Quality Ingredients – #1 Important!

Saguaro Sunrise Soap Only Uses High Quality Ingredients

Quality Ingredients Equals Quality Products

We have a simple philosophy that we follow: use Quality Ingredients for the finest results!  It really works – and you will find the results in every one of our products.  Even though using pure & natural quality ingredients is more costly, we know the benefits gained are definitely worth it!  We care about what we make and want it to be the best we can achieve!  We will always follow the Quality Ingredients mindset because that is what we do.

When using high quality oils and butters the end result is high quality soaps, lotions, and balms.  Olive oil, Palm Oil, and Coconut Oil are well known soap making oils that create a good quality soap, especially mixed with other oils that have different fatty acid content and give different properties to the finished soap.  A combination of several oils and butters yield the most balanced and long lasting bars of soap.  Good things go in – good things come out.  Quality Ingredients go in – Quality Products result.

Apricot Oil: Highly conditioning, and moisturizing, with stable creamy lather. High in vitamin A, C, E, linoleic and oleic acids.  Apricot kernel oil is a light oil that is similar to almond oil in its fatty acid makeup.  It absorbs nicely into the skin and is a good luxury conditioning oil in soap.

Avocado Oil:  Deeply conditioning, with medium creamy lather. Rich in many beneficial nutrients for hair and skin.  Absorbs nicely, often used in soap for people with sensitive skin.  It is said that Avocado Oil has a SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 4-10.  High in vitamins A, B, C and oleic and palmitoleic acids.

Castor Oil:  Conditioning, and moisturizing.  Creates, rich, strong, creamy Lather, with highly stable bubbles.  High in vitamin E and other antioxidants.  Contains 90% ricinoleic acid, which has traditionally been used to help heal skin conditions.  It attracts moisture to your skin.  Castor Oil has a fatty acid that is very unique.  That is why soaps that contain Castor Oil have a rich, creamy lather.

Cocoa Butter:  Conditioning, moisturizing, creamy lather with highly stable bubbles. High in vitamin E and other antioxidants

Coconut Oil:  Cleansing, adds hardness.  High lather with highly stable bubbles. Coconut oil is one of the primary oils soap makers use in soap.  Susan Miller Cavitch, in her book “The Soapmaker’s Companion,” calls coconut oil “a gift”.  The SPF of Coconut oil is stated to be 2-8.   Coconut oil gives soap a very bubbly lather.

Grapeseed Oil:  Highly conditioning, with creamy stable lather. High in linoleic acid, omega 6 fatty acids, and antioxidants.

Jojoba Oil:  Conditioning, moisturizing, strong stable lather.  Doesn’t fully saponify, leaving more water loving qualities to help moisturize dry skin.  This is actually a wax rather than an oil, and is very similar to the skin’s own oils.  Wonderful absorption and moisturizing qualities. This oil has a stated SPF of 4.   Considered a luxury moisturizing oil.  Great in leave on applications like balms, and lotions.

Kukui Nut Oil:  Conditioning, moisturizing, with a rich creamy stable lather. A rich, liquid nut oil that is native to Hawaii.  Kukui nut oil is a Luxury liquid oil used in soaps, lotions, creams, massage bars and balms.  Absorbs quickly, conditions skin, and has been noted to ease acne, eczema, and psoriasis.

Macademia Nut Oil:  Conditioning, adds hardness with a rich creamy lather. High in antioxidants, oleic acid, omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids.  Light oil with a fatty acid makeup that contains palmitoleic acid which makes it really easily absorbed in the skin.  Known to be great for older skin.  This oil has a stated SPF of 6.   Luxury oil mostly used in lotions, creams, massage oils, and other skin healing preparations.   

Mango Butter:  Conditioning and moisturizing.  Adds hardness, with a rich creamy lather.  High in Vitamin A, C and antioxidants.  Creates a hard, well lathering bar of soap.  Used in leave on applications because it absorbs well into the skin.

Neem Oil:  Conditioning, Moisturizing.  Adds Hardness and a stable creamy lather. Calming, gentle oil used in soap as an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal oil. Neem Oil is extracted from the bark of the Neem Tree.  Neem is growing in popularity as a soap making oil because of its antiseptic, anti-fungal and insect repellent qualities.

Olive Oil:  Very Conditioning, Thick Lather. Gentle oil, high in antioxidants, vitamin E and polyphenols.   Olive oil also has a stated SPF of 2-8.  Olive oil is generally the number one oil in handmade soap.  Olive oil is very moisturizing and mild.  Will make a very hard bar with time.  Olive oil is a premiere placeholder in quality ingredients.

Palm Oil:  Adds Hardness.  Rich Creamy Lather. Palm has many of the same qualities of beef tallow but, it is a vegetable oil.  Palm Oil, when combined with Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, and Castor Oil makes a great hard, long lasting soap.

Shea Butter:  Conditioning, Moisturizing, Adds Hardness, Stable Lather.  High in vitamin A, E, and fatty acids and minerals.  Shea Butter has a natural SPF rating of 3-6.  Gives a silky feeling to soap bars.  One of the most popular luxury oils used in soap.

Sunflower Oil:  Moisturizing, Creamy Lather.  Works synergistically with olive oil, and palm.

Sweet Almond Oil:  Stable medium lather.  High in vitamin A, E, and oleic and linoleic acid. Gentle on the skin.  A lovely moisturizing oil that is very light and absorbs well.  Almond oil has a natural SPF of 5.  Feels light and luxurious in soap.


This is only a partial listing of the quality ingredients we use in making our products.  Watch for more Posts that will expand on this list and explain more of the benefits that come from using quality ingredients.  Remember our philosophy: Quality Ingredients in – Quality Products result.

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