Understanding Our Skin

Following on from a previous blog “Your Skin, Your Soap” we thought it may be useful to look at the different skin types out there. As we said your skin is unique to you and needs the right attention to help it maintain itself. In discovering the properties of differing soaps you will be able to find the right soap for you

Normal Skin

Normal skin can best be characterised as a skin that does not experience extremes or combinations of the other skin types. The oil naturally produced by the skin’s sebaceous glands (sebum), is on regulated production. This means your skin is neither very dry nor very oily. Changes in your skin may be subtle and you should try to note when they happen. It is common to assume that normal skin means you can use any type of soap; however, the careful balance of your skin needs to be maintained. If you use soaps formulated for oily skin, you can dry your skin, and soap for dry skin could leave you over-moisturize and clogged.


Lavender & Lime

Rose Geranium

Thai Lemongrass & Coconut

Charcoal (Periodically to remove day to day pollutant particles and grime that can

block pours)

Oily Skin

Seen as problem skin however, this skin type has the benefit of staying soft for much longer than others – and taking much longer to show wrinkles. For some, the over-active sebaceous glands can cause an unwanted shine, and in some cases, acne. This shine can lead some people with this skin type to over-clean, which can damage the skin, drying it out resulting in the skin producing more oil. Our best advice is to be gentle with this skin type, sebum is a natural oil, and your face is not a hard surface to be scrubbed. Look out for ingredients that remove oil without drying out your face. Tea Tree Oil, and Aloe Vera ingredients are good, especially when combined in an exfoliating bar of soap which can be excellent, provided the formula is mild, and you don’t over-use it. Three or four times a week should be fine, fewer if your skin is sensitive as well.


Tea Tree & Nettle

Charcoal Soap (Periodically to remove day to day pollutant particles and grime that can block pores)

Dry Skin

With dry skin, you will generally have to deal with fewer spot and blackhead issues than other skin types and usually do not have any unwanted shine. However, dry skin can become uncomfortable manifesting in a feeling of itchiness and or tightness since the skin doesn’t produce enough of its softening oil, sebum. It is therefore very important to make sure the products you use won’t reduce or remove your skin’s oils even further. Soap high in glycerine ingredient is one to look out for. Soaps enriched with olive oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, and aloe vera, among others, can cleanse your skin without drying it further. Be careful not to over-use your selected soap, as over-washing can contribute to dryness; once at the end of the day might be often enough if you cleanse with warm water or toner in the morning.


Goat Milk Oatmeal & Honey

Castile Soap

Combination Skin

If you have this skin type is it always best to opt for a middle ground when choosing soap. It will not be possible to use different soaps on a different area of your skin, so moderation is the best option. Choose a mild soap and do not overuse, feedback from customers has indicated that a Goat Milk soap is a good option for this skin type.


Goat Milk Oatmeal & Honey

Rose Geranium

Charcoal (Periodically to remove day to day pollutant particles and grime that can

block pours)

Sensitive Skin

If you have this type of skin, your priority must be as gentle with it as possible. Start with soaps that are mild and pure soap with no essential oils or perfumes, colourants, sulphates, alcohol, or preservatives. It is always a good guild to say, the fewer ingredients listed on a label, the more likely you will be happy with the soap, a good example of this would be Castile (Olive Oil Soap Exfoliating soaps can be a problem. If you feel the need to exfoliate, ensure the exfoliating ingredient is not too hard or sharp. Our Goat Milk Oatmeal and honey soap have been the next best step up from the castile soap. Our goat milk soap is mild and used extensively by customers with eczema and psoriasis to help calm this condition. Some experts have suggested using bar soaps, as a liquid cleanser can leave behind a film after use, clogging pores or irritating the skin.


Castile Soap

Goat milk Oatmeal & Honey


It can take a lot of trial and error

to find our skin type and just as long to settle on soap that best suits you. We offer a saver pack where you can select your own choice in soaps that best suit your skin type in twin, triple, and six-pack sets; after all, it is your skin, your choice.

Always try any soap first to make sure you are happy with it and if unsure try a patch test first.

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