At Raroa Gully we use New Zealand Extra Virgin Olive Oil to make a range of Castile soap designed for sensitised skin.
Our soaps give your body a breather from the effects of handsanitiser, cheap detergent-based cleansers, preservatives and perfumes and are gentle enough to use again and again, day after day. We do this by combining a Castile recipe with the best ingredients from New Zealand and overseas.
It's no secret that olive oil makes the best soap for sensitive skin. Olive oil has been proven to contain powerful polyphenols (an anti-oxident), anti-inflamatories and vitamin E. The oleic oil in olive oil produces a soap that cleanses gently enough to avoid irritating most sensitive skin, while moisturising at the same time. When Raroa Gully combined this with a philosophy of having as few ingredients as possible to produce a quality product, the lack of detergents, perfumes and preservatives further help to give your body and breather and enable it to begin to heal.
Our olive oil supplier, The Olive Press in Greytown, have run numerous laboratory tests on the components that make up olive oil and have found the polyphenols and anti-inflamatories are even more powerful than first thought.
My family has always had sensitive skin resulting in eczema and psoriasis. The soap and laundry detergent substitutes suggested by our family Doctor didn’t seem to clean our skin or clear up our problems. Our youngest child in particular (now 14) spent much of his early childhood bathing in just warm water. Looking at friends and families with the same problem, I saw I wasn’t alone and started asking around for a scientifically based long term solution.
It took me a while longer to realise that we needed to avoid detergents, perfumes and preservatives, and even longer to realise that many ingredients in the substitutes we used were as bad for us as detergent, if not worse. It turns out they have additives that many people prone to skin issues find irritating.
Over an 18 month period I researched and experimented with soap recipes to design one that is gentle enough not to aggravate most skin. It was tested on numerous friends and colleagues with skin issues (thank you!), but (except for the neighbour's dog, who kindly tested our liquid soap on her sensitive skin) has never been near a lab.
"Hopi soap is such a treat to use. It smells devine, yet it's gentle enough to use on little ones with sensitive skin too. I love it so much that I gave it to all of my clients as a special Christmas gift. Can't get enough!"
"Using Hopi soap for my family means I can be assured that they are getting clean with natural ingredients which are gentle on their skin and lovely fragrances."
"I LOVE them. They are my favourite."