I believe that Oils are one of the most important components in the whole soap-making and formulating process. Choosing which oils to use in a soap and formulate it with is a thorough and conscious decision-making process, especially when the product is going to be marketed for a specific area of the body, or the whole body. For example, if my target area is the face skin area, I will need to choose oils with beneficial properties for the facial skin. Using loving and caring oils for the facial skin is important for developing a soap formula that nourishes and moisturizes the facial area without stripping the skin or is too harsh for mature skin clients.
I personally use only vegan or plant-based oils. Oils like olive, coconut, rice bran, avocado or castor oil, or butters like cacao or shea, are part of almost every soap bar I formulate. One of my favorites oils is avocado oil. Almost everyone has heard of or read that avocado has so many beneficial properties. Many think an avocado is a veggie but really, it is a pear-shaped berry (that’s right my friends, it’s a fruit). When consumed, it is said to help reduce bad cholesterol levels and lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. It also provides nutrients to help develop and maintain your body’s cells. Monounsaturated fats are also typically high in Vitamin E, an antioxidant we can all use more of.
For the skin, this absorbent oil is thought to have numerous benefits, like moisturizing dry skin or acting as a natural sunblock. Also, the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents in avocado oil help the skin stay smooth, strong, and elastic. You can use avocado oil in your skincare routine in a variety of ways. You can massage the oil on your skin, rub it on your face like a mask, or add it to your in-shower lotion. It can be used every day or a few times a month without any adverse effects.
In cold process soap making, using avocado oil provides a medium lather and mild cleansing properties. Avocado oil contains a large amount of oleic acid, which contributes to its conditioning properties. Using avocado oil for soap making will increase the conditioning property of the finished product and added creaminess to the soap's lather. I often use it in my soap recipes because of its “gentleness to the skin” and moisturizing properties. Also, adding avocado pulp to the basic recipe will make your soap extra smooth and creamy.
Our soap, ‘Awesome Avocado!’ with ‘Avobath’ scent was specially formulated with all the wonderful properties of the Avocado fruit and oil in mind. It is caring and gentle for the facial skin as well as with the whole body. It is also good for all skin types. In addition to our star, Avocado Oil and puree, it also contains Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Rice Bran, Shea Butter, Silk and Kaolin Clay. All rich and moisturizing ingredients for all skin types.
In Natuaromas, we formulate each bar of soap with a purpose in mind!