Welcome!

January 07, 2017

Welcome!

Aloha, e komo mai! Welcome to our new website, a reintroduction, a rebirth, a new beginning with the same strong mission that has held true since the onset of our natural handcrafted soap journey. Since the beginning, the basis for and the integrity of Hawaiian Bath & Body® has been Hawaiian Kukui nut oil. We created a handcrafted soap without harmful chemicals that could hurt your skin, a natural soap that was gentle on your skin, eco-friendly for our environment and safe for our reefs. In this mission we have been successful and I am so very proud and humbled by all the long time Hawaiian Bath & Body® soapers!!

natural soap making hawaiiWhen we started our first website in 2001, it was...crickets!! It took many hours of studying and a huge learning curve to come up to speed about SEO, robots and the language of the internet. Jerry did it all creating a well-oiled machine, what he does best! The industry of websites and social media has changed leaps and bounds since just a short while ago, from coding to plug-ins, from keywords to hashtags, from yesterday to insta-now!

The handcrafted, natural skincare industry has made huge changes too. We had no guidance when we started 15 years ago. There were no suppliers, absolutely no shared recipes online, hard-to-find ingredients, and even harder-to-find insurance for product liability (what was your product again?)!! The cottage industry of handcrafted soap has grown exponentially with suppliers for starting your own soap factory to advocates in DC...Mahalo to the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetics Guild for all you do for our industry!

Our customers and the soapmaking environment have grown more sophisticated and educated as well! We were Green and natural from the onset which meant a lot of education as to what that meant for us as a company and what it meant for our customers. Pure Essential Oils, Gluten-Free and Vegan were not in the common vernacular for skincare, where today it is a given and expected. Our soap bars were beautiful natural shades of tans, browns and crèmes.

natural bath body products hawaii plumeria collectionHowever, being Hawaiian Bath & Body, we were asked for island scents recalling the fragrant plumeria island lei, the sweet, juicy pineapple and of course coconut, think piña colada! To make island scented soaps I would have to break protocol and introduce synthetic Hawaiian scented fragrances. Some discerning customers questioned the use of fragrances in our all-natural and organic line. These were educated and informed concerns. Honestly, one of the hardest decisions I had to make! Business is business and our customers had spoken so I am happy to say that the decision, with these guidelines, was made: 1) Use a very small percentage of fragrance in our recipe, 2) Use non-GMO fragrance blends, 3) Blend the fragrance with pure essential oils, and 4) Continue to use our vegetable oil soap base that is natural, organic, 100% non-GMO and safe for your skin and our oceans. I could certainly live with that!

Here at North Shore Soap Factory, home of Hawaiian Bath & Body®, we create and formulate our complete line of natural and handcrafted skincare from scratch, carefully blending the best ingredients that hold known skin health benefits and properties. Our original formulations are 100% nonGMO, have organic and locally sourced ingredients where available and do not contain possible carcinogens like paraben or phthalates. We never use detergents or artificial colorants. In this I am very proud and we strengthen our mission with each new product.

natural soap hawaiian bath body driscoll familyWe are very excited to launch our new website to continue to share our passion of natural soaps and skincare with you and your friends and family! My hope is that your experience here will be a happy one, reminiscent of your time in these beautiful Hawaiian islands we call home.

From our O`hana to yours, Aloha and a hui hou!
Debora





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Essential Oils | Specialty Oils & Butters

Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet when possible. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitization. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose. Not all oils are created equal, so test brands carefully, and never use an oil in a way not recommended by its maker.

 

ESSENTIAL OILS

Bergamot BF (bergaptene free):
Known to promote healthy skin with its cleansing and rejuvenating properties. It’s used in aromatherapy for its calming effect.

Cinnamon Leaf (organic):
Widely used for digestive support, we use cinnamon essential oil for its antibacterial properties. When applied to skin, it helps circulation and soothes sore muscles and joints.

Cedarwood:
Aromatherapy benefits of this oil include calming and soothing effects in massage. It is known to help skin recover and promotes clear, healthy skin.

Citronella:
Not just any insect repellant!! Used in our soaps, citronella essential oil has known antiseptic, antibacterial and fungicidal skincare properties.

Clary Sage:
We use Clary sage in many of our products because of its known antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, disinfectant, and astringent skincare properties. Health benefits of this oil include uses for digestive and respiratory discomforts.

Clove Bud:
A rich and spicy scent, Clove bud oil is unique and powerful when used in aromatherapy for its stress reliever and mind stimulant. Combine this with its known antiseptic and soothing properties, it makes for a great soap.

Corn Mint:
Indigenous to Asia, Cornmint is often confused with peppermint because they have similar uses. We use it in our Sage Mint soap for its antimicrobial and antiseptic skincare properties.

Eucalyptus:
One of our favorite essential oils, we use it in many products. Eucalyptus essential oils is known to reduce stress hormones, boost your immune system and is a natural antibacterial.

Geranium Rose:
This essential oil promotes healthy, clear skin by helping to repair and rejuvenate skin cells. Its well-known aromatherapy benefits for emotional support include stress reduction.

Ginger:
The benefits for this oil are primarily the same as using fresh ginger root for digestion and other internal discomforts. Its spicy woody scent is very distinguishable. Its known skincare properties include being an antiseptic, analgesic and anti-inflammatory.

Lavender:
Most commonly known for its calming benefits, lavender essential oil is also known as an antiseptic, bacteria inhibitor and skin regulator promoting skin health. Its known antiseptic and antifungal properties are used in helping to ease symptoms of acne and psoriasis.

Lemon:
Aromatic and full of antioxidants uplifting lemon essential oil is a natural antibacterial making it an uplifting essential oil used to help symptoms of acne and eczema.

Lemongrass:
Blended in our Ginger Lemongrass soap, Lemongrass is a known antibacterial, anti-fungal and antimicrobial. Its astringent and antiseptic properties help tone and sterilize your skin.

Lime:
Full of antioxidants, this refreshing and uplifting citrus oil has disinfectant and antibiotic skincare benefits.

Palmarosa:
Palmarosa essential oil is a known antiseptic, bactericide and cytophylactic which promotes cell growth.

Patchouli:
The many health benefits of Patchouli essential oil include being an antidepressant, an antiseptic, an astringent and a fungicide. These many properties make Patchouli oil a multifaceted skin care oil that promotes a smooth and glowing complexion.

Peppermint:
Held as one of the oldest essential oil, Peppermint oils has gone through rigorous testing for health benefits. For the skin, this oil has a cooling effect because it contains menthol. It also has antiseptic and regenerative properties.

Pink Grapefruit:
This essential oil has a light and uplifting aroma used to enhance and uplift the spirit. It has cleansing and astringent and revitalizing properties.

Nutmeg:
This essential oil is a baker’s friend for good reason, it’s known for helping digestion and relieving gas. Its health properties include aromatherapy benefits like reducing stress and anxiety and for relaxing. And it’s a known antiseptic.

Sandalwood:
A many splendored thing! Sandalwood essential oil is known for its many health benefits because of its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, astringent and disinfectant properties.

Spearmint:
Spearmint essential oil has been used in aromatherapy to help uplift your mood with its refreshing aroma. It’s a known antibacterial and antimicrobial widely used in toothpaste and mouthwash to protect from infection.

Sweet Orange:
This refreshing essential oil is used in aromatherapy to create a happy, relaxed mood. Health benefits due to its known properties include providing relief from inflammation, helps alleviate depression, inhibits microbial growth and helps symptoms of acne.

Rosemary:
Rosemary is full of Vitamins A, C and Folate and is rich in antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Widely used to freshen breath and beneficial in reducing stress with documented studies on its use as a cognitive stimulant.

Rosewood:
From Brasil, this essential oil is known for many uses including headache and toothache relief, widely used as an antidepressant, an antiseptic and an insect repellent.

Tea Tree:
Native to Australia, Tea Tree essential oil is widely used worldwide because of its many powerful properties. Since ancient times, Australians have been using Tea Tree oil as an antibacterial, antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral and as an antiseptic.

 

SPECIALITY OILS & BUTTERS

Avocado Oil & Butter:
Avocado butter and oil are loaded with Vitamins C, A and E, potassium and lecithin, all known skin enhancing nutrients and easily absorbed through your skin to promote new and healthy skin growth.

Cocoa Butter & Oil:
Cocoa butter is full of Vitamins B1, B2, B3 and C as well as beneficial fatty acids that neutralize free radicals in your skin. The antioxidants create a protective barrier against damaging environmental pollutants while keeping your skin deeply moisturized.

Coconut Oil:
The health benefits of Coconut oil are many. Applied or eaten, it helps maintain healthy skin, hair and digestion. It is full of lauric acid that destroys harmful viruses and bacteria. It also has caprylic acid that has antifungal properties.

Jojoba Oil:
Jojoba oil is known primarily for its hair care benefits. Its anti-inflammatory and anti bacterial properties help keep your scalp clean and healthy, and it is naturally pH balanced.

6. Kukui Nut Oil (Kukui nut tree is Hawai`i’s State Tree!):
Kukui nuts and its oil have been used by Polynesians for centuries! They used it for skin and hair care. Rich in Vitamins A, C and E, antioxidents that help prevent free radical cell damage. Kukui oil also has high concentrations of linoleic and linolenic acids, both very similar to your own sebum making it easily absorbed into your skin to help sooth symptoms of dry skin, sunburn, and eczema.

Macadamia nut oil:
Beneficial for your body, both inside and out. Internally Macadamia oil helps to lower “bad” cholesterol and raise “good” cholesterol. Its skincare benefits due to macadamia oil being high in oleic and palmitoleic fatty acids help soothe and moisturize inflamed and dry skin.

Mango Butter:
A bite of mango is heaven on earth! Used for skincare, it leaves your skin feeling heavenly! This tropical butter is high in oleic and stearic fatty acids that help moisturize and repair damaged skin. It is rich in Vitamins C and A, helping to promote your skin’s natural collagen production.

Palm Oil (we use certified sustainable palm oil):
Palm oil is high in Vitamin E, an antioxidant historically used for helping skin ailments. Its reddish color comes from its prime compound, beta-carotene.

Olive Oil:
Olive oil is primarily oleic acid, a fatty acid that helps olive oil penetrate your skin easily, nourishing the skin with all its antioxidants. Anti-inflammatory phenols and antimicrobial properties add to the health benefits of this oil.

Rice Bran Oil:
Rice bran oil is rich in Vitamin E, an antioxidant known for neutralizing free radicals in your body. Tocopherols are directly connected to skin health helping cellular regeneration.

Sweet almond oil:
Sweet almond oil has a light texture that easily penetrates your skin to soften and moisturize. It is full of monounsaturated fats that hydrate the skin leaving cell membranes healthy. It is rich in antioxidants like Vitamin A and E, and magnesium.