The Kumbha Moon girlz are pretty picky about the ingredients that go into our soap and other natural products. When our label says “all natural” we mean it. Natural can mean many different things to different people and the word has been co-opted by corporate retailers and slapped onto products that, in our opinion, are as far from being natural as possible. Take that box of “all natural” granola bars, turn it over, and we’ll bet that there are ingredients in there that will tangle your tongue when you try to pronounce them. To us, that’s not natural. When you read the list of ingredients on food or products that you apply to your skin, we believe that you should not only be able to pronounce the ingredients but also recognize what the ingredient is. We are careful about what we eat and just as careful about what we use on our skin, to wash our clothing, and to clean our house (um….even though the house isn’t always clean, but when we do give it a whirl we use non-toxic products to get it squeaky shiny healthy clean).
We define a natural product as one that’s as close to its naturally existing state as possible. Let’s go with this web definition since it pretty much sums it up for us:
Natural: naCH(ə)rəl , adjective, “existing in or caused by nature; not made or caused by humankind”
That’s natural to us! We love the “not made or caused by humankind” part of that definition because it means the ingredient is as the ingredient was meant to be.
So when we look for natural ingredients to use in our soap and other products, we look to places that the big corporations don’t: farmers markets, roadside stands, natural food stores, area forest, and our own backyard. Our homemade soap bases are made from our own recipes using a variety of all-natural plant-based oils, but the Kumbha Moon girlz love to experiment and add other ingredients taken directly from nature. We’ve used honey (makes the soap lather beautifully!) from our friend Bob Brachmann at Country Honey; rolled oats from a certified organic grower; chamomile flowers; grated ginger root; dried herbs and ground spices; dried rose petals; goat milk; organic vanilla bean pods; organic pumpkin puree, and the freshest juiciest carrots on Earth from Canticle Farm where we are long-time CSA shareholders. We plan to do more wildcrafting and experiment with berries, leaves, bark, and other natural gifts from Mother Nature that will help us create all natural soap while using the ingredients as resources that don’t deplete our Mother.
You can be sure that when you use a product from Kumbha Moon Soap Company that you are using an all-natural product that will be kind to your skin and kind to Mother Earth. We encourage you to become a label reader of all the products in your life and then challenge yourself to make the switch from one product that you routinely use that has a tongue-twisting ingredient list and switch it out for one that has uncomplicated pronounceable ingredients – ingredients that are real and from nature. Be sure to tell us how it goes for you!