OUR SOAP FAQs
Why choose handmade soap?
Today there are very few true soaps on the market. Most body cleansers, both liquid and solid, are actually synthetic detergent products. Detergent cleansers are popular because they make suds easily in water and don't form gummy deposits. Some of these detergent products are actually marketed as "soap" but are not true soap according to the regulatory definition of the word.
The ingredients. Our handcrafted soaps are made with nourishing oils that cleanse with out drying your skin. Commercially produced soaps are made with tallow (animal fat) and other low cost oils that don’t offer any skin care benefits. Handmade soaps retain all the natural glycerin in the soap unlike commercial bars. Glycerin, a humectant, attracts moisture to the skin. Commercial soaps are often drying because the natural glycerin has been removed during the manufacturing process.
How do you make soap?
In the simplest terms, soap is a type of salt. Soap is the end result of a chemical reaction mixing oils, lye and water. We use a cold process soap making method. The combination for the heat from the melted oils and the heat from the lye water provides all that is needed to saponify.
Is there lye in your soap?
The answer is -- of course. No lye -- No soap!
All REAL soap is made with lye (sodium hydroxide mixed with liquid). is needed to make any form of handcrafted soap. The important thing to remember is that no lye remains in the final bar of soap. Just a pure, clean and long lasting bar of soap.
Any skin or hair cleansing product made without sodium hydroxide is not soap, it is detergent.
How long will my soap last?
It depends entirely on you as the bath lover or shower taker. Handmade soap will last anywhere from several weeks to several months. The bar will lasts longer if not set directly in a shower stream or on a soap dish with the ability to dry between uses. Cure time makes a big difference. Longer cure time means longer lasting bar.
How long do you cure your soap for?
A minimum of 5 weeks to ensure a hard, long lasting, mild bar of clean soap.
Why we use essential Oils versus fragrance oils?
Essential oils are natural botanical extracts of various plants, flowers, herbs, spices and fruits. Fragrance oils are chemically manufactured and can be harmful to the skin. We embrace the natural way!
WHY SCENTS CHANGE
The scent of a pure essential oil in any totally natural product can and will change over time and from batch to batch.
Synthetic fragrances can often be heated to very high temperatures without losing any scent. However, many pure essential oils are greatly affected by these changes in temperature.Some Essential Oils are Changed During Saponification Some essential oils contain components that interact in the chemical process of soap making which means that are actually changed during saponification.
As a result, the natural aroma of these essential oils will be altered a bit.
Are your products 100% organic?
We sell mostly natural products but not all of them are 100% organic. When we prepare our soaps and cosmetics we only use natural raw ingredients and we don’t skimp on them. We select the best oils and vegetable butters, clays, and activated charcoal. In our products we use macerates and essential oils, but absolutely no animal fats, artificial colors, SLS compounds, glycols, artificial preservatives, paraffin, stabilizers, thickeners nor emulsifiers.
We can’t have an 100% organic soap since to make soap, we need to combine fats/oils with an alkali (lye) which would make it a synthetic detergent. We use surfactants in some of our shampoos bar and in some facial washes, but are almost always synthetic and therefore disqualify the entire product for Organic Certification.
We sometimes use plant based surfactant ingredients like quillaja and xylityl cocomate that are organic but they don’t foam up like other surfactant cleansers.
It is our compromise between a wholly natural care product and taking advantage of new innovative technologies. Because we love the aromas of chocolate, coffee or cucumber, and these scents cannot be found in their natural form that is stable in soap, from time to time we allow ourselves to go a bit crazy. We also sell products that are 100% natural and these include but are not limited to massage oils and body butters, balms, salves and lip balms as tjhe doesn't contains any water they do not need preservative.
Why we say NO to Palm Oil?
The palm oil industry plays a large role in human induced climate change as palm oil plantations have cleared some of the worlds most precious, carbon capturing forests. Scientists predict that the fragile orangutan population could become extinct within our lifetime if we continue to destroy their home and natural habitats for palm oil plantations.
Do we take custom orders?
Of course! We do party or wedding favors. We are creative and very open to any requests. Drop us a line.