Organic Plant Oils and Butters

Why all the fuss about organic products?

All the plant and flower oils we use at Thistle & Clay are carefully sourced and certified organic. 

Organic works with nature, not against it.
Intensive agriculture causes soil erosion, chemical run-off into water systems and can mean some weeds and insects become resistant to herbicides and pesticides. Organic farming on the other hand doesn’t rely on synthetic or petroleum-based pesticides or fertilizers. It significantly reduces water and soil contamination. Wildlife can thrive. Don’t you think organic is a breath of fresh air?

Organic Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Olive Oil
We all know the benefits of using Olive Oil in our cooking, but it has Olive oil 
produces an exceptionally mild soap with small bubbles, suitable for sensitive skin and babies. Unlike other oils, it can be used up to 100 percent in soap recipes. When fresh, the lather is slick, but the oil soap also ages beautifully, improving its lather over time.

Organic Thistle Oil
Thistle oil (also known as safflower oil) is moisturising in soap and creates a mild, low lather. It is an excellent source of omega 6 & 3 essential fatty acids (also known as vitamin F), as they can make up over 80% of the oil content and is particularly high in omega 6 (up to 81%). 

Organic Cold Pressed Castor Oil
Castor oil has many skin benefits and when used in soap improves the lather, 
creating large, luxurious bubbles.

Organic Coconut Oil
Coconut oil creates lather with large bubbles and helps to cut down on oils and grease. It has a high cleansing ability, so some find it harsh on the skin if used above 25 percent. Its long shelf life and high stability make it a staple in soapmaking.

Organic Shea Butter
Shea Butter is an all round super butter for soothing, smoothing, replenishing and softening skin. It is a non-greasy moisturiser that penetrates deeply, healing, repairing and regenerating the skin. With high levels of Vitamin A, E, K, fatty acids, oleic, linoleic and stearic acids, Shea Butter helps to battle the effects that environmental toxins have on your skin cells, helpingyour skin to have a healthy turnover of new cells. The Vitamin E in Shea Butter also helps protect your skin from the UV rays of the sun.

In soap, Shea Butter has great moisturising properties. It is also great to leave on your skin due to its wonderful moisturising properties, it is protective and healing, especially for dry or damaged skin. Phytosterols are known to stimulate the basal layer of the skin to regenerate faster, giving younger and fresher looking skin. Shea Butter contains a natural SPF although it is not high enough to be used alone as a sun protection product, it does, however, give some daily defence against the damaging effects of UV light whilst repairing cellular degeneration. It can also help to re-hydrate sun damaged skin.