Tallow Soap Ingredients

Saponified Stearic Acid (Potassium and Sodium Stearates): Stearic acid occurs naturally in both vegetable and animal fats and is particularly common in beef tallow and other rendered fats. When reacted with sodium and potassium hydroxides (lye), it develops powerful lubricating and softening qualities.

Saponified Tallow (Potassium and Sodium Tallowates): Rendered beef fat, renowned among wet-shavers for the cushion and slickness it provides when used in shaving soap.

Aqua (Water): We use distilled water in our soaps to eliminate any problems that might be caused by dissolved ions.

Glycerin: A colorless, odorless, viscous liquid with a mildly sweet taste. It is produced during the rendering of tallow (remember Fight Club?) or from various vegetable sources, and acts as an excellent moisturizer, humectant, and lubricant.

Saponified Castor Oil (Potassium and Sodium Ricinoleates): Castor oil is derived from pressings of the castor bean and has various laxative properties when ingested. In soap, it is used to enhance the creaminess of the lather, and also has excellent emollient properties.

Coconut Milk: Exactly what it sounds like. We use coconut milk in place of some of the water in our shaving soap, which lends a luxuriant creaminess to the lather.

Saponified Kokum Butter (Potassium and Sodium Kokum Butterates): Kokum butter is used as a substitute for cocoa butter, which can be highly comedogenic (it clogs your pores). It adds nourishing properties and a lovely creaminess to the lather in our shaving soap.

Unrefined Shea Butter: Shea butter is derived from the fruit of the African Karite tree, and is highly prized for its skin care properties. We add it to the soap AFTER the saponification has finished in order to preserve its nourishing properties and provide further slickness, and we use only the highest quality unrefined shea butter to do so.

Saponified Coconut Oil (Potassium and Sodium Cocoates): Coconut oil is used to provide some volume to the lather and is used to make the soap respond better to a brush. Our coconut oil is expeller pressed food grade oil with no additives.

Lanolin: A waxy substance pressed from sheeps' wool (and a cruelty-free product), lanolin is a highly-prized ingredient in shaving soaps that adds to the silky feel of the lather and functions as an excellent humectant and skin protectant. Because lanolin can absorb up to 50% of its weight in moisture, it is renowned for its ability to protect human skin from the ravages of cold, dry winters.

Allantoin: Allantoin was originally prepared as an extract of the comfrey plant. The allantoin in our soaps is man-made, but is identical to the compound found in nature. It helps to mitigate the irritating effects of shaving on the skin.

Silk Protein: We dissolve raw tussah silk into the soap, which provides additional glide similar to that of the kaolin and bentonite clays used by many other manufacturers, but without the potential allergen issues and dryness that may come with those clays. Our silk is certified cruelty-free.

Vitamin E (Tocopherol Acetate): Vitamin E is an antioxidant that we use as a preservative in our soaps; it also serves to help soothe the effects of shaving upon skin cells.
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