All Plant Based, All The Time

 

The choice to be a company that handcrafts plant based bath and body products stems from our years of study, research and development, incorporating time tested plant oils that are proven to cleanse, soothe, scent & rejuvenate the body.  Long before there were laboratories to make synthetic medicines and perfumes, there were herbalists and alchemists, men and women who recognized and utilized the powerful and healing aspects of the many plants, trees & flowers growing in abundance.  Unguents were formulated from the flowers, bark resins, roots and leaves to soothe and perfume the body.  All of our ingredients have been in use for hundreds, most for thousands, of years.  We prefer to make our products with as many unrefined, cold pressed & unprocessed ingredients as possible because that’s where the highest concentration of nutrients, vitamins, antioxidants, in other words, all the good stuff is!

 

ORGANIC EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

Antioxidant and vitamin rich, highly beneficial for various skin types and conditions, this precious oil has been used extensively in beauty treatments for thousands of years.   Extra virgin olive oil draws moisture to the skin, hydrating it, making it soft and supple, while allowing it to breathe.  It’s the cold pressed extra virgin olive oil in which the highest concentration of rich nutrients are found, not in the lesser pressings or blends of the fruit, so it’s no small wonder this precious oil is so valued.  All of our C.A.O.S bars are handcrafted with a minimum of 65% organic extra virgin olive oil, we also offer the Pure Bar, an organic 100% e.v.o.o. beauty bar.  We also incorporate it as a calendula, arnica montana and comfrey-infused ingredient in our Solstice Body Butters,  Solstice Hydrating Skin Treatment series and the Rougarou Beard and Aftershave Oils for men.

 

COCONUT OIL

We make use of both the organic fractionated & organic virgin coconut oil in our products. While too much coconut oil in a soap formula produces a really hard bar, it’s also drying to the skin, so we add just the right amount to give our body bars luxurious lather without any drying effects and if you allow our bars to air dry between use, you’ll get a long lasting soap.  The organic virgin coconut oil is one of the ingredients found in our Butter Body Bars, our Rougarou Beard & Aftershave Oils & the Solstice Hydrating Skin Treatment series and the Solstice Body Butters.

 

SWEET ALMOND OIL

A lightweight moisturizing oil that most massage therapists use as it glides easily onto the skin.  A soothing emollient that’s found in our body bars and is the carrier oil of choice for our beautifully scented Sweet Almond Body Oils.  We also incorporate sweet almond into the Rougarou Beard/Aftershave Oils.

 

ARTESIAN SPRING WATER

The clear choice for our body bars & our Body, Linen & Room Sprays because it’s one of the most basic and pure ingredients!  We feel that our water source matters greatly in the final product, so we go through the added expense utilizing an artesian spring water.  Distilled and/or purified water can be from any source, that does not offer us any comfort in a world of lead and other toxin related water issues. 

 

ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils are the true and precious essences distilled from healing plants found all over the world.  They are medicinal powerhouses and should be treated as such, nor should essential oils be used directly on the skin, with the exception of lavender & tea tree. We research our sources making certain that all of our essential oils are of the highest quality, distilled properly and derived from sustainable plant sources. The quality of essential oils can vary greatly from one region to another, from one company to another.  The continuity of our scent blends and their efficacy is key to our success, so we don’t compromise with inferior oils, nor do we purchase pre-blended ingredients.  Creating our own essential oil blends assures you that you’re purchasing aromas exclusive to WOF, Inc.

 

ORGANIC VIRGIN SHEA BUTTER & Shea Olein

One of the most amazing natural skin healers of all time!  The Shea Nut, or Karite’, Tree is found in various regions of Africa and Ghana, and is not only a food source, but is prized as a soothing balm for burns, wound and scar healing, eczema, and is a wonderful moisturizing balm for aging skin.  You’ll find it in our Lavender Oatmeal Exfoliating Body Bars, our Organic Butter Body Bars.  Shea Olein is the liquid derivative of shea butter and is so beneficial for many skin conditions, it's a big part of our Solstice Hydrating Skin Treament series, Solstice Body Butters, The MRS Face & Neck Serum and our Rougarou Beard and Aftershave Oils.

 

AVOCADO OIL

We use this decadent, vitamin rich oil in its’ unrefined state.  This luscious naturally green emollient is rich in Vitamin K and is beneficial to more mature skin. You’ll find it in our Rosemary Lavender Avocado Moisturizing Body Bar & our gallery of Solstice Hydrating Skin Treatments.

 

BOTANICALS

Stone ground grits, oatmeal, poppy seeds are not just for breakfast & breads!  Exfoliating your body is a good thing, why not do it naturally?  Sloughing off the dirt, grime and dead skin cells, these ingredients leave your skin smooth, soothed & refreshed.  Lavender flowers, arnica montana comfrey and calendula- infused  organic extra virgin olive oil are just right for soothing inflamed skin.  Don’t you just love the plant world?!

 

SODIUM HYDROXIDE

NAoH?  That’s the chemist’s symbol for sodium hydroxide, commonly known as lye.  Lye is an essential ingredient in the soap making process.  When mixed with liquid, such as, water, goat’s milk, etc., a lye solution is created and by mixing with fats and oils, it causes a chemical reaction known as “saponification”.  When mixed properly, the result is a firm soap that is cut into bars and “cured” for 6-8 weeks (months longer for our Pure Bar).   We use food grade lye because other grades can contain metals and other impurities.

Glycerin, a beneficial humectant, is a naturally occurring by-product createdduring the saponification process.  Commercially made soap typically lacks this important ingredient because the glycerin is extracted and sold separately.  One of the advantages to purchasing our body bars is that all of the good stuff is there, naturally.

 

WHAT’S NOT IN OUR PRODUCTS

All WOF,Inc. products are always free of dyes, chemicals, synthetic fragrances, perfume oils, preservatives and animal by-products.  Just because an ingredient is deemed "cosmetic safe" does not mean that it's good for your skin.  Those are the kind of ingredients that can lead to skin rashes, irritations, yeast infections, and other yucky stuff, costing you more in creams and potions to clear that up.  No thanks.  Whatever colors and aromas our products hold are a direct result of the plant oils and botanicals provided by mother nature and WOF, Inc. always offers unscented products for the purist.

It’s also important that we use only renewable plant sources and fair trade ingredients.   So many of nature’s precious plants and trees have been harvested to the point of near extinction, while others are used to wage wars against indigenous peoples and the animals that inhabit these regions.  To that end, you won’t find palm oils here nor any other ingredient that is proven to be over harvested or controversial.