At Old School Soap we pride ourselves in using the best possible local and natural ingredients.

Ingredients are sourced from local and New Zealand owned companies whenever possible #buylocal 

Old School Soap is made using the following base ingredients:

  • Locally Sourced Virgin Olive Oil
  • Coconut Oil, 
  • Rice Bran Oil, 
  • Castor Oil,  
  • Locally Sourced Beeswax, 
  • Water, 
  • Sodium Hydroxide (Lye).


Some soaps contain “luxury” oils and ingredients such as Silk, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Hemp Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Avocado Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil or Jojoba Oil to provide extra moisturising and conditioning properties.

 Old School Soap is coloured using clay, and/or extracts, teas and infusions of herbs, spices, fruits, flowers, and seeds, these natural ingredients provide the beautiful muted earthy colours of our soap.

Fragrance is provided by essential oils used at skin safe amounts. Our soaps are not highly scented as a small amount of essential oil can go a long way. Due to this the soaps have a light scent when dry, once exposed to warm water the scent lifts and becomes more apparent but is not strong or overpowering

A little bit about LYE

I often get asked if there is lye in my soap, this is actually a complex question because the answer is both yes and no.

Lye AKA Sodium Hydroxide AKA Caustic Soda is an essential ingredient in soap making, lye is a naturally occurring salt that acts as a catalyst to convert fat into soap, this process is called "Saponification"  And this is why the answer is YES, it is not possible to make real soap without lye.  BUT if the soap is made correctly there will be no residual lye left in the end product.  And this is why the answer is also NO.

Whilst lye is a naturally occurring compound, for purity and safety, responsible soap makers use industrially produced Sodium Hydroxide, this ensures that the product is "clean" and that we can accurately calculate its strength and the necessary usage rate. Soaps that claim to not have lye in the ingredients are either actually detergents (synthetic soap) or have been made using a
pre-made base (which was made using lye).

How do you know that you have real soap ?  Lye will be listed as an ingredient, if it isn't listed separately you may instead find that the oils are listed by their converted name i.e. Coconut Oil becomes Sodium Cocoate, Olive Oil becomes Sodium Olivate etc, or the ingredient list with say "saponified oils of"

What about Palm Oil

Palm Oil is a product that you are unlikely to find in Old School Soaps.  

There are a number of reasons why we don't use it which we won't go into, suffice to say we have found that we don't need it to make great soap and a good percentage of our customers prefer it that we don't use it.

Should there ever be a soap that we at Old School Soap feel needs Palm Oil or Palm derivatives added we will only use Certified Fair Trade and Sustainable products.  

Vegetarian not Vegan

At Old School Soap we use Beeswax, Yogurt and Silk in our soap, these ingredients are animal by products and therefore our soap is Vegetarian, which allows for animal by products but not meat products. 

 At this point in time we do not use meat products such as Lard or Tallow, though both of these can make superb soap. 
Should you want a specifically Vegan soap we would be happy to formulate a suitable recipe and make it for you on commission.  Please email us if you have any special requirements.