Bladderwrack Seaweed Powder

Common Name: Bladderwrack Seaweed Powder
INCI: Musa Acuminata

Major Properties: Seaweed has been known for countless ages as an ingredient that is fantastic for dry skin. Many anti-aging products also contain seaweed for that simple reason.

Seriously Important Info: It smells like fish. But the smell does go away!

Why I picked it: Because I live in Ireland, and seaweed soap is just bloody awesome and neat and when you make it it really smells like fish! Then the fish smell goes away. But seaweed soap is really neat!

Other uses: masks

Substitutions: other than another seaweed, I can’t think of any swaps. 



Common Name: Beeswax
INCI: Cera Alba

Major Properties: This fantastic ingredient helps to make lip products adhere to your lips keeping them moisturised and feeling soft. Also, it is a key ingredient in many balms as it acts as an emollient and as a humectant. Due to it’s high melt point, it helps keeps balms from melting in your pocket. 

Seriously Important Info: If you make lip products, you can use white or yellow beeswax, they actually work the same. The white is just easier to colour. Beeswax also helps to keep your lip products from melting due to it’s naturally high melting point. I don’t use beeswax in soaps, but it can add hardness, and help prevent lye ash from forming. However; too much beeswax in your soaps can prevent bubbles from forming. 

Why I picked it: I made the decision to use white organic beeswax in Cheeky Bath Treats lip products for it is easier to colour.

Other uses: lotions, balms, hair balms, cuticle repair, lipsticks, various cosmetics

Substitutions Honestly, I have yet to actually find a good substitution for beeswax in my products. I find the vegetarian alternatives (carnauba wax and candelilla wax for example), are much too glassy with very little staying power. I have been working on using a vegetarian wax and cetyl alcohol blend to replace, but so far, no luck.





Shea Butter

Common Name: Shea Butter
INCI: Butyrospermum Parkii
INCI Soap: Sodium Sheabutterate

Major Properties: Highly moisturising in soaps and a little goes a long way in body products. 

Seriously Important InfoWhen buying shea butter, you have many choices. When you go to make lotions and leave on products, this is where you splurge and spend on using the unrefined ingredient. When it comes to making soaps, you want the refined butter. The unrefined butter I find can have adverse reactions and can cause some major issues in your batch of soap. Refined, you always get consistent results.

Why I picked it: I am not a big fan of shea butter in most bath products as I find it much too greasy for my liking, but in my soaps? Shea Butter is always there. I firmly believe that if you’ve a good bar of soap, your skin will behave beautifully! And shea butter helps with making an amazing bar of soap. 

Other Uses: anything dry skin related: lips, butters, masks, hair products, balms


Soaps: mango butter (way to expensive though!), avocado butter (way to pricy!)

Lotions: I’m wicked partial to cocoa butter in my lotions over shea butter due to the dry touch finish.



Cocoa Butter

Common Name: Cocoa Butter
INCI: Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter
INCI in Soap: Sodium Cocoa Butterate

Major Properties: It helps makes for a wickedly hard bar of soap, it is also very highly moisturising. Helps to stabilise your lather.

Seriously Important Information: Alas! The chocolate scent usually does not survive the saponification (soap making process). Too much cocoa butter in soap can cause brittleness in your final product. It’s also very expensive! But makes the most amazing winter body butter you could possibly imagine. Personally, I don’t find the refined cocoa butter as good as the real deal. This is one ingredient it is good to splurge a wee bit.

Why I picked it: More bubbles! Hardness, and moisturising.

Other Uses: body butters, soap, lip products, lotion bars, bath bombs, very versatile


Soap: lard, tallow, shea butter

Lotions/Butters: mango butter

Lip stuff: I wouldn’t!