green clay found in France (duh), French green clay is your go-to for exfoliation and pore-tightening on top of oil-absorption. It can be called Elite Clay or Sea Clay, the green color comes from the amount of decomposed plant material and iron oxide and is a determining factor in the quality of the clay—it should never be gray or white, it should be very green. It’s so absorbent that not only does it drink up oils, it also pulls blood towards the surface of your skin, giving you a bit of a tingling sensation as it boosts circulation.
  • White clay, Kaolin clay. You may have seen this clay in a few different colors—white, yellow, red, and pink are the more popular ones, all of which vary in their abilities. White kaolin clay is the gentlest and thus great for sensitive dry skin. It doesn’t absorb so much as it does soften with super gentle bits for a mild exfoliation. Yellow kaolin clay is slightly more absorbent and exfoliating but still remains gentle enough for sensitive skin. This can be more circulation-boosting, so you’ll probably find it in a lot of brightening masks. Red kaolin clay has the most absorbing powers of the bunch and is best for oily skin. This is a great addition for acne/detoxifying masks for the face or body. Pink kaolin clay is pretty much a mixture of the white and red kaolin clays, making it an idea balance for those with sensitive skin that needs a bit of oil-vacuuming and gentle exfoliation.
  • Activated charcoal has become a popular ingredient for skin care products in the past few years. But it’s not new – charcoal has been used in the beauty and medical industries for years. Charcoal is known for its ability to absorb and draw out oil from the skin. This makes charcoal a fantastic addition to soaps, scrubs, masks and more. There are various types, including activated charcoal, sugar charcoal and Japanese charcoal (aka white charcoal). The different types of charcoal have various origins and production methods. “Regular” charcoal usually comes from wood, coal or peat. This type of charcoal is often used as fuel. Activated charcoal, on the other hand, is most commonly used for medical, beauty or purification processes. To become “activated,” the charcoal goes through a high temperature steam activation process. This process increases its surface area, which increases the charcoal’s ability to absorb and filter. This makes activated charcoal the proper choice for medical and cosmetic use.
  • Oatmeal, an ancient grain, is high in protein and carbohydrates and is packed full of vitamins, minerals, and lipids. A true "feast for the body", these nutrients are not only healthy for your insides but also very beneficial for your skin. 
  • Honey, a sweet treat with multiple uses for both inside and outside your body? What's not to love! If you're looking for a natural way to get glowing, hydrated skin, you'll want to make sure you're looking for products that include this key ingredient. 
  • Mint is especially great for skin that needs that extra care and treatment. If you are suffering from severe acne on the face, using this simple ingredient can help you get rid of it. Mint leaves work on most types of acne. It also helps remove acne naturally without any side effects. 
  • Bentonite clay
  • Vitamine E
  • Coffee grinds
  • Sea salt

 

How we make soap

 

Handcrafted soaps made from scratch require three ingredients to become soap: oil (animal or vegetable oil, not petroleum-based oil), water and lye. These three ingredients, mixed together in correct proportions, combine and chemically change into soap - a process called "saponification". They may include other ingredients to provide additional benefits or to color or scent the soap, but these are not part of the chemical process that results in basic soap.

An accurate recipe is necessary, in order to ensure that the right amount of lye is used for the specific oils selected. A lye calculator can be used to calculate the right amount of lye, although it can also be calculated based on the type and quantity of oils being used.

The solid lye is mixed with water to dissolve it. The amount of water depends on the particular recipe, but is usually 2 to 3 times the amount of lye, based on weight. When the lye is added to the water the solution gets hot. It is important to remember that lye is highly caustic and can cause severe burns if it comes in contact with skin for more than a few seconds. Proper protective gear, including at least gloves and goggles, should be used when handling lye or incomplete soap.

After 24 hours the soap will be ready to b cut and stored in a dry well ventilated place. A curing time to harden the soap can vary from 4 weeks to 12 months or longer.

Our products

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Our products are 100% handmade with natural ingredients, free from artificial color or additives, cruelty free and scented lightly with essential oils. 


By using only oils and butters and not adding any synthetic additives our soaps leave your skin soft and clean without any residue.


All our natural soaps are so moisturizing, they moisturize anything but the shower ceiling :0)

They are nicely packed making it possible to be used as soap gifts. We are working on our soap store but please check our page below for addresses our products are being sold.



Soaps

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We pour and cure our handmade soaps in curacao over a period of time to harden the bars and prolong the use. Since we don't use any animal fats, lard or tallow in our natural soaps they take a bit longer to harden since all animal fats and synthetic additives are what makes the bar  hard. Palm oil is a nice alternative but producing palm oil causes stress on the environment. To add some hardness I add beeswax to my soaps. With the use of beeswax the soaps are no longer vegan. But buying the beeswax from a certified supplier assures me that no animal harm was inflicted while producing or achieving the beeswax. 

Our ingredients

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We use different types of oils as every oil has another purpose in soap making. One produces the lather and the other provides for hardness in a soapbar. No animal products or lard. Some are olive pomace oil, coconut oil, caster oil, grape seed oil, jojoba oil and hemp oil. Shea and cocoa butter. Due to the environmental stress palm oil produces we don't use palm oil.

Herbs like paprika can be used for natural coloring. Fresh ingredients like the common Aloe vera, or step up to something different is our local grown cactus. Fresh chopped mint or berries. Activated charcoal, indigo, cocoa or coffee.

Even gluten free oatmeal and honey.


We have...

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Soaps

We pour and cure our handmade soaps in curacao over a period of time to harden the bars and prolong the use. Since we don't use any animal fats, lard or tallow in our natural soaps they take a bit longer to harden since all animal fats and synthetic additives are what makes the bar  hard. Palm oil is a nice alternative but producing palm oil causes stress on the environment. To add some hardness I add beeswax to my soaps. With the use of beeswax the soaps are no longer vegan. But buying the beeswax from a certified supplier assures me that no animal harm was inflicted while producing or achieving the beeswax

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Scrubs

Our scrubs are made with natural sea salt from Bonaire, another great Island or Epsom salt.

Also in our scrubs we use oils and butters which are vegan and cruelty free. 

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Body butters & oils

Since we live on a warm Island we take enough showers which strip away our natural moisture. To treat ourselves to a nice extra there are body butter combined with oils, whipped to a lighter texture to massage into the skin. A little goes a long way with this lightly scented whipped body treat.

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Fizzy bath powders

Fizzy bath powder for body or feet is the perfect remedy to a busy, stressed-out day, just dissolve a bit or a  in warm water en treat yourself to a relaxing, skin cleansing body or foot bath.

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Soap shavings - Bath or foot soaks

Want to take a relaxing bath with just soap? You can use our soap shavings. Just dissolve a bit in water an take a soapy bath. Just like our soap bars, all natural and lightly scented. Want to use it to wash your delicates? Or wash your brushes? It's a natural soap that can be used on anything after dissolving.

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Shaving soaps

A warning - once you try a real soap to shave with, you'll never use a commercial shaving cream again! Our shaving soap is not much different than our regular soap except for some added cosmetic clay and extra castor oil for more bubbly goodness. The clay helps give the soap extra "slip" and also works to purify your skin. (Think of a clay or mud mask.) All you need to do is grab a shaving brush.

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Whipped soaps

If you've never used whipped soap before, you're in for a treat. Not only is it soft and fluffy, but it's versatile, too. This recipe is made with gentle vegetable-based ingredients, making it perfect to use as hand soap, shaving cream, or face wash.

Body balms for dry skin or relaxing






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