The aim of Folk Magic Soaps is to be as transparent as possible in our ingredients, our sources, and our process of creating our soaps.
The American Journal of Public Health published a journal article concluding that the skin absorbed an average of 64% of what it touches. Additional studies found the face to be several times more permeable than broad body surfaces, and an absorption rate of 100% for underarms and private parts. Soap is essentially scrubbed on and rinsed right off, however at Folk Magic Soaps, we take our responsibility seriously.
We use Natural base ingredients, real Essential Oils OR clearly labeled fragrance oils, and Food-grade Biological ingredients in every single one of our Folk Magic Soaps brand products.
Our homestead is committed to buying our ingredients from local suppliers when possible. We are very supportive of health and sustainable living practices. This is why we don’t use palm oil or many other tropical oils in our soaps. Many of our soaps are lard and tallow based. We source our animal fat locally, which is a renewable resource, in addition to being a waste product we give purpose. We believe that all parts of a harvested animal should go to good use, and that none is wasted.
We use Certified Organic ingredients when available. Our soaps are scented scents with Essential Oils, which are from the actual plant from whence it came. Our soap is colored using botanical ingredients. These are real food ingredients that also add healthful properties to our soaps. Our ingredients are never tested on animals before or after production. Soaps are tested daily and per-batch for quality by consenting adult humans.
You may notice even our packaging “ingredients” are minimalist, and often made of re-purposed or recycled material. That’s why, if we package your soaps, you may find any nature of packaging material that we are reusing in order to further our commitment to the Earth.
Activated Charcoal: also called activated carbon, activated charcoal is made from leftover plant products by heating it over 600 degrees Celsius in an inert atmosphere. This results in substantially increasing the surface area of its tiny pores, thereby facilitating adsorption of anything it touches. This quality makes activated charcoal a super addition to remove scent. activated charcoal adds a little bit of texture and a black or gray color to our soaps.
Beeswax (from Apis mellifera): natural wax produced in the beehive of honey bees of the genus Apis. The wax is formed by eight wax-producing glands in the abdominal segments 4 through 7 of worker bees. The workers collect it and use it for structural material in the hive. Chemically, beeswax consists of mainly esters of fatty acids and various long-chain alcohols. We source our beeswax from a local apiarist in our town who keeps his European honeybees using natural, humane methods on a 27-acre organic farm.
Black Hawaiian Sea Salt: black salt colored by powdered black lava and sometimes activated charcoal. The typical composition by dry weight percent includes: 55.5% chloride; 30.8% sodium; 7.7% sulfate; 3.7% magnesium; 1.2% calcium; 1.1% potassium.
Chlorella (Chlorella pyrenoidos): single-cell green algae belonging to the phylum Chlorophyta. Through photosynthesis, it multiplies rapidly, requiring only carbon dioxide, water, sunlight, and a small amount of minerals to reproduce. It is a potential food source because it is high in protein and other essential nutrients; when dried, it is about 45% protein, 20% fat, 20% carbohydrate, 5% fiber, and 10% minerals and vitamins. It is considered very abundant in vitamins, and we love the deep, dark green it adds to our soaps.
Cocoa Powder (Theobroma cacao): cocoa, or cacao, beans are dried and its fatty seed fully fermented, from which cocoa solids and cocoa butter are extracted. This is the basis of chocolate. You can be assured all cocoa power used in our soaps is Fair Trade and Certified Organic.
Coffee (Coffea arabica): our ground and brewed dried beans add a delicious, rich scent to our soaps as well as a scrubby texture. Our coffee is always Fair Trade and Certified Organic.
Distilled water: some recipes work best with distilled water. We always use distilled water for our unscented bars. We use Poland Springs brand.
Goat’s Milk (from Capra aegagrus hircus): milk is an emulsified colloid of butterfat globules within a water-based fluid that contains dissolved carbohydrates and protein aggregates with minerals. Nubian Goats, our chosen breed, produces the highest fat goat’s milk. This nourishing oil contains many vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that won’t dry out your skin.
Fragrance Oil: man-made mix composed of essential oils, synthetic aroma chemicals, aromatic resins, and a solvent. We aim to chose fragrances that are phthalate-free, as many on the market contain Di Ethyl Phthalate. We give our best effort in labeling products used with fragrance oil, and any ingredients that may be in them. It took a lot of reflection before we decided to add fragrance oil soaps to our collection. The reason in doing so, is because there are a lot of irresistible scents we cannot get (or cannot get affordably) with just essential oils. For example, rose essential oil wholesales at $800 per ounce. We use about .1 ounce of pure essential oil per bar of soap. Not only would this drive up our soap price exponentially (and we probably wouldn’t be in business), but that price is for the rose oil diluted by solvents (chemicals), not even steam, like our other essential oils. Soap stays on your skin for such a short amount of time, it begs the question, “just how bad is this?” If you don’t mind a little fun and feel twitterpated by the intoxicating aroma of jasmine, lily of the valley, honeysuckle, and rose, then you will be choosing our fragrance oil soaps. However, if you are “super granola” and a purist like we are at heart, just stick with our essential oil soaps.
Lard (Sus scrofa domestica): the “OG” (original gangsta) soap ingredient. Yup, real lard, as in, leftover from a nice piggy. Solemnly grateful, we believe in using all resources taken from an animal. Lard, along with tallow, make some of the best and most nourishing soaps for skin, and are a renewable local resource. We offer all our soaps in a Vegan formula, as well.
Olive Oil (Olea europaea): did you know a soap made with 100% olive oil is called a Castile Soap? We use olive oil as the only base ingredient in our Vegan soaps, and thus, our Vegan bars are 100% Castile Soaps.
Sodium Hydroxide: soap, By Definition is made by reacting Sodium Hydroxide* (a.k.a. NaOH a.k.a. Lye) with oils. This applies to every single soap, ever. The NaOh is completely used up in the reaction – none remains in final product. This process of soap-making, or Saponification, results in Glycerol (glycerin) and soap.
Spring Water: we try to collect and use our own rainwater from our homestead. When this is not possible due to lack of rain or rationing our caught rainwater for other purposes, we use Poland Springs brand spring water.
Tallow (Bos taurus): second banana to lard, tallow comes from a cow. Along with lard, tallow makes a very mild yet effective soap. Our tallow is leftover “waste” from a local butcher in town that we make useful, again. We believe in using all resources taken from an animal. We offer all our soaps in a Vegan formula, as well.