Natural Handmade Soaps

100% Natural, Paraben-free, Preservative-free

Introduction

Natural handmade soaps have been used for centuries, but commercial cleanser and beauty bars have replaced them for the past few decades. Although some people still use natural handmade soaps, we encourage more people to use natural soaps as they are healthier alternatives, and do not contain harmful chemicals or preservatives that are present in commercial cleansers. For more information, please click here to read our blog on commercial cleanser vs. natural handmade soaps.

Saponification is the process by which triglycerides are reacted with sodium or potassium hydroxide to produce glycerol and a fatty acid salt, called 'soap'. When sodium hydroxide is used, a hard soap is produced. Using potassium hydroxide results in a soft soap. Through the process of Saponification and curing, the lye (Sodium Hydroxide) added to base vegetable oils/butters disappears and we are left with a beautiful glycerin-rich bar of soap. The glycerin is not added to the soap but instead, it is produced as a by product of the Saponification process. 

Ingredients used in our natural handmade soaps

Base Oils/Butters

Mango Butter
Aids in softening, soothing, and moisturizing the skin. It is also used for helping with decreasing the appearance of wrinkles and preventing wrinkle formation. (14)

Almond oil
Besides moisturizing and nourishing the skin with vitamins and minerals, almond oil can help with reducing dark circles, stretch marks, and acne. (19)

Calendula (Calendula Officianlis)
Calendula is an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, immune stimulating, and skin moisturizing flower. The healing properties of calendula are mainly because of their high concentration of carotenoids. (5)

Castor Seed Oil
Castor seed oil could potentially reduce skin inflammation and soften skin. It can also be used to assist in healing skin problems such as sunburns, acne, dry skin, warts, and stretch marks. (3)

Coconut Oil
It can be used to help with managing symptoms of dry skin and psoriasis. Traditionally, coconut oil is also known to be a great moisturizer and skin softening agent. (4)

Palm Oil
Palm oil is a very good moisturizer which contains high concentrations of vitamin A and vitamin E as well as carotenoids that can help with preventing skin aging and wrinkle formation. (16)

Olive Oil
Olive oil has the potential to improve several skin conditions such eczema, psoriasis, yeast infection, and ringworm. Olive oil also helps moisturize and exfoliate the skin. (15)

Shea Butter Fruit
Its high content in vitamin A, D, E, and F helps nourish and hydrate the skin while helping prevent and heal fine lines and wrinkles. It also can be used to help treat eczema, psoriasis, and other skin conditions. (18)

Avocado Oil
Besides its soothing and moisturizing effects, avocado oil helps reduce the skin aging process and protect against UV light due to it high vitamin E and omega-3 concentrations. (2)

Apricot Kernel Oil
Similar to most oils, Apricot Kernel Oil helps soften and soothe the skin while keeping it moisturized for a long period of time. Also, this base oil nourishes the skin and helps reduce skin aging. However, this oil is not recommended for people with acne because it’s capable of clogging skin pores. (23)

Essential Oils

Anise Essential Oil
Contains lots of antioxidants that can potentially reduce skin aging and wrinkle formation. Anise oil has antibacterial properties and can also help with reducing skin inflammation. (8, 22)

Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is a flower traditionally believed to have anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial, antispasmodic, balancing, energizing, soothing, healing, toning and stimulating properties. (13)

Peppermint Essential oil
Traditionally, this essential oil is known to secrete oil from the skin and prevent the clogging of the pores with oil, thereby helping with preventing acne. (10)

Other Ingredients

Oat
Oat is hypoallergenic making it a good ingredient for treating eczema and other medical conditions that result in skin inflammation and irritation. Furthermore, oat helps sooth and soften the skin. (21)

Rose water
Traditionally known to reduce skin inflammation and redness due to its antibacterial properties. It is also a great ingredient for dry skin as it can help with hydrating the skin. (1)

Strawberry
Rich in ellagic acid, an acid that could potentially help reduce wrinkle formation caused by UV radiation. (6)

Activated Charcoal
Contains carbon with increased absorbency allowing it to attract dirt and oil trapped deep in the skin. (7)

Green Tea
The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of green tea help cleanse the skin and reduce skin inflammation. Moreover, topical treatment with green tea helps protect the skin from UV radiation and aging. (12,13)

Coffee Extract
Coffee extract helps improve skin wrinkles, firmness, texture, and dryness by increasing collagen and elastin production in skin cells. (17,20)

Goat’s Milk
Helps with managing acne prone skin due to its anti-bacterial properties. It also reduces skin inflammation and is packed with skin nourishing minerals and vitamins. (11)

Sina Natural Handmade Soaps

All of our soaps are registered with Health Canada and are safe to be used. Our natural handmade soaps are made by our experienced pharmacy staff and contain nourishing vegetable oils and butters and no harmful ingredients or preservatives. Below we have a listed all of our natural handmade soaps along with their ingredients. 

Almond Rose Soap

Ingredients: Sweet Almond Oil, Castor Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Olive Oil, Shea Butter Fruit, Sodium Hydroxide, Rose Flower Distillate, Silk Amino Acids, Fragrance oil, Mica.

Strawberry Cream Soap

Ingredients: Sweet Almond Oil, Castor Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Olive Oil, Shea Butter Fruit, Sodium Hydroxide, Strawberry Fruit, Cream, Distilled Water, Titanium Dioxide, Fragrance Oil.

Lavender Soap

Ingredients: Castor Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Olive Oil, Rapeseed Oil, Lavender Flower Buds, Sodium Hydroxide, Distilled Water, Fragrance Oil, Mica.

Activated Charcoal Soap

Ingredients: Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Castor Seed Oil, Activated Charcoal, Anise Oil, Lavender Oil, Peppermint Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Distilled Water.

Green Tea Soap

Ingredients: Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Camellia Sinensis, Brassica Campestris, Sodium Hydroxide, Distilled Water, Fragrance Oil, Mica.

Coffee Soap

Ingredients: Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Walnut, Coffee extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Distilled Water.

Calendula Soap

Ingredients: Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Shea Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Sweet Almond Oil (and) Calendula officinalis (Flower) Extract, Calendula officinalis (Flower) Petals, Annatto Powder, Sodium Hydroxide, Distilled Water.

Goat’s Milk Soap

Ingredients: Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Olive Oil, Mango Butter, Goat Milk, Sodium Hydroxide, Avena Sativa (Oat), Titanium Dioxide

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