Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Ingredients in Life of the Party Soap Bases

Ever since I took my first Melt & Pour Soapmaking class in April 2002, I have been using the Life of the Party brand soap bases. And since I have been teaching classes in this method of soapmaking I have been using it because of the ease for the students. Recently one student asked if I used animal products in my soap and told her that I did not. But I wanted to make sure I know that there are superior brands out on the market that may contain animal products or even detergents (which can dry out the skin). I wanted to provide this information for you so that you can decide if you want to purchase this particular soap base or not. If you are interested in purchasing another brand of soap base, check out Opalz Zoaps in Palo Alto. They are selling the clear and opaque soap base for $4.00 per pound and it is a great base. Also check out Juniper Tree in Berkeley.

Clear Glycerin Soap Ingredients:
Aqua, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Stearate, Glycerine, Sucrose, Sodium Laurate, Sorbitol, Sodium Laureth Sulphate, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, Sodium Chloride, Stearic Acid, Lauric Acid, Vitamin E, Aloe, Pentasodium Pentetate, Tetrasodium Etidronate

White Glycerin Ingredients:
All of the above with the addition of Titanium Dioxide. This soap base does not include Vitamin E or Aloe.

Olive Oil Suspension Soap Ingredients:
All of the above with the addition of Inert Suspending Agent, Olive Oil. This soap base does not include Vitamin E or Aloe.

Avocado/Cucumber Suspension Soap Ingredients:
All of the above with the addition of: Inert Suspending Agent, Titanium Dioxide, Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Cucumber Oil. This soap base does not include Vitamin E or Aloe.

Non-vegan soap bases:

Goats Milk Suspension Soap INGREDIENTS:
Water, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Stearate, Glycerin, Sucrose, Sodium Laurate,Sorbitol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Goat Milk, Sodium Chloride, Stearic Acid, Lauric Acid, Silica, Titanium Dioxide,Pentasodium Pentetate, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Methylchloroisothiazoline, Methylisothiazoline


Elizabeth said...

The Goats Milk formula does indeed have an animal product in it - Goat's Milk. That would make that formulation no longer a vegan product.

Though it is stil a wonderful product and milk in soaps offers great benefits for the skin. I love making my CP soaps with milk of all types and everyone always anticipates when I feel like making some, even a couple of my customers that are vegan themselves, the benefits are just that wonderful.

Lori Stoia said...

Yes of course and most would be aware of that fact. But for those who are not practicing vegans milk is great for the skin. Cleopatra often would take milk baths for her skin/

Lori Stoia said...

I was not using the Goats Milk base for my class.

Jennifer said...

Thank you for posting this.

I have a few questions...
1. Are any of the ingredients petroleum based?
2. What preservatives are in it?
3. I notice there are slight differences in the ingredients - for example between the clear glycerin and, say, olive oil glycerin (not listed). In this case the clear has aloe oil in it and olive base has olive oil. Is it possible to get the clear base and add oils to it like your own olive or avocado and cucumber (another type in LOTP bases) and create like that? The clear can be bought in bigger containers to lower the price as compared to the other types which I can only get in the 2 lb. container.


Lori Stoia said...

Elizabeth - if you see above the description I put "Non Vegan".

Lori Stoia said...

Jennifer - Does not look like there are any petroleum ingredients in these bases. As for preservatives, I do not see any preservatives listed. Usually for soap products there are no preservatives needed. Too honest I have never added any ingredients such as olive oil, etc. to the clear base. I know that one should not add things like fresh flowers, lemon juice etc, because it may make your soap go rancid.

Hope that helps.

Jennifer said...

Thank you. I actually reviewed some old mails that I exchanged with JoAnn of I guess I had asked about chemicals/preservatives. This was the answer from the chemist.

"This soap base (and indeed all the bases we supply you) do contain preservatives/chelates (pentasodium pentetate and tetrasodium etidronate). These are chemical ingredients and would not be acceptable for certified organic formulations."

Thanks for the tip on using fresh ingredients. That makes sense but I would not have thought of it unless told! I am going to ask JoAnn about the petroleum products.

Eco-Friendly Freckles said...

Thank you so much for posting this! I have been searching all over the Internet for the ingredients in Life of the Party soap...and I found your blog! ;-D

Lori Stoia said...

I took a class from David Critchfield on making your own meltable transparent soap. I learned that some of the ingredients in this soap base are what make this brand of soap base have a long shelf life. And probably the bases that have olive oil etc. really do not have much of those great ingredients. Once I am set up, I will probably make my own.

Soap Crafter said...

Currently, I am reading a book titled The Green Beauty Guide by Julie Gabriel. And I learning more and more about these ingredients in the Life of the Party Soap Base.

The ingredients you should look out for are propylene glycol; sodium laureth sulphate, etc.

Fullamoon said...

Life of the Party ingredients include both propylene glycol and sodium laurel sulphate. Does this mean it's not considered a real "soap" by the FDA? I am having a heck of a time getting a straight answer from anyone as to how I need to label my soaps and if they are considered a true soap or a cosmetic.

Soap Crafter said...

Soap would only be considered a cosemetic if it claimed something like it cured dry skin or acne otherwise it is soap.

Karen said...

Check your FDA regulations on this one! Only soap that does not have detergent additives (like SLS or SLSA) can be called soap. Most M&P bars are indeed cosmetics due to the added detergents.

Please, don't take my work on this! Look for yourself.

btw, propylene glycol is a petroleum by product.

Soap Crafter said...

Thanks Karan.

here is the FDA def for soap -

How FDA defines "soap"
Not every product marketed as soap meets FDA's definition of the term. FDA interprets the term "soap" to apply only when --

The bulk of the nonvolatile matter in the product consists of an alkali salt of fatty acids and the product's detergent properties are due to the alkali-fatty acid compounds, and
The product is labeled, sold, and represented solely as soap [21 CFR 701.20].
If a cleanser does not meet all of these criteria...
If a product intended to cleanse the human body does not meet all the criteria for soap, as listed above, it is either a cosmetic or a drug. For example:

If a product --

consists of detergents or
primarily of alkali salts of fatty acids and
is intended not only for cleansing but also for other cosmetic uses, such as beautifying or moisturizing,
it is regulated as a cosmetic.

If a product --

consists of detergents or
primarily of alkali salts of fatty acids and
is intended not only for cleansing but also to cure, treat, or prevent disease or to affect the structure or any function of the human body,
it is regulated as a drug.

If a product --

is intended solely for cleansing the human body and
has the characteristics consumers generally associate with soap,
does not consist primarily of alkali salts of fatty acids,
it may be identified in labeling as soap, but it is regulated as a cosmetic.

I have been also told that if you make a certain claim ie clears up acne or moisterize then it is considered a cosemetic.

Soap Crafter said...

If you would like to read more if soap falls under a drug or cosmetic -