- All of the herbs and flowers are harvested locally or purchased from local farmer’s markets. I then create my own essential oils using steam distillation.
- I make sure to purchase all my carrier and base oils (ie: what form the base of my soaps and lotions), from sustainable sources. I also try to use small -family farms based in California and the Pacific Northwest when possible. Raw ingredients that are purchased from other countries, such as Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, and Mango Butter, are all fair-trade, from small organic family farms that do not utilize child labor or endanger local wildlife. Other raw ingredients such as arrowroot powder and tapioca starch are purchased from local organic health food stores that are supplied by larger farms in California, which I do not have direct access too.
- I heat my oils on an energy star electric stove. My stainless steel soap pots and spoons were given to me to save them from the junkyard when a friend upgraded her kitchen.
- I do not use chemical preservatives in any part of my process. I use natural preservation methods, such as using materials naturally sterile like distillates or natural broad spectrum preservatives like aspen bark and Leucidal Liquid (radish root filtrate).
- All colors and textures are created using natural pigments like iron oxide, ultramarine, charcoal, barley grass, turmeric, paprika, mica, beet root, alkanet root to name a few.
- My soap molds are wooden and lined with silicon, making them reusable indefinitely with good care and do not need to be lined with parchment paper, creating less waste.
- Sewn goods are all %100 cotton, and many products are made from remnant materials collected from friends larger projects, old sheets, and dead stock fabric. We also use cotton that is certified 100% organic cotton and the printing meets the GOTS certification; only low impact, organic dyes were used (we’ll let you know the difference in products if you are only interested in organic). The terry cloth we use is 100% organic cotton, grown in USA, and uses low-impact dyes.
PACKAGING AND PAPER
- All soap bars are hand-cut with a stainless steel butcher knife.
- All paper packaging and paper marketing materials (business cards) are made from 100% recycled paper or tree-free mango paper, that is process chlorine free.
- Mango Paper: Made from combining 100% organic mango agricultural bio-products, with 100% post consumer content. End product is 10% Mango, 90% PCW.
- Tree Free Products: Products made from agricultural residue or agricultural fibers, not from Trees.
- Post-Consumer Material (PCW) Waste paper that has served its intended purpose and has been separated from solid waste to be recycled into new paper. This is what you and I take to the recycling center or put in recycling bins.
- Recycled Paper: EPA does not defined this term. According to the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Guides for Environmental Marketing Claims, a paper can be called “recycled” only if it contains 100 percent postconsumer recovered fiber. If the postconsumer content is less than 100 percent, the paper should be called “recycled-content” paper.
- Process Chlorine Free (PCF) Applies to post-consumer recycled content only as it means that no chlorine (or compounds) were used “this time around” but there may be traces of chlorine present because of earlier processes which where not a part of the new process to make sustainable papers
- My butcher twine is purchased new from eco-friendly companies.
- The glue I use to adhere labels is old fashioned wheat paste, which is completely water degradable.
- All of my plastic bottles and jars are made from 100% recyclable pet plastic and are BPA free.
- In a world where many beauty and home products are made from synthetic materials, my all natural products aim to raise awareness of plants and their benefits.
- My products often bring about conversations about plants that grandparents/ parents talked about as helpful or loved, creating a gateway from past to present and good plant memories.
- My scents are so often commented on as being so real. For example when people smell my lilac soap, they often tell me a story of growing up near lilacs. Good scents sometimes bring back good memories.