Before Viridis Organics I found it extremely difficult to find beauty products
which didn't use chemicals. Companies who say they are 'natural' or 'organic' are often very misleading; sometimes having virtually no organic ingredients and
full of chemicals. I was motivated to do some of my own research into the area.
I found that soap could be made at home and that provided you didn't want something too exotic everything was available organically, (where it is possible to be organic) and that no chemicals where necessary. Of course, lye is the
chemical which turns fat into soap; a process known as saponification, but it is completely used up in the process; so much so that it does not appear in
the list of final ingredients.
It should be noted that our products legally have to be, and have been
certified as safe and the ingredients list verified as true.
I wanted to give like-minded people the opportunity to buy products without the use of
chemicals such as parabens, sodium laureth sulphate (SLS) and artificial colours, were free from animal testing and did not contain animal products like animal fats. I used to buy many brands of cosmetics until I found out what really went into them. These products contain many chemicals, many of which are being absorbed into your body, so it's worth taking time to learn about what goes into a bar of soap. Many of these synthetic chemicals are skin irritants, skin penetrators, endocrine disrupters and some may be carcinogenic.
Ingredients we don't use:
Parabens: are widely used preservatives that prevent the growth of bacteria, mould and yeast in cosmetics. There are health concerns surrounding parabens; in the 1990s they were deemed as xenoestrogens―agents that mimic oestrogen in the body. “Oestrogen disruption” has been linked to breast cancer and reproductive tissues. As a result, experts in many countries are recommending limits on paraben levels in cosmetic products.
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS): is a very common surfactant ingredient in soaps, shampoos and bubble baths. It helps trap oily residues and creates lather, but the chemical has also been known to cause skin irritations. It has even been accused of attacking the immune system and of being a carcinogen.
Tallow: appears as sodium tallowate on the list of ingredients, is commonly used in soaps. It is a hard fat derived from animals very commonly used in the commercial production of soap.
Colours: we do no use artificial colours. Our palette is composed of earthy shades of yellows, greens and browns. The colours you see in our products are produced naturally from the ingredients used to make them, such as olive oil, rooibos tea, peppermint etc.
Ingredients we do use:
Organic Cocoa Butter
Organic Coconut Oil
Organic Shea Butter
Organic Olive Oil
- protective antioxidant, highly hydrating, skin-softening, has an aroma of white chocolate, rich source of vitamin E.A
- protects, Softens, soothes anti-inflammatory, creates bubbles in the soap. Rich
source of vitamin D
- protective, hydrating , skin softening, said to be beneficial for stretch marks,
wrinkles and eczema. Rich source of vitamins A and E
- anti-inflammatory, heals, conditions, rich in proteins, minerals and vitamins
- highly moisturising and attracts moisture to the skin. It is not actually used in the
recipe in making the soap, but is a by-product of the combination of the oils and lye
during the soap making process; although some commercial manufacturers remove
the glycerin for use in their more profitable lotions and creams.
Fragrance Oils vs Essential Oils:
Fragrance oils are a synthetic blend of oils in an oil base that are made to smell like the natural oil. But do be careful because some are not skin safe, it's a personal choice if you want to use essential oils or a synthetic fragrance.
At Viridis Organics we use organic essential oils which are simply the oil extracted from the plant. They are more expensive as each plant produces only a little oil. It is thought that many essential oils have properties that can benefit the skin such as tea tree, peppermint, lavender or calendula.