Updated: Mar 1

If you're like me and have dogs you love to spoil them. We have two long haired

German Shepherds Otto & Moose who are 5 and 2 years old.. Uncle and nephew shown here.

Living on a croft they often get muddy running around and I like to be able to wash them myself. As the shampoos available have synthetic ingredients and I'm not always sure what is in them or what synthetic fragrance is in them; I decided to develop a natural soap that I could wash the dogs with and have come up with a range of 3 shampoo bars on a rope that only include natural and organic ingredients. As with my human soaps the principal is the same with only natural ingredients. Making the shampoo bars by the cold process soap means glycerine is retained in the soap and is an excellent moisturiser..

I use a lower rate of essential oils to scent them as dogs are more sensitive.

I've added some lovely oils such as rice bran oil which is full of vitamin E and good for the skin; Organic Shea butter which has moisturising and conditioning qualities as well as Organic Coconut Oil which has lots of anti-oxidants in it and is great for the skin. (its also very tasty in a peanut butter and banana treat I make the dogs!- so tasty we eat them too). Mango butter which is very nourishing to the skin and Avocado oil which has

nourishing qualities. Neem oil has been added to the Cedarwood and Frankincense bar as it has flea repelling qualities. I'm really pleased with them and have used them on both dogs.

One bar has colloidal oatmeal which is a great anti-inflammatory and can reduce irritation. Another has pink clay which again is good for the skin. The essential oils are chosen for their qualities such as Lavender which has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and calming effect. Tea tree which again has healing propertie.

Shampooing your dog can't be easier as the bar is easily held with the soft rope round your wrist. Just wet your dog all over avoiding the eyes. Rub the shampoo bar and you'll find it lathers really well and you can work it in all over the body. I don't use conditioner but just rinse the lather off.

I have friends who say their dogs skin is sensitive so developed these soaps with this in mind. They're also paraben free, cruelty free, synthetic free and are full of luxurious oils. All packaging is eco-friendly and biodegradable. Even the rope is chosen for its natural and eco friendly qualities

The beauty of a bar is its easily transported, doesn't spill and will last for quite a few shampoos depending on the size of the dog. Just hang up to dry.

#natural #shampoobar

#moisturising, #dogshampoo

  • Janice Caine

Updated: Mar 1

Naturally Pure Botanicals started from a wish to reduce the plastic bottles of shampoo and liquid soap dotted around the bathroom. I was going to manufacture my own soap and then I'd know everything that went in it. No nasty chemicals and cruelty free with no ingredient being tested on animals.

I had made soap quite a few years ago and was always "getting round to it" but working full time never got the time. I decided I would make handmade soap with pure oils and natural ingredients. This included pure essential oils and I would not use palm oil.

Palm oil was off the ingredient list due to 'unsustainable palm oil production being the large-scale devastation of tropical forests; As well as widespread habitat loss for its native species.

Synthetic colours were ruled out and only botanicals such as herbs, spices and natural minerals are used.

The fragrance was to be natural so I would only use essential oils.

My whole ethos is to have control over my soaps and for that reason I use the ancient method of cold process. I can pay attention to every ingredient; From start to finish everything is handcrafted, hand-cut and hand-wrapped making each individual bar special; no two bars are the same.

The labels and packaging is environmentally friendly and recyclable. No single-use plastic is used at any stage of production and you can recycle the packaging your soap is wrapped in.

Naturally Pure Botanicals is committed to protecting your skin and keeping the planet green at the same time! All our soaps are free from palm oil, parabens and sulphates. 8 out of the 9 are suitable for vegans and they are all cruelty free. All the soaps are handmade in Scotland using local ingredients when possible. Next year we will be growing many of the herbs used within the soaps ourselves and growing them organically. In the 32 years we've lived here no chemicals of any type are used on our land.

Our soap is of the highest quality and is produced in the most sustainable manner possible to respect the environment.

We hope you enjoy your visit

Many Thanks


#handmade soap, #pure essential oils,#soap manufacturer, #palm free

  • Janice Caine

Updated: Feb 6

The method of making cold process soap isn't new. In fact it goes back to 2800 BC where the ancient Babylonians discovered that by mixing fat and wood ash together they could make soap. The process has been refined over the years and Sodium Hydroxide (Lye) is now used.

It isn't the only method of making soap but its the one I like to use and it creates a high quality gentle soap that is cured over 4-6 weeks. I cure mine for at least 6 weeks and it produces a long lasting bar with ultimate moisturisation.

Soap is produced as the result of a chemical reaction called 'Saponification' that occurs between the lye and a fat or oil (such as coconut oil or olive oil). Cold process soap allows the lye to be neutralised without any outside heat.

Botanicals and essential oils are then added then the batter is poured into moulds.

It takes 24 hours to become soap and after removing from the mould takes another 24 hours to dry and be cut into bars. The chemical process continues while the soap cures for 4 to 6 weeks; during this time oils break down into cleansing chains and water slowly evaporates leaving a gentle, firmi bar of soap.

One of the by products of cold process is glycerin, which is a humectant. This simply means it reduces the loss of moisture. What that means is that all our soaps are gentle, nourishing and moisturising. Extra qualities are added from the botanicals, clays used and essential oils but they are all gentle.

Once saponification has taken place there is no lye left in the soap. You'll notice on my labels I use the term saponified oils of: e

#cold process,#ultimate moisturisation,#making cold process soap, #long lasting bar, #saponification, #


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