New Mexico Prickly Pear Soap
Saponified Oils of Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Sustainable and Organic Palm Oil, Castor Oil, Organic and Sustainable Palm Kernel Oil, Beeswax, and Fragrance
Prickly Pear Soap with Olive Oil
Olive Oil makes a luxurious soap bar and is one of the most conditioning oils available. More exotic oils might be as conditioning but aren’t as creamy and will soften a bar while costing considerably more to make.
To achieve a soap with a rich, bubbly lather, coconut oil provides plentiful bubbles but also creates a hard bar that cleans well. In fact, coconut oil is so good at cleansing that there is a real art to getting just the right ratio of ingredients to make sure it isn’t too cleansing.,
Prickly Pear Soap with Sustainable Palm Oil
Ziryab’s only uses organic and sustainable palm oil and palm kernel oil. I believe in supporting the existing sustainable and organic palm industry rather than moving the problem of tropical vegetable oils to another, less well known area of the world. Please see my blog about the sustainable palm oil industry.
Bubbles are Best with Castor
I use Castor Oil because it is the only oil that provides so much creamy, conditioning, bubbly goodness in such a little amount. When it comes to soap, it is truly a miracle worker.
Why I choose to use Beeswax in my Soap
Beeswax makes a good soap great. It hardens it and adds conditioning creaminess to a bar. I struggled to find a vegan option here, wanting to provide soap to those of us who do not use beeswax but the other solutions didn’t work or were too chemical for my tastes. I try to source my beeswax from small, local beekeepers whenever possible. Beekeeping is a necessary industry to growing vegetables and beekeepers must be able to support their efforts through the sale of their harvest. Most beekeepers I have met love their bees and tend to them carefully and humanely. I would like to support these type of beekeepers.
Essential Oils and Fragrances
I prefer naturally derived smells and at least half of my soaps use only natural essential oils. If I use a fragrance, they are always phthalate free. I test the fragrances on myself first. I get headaches from certain fragrances so if that happens, I don’t use the fragrance in my products.