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  Soap Process

Soap is the result of a chemical reaction between the fatty acids in beneficial botanical oils and a caustic soda solution (lye or NaOH). This wonderful process is called saponification. Our soap is not the same as soap made commercially, and found at the grocery store!

Some differences:


  • They add potentially irritating chemicals (SLS) to their soap to make the soap lather. We use natural coconut and palm oils in our recipe to create that lather.
  • They extract out the naturally produced glycerin from their soap and throw it away or sell it. Our soaps still contain the natural glycerin that is known to be a natural humectant and good for your skin!
  • They list so many ingredients on their packaging, and most by their chemical names that it’s hard to know what’s in there! Our soaps are made simply, and we think you’ll be able to understand our labels!

Commercial Corporate Soap:

The mechanized production of commercial soap is usually from tallow and other fats plus a variety of synthetic compounds which are added to produce the desired lather, texture and hardness of the finished bar.

mix These additives often include additional detergents, dyes, synthetic fragrance compounds from petroleum distillates and other potential carcinogens. As long as it is just labeled as soap the manufacturer is not required to tell you what all they put in it. However, more potentially harmful to the skin additives are added to give the soap the required amount of plasticity and to prevent the soap from sticking to the rollers of the milling machine. When fats, oils and lye are mixed in proper ratio like our soap formulas, glycerin becomes a natural byproduct of the reaction that is captured within the soap in a ration of 5 molecules soap to 1 molecule of glycerin throughout the soap.

During the manufacture of commercial soaps, glycerin is produced and is either washed away with the other waste products, or it is separated out with salts and solvents and for sale to the pharmaceutical, cosmetics, food and explosives industries. This is a shameful loss - glycerin is a natural humectant and moisturizer for our delicate outer skin and the removal of glycerin during the commercial production of soap is one of the main reasons why commercial soaps can often be so drying to the skin.

Our Old-Fashioned Natural Cold-Process Soapmaking Method:

 All our soaps begin with our basic soap recipe which is anything but basic! We use pure olive oil, (not the cheaper pomace olive oil), coconut oil, palm oil, avocado oil, and apricot kernel oil. These oils are added to sodium hydroxide, water, and essential oils. These ingredients are blended until saponification is complete. Most of our handmade products are scented with quality essential oils that have aromatherapy benefits. Some are lightly scented with select fragrance oils when a particular scent is desired and no pure essential oil exists, or it is cost prohibitive to use that essential oil. When color is added, only natural coloring agents , botanicals or mineral pigments, are used. Our handmade soaps still contain all the glycerin, making better and gentler bars of soap. It is the combination of oils in our soaps that produces the rich and creamy luxurious lather. As the soap cools and sets, the sodium hydroxide in the soap is neutralized, this usually takes about a week. Our soap is cured for 5-6 weeks before we ship it to you, this is to allow time for the excess water in the soap to evaporate, and to harden the soap, all so that your bar of soap will last longer!

We do recommend that the soaps be kept in a soap dish that drains to prolong the life of the soap and prevent melting.

 
 
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