High quality oils and butters, signature scent blends, advanced swirl techniques, and artisan design combine to enhance your bath or shower experience, or even simple handwashing.
Label information is critical to individuals with allergies or sensitivities, and important to those who avoid certain ingredients. So, soap ingredients are listed in plain English on Lucky Duck Soap and Spa soap labels (even though the FDA does not require ingredient labeling on true soap.) Fragrance blends, whether essential oils, fragrance oils, or a combination of both are listed as “fragrance”.
Lucky Duck Soap and Spa does not claim that its products cure any illnesses or conditions, whether physical or emotional.
Oils and Butters
Soapmakers combine oils/butters in their soap to impart certain qualities, such as hardness, cleansing, conditioning, bubbliness, and creaminess. We include the following oils and butters in our various soap formulas:
- Avocado Oil – provides creamy lather, conditioning, and a high percentage of unsaponifiables (so more remains as oil in the final soap)
- Babassu Oil – has properties similar to coconut oil
- Castor Oil – gives soap creaminess and stable (long lasting) lather
- Cocoa Butter – provides hardness, creamy lather
- Coconut Oil – imparts fluffy lather, bubbliness, cleansing, and hardness
- Hemp Seed Oil – lends conditioning, and creamy lather
- Kokum Seed Butter – similar properties to cocoa butter
- Lard – adds super hardness, conditioning, and creamy, stable lather
- Mango Butter – lends conditioning, and creamy lather
- Olive Oil – adds conditioning, and hardness (once properly cured)
- Rice Bran Oil – has properties similar to olive oil, plus it adds a nice sheen to the final soap
- Shea Butter – imparts creamy lather, conditioning, and hardness
- Tallow – adds super hardness, and creamy, stable lather (Results in a wonderful bar; there is no equal substitute!)
Saponification is the name for a chemical reaction between an acid and a base to form a salt. Lye (a strong alkali or base) acts as the chemical emulsifier that bonds fatty acids (oils/butters) with water molecules by generating heat. The end result: the alkali salts of fatty acids, or SOAP. Soap cannot be made without lye.
Even though lye goes into the soap pot to make soap, no lye remains in the soap afterward. To ensure that all of the lye is “used up” in the process, soapmakers add extra oils to their formulas, called superfatting.
We prefer using essential oils whenever possible, creating our own signature blends for soapmaking.
Sometimes synthetic fragrance oils are required to achieve certain scents. There are no watermelon, blackberry, or apple essential oils. The fragrance of infused coffee doesn’t come through in cold process soap. Some essential oils are too expensive to use in the amounts required for soapmaking and fragrance oils are a good substitute. For example, Rose damascus essential oil, at approximately 10,000 pounds of fragrant roses per pound of oil and at a cost of about $180 per 1/8 ounce is best left for expensive perfume blends. We also use fragrance oils to mimic certain essential oils when producing them is unsustainable, as with Indian Sandalwood, which is over-harvested, threatened, often illegally harvested, and usually tainted with other oils and substances and sold as the real thing.
We only source quality fragrance oils without parabens and/or phthalates (DEP).
Seeds, milks, sugar, aloe, even beer and wine (soapmakers have tried it all!) are part of the charm of handcrafted soap. We have used the following in our soaps:
- Goats milk, Buttermilk, Yogurt…
- Salt, Sugar, Herbs, Spices…
- Tussah silk, Honey
- Aloe, Calendula, and other plant materials
- Pumpkin, carrot, and other foods
- Sodium lactate (a liquid salt that is naturally derived fermenting sugars)
- Kaolin clay, Bentonite clay, French green clay…
- Poppy seeds, Cranberry seeds, Crushed walnut hull…
- Loofah, Pumice, Colloidal oatmeal
Colorants in soapmaking are usually categorized as either natural or synthetic. But the distinction is somewhat blurry. There are synthetic oxides and pigments that are considered “nature-identical”: chemically identical to those found in nature, except that they are created in a lab to avoid harmful substances, like lead, that would be present if “naturally” obtained from the earth. (Natural is not always better!)
We enjoy the increased challenge of making soap with non-synthetic colorants, but we love creating elaborate swirls with synthetic (and usually more reliable) pigments, oxides, and micas, and also offer soaps without any colorants at all.
We have used the following as colorants in our soaps:
- Oxides and pigments
- Carrot puree, Cocoa powder, and other foods
- Turmeric, Paprika, and other spices
- Rose clay, Pink kaolin clay, Brazilian and other clays
- Alkanet root, Madder root, Woad, Indigo, and other plant dyes
No Phthalates (DEP)! No Parabens! No Palm Oil!
We love beautiful soap and luxurious bath and body products, but we’re first and foremost concerned with safety. Our family and friends use our soap, and we would never sell a product that we would not want them to use!
We’re also very concerned about the environment and take great pains to leave as small a footprint as possible when making our products and transporting them to you. We have specifically chosen not to use palm oil due to the environmental impact of palm oil production.
We try to limit our environmental impact as we carefully package our products for sale and shipping. We protect our soaps in eco-friendly molded pulp clamshell packaging made from recycled cardboard. Although they are 100% recyclable, these adorable boxes can be reused to hold barrettes, hair ribbons, or portable first aid or sewing kits. Their reuse is only limited by your imagination! The clamshell boxes are shipped in 100% recycled mailers that have an extra adhesive strip to allow for an additional trip somewhere!