Sea Salt

Maldon Salt Company

We will be getting our first batch of Olive Oil Soap ready for sale shortly. When you decide to make a product getting the source of the ingredients just right is very important. Wild Suds Olive Oil Soap will contain just three ingredients:

Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Lye and Salt.

We are excited to announce that Wild Suds’ salt will come from the famous Maldon Salt Company, a family business that have been making salt since 1882 following traditions that date back to Roman times. Find out more about their company here:

Our Story

Image By National Institute of Korean Language – here, CC BY-SA 2.5, Link

Barcode Creator

I Just thought I would let you know about this fantastic bar code creator I just found:

 



Download
Barcode Generator TEC-IT

Plastic Free Packaging

Today, three days after our online launch, we have just posted our first order.

We had a great deal of fun packaging the soaps avoiding even the smallest piece of plastic…

We still have a way to go to avoid plastic in our supply chain though, as the paper packing tape we ordered came wrapped in… you guessed it plastic! We will keep working on it.

This is the packaging we used:

 

Obviously different order sizes will be packaged differently but this is for 2-4 soaps.

Olive Tree

Latin Name: Olea europaea

Olive oil from the olive plant has been treasured since ancient greek times. Vials of olive oil were given as prizes in the olympics and used as a fuel for olympic flame. The olympic athletes in ancient greece would cover their bodies in the oil to protect themselves from the sun. The oil could not be afforded by everyone and was highly treasured:

The boy [Telemachus] went downstairs, to his father’s storeroom, wide and high-roofed, piled high with gold and bronze and clothes in chests and fragrant olive oil (Odyssey II: 339)

The different oils used in soap making alter the soap’s texture, the lather and the cleaning action of the soap. Olive oil in a soap forms a creamy dense lather. Soap made with only olive oil have small bubbles with a creamy consistency. The soap formed from olive oil is very conditioning with a mild cleaning action.

Image By Sputnikcccp at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Coconut

Latin Name: Cocos nucifera

Well we have all attempted (or watched the attempt) of people knocking coconuts of a support in a coconut shy, but coconuts are so much more than a play thing…

The coconut (the fruit of the palm Cocos nucifera) is the Swiss Army knife of the plant kingdom; in one neat package it provides a high-calorie food, potable water, fiber that can be spun into rope, and a hard shell that can be turned into charcoal. What’s more, until it is needed for some other purpose, it serves as a handy flotation device. (By Diana Lutz June 24, 2011)

Modern research has shown that coconut oil is very beneficial for the skin. Coconut oil aids skin barrier repair; has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects; helps to aid wound healing and has anti-ageing effects on the skin (link).

Coconut oil also has fantastic properties in soap. It produces a firm textured soap with a big bubbled lather and fantastic cleaning properties, well actually a tad too cleaning for most skins. Coconut soap on its own would rip all the oil from your skin. In fact it would quite happily remove much of the oil from your greasy dishes…

So how do you make coconut soap so gentle on the skin?

Well the answer is simple we add extra coconut oil to the soap (quite a lot actually) the addition of coconut oil to the coconut soap gives you a lovely lather, mild cleaning power with the additional coconut oil conditioning your skin. An all round winner!

Image By SanfyOwn work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

Hemp

Latin Name: Cannabis sativa

Historically hemp had had a number of uses, the stems have been (and still are) used to make rope and cloth, the seeds have been used as a food source and some varieties have been used to produce the well known hallucinogenic drug.

Hemp has been used medicinally since ancient times the Roman author, a naturalist and natural philosopher Pliny the Elder wrote:

Hemp originally grew in the forests, where it is found with a blacker and rougher leaf than in the other kinds. Hempseed, it is said, renders men impotent: the juice of this seed will extract worms from the ears, or any insect which may have entered them, though at the cost of producing head-ache. The virtues of hemp, it is said, are so great, that an infusion of it in water will cause it to coagulate: hence it is, that if taken in water, it will arrest looseness in beasts of burden. A decoction of the root in water, relaxes contractions of the joints, and cures gout and similar maladies. It is applied raw to burns, but it must be frequently changed, so as not to let it dry. (Pliny the Elder AD 77, The Natural History translated by John Bostock, H.T. Riley)

Culpeper wote of hemp in the 17thC:

The seed of Hemp consumes wind, and by too much use thereof disperses it so much that it dries up the natural seed for procreation; yet, being boiled in milk and taken, helps such as have a hot dry cough. The Dutch make an emulsion out of the seed, and give it with good success to those that have the jaundice, especially in the beginning of the disease, if there be no ague accompanying it, for it opens obstructions of the gall, and causes digestion of choler. The emulsion or decoction of the seed stays lasks and continual fluxes, eases the cholic, and allays the troublesome humours in the bowels, and stays bleeding at the mouth, nose, or other places, some of the leaves, being fried with the blood of them that bleed, and so given them to eat. It is held very good to kill the worms in men or beasts; and the juice dropped into the ears kills worms in them; and draws forth earwigs, or other living creatures gotten into them. The decoction of the root allays inflammations of the head, or any other parts: the herb itself, or the distilled water thereof doth the like. The decoction of the root eases the pains of the gout, the hard humours of knots in the joints, the pains and shrinking of the sinews, and the pains of the hips. The fresh juice mixed with a little oil and butter, is good for any place that hath been burnt with fire, being thereto applied. (Complete Herbal by Culpeper 17thC)

We don’t recommend you try any of this at home!

Modern research suggests that taken orally hemp seeds have a broad range of positive effects in the for the digestive system, the cardiovascular system, the central nervous system, and the immune system. Recently, hemp seed extracts were reported for their anti-aging effects and the potential to improve impaired memory and learning. Hemp seed extracts on the skin have been investigated as a potential treatment of acne, through their anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-lipogenic, and collagen-promoting properties (link). In soap making hemp oil produces a stable and conditioning lather.

Image By BarbetorteOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link