Soap Kitchen Wanaka prides itself on sourcing ingredients that are kind to both you and the environment.  Some come in barrels, some come from our organic garden, some are quintessentially kiwi and some come from further afield.  All we think are the best for their purpose without causing harm.  All are approved for use in eco friendly products.


All of the soap has the same basic ingredients, the main one being olive oil.  Ingredients are listed by volume


Olive oil

Coconut oil


CSPO* Palmolein

Castor oil

Cocoa butter

Where indicated, a couple of soaps have additional wheat germ oil and jojoba oil.  Essential oils, spices, herbs and flowers are as indicated.


Certified sustainable palm oil.  

The Roundtable for  sustainable palm oil is a not-for-profit that unites stakeholders from the 7 sectors of the palm oil industry: oil palm producers, processors or traders, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers, banks/investors, and environmental and social non-governmental organisations (NGOs), to develop and implement global standards for sustainable palm oil.


The RSPO has developed a set of environmental and social criteria which companies must comply with in order to produce Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO). When they are properly applied, these criteria can help to minimize the negative impact of palm oil cultivation on the environment and communities in palm oil-producing regions.


The RSPO has more than 3,000 members worldwide who represent all links along the palm oil supply chain. They have committed to produce, source and/or use sustainable palm oil certified by the RSPO.

Solid shampoo and conditioner

It isn't possible to make soap that acts as shampoo,  because the pH of soap is slightly alkali, and hair needs products that are slightly acidic.  Washing your hair which is naturally negatively charged with an alkali and therefore also negatively charged product will result in the cuticles of the hair strand standing up instead of lying flat.  End result - dry, dull, frizzy!!   So the solid shampoos and conditioners are made with plant derived detergents.  All the shampoo and conditioner ingredients are plant based and approved for use in eco friendly products.

Shampoo ingredients


Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, is an extremely gentle surfactant based on coconut fatty acids.  Mild enough for baby cleansers, personal hygiene, and toiletries while still offering very efficient cleansing and low odor. 

Decyl Glucoside

Is a natural, non-ionic surfactant, obtained from renewable raw materials through a combination of plant based fatty alcohols and glucose, which is ideal for all foaming and cleansing products.  It is a mild, and gentle surfactant and because it does not dry the skin it is ideal for the formulation of personal hygiene and toiletry products. 

Coco Glucoside

Coco Glucoside is also a natural, non-ionic, surfactant made of plant based fatty acids and glucose.  Like Decyl Glucoside it is ultra mild, and one of the most gentle of the cleansing agents, making it ideal for all foaming and cleansing products, especially those designed for fragile or sensitive skin.  It also does not dry the skin.


Is a blend of  25% Behentrimonium methosulphate and cetearyl alcohol, which is a conditioning agent and emulsifier.  It is derived from vegetable oils such as canola, rapeseed, coconut or sunflower.  Not to be confused with other 'nasty' sulfates like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.  Mild on skin and hair.

Cetyl Alchohol

Is a fatty alcohol used for its moisturising properties.

Cocoa butter

Edible vegetable fat extracted from the cocoa bean

Hydrolised wheat protein

HWP is derived from wheat germ and is the extracted wheat nutrients including proteins and peptides.  It strenghtens the hair shaft, attracts moisture to the hair and increases its ability to retain moisture.

Coco caprylate

A plant derived ester of coconut alcohol, caprylic acid and capric acid (all naturally derived ingredients). It is used as a natural emollient (moisturiser). 


The alcohol analog of vitamin B5, also called pro-vitamin B5.  Attracts moisture and adds shine to hair.

Essential oil


Geogard 221/Microcare DB

Because your shampoo and conditioner are constantly exposed to water, I need to safeguard it against growing some nasty bacteria, mould or fungi.  Geogard 221 / Microcare DB is an Ecocert approved and BIO-GRO Organic approved natural preservative.

Conditioner Ingredients


BTMS-50 is similar to BTMS-25 but is a blend of 50% behentrimonium methosulfate, cetyl alcohol and butylene glycol.  It is a vegetable based conditioning emulsifier which contains no hazardours solvents.


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Cocoa Butter

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Cetyl Alcohol

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Shea Butter

A fat extracted from the nut of the African shea tree, It can both moisturise a dry scalp and curb excessive oil production on an oily scalp, without leaving the hair feeling greasy.

Polyquaternium 7

A low acrylamide, non-paraben, aqueous, cationic copolymer with strong antistatic properties.  It gives smooth feel, slip, improves wet combing and detaingling and doesn't buld up.


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Essential Oil



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Vitamin E

Is an antioxidant with preservative properties for the formula.  It also locks  in moisture to the hair and improves overall scalp and hair health









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