Fall Is Here – Focus On Self-Care With Our Wellness Soaps

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Quality Ingredients From The Ojai Valley


Three Generations Of Care And Precision

Living a healthy lifestyle should be a joy! With the turning of the seasons it’s time to focus on your wellness. In this post we will introduce you to our new Wellness subscription product and dive into what makes our Essential Oil Health and Wellness Products effective.

Bespoke Wellness Soap Monthly Subscription

Bespoke Wellness Soap Monthly Subscription

We have crafted this monthly subscription to keep your home fully stocked with some of our best Wellness soaps. Subscribe today and we will send you N°34 Calm Down Blend or N°36 Wellness Immunity Blend (or both) just specify how many and what type of soap you want to receive.


Did You Know?

N°34 Calm Down blend has added Cinnamon to lift emotions. Cinnamon is a small tree that grows in India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Brazil, Vietnam, and Egypt. It was found that smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.

Find out more about this spice here.

Don’t Neglect Your Mental Health.

With many of us now working from home it is a good idea to check in on your mental wellbeing to keep happy and focused.

Find Some Tips Here


Essential Oil Health and Wellness Products

Essential Oil Health and Wellness Products

Choose from our Wellness Bath & Beauty products that are handcrafted to produce an outcome of optimal holistic health and wellbeing. Bogue Milk Soap uses only pure essential oils and organic, wildcrafted botanical infusions.


What are Antioxidants?

Many of our Essential Oil Health and Wellness Products come with antioxidant ingredients. But, what are they? Technically, antioxidants are molecules that work to neutralize free radicals in your body. If left unchecked, free radicals (unstable molecules) can harm your cells.

Learn more about antioxidants.

Get Outside and Enjoy Nature

It is no mystery that mental heath and exercise go hand in hand. Walking, running, riding a bike, surfing, skating, going on a hike. Enjoying nature is a gift you can give to your body.

Benefits of outdoor exercise


Bespoke Soap Perfect for Late-Summer Adventuring

Quality Ingredients From The Ojai Valley


Three Generations Of Care And Precision

Amazing late-summer adventures await. Trailblazers and Mountaineers, we got your covered. The soaps presented below have been handcrafted to keep your skin beautiful and protected whether you are out in the great wide-open or gathering in your backyard with friends and family.

N° 28 BESPOKE Trailblazer
Power Your Wild Life

In No28 Eucalyptus joins other powerful parasite destroyers in oils of almond, avocado & sunflower with SPF properties.

Vetiver, Tea tree & Citronella give insect defense, sun repelling carrot seed, join Fir & Virginia cedarwood for wildlife camouflage. 


Did You Know?

A 2015 studyTrusted Source showed that vetiver oil has a high toxicity for ticks. When diluted with a carrier oil and applied topically it may even be more effective than some commercial products marketed to protect from the tick bites that could cause Lyme disease.

Find out more about this essential oil here.

Want To Blaze A New Trail?

Head over to Harmon Canyon Preserve. Established in 2020, Harmon Canyon is Ventura’s first large-scale nature preserve. At 2,100 acres, visitors enjoy hills and canyons that feature oak groves, stream crossings, and breathtaking views of Southern California mountain ranges, coastlines, and Channel Islands National Park.

Visit Harmon Canyon Preserve.


No 38 BESPOKE Mountaineer

N° 38 BESPOKE ‘Mountaineer’
Fight Dry & Cracked Skin

In No38 Juniper & Frankincense Essential Oils join Bentonite & Kaolin Clays to heal the skin and reduce inflammation.

Fight cracked & dry skin with Essential Oils Roman Chamomile, Palmarosa, Carrot-seed, Marjoram & Myrrh in healing Organic Oils Apricot Kernel, Borage, Rosehips & Tamanu.


Did You Know?

Tamanu oil has long been believed to have a number of health and beauty benefits, from wound healing to healthier hair. Its anti-inflammatory properties have been known to sooth insect stings.

Learn more about this healthy oil here.

Looking For A Climb?

Enjoy an invigorating hike or a mountain bike ride at the Ventura River Preserve. Nearly 1,600 acres for your enjoyment. Check out the lesser known trailhead located at the end of Old Baldwin Road off Highway 150 in Ojai.

Visit the Ventura River Preserve.


Making great all-natural soap!

How We Make Soap – 1

Real soap, by definition, is what you get when you combine fatty acids – in our case, vegetable oils, with a lye/liquid mixture.  You no longer have oil and you no longer have lye – just soap.  Making soap is actually a straightforward process, it’s mostly about precision and ingredients. At Bogue we’re not satisfied with good soap – we want to make great soap.  This means quality ingredients, a terrific recipe, care and precision in process and, of course, a love for what you’re doing.   I’ll begin this conversation about how we make our soap talking about ingredients – we always use the best ingredients we can for each product which takes us on a virtual buying trip around the globe, and also into our own kitchens.

Our liquid of choice is generally goat milk because of the plethora of benefits it brings to a bar of soap.  It’s rich in vitamins A, E, B6 & B12 that all nourish the skin; and caseins (fatty acids/proteins) that are easily absorbed and hydrate dry skin leaving it smooth and supple; and it’s close to the same PH level as skin so it helps to maintain the skin’s natural acid mantle that fights bacteria.   Goat milk is loaded with alpha-hydroxy acids that act as a natural exfoliate, plus it’s a natural emollient that helps moisturize and soothe your skin. We get our fresh raw goat milk from local ranches in the Ojai Valley.  The raw milk isn’t pasteurized or homogenized so it has more fat to saponify in the soap.

With goat milk for a liquid and lye for an alkaline, the only other ingredient absolutely necessary for soap is a fatty acid.  This can be any fat – vegetable oils from your kitchen, shortening like Crisco, even rendered animal fat.…think Brad Pitt and Fight Club!  For Bogue Milk Soap; however, the oils are gourmet vegetable oils and butters, usually a combination of at least five oils.  They are selected for the properties they bring to the specific soap we are making.  Some oils are universally beneficial to soap, like coconut oil for its moisturizing and lathering properties and palm for the hardness and stability it brings to a bar (discussion of sustainable palm oil – which we use – will come in another post).  We use jojoba because it is gentle even to sensitive skin and it’s packed with vitamin E, B-complex, copper, zinc, selenium, iodine, and chromium – all great for skin.  Cocoa butter is loaded with anti-oxidants and known for rejuvenating skin.  Jojoba and cocoa butter both contribute to a hard long-lasting bar of soap.  Castor oil moisturizes and produces a rich creamy lather.  And of course, we use olive oil.  Olive oil is one of the most popular oils in soap as it is non-greasy and doesn’t clog pores, and it is gentle.  It contains an antioxidant called hydroxytyrosol that is only found in olive oil and has anti-inflammatory effects that can help heal skin abrasions, rashes and even sunburn. By itself, though, olive oil a very soft bar so it does well in a combination.

So with these ingredients, we can make a really good bar of soap.  In our next post, I’ll talk about some of the additives we think make our good soap great…

Wanna-be Chemists

I believe soap makers are frequently frustrated wanna-be chemists, except, of course, for those who actually are chemists. Don’t get me wrong – soap is a visceral, sensual product and the end results appeal to everyone at some level, but making it takes you to a whole different place.

For me, there is a thrill in the research, development and testing of the vast number of possible combinations of oils available for fine soap making. I love seeking oils that will produce the result I am looking for without compromising the quality I am used to. The potential to screw up your batch with one wrong oil is always there, but the satisfaction of getting it right is worth it.

Even more exciting is developing a blend of essential oils that can provide the benefits I seek, and at the same time, smell great! Every essential oil has its strengths, caveats and benefits. I start every blend with the soap it is intended for in mind and then test oils that produce the desired benefits. Beginning with the best oil for the purpose and then choose additional oils with like benefits and work drop by drop, or milliliter by milliliter, until I have exactly the blend I want.

And then I smile…