100% CASTILE SOAP
Well, this has been a long time coming! The Olive Oil Bar, our simplest bar to date, is here! This bar has been a hilarious test of my patience even though it’s so simple (it is quite literally just saponified olive oil). So why did I make 12 different formulas that I cussed my way through before I landed on this one? Well, I take soap-making possibly TOO seriously. Here is the short story:
One night in my workshop, I was stress eating Bubble Tape (hey, don’t judge, we all have our coping mechanisms and it’s a wonder I don’t have TMJ from aggressive chewing) and I thought to myself “Judith, it is JUST soap, this formula is fine, it works fine.” And then not stressed/tired Judith kicked back with a rebuttal “It’s not jUuUuST SOAP, it’s really f%$king important I get this right for people who need this product.”
You see - Good JuJu Herbal is not the business of “fine” or “good enough” products. We are not swept away in the Instagram culture and we do not care about appearances first. I am not concerned with pushing out products on any sort of timeline to keep sales or interest high. Quality comes first and everything else is secondary. We are strictly here to make really good shit that works for people's skin/allergies and makes living life more comfortable.
So why is an olive oil bar important?
Short answer: A growing number of people are allergic to coconut oil and coconut oil is in EVERYTHING, so, those people have very few products available to them.
Why is coconut oil in so many products if it can be a skin irritant (especially when it comes to eczema)?
Because coconut oil is a great natural ingredient with great skin benefits. Even in its organic form, it’s an affordable, versatile, dependable, responsibly sourced ingredient. In body care products, it can be used as a natural hardening agent. In soap, it helps make a rich, thick lather.
What makes it an irritant to some people?
It comes down to fatty acid composition. Let’s talk about it:
The primary fatty acid in coconut oil is Lauric Acid, which is considered a dry, astringent fatty acid. 100% coconut oil soap makes a really hard, long lasting bar of soap. It lathers up big and bubbly. It cleans extremely well and quickly. It efficiently strips away oils and removes greasy residue. But these same great qualities can spell trouble for sensitive skin peeps.
100% coconut oil soap (or even soap with over 60%) will, if used regularly, cause or worsen dryness, itching, and flaking. Our original formula bars have a very special ratio of organic coconut oil in them (less than 30%) to harness the amazing power of coconut oil without causing irritation to the skin.
What are the challenges of a 100% olive oil bar?
The hardness and the lather. No matter what you do, a 100% castile soap is going to be softer and lack lather. This is why after 12 different formulas, we confidently have the hardest and most lathering olive oil bar known to mankind. It’s as good as it gets and I love it. It’s hydrating, gentle, makes a fair amount of lather, and will still last a pretty long time in the shower!
Who is this bar for?
People with coconut oil allergies: This bar is the final touch on us having a FULL LINE of products that are coconut oil free. May all of us sensitive skin sufferers celebrate! Which products are coconut oil free? Jasmine and Rose Toner, Herbal Skin Food Moisturizer, Essential Salve, Lotion Bars, and Body Oils.
People looking for an alternative gentle face soap: If coconut oil doesn’t agree with your face skin, here is a new face soap to try.
Zero Wasters: All of our soaps are eco-friendly and biodegradable, but this bar technically has the smallest footprint. It’s also extremely versatile and can be used to clean or wash just about anything.
Extreme skin sufferers: As you know by now, all of our products are made for super sensitive skin and can be used by any skin type - but this bar is going to officially take the spot for most gentle bar. No essential oils, no coconut oil.. just 100% olive oil.
Babies: This is another bar to add to the infant friendly collection. Calming Calendula, Carrot Sweet Potato, and Olive Oil are all infant/baby/toddler friendly.
Want to pick up a bar?