Soaps and cleansing lotions are particularly prone, in this day and age, to being loaded with chemical nasties like parabens and sodium laureth sulphate. They are also prone to bamboozling complexity, requiring you to spend vast amount of money to gently and safely get your face clean. But thanks to the revival of natural soapmaking, many people are discovering that it needn’t be so.
Natural soaps, made with saponified natural oils, make gentle but effective cleansing bars, which leave no residues in the environment or on your skin. All of our soaps can be used on babies or people with sensitive skin.
We offer two different kinds of soap, namely:
- Traditional farmhouse soap: A combination of beeswax, coconut oil, olive oil and occasionally other oils selected for specified properties, e.g palm oil (sustainable source), castor oil and hempseed oil. These are infused with specific medicinal plants – the way we make our ointments – and then saponified with our herbal hydrosols, in the traditional way, using sodium hydroxide. (This chemical is absent from the final product, particularly after being left to cure for six weeks. All of our traditional soaps are gentle and safe for face and body, yet robust enough to use on hair or even lathered up for washing dishes.
- Coconut and clay soap: We utilise the only 100% natural, paraben and SLES free readymade soap base, made from saponified coconut oil and clay. This is broken down and infused with medicinal plants from the area, and scented with essential oils before moulding. These soaps are just as gentle for face and body, and have a beautiful creamy texture. However, they are NOT robust enough to use for shampoo or washing dishes.
Our soap bars are quite large (about 130g). When purchased directly from us, ours retails for R40.
We love to invent new soaps all the time and we don’t mass produce, so the best thing to do is to enquire what we have. If you want something specific, be sure to order well in advance so that we can make it for you. These are the soaps that we currently have:
Traditional farmhouse soaps:
- Sandveld healer: Kraalbos (yellow bush) – Galenia Africana, Rooibos - Apalathus Linearis, Agtdaegeneesbos (pyjama bush) - Lobostemon Fruticosus and Sandolien (sand olive) – Dodoneae Augustifolia
- Restful rose geranium: Malva (rose geranium) – Pelargonium graveolens
- Pyjama bush and sand olive: Agtdaegeneesbos (pyjama bush) – Lobostemon Fruticosus and Sandolien (sand olive) – Dodoneae Augustifolia
- Wild dagga and rooibos: Wildedagga (wild dagga) – Leonotis Leonoris and Rooibos – Aspalathus Linearis
- Taaibos and pomegranate: Taaibos – Searsia Undulata and Granaat (pomegranate) – Punicum Granatum
Coconut and clay soap:
- Rooibos and rose geranium
- Rooibos and pyjama bush
- Rooibos and buchu
- Rooibos and lemongrass