Simplí is a Gaelic word for simple and straightforward. I strive to create basic, “good for you” skin products with natural, responsibly cultivated, high-quality ingredients such as organic and essential oils and butters, herbs, spices and clays. I also like to use a variety of liquids in my soaps, such as wine, beer, aloe, ocean water, tea and coconut milk (among a lot of other options).

For many people the comparison between artisan and mass-produced products is a no-brainer: Simple ingredients without parabens, phthalates, synthetic hardeners and chemicals just seems to make sense when it comes to our skin. I make mostly vegan products in small batches; I say mostly because sometimes I include honey, beeswax or organic Greek yogurt. I select only the finest butters and oils available (organic whenever possible) with a variety of skin-loving benefits. Some of my favorites: olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil, almond oil, shea butter, avocado oil, cocoa butter, mango butter, safflower oil, rice bran oil…just to name a few.

I try to stay natural, often using herb, root and spice infusions and clays for color. However I occasionally use mica powder for some colorants; these are finely ground minerals—some with cosmetic-grade colorants and pigments (Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act-approved as safe). Cosmetic-grade fragrance oils are also sometimes used, as some people want a scent with more longevity or request scents that are not found organically/in nature. Every fragrance oil I purchase is phthalate-free.

All of my products are made by me—using my tested recipes—incorporating the best-quality ingredients that feel good and smell good! Bottom line is that we all want our skin to feel amazing…simplí.

From the Soapbox is a blog with occasional musings and bits of information that you may find interesting. Some examples: What’s in commercial soap? Ingredients to look for in soap during cold winter months.

BLOG: From the Soapbox

The soap—WOW! My skin is so soft. No ashy legs and arms. Thank you SO much!!
~ Andrea B.