Wednesday, October 26, 2016

For more than a decade, I have wanted to include a comprehensive line of soaps to the Absolutely Natural family. Not just any soap but rather the highest quality, tallow free products each with unique features and benefits.
 Have you ever gotten out of the shower and though you feel “clean”, your skin is taut and dry? Or, have you ever had that sticky feeling almost like a residue left on your body?
 Welcome to the world of mass produced soaps. Most people don’t know, but the key ingredient in most mass produced soaps is tallow. Here is the definition of tallow from Wikipedia:
 Tallow is a rendered form of beef or mutton fat, processed from suet. It is solid at room temperature. Tallow can be stored for extended periods without the need for refrigeration to prevent decomposition, provided it is kept in an airtight container to prevent oxidation.
In industry, tallow is not strictly defined as beef or mutton fat. In this context, tallow is animal fat that conforms to certain technical criteria, including its melting point. It is common for commercial tallow to contain fat derived from other animals, such as lard from pigs. Common uses are in bath soaps and shaving soaps.
Hmmmm. I don’t think I want to use rendered animal fat in my shower and most people agree. In fact, it is one reason our shower gels are so popular …you get superior cleansing and skin hydration.
 Our new soap line, of course, has no tallow. They are hand crafted in small batches and hand cut and wrapped before being shipped to you. All of our ingredients are natural and the very best quality.
 After much study and debate about the best offerings, the following is our 2016 line up of soaps!
Nourishing Soap: Olive Oil, Aloe Vera, Glycerin, Rose Hips Seed Oil, Jasmine & Rosehip Flower Powder/Extracts combine to form this highly nourishing cleaner. Jasmine and Rose Hips highlight the fragrance while the benefits include hydration, nourishment, gentle cleansing and a mild exfoliant.
Balancing Soap: Coconut milk, Mango Extract and Ground Coconut Husk are features of this balancing soap. The mango and coconut give it that tropical smell as if straight from the islands. Benefits include super hydration and moisturizing for dry, dull skin. A gentle exfoliator as well as a preferred fatty acid profile that helps with smoothing of skin. Finally, it has antiseptic properties for infections and blemishes.
 Deep Cleansing Soap: Aloe Vera, Coconut Oils, Australian Tea Tree Oil, Essential Oils of Eucalyptus & Mint, African Black Soap, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter & Mango Butter, Eucalyptus & Peppermint Leaves/Extracts are the key ingredients in this exotic deep cleansing soap. This unique blend of materials provides important benefits including Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Bacterial properties as well as assistance in healing skin Irritations, razor burns and bumps. Fragrances of Tea Tree, Eucalyptus and Mint give this soap a distinct scent which is uplifting and energizing.
 Clarifying Soap: Glycerin, Coconut and Argan Oil, Essential Oils of Grapefruit, Tangerine, Mint and Citrus Peel Extracts make this a great clarifying soap. This formula is rich in vitamins and antioxidants, (Vitamins A, C & E), Omega 6 and Phenols. This results in smoothing and brightening properties as well as detoxifying. Can help with skin infections and healing of dry, cracked skin and rashes. Citrus from the Grapefruit and Tangerine spiked with a bit of mint make this soap refreshing and energizing.
Blemish Control Soap: Organic Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Glycerin, Oat Protein and Activated Charcoal from Coconut Shells makes this the ultimate soap for blemish control. Detoxifies and decongests skin irritations with Anti-Inflammatory properties and Deep Pore Cleansing to aid problem skin, (Acne & Photo-Aging). Provides a gentle exfoliator and is fragrance free.
 Detoxifying Soap: Coconut Milk, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Mango Butter, Cocoa Butter and Activated (Coconut) Charcoal from Coconut Shells, Black Amber and Lavender helps detoxify skin from stress, environmental pollutants, skin irritations, razor bumps and rashes. Deep cleansing with gentle exfoliation, this one of a kind formula also has anti-oxidant properties. The combination of Black Amber and Lavender are relaxing and soothing.
 Revitalizing Soap: Coconut Milk, Tea Tree, Coconut Oil, Australian Tea Tree, Lime Essential Oil/Extract, and Coconut Husk Powder. Benefits include Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Viral and Anti-Fungal as well as relieving skin rashes and chapping. High Content of Lauric Acid and essential nutrients helps overall reparation of skin, promoting softness and smoothness. Has a great Tropical fragrance with the lime and the coconut.
 Exfoliating Soap: Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Mango Butter, Peppermint and Watermint Essential Oils, Papaya Powder/Extracts, Pumice & Peppermint Leaves makes this the ultimate exfoliator all the while refreshing with a hint of mint. In addition to exfoliating, rich butters in the formula will hydrate fresh, new skin. Also has anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties.
One of the great benefits of working at Absolutely Natural is serving as a tester for our new products. And, I can’t remember more excitement over a line as we have had with the new soap. Try several and let me know what you think.
 Best regards,


Fairly recently, researchers have deemed that Kukui Nut Oil is good for your skin.
Hmm, they are just almost a couple of centuries late to the party as ancient Polynesians landed in Hawaii more than 1600 years ago bringing Kukui Seeds to the islands.
Ancient Hawaiians used the oil to dye and waterproof their canoes and as a fuel to burn in lamps, while the tree was utilized as fuelwood, sap for tapa cloth, bark infusion for fishing nets and different parts of the tree for medicine, tattoo dye and animal fodder.
The Kukui Tree is so important to the culture and history of the islands that today it is the official tree of Hawaii.
A single tree can produce up to 200 pounds of nuts a year and the precious oil is derived by roasting those nuts and hard pressing the kernels. From that process you would get approximately 40 pounds of oil.
Absolutely Natural uses only wildcrafted Kukui oil. Wildcrafting is the practice of harvesting plants from their natural or “wild” habitat making it the purest, eco-friendly sources possible. The oil is pure as no artificial farming methods are ever used.
The oil itself has a long history as well. In ancient Hawaii, babies were anointed with the oil as protection from sun, salt, wind and other elements. Royalty used the oil in their marathon massage sessions that lasted up to seven hours!
Kukui Nut Oil has antioxidant properties that helps prevent free radical cell damage. It is high in essential fatty acids, both Omega-6 (linoleic acid) and Omega-3 (linolenic acid. These important features makes it extremely hydrating andante-inflammatory as well.
Other benefit of Kukui Nut Oil:
  • Penetrates deeply into the stratum corneum
  • Slows trans-epidermal water loss (excellent moisturizer)
  • Helps heal sunburn, chemical burns and radiation burns (hospitals in Hawaii use it on radiation patents)
  • Can help reduce acne
  • Plumps and firms the skin to diminish appearance of wrinkles
  • Excellent exfoliator, getting rid of dead skin cells and regenerating new ones
  • Can help reduce scarring when applied to abrasions
You can search long and hard and not find an oil that compares to Kukui for benefits to the skin. Ancient Hawaiians knew this hundreds of years ago!
Best regards,