All of our soaps and body care products are handmade. Each product contains a unique blend of essential oils and fragrances. These exotic oils are nourishing to dry or damaged skin, which is why homemade soaps and body care products like ours are best for your skin and complexion. Plus, the fresh herbal scents have soothing, aroma-therapeutic properties. They also contain no preservatives or other questionable ingredients.
Our products contain some combination of the following oils: coconut oil, palm kernel oil, olive oil, shea butter, castor oil, and other food-grade oils. The oils we use depend on the individual product recipe and the availability of the specific oil. Our soaps are made in small, 12 pound batches while our lotions, salts, and scrubs are made-to-order. If you have any questions about the specific oils used in your soap or bath product, please let us know before you order.
All of products are vegan, save a few of our special blends that utilize the beneficial properties of milk and honey. These ingredients will be listed when used. Vegan or not, we use only the highest-quality ingredients in every product. We print our own labels and wrap each soap ourselves. Also, we never test our products on animals–just our family and friends!
How We Make Our Handmade Soaps
Our handmade soaps start with the richest ingredients available. We mix a combination of fragrance bases and essential oils together to create our soap’s individual scents. Then, we combine the fragrance component with our food-grade oils, including castor oil and/or glycerin to give our soaps a rich lather. Next, we add a carefully calculated amount of sodium hydroxide (lye) and mix the solution with a handheld mixer.
After a few minutes of mixing, the soap begins to thicken. Then, we pour the soap into a mold to begin the saponification process. Saponification is what occurs when sodium hydroxide interacts with the fatty-acids in the oils that we use. The process releases the glycerol that produces a mild, rich-lathering bar of soap.
We use two methods of curing for our soaps: cold process and cold process/oven process. Cold process soap-making (CP) allows saponification to take place at low temperatures. Typically in this process, soaps take 4 to 6 weeks to fully cure and be considered ready for use. The cold process/oven process method (CPOP), on the other hand, speeds up the saponification and curing process. In CPOP, the soaps are placed in the oven at a low temperature for a few hours before they are removed to cure for 1 to 2 weeks. This allows the excess water to evaporate from the bars at a faster rate than CP soap-making.
After saponification takes place, we remove the soap from the mold and cut it into bars. The individual bars are then set on drying racks to cure until they are ready for use or sale.
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