I take a lot of pride in using only the best ingredients and working with local Louisiana farms and growers wherever possible! For the ingredients that can’t be locally sourced, I work with small, independent companies as much as I can.
Sweet Olive Soap Works is a small business, and I believe in supporting other small businesses too!
Here is more information about what you can find in my handcrafted soaps:
OILS & BUTTERS.
Extra virgin olive oil is the featured ingredient in all of my soap recipes because it is packed with unprocessed vitamins, minerals and proteins that are especially beneficial to your skin. It produces a mild soap that is excellent for sensitive skin and provides a premium base for the herbal oil infusions that are blended into my herbal soap recipes. Combined with a variety of sustainable vegetable oils and butters, the olive oil soap recipes that I offer are a healthy and nourishing treat for all skin types.
I enjoy growing most of the herbs, flowers and aloe vera used as additives in my olive oil soap recipes. Everything else is left in the capable hands of Louisiana’s farmers. It is exciting to be able to offer such a large selection of soaps featuring environmentally friendly and locally grown natural ingredients such as Creole tomatoes, herbs, flowers, sugar, rice, goat milk, honey & beeswax.
Every product offered by Sweet Olive Soap Works is 100% cruelty-free and nearly every product is vegan, but you need to steer clear of the soaps with goat milk. Each listing as well as the product packaging displays a full list of ingredients, so you can easily tell if it’s the right soap for you. If you are concerned about Palm Oil and its adverse impact on Mother Earth, don’t worry – Sweet Olive's soap recipes are Palm Free.
Each liquid contributes its own beneficial properties to a recipe and although water is the most common, a countless variety of liquids can be used to make soap. Many of Sweet Olive's soaps feature locally sourced liquids such as goat milk, beer, fruit juices, coffee and aloe vera juice. Distilled in Kentucky, a customer favorite is Sazerac soap made with Sazerac Rye Whiskey.
Soapmaking is a chemical process which requires mixing oils or fats with sodium hydroxide, commonly known as lye. True soap cannot be made without the use of lye, which is a word that may frighten people who remember their Grandma’s lye heavy soap that left skin rough and dry. The handcrafted soap making process was a bit different back then and modern technology allows me to approach my passion with the utmost care, implementing superior equipment, higher quality materials and precise mathematical calculations to ensure that each bar of soap is perfect.