There's nothing artificial in our products and where we can, we use organically grown ingredients. Our soaps are guaranteed to be a minimum 20% organic; our shaving soaps will be a minimum 35% organic. We try to source organic essential oils whenever we can and over time, we will increase the overall organic content of all our products. We choose our ingredients carefully for their positive benefits on our skin and our general well-being.
Bentonite clay consists of aged volcanic ash also known as “Montmorillonite.” The name comes from the largest known deposit of Bentonite clay located in Rock River, Wyoming, USA. We've included it in our shaving soap to help with razor glide and reducing razor burn.
We're also working towards including it in some of our soaps along with yellow and pink clays. For centuries, mineral rich clay has been used to beautify the skin. The negatively charged ions in the clay attract and draw out toxins to the skin surface and aid gentle exfoliation. Cosmetic grade clays contain a number of nutrients including magnesium, silicate, copper, iron, and potassium – all of which further boost skin health.
Bergamot's antibiotic and antifungal properties make it excellent for skin care. Studies also suggest that bergamot essential oil aids in keeping the skin youthful. This property of bergamot oil is the reason behind its extensive use in cosmetics and skin care products such as soaps.
Poppy seeds have featured for centuries in medical, culinary and cosmetic use across many civilisations. The blue poppy seed we use is grown in Europe specifically for its culinary use. Our blue poppy seeds give a great visual effect along with marvellous skin exfoliating and stimulating properties
Calendula, more generally known as marigold, has a long history of use as a source of natural compounds that can help heal injured skin. Studies have suggested that calendula may have anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and astringent properties
Cinnamon leaf essential oil is known for its antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and immune-boosting properties. It is cleansing and astringent while its scent is said to be warming, stimulating and energizing.
Geranium essential oil is a great all-rounder balancing the mind and body. With a scent similar to rose this delicate floral oil helps to create balance between oily and dry skin and is widely used in aromatherapy to ease feelings of stress and anxiety.
Lavender is used in a multitude of natural health products and cosmetics and is one of the most popular essential oils in the practice of aromatherapy.
The soothing properties of Lavender essential oil will help calm anxiety, improve relaxation and help to promote a good night’s sleep. Used on the skin, Lavender is effective for soothing minor cuts and grazes and can also provide nourishment to dry or sun-chapped skin.
Lemon essential oil has been used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat a wide spectrum of health conditions for centuries. The therapeutic properties of lemon oil include antimicrobial, antiseptic, bactericidal and insecticidal.
Lemongrass has a penetrating lemony herbaceous scent and can be both soothing and uplifting. This versatile tropical grass is used in medicinal preparations and cookery throughout Asia and as an effective insect repellent. Deodorizing and refreshing.
May Chang, also known as Litsea cubeba, has a lemony fragrance with fruity and spicy undertones. The plant has a long history of use in Chinese herbal medicine and is used in skin care for its mild astringent properties which can be helpful with acne and oily skin.
Orange essential oil is a sunny and radiant oil bringing happiness and warmth to the mind. It is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory which makes it an ideal ingredient in your skin care routine. This oil is not just for acne-prone skin though: It has been shown to increase collagen production, and blood flow, all of which are essential for anti-aging.
Shea butter has excellent moisturising properties and is a great ingredient in soap to combat drying. We believe our percentage of Shea butter is just about right; not too much that it makes the soap bar soft but not too little that you won't notice it's there. Our Shea is organic too, that's better for you and better for the environment.
Patchouli has a deeply moisturising effect and is often used in aromatherapy treatments to help restore dry and tired skin. It has a grounding and balancing effect on the emotions and is claimed to have antidepressant, aphrodisiac, astringent, antiseptic and deodorizing properties.
Rosemary essential oil contains antioxidants known for their anti-ageing properties. Studies also suggest that this essential oil may boost your health by improving mental focus and memory, fighting hair loss, relieving pain and inflammation, repelling certain insects and easing stress.
Sustainable palm oil is the only palm oil you'll find at Chapel Soap. In 2003 a group called the Round table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was formed to persuade those in the palm oil industry to work together to develop sustainable guidelines for palm oil production. Members of the group, which the WWF helped to set up, are given strict guidelines about how they produce their palm oil with the emphasis on ending deforestation and protecting natural habitats.
Tea Tree is originally from Australia where indigenous people have utilised its medicinal properties for centuries. One of the more popular essential oils, it has a fresh, spicy camphor scent that's cleansing and revitalizing. Used widely in skincare due to its reputed antifungal, anti-inflammation and antibacterial properties.
Turmeric is used widely in Ayurveda medicine; one of the world's oldest holistic healing systems. The active ingredient, curcumin, has natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Traditional uses include reducing the appearance of stretch marks, soothing dry skin and protecting skin against sun damage.
Ylang Ylang has a sweet and floral fragrance in aromatherapy it's used to ease anxiety, calm and lift mood. The oil is extracted from the beautiful, yellow, star-shaped blooms of the plant by steam distillation yielding a clear, floral scented oil said to have many benefits to both skin and mind.