SOAP 101

Soap FAQs

What's in your handmade soaps?

We use a base recipe of our 8 signature oils blend and 2 plant butters:

Signature Oils Blend:

1. Coconut Oil*

2. Sweet Almond Oil

3. Argan Oil*

4. Jojoba Oil

5. Apricot Kernel Oil

6. Castor Oil*

7. Avocado Oil*

8. Safflower Oil

Plant Butters:

1. Cocoa Butter*

2. Shea Butter*.

* Australian Certified Organic

Why do you use essential oils, not fragrances in your soaps?

Essential oils are made from parts of natural plants like: herbs, flowers, leaves, resins, barks, peels, spices, stones/seeds and so on. The 'essence' of these plants is extracted through different processes for example, steam distillation.

The result is a concentrated extract of the plant's oil, and thus it becomes an essential oil. Different plants contain different active's and each active has its own use. The scent is a natural and the oil may help in various topical uses.

Whereas, fragrances are created inside of a laboratory, where the fragrance is chemical without any natural qualities and no actives. Fragrances usually are known skin irritants and are very toxic to the skin if used in large amounts.

Because fragrances are synthetic in nature, they can be made to mimic the smells of things that can't be extracted, for example fruits without peels or stones like pear, strawberry etc. and also non-plant things like birthday cake.

At Nur Organics we enjoy the smell of nature and believe that you deserve to enjoy soap that has natural ingredients and extracts, that can also help your skin reach its best condition. It is for this reason we use essential oils in our soaps.

Here is an article we wrote that explains the differences between Essential Oils and Fragrances

How long does one bar of soap typically last?

One bar of soap typically lasts 3-5 weeks. That is about 50 showers or baths per bar of soap. Don't forget to plant your soap labels

What should I do to make my soap last longer?

It is best to keep your soap dry between uses, so that it doesn't sit in a pool of water and dissolve. For this we recommend you place the soap on a non plastic dish with drainage.

Extreme temperatures will cause the soap to melt in high heat and/or crystalize in cold environments. Keeping soap on its dish in the bathroom is an ideal place.

Check out our Bamboo Wave Soap Dish & Kessa Soap Saver Bag

What does 'Saponified' mean?

To make soap, we combine oils, aloe vera and lye. When these are mixed together, it goes through a chemical reaction called saponification and the product of this reaction is a salt called soap. Saponified means that these oils, aloe vera and lye underwent the saponification process.

The finished soap does not contain lye, even though lye was used in making the soap. This is due to the saponification process.

I have sensitive skin, can I use Nur Organics soaps?

Our soaps are made to be Non-Comedogenic (won't clog pores) and Hypoallergenic, formulated without sulfates (SLS/SLES), with clean and non-toxic ingredients that are less likely to cause irritation and/or trigger allergic reactions in sensitive skin types.

Our essential oil blends are at a small dilution of 2% per batch (batch is 1.4 kg). Thus irritation is not very likely, but is possible.

Whilst some essential oils may help in some skin conditions, others may be too concentrated for sensitive skin types. Thus we recommend patch testing our soaps on the inner arm, if irritation occurs within the first 5 minutes, discontinue use. If your skin is very sensitive we do not recommend essential oil soap.

We are creating an unscented line of our soaps especially for pregnant & breast-feeding women, as well as those with sensitive skin types.

Are your soaps gluten free?

Yes! Our soaps are gluten free, soy free, and palm oil free. We add an extra ingredient which helps in moisturising your skin, Oat Protein, but this doesn't contain any gluten.

Do you test your soaps on animals?

Absolutely not! All of our products are cruelty-free and not tested on animals.

What this means:

-From formulation through to completion of our final products, we do NOT test our finished products on animals.

- We do NOT test the individual ingredients and materials used for our final products on animals.

- Our products are NOT tested on animals when required by law

-Our products will NOT be tested on animals in the future

How we test our products: Our products are tested on willing human volunteers as happy participants

Are your soaps Vegan?

Yes! Infact all of our products are vegan, made using plant-based ingredients and materials. Our suppliers and manufacturers are vegan, we only source our materials and ingredients from ethically and sustainably grown sources and suppliers


Candle FAQs

How do I use my candle safely?

Burn safety is an important part of using your candle so that you can enjoy its benefits. Please refer to our Candle Guide for safety and other instructions

Are your candles vegan?

Yes. Our candles are made from 100% Soy, not beeswax. Our wicks are made of sustainable cotton. Our crystal gemstones are ethically sourced. We use plant-based dyes and micas to color our candles. Our natural fragrances are vegan.

Why do you use natural fragrance and not essential oils in your candles?

We do use essential oils in our soaps, however we don't use essential oils in our candles. The reasons for this are:

- Essential oils in soaps are for topical use, whilst candles not.

- The other most important reason is that essential oils can combust (catch fire) when exposed to high heat and flames. This is because they are an organic extract of plants, so they can be flammable when exposed to direct flame.

Essential oils are best enjoyed through an oil diffuser, this distributes the essential oils evenly throughout more so than a candle does.

We use natural fragrance oils, which are still man-made, but are derived from natural components to make complex scents.

You can find out more about the differences between essential oils vs fragrance oils Here

How do I care for my candles?

Please refer to our Candle Care guide

How can I clean the candle tin to repurpose?

Our candle tins are made using recycled aluminum materials. You may wish to keep this tin and repurpose it for other things such as ring holder, or you may wish to grow your plantable packing in it, until it forms sprouts (and can be transferred to a bigger planting pot).

Cleaning our candle tins is very easy. Once there is about 1-1.5cm of wax left in the tin, you can clean it out by adding hot soapy water & rinsing. The soy wax is water soluble and non-toxic, but it's best to collect the wax in paper towel to dispose of it.

How long does one candle burn for?

Each candle has a burn time of 18-20 hours

Do I have to remove the crystals before burning my candles?

Our gemstone crystals can be a bit large and clog the wick, this would make the candle burn less effectively. We always recommend removing the crystal gemstones and placing them around your meditation candle, you may wish to light the candle first then leave the crystals to charge with the flame Then snuff the candle, waiting till the wax cools and remove your candles. These gemstone crystals make beautiful personal keepsakes, keep them next to your bed when sleeping to surround yourself with healing energy.


Lip Balm FAQs

How do I use my lip balm?

To use the lip balm is very simple. To push up the product, use your index and middle fingers to hold the tube, then place your thumb on the bottom part of the tube, this is where you will feel the disc insert. Simply push the disc up using your thumb.

If you push up too much product, simply press down on the product until it slides down the tube. You can use a lid to do this, or you may wish to tap the tube on a hard surface until the product slides down the tube.

How do I compost my lip balm tube?

Our lip balm tubes are recyclable and compostable.

We recommend washing in warm water and drying before recycling, as there may be some product left in the tubes once used and empty.

Then simply peel off the label and recycle it. You may wish to recycle your tube or add it to compost.

If your compost pile is well-established, you can compost it at home. Simply tear it into smaller pieces and add it to the pile as a brown. 

You can also send your tube to a local composting center, where they can process it in industrial facilities.

We have written comprehensive guide to learn the difference between these two things which includes a guide link on how to compost your tubes and our other packaging. Find out how Here

I have a nut allergy, can I use your lip balms?

Unfortunately our lip balms contain emollient oils such as Almond oil, which can cause allergic reactions to those that suffer from nut allergy. We are developing lip balms that are nut oil free

Are your lip balms vegan?

Yes! Our lip balms are made using candellila wax, instead of bees wax. All the ingredients in our lip balms are vegan.

Why is there darker patches on my lip balm tube?

Our lip balms are hand poured which means that sometimes a tiny amount of product my get on the outside of the tube. These tubes are made from compostable & biodegradable paperboard which can also have difference in color from tube to tube.