Vitae Soaps – Rescuing the fundamentals According
to researchers, Ebers papyrus (Egypt, 1550BC) revealed that ancient
Egyptians bathed regularly and combined animal and plant
oils with alkaline salt to produce a soap-like substance with aromatic
oils, not only for washing their bodies, but also as important medical treatments for skin sores and diseases. The
industrial revolution introduced mass produced soaps, contaminating them with many poisonous substances that contribute to
skin irritation and other harmful effects instead of bestowing a
benefit. I formulate Vitae Soaps to rescue the fundamentals of handmade
I formulate Vitae Soaps to address specific skin needs, using raw, pure, unrefined, unprocessed, oils and butters that are extracted by a cold pressed method from organically grown plants, free of any lab-made cosmetic grade dyes, such as mica (²) and dioxide, or synthetic fragrances. I reject refined oils of any kind as the unsaponifiable matter of the oil is destroyed by either chemicals or heat. Each and every soap I formulate is unique in all aspects since I only use ingredients consistent with the intended use of the soap.
Vitae Soaps never contain irritating ingredients, such as mica and oxides or synthetic fragrances, and go beyond the ordinary basic palm-coconut-sunflower-canola-soy formula, with no therapeutic value.
Vitae Organic Soap bases contain just three to four high quality, edible ingredients for moisturizing, nourishing, and healing, for producing lather to cleanse, and for texture. To the base I add essential oils, clays, and/or powdered herbs.
The colors of Vitae Organic Soaps are achieved by using unrefined oils such as raw buriti and annato oils (all shades of orange and yellows), acai, avocado, green coffee oil, ungurahua oil (all shades of green), Kombo and Uccuba butter (all shades of brown), alkanet root powder (shades of purple), clays, and powdered herbs, which in addition to their colors also add their healing properties.
Vitae Soaps are intended to remove impurities from the skin (which can cause unpleasant odors), wash away microorganisms that can cause infection, and make the skin supple nourished, hydrated, and healthy. This was the fundamental on which handmade soap making was based. This is the fundamental I intend to pass along with each and every soap I create.