Sweet Orange · Ylang Ylang · Cedarwood [THE PURIST] [T3]


  • Handmade at Washpool, Ballandean
  • All natural ingredients
Rated 5/5 based on 3 reviews.

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THE PURIST range is our traditional tallow based soap, made the way your ancestors probably made soap. It is based on a 100 year old recipe.

These bars are primal, paleo and minimalist, with only a few ingredients: saponified oils (tallow, olive & coconut) along with essential oils.

  • Tallow makes a good soap, creating a hard and long-lasting bar, with a creamy lather. The oils in tallow help moisturise your skin.
  • Coconut & Olive Oils deeply penetrate and moisturise to leave your skin smooth & soft.
  • Sweet Orange, Cedarwood & Ylang Ylang Essential Oils evoke an outdoorsy floral aroma.

Why Tallow?

A few years ago we were still using palm oil in our soaps, which we ensured was organic and sustainably produced. However as palm oil became increasingly negatively viewed we investigated alternatives. When we made the  decision to phase out the use of palm oil we knew that it would be a challenge to make a bar that was just as hard and long lasting.  We substituted palm with cacao and shea butter, as they both contribute to the hardness. The downside to using cacao and shea butter is that they're around three to four times as expensive as organic, sustainable palm oil.  So, our cost of production went up considerably.  Environmentalism and social conscience has a price.  

We realised that tallow was an excellent substitute for palm oil. Oddly enough, palm oil and lard/tallow are almost identical in their triglyceride structure - both are high in palmitic and stearic acid.  Once shunned in favour of vegetarian palm oil, these animal fats are making a comeback both for the health benefits of a stable saturated fat (over processed hydrogenated vegetable fats) and for their environmental credentials.  

Naturally, animal fat is very similar to our own and the unadulterated oil from grass fed, hormone free, locally sourced animals is making a comeback as a sustainable soap ingredient.

We hand-render tallow from locally sourced animals, which otherwise would be a waste product from the meat industry.

While we know that vegetarians and vegans will not care for this product, we also know that many customers are concerned with minimising waste and sourcing goods from as local as possible. Tallow meets these ideals perfectly.

Bars weigh 110 grams when packed.

Barcode # 9348542003426
Brand Washpool Skin Wellness
Shipping Weight 0.1200kg
Saponified oils (hand rendered tallow, olive, coconut), essential oils (sweet orange, cedarwood, ylang ylang, lime, neroli).

Better than Recommendation

29 December 2020
With Washpool Soaps having been recommended to me by someone who makes her own lovely soaps, I expected this soap to be good but it's even better than I expected. It feels very soft and smooth and lathers so well and easily. The hint of Cedarwood, alongside the Orange + Ylang Ylang scents, gives the soap a lovely freshness. I really look forward to showering with this soap. I'm very satisfied with this soap and will definitely buy it again. I can't wait to try the other Purist Soaps I've bought. I totally endorse the ethos of 'using the whole animal'. I was impressed and quite surprised at how quickly I received my order. I have already sung the praises of this great soap to my friends. Patricia Brown

Simply wonderful

21 June 2019
This is my first experience with a tallow soap and I love it. It's nourishing and comforting to my skin, and this one has a mild aroma which anyone could enjoy. I'm also very happy to know that the tallow is locally sourced and contributes to a 'circular' economy.

Gentle and scented

7 May 2018
Hello, this soap from the Purist range works well for me, someone who has had eczema her entire life. When I feel like treating myself at the end of the day there is nothing like the gentle mild lather and scent from this soap. It is perfect as a body soap also as it is a long lasting "hard" soap without any hard effects!

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