When it comes to food, less is more. Quality ingredients required.
I'm trying to eat less processed food, less preservatives, less refined ingredients, less artificial colors. It's a long list.
The skin is an organ, and it can absorb many things that we slather and lather on it. You know that's how those topical pain reliever patches work. or those nicotine patches? WARHORSE considers our skincare products--for all mammals--a skin food. We take the same approach to quality ingredients and a "LESS IS MORE" philosophy. We know that our ingredient selections and their vitamin, micronutrient, and fatty acid profiles are paramount. And yes, like the dietary recommendations for more raw, minimally processed, recognizable, whole foods, WARHORSE uses this basic approach to our soap making.
We forage for quality, nutrient rich ingredients and we use a lot of them. So we don't need to add a lot of extras. Our ingredient list is pretty short and packs a dynamic duo punch--cleans and supports your skin. As award winning chef Tom Colicchio axed a Top Chef contestant who presented a complicated, confusing dish: Less is Definitely More. Yes, sir, master chef, sir! I hear ya.
WARHORSE has a respect for soap artisans like Dr. Bronner's, whose family started making soap in the 1800's. There's a reason the family's classic soaps have grown into global favorites by foodies and nature lovers.
WARHORSE has a respect for traditional soap making: it enables us to use whole oils and capture all their goodness without having to add "extra" or super refined ingredients. And when possible, we forage for suppliers close to home, in the USA, like Georgia based Solio Family Farmers. After several trips to G.A meeting the Davis brothers and the Ag Strong team, we developed a genuine respect for each other's craft and history; we shook hands with Solio, with the goal of finding a way to include their raw sunflower oil and other plant oils in our recipes.
WARHORSE is committed to honoring Solio's beautiful oils.
Solio supplies WARHORSE with a special unrefined sunflower oil that is full bodied, deep orange oil, has fantastic sunflower wax, lecithin, carotenoids, and glorious stuff still floating around in it. WARHORSE has supreme respect for this beautiful, rich oil, and we've teamed this hero ingredient with other oils that compliment the full-bodied sunflower oil's character and nutritional profile. Our goal is to have a soap that cleans and offers a small buffet of super food for the skin.
WARHORSE ingredients are Non GMO evaluated, and our people, pet, and horse cleansers are Non GMO Project Verified. EPA registered lab testing shows we have NO pesticides, metals, glyphosate in our finished products. And we're food lab tested for Gluten Free, per FDA standards.
We encourage you to open up another tab on your computer screen or mobile phone, and do some google searches on our ingredients. You'll discover why we use them. So here's our starting lineup of Non GMO ingredients in our WARHORSE Skincare Soaps:
- Sunflower Oil--raw and unrefined. Supplied by Solio Family Farmers. Grown in the south east.
- Coconut Oil. Do I really need to cover this one? Just google it. It's all the rage!
- Castor Oil, USP.
- Avocado Oil, Food Grade
- Sweet Almond Oil, Food Grade
- Vegetable Glycerin, USP--which means United States Pharmacopeia, and it conforms to all the legal requirements of the FDA and that it was produced in accordance with the principles outlined in FDA’s Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). Warhorse glycerin is supplied by a certified member of the Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil.
- Potassium hydroxide is the only non edible ingredient that goes on the pot. All liquid soap making requires it to saponify the oils into mild soap. Once the KOH has done its conversion, there's none left in the soap (You can find potassium hydroxide in the ashes of burned wood. Plant or animal fat was mixed with wood ashes, and that's how soap got its start thousands of years ago).
- Dead Sea salt
- Essential Oils that may include various blends of lemongrass, lavender, geranium, rosewood, tea tree, eucalyptus, spearmint, cedar wood, allspice, and vetiver.
Ok, that's it. All this goes in the pot and simmers on low for a while, pH adjusted with some Non GMO citric acid to make it perfect for the skin, and then we whisk in our proprietary essential oil blends. It's done. See Master Chef Tom, we don't ruin a good recipe with unnecessary ingredients.
Here's some information sources and resources: Warhorse encourages you to do your own research.
- The Cosmetics Ingredients Review (CIR) performs unbiased and expert reviews and assessments on the safety of ingredients used in cosmetics. The results are published in peer-reviewed scientific literature.
Environmental Working Group's mission is to empower people with information of many products, ingredients, and research. Lots of information here!!
Linus Pauling Institute, Oregon State University. MicroNutrients and Skin Health. Within this site you can learn about how different parts of the skin function and review various research.
- American Cleaning Institute on Soap, Detergents, and their chemistry
- FDA Soap FAQ's
- Twelve Principles of Green Chemistry set forth by EPA. Warhorse uses these precepts to guide our manufacturing and ingredient selections.
- Non GMO Project Verification certifies products and ingredients meet their standards for Non Genetically Modified Organisms.
- Blue Ridge Naturally Plus Certified certifies products and ingredients for meeting high standards.
- Solio Family Farmers supply Warhorse with our raw, unrefined, expeller pressed sunflower oil.