The base of this soap is local cold pressed virgin olive oil, with oat milk and shea butter that is soft and gentle on the skin. Avoid contact with eyes. Our soap does not contain chemical base surface-active agents to mask the irritation. It is better that the babies use regular soaps so that you can detect when the soap is getting into their eyes. When a baby feels irritation in the eyes, you know that the soap has seeped into the eyes and you can rinse it immediately. With a ‘surface-active agents that masks the burning, you will never know if those chemicals and soaps are sitting in your baby’s eyes.
All soap is results from a chemical reaction called saponification. This is the chemical reaction that occurs between lye and oil such as olive oil, coconut oil etc. At Ricky’s Drift our soaps are made using the cold process method. Sodium hydroxide (lye) is mixed with water and then blended with fatty oils. Herbs are added before the mixture is poured into a mold. It is left there for 24 hours to saponify (become soap).
Once removed from the mold the loaf is cut into individual bars. The soap is left to ‘cure’ for 4 to 6 weeks. During this time the lye is used up to break the oils down and release their cleansing and moisturizing properties. The water content slowly evaporates, leaving a gentle and firm bar of soap. Using the cold process method allows for more gradual saponification.
Besides the exact quantity of oil needed to make the soap we add an extra 5% of oil which is not used up during the safonification process. This is called ‘superfatting’. The extra oil remains intact which makes the soap hydrating and moisturizing.
Aqua (sourced from the pristine mountain water found in Vanwyksdorp), saponified olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil and sunflower oil, locally grown and processed herbs. And of course lots of love and attention to detail.
Olive oil: Is gentle and moisturizing. It helps to soften the skin texture and hold moisture without interfering with natural skin function.
Coconut Oil: Is an excellent moisturizer. It helps remove dead skin cells and dirt away from the body.
Castor Oil: Helps produce a rich creamy lather. It attracts moisture to your skin so it stays smooth. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
Sunflower Oil: Is a great source of vitamin E as well as being rich in nutrients and antioxidants. It has excellent emollient properties helping the skin to retain it moisture.
Shea butter: soft and gentle on the skin.
Oat milk: Healing and softening on skin.