Why is a handmade soap or body product so important?
Using a handmade soap or body product means you are cleaning your skin with safe, nourishing ingredients. When you pick up a commercial "soap" sold in stores, take a look at the ingredients. Commercial soaps are often made with chemical detergents, hardeners and synthetic lathering agents. Benzalkonium Chloride, Pentasodium Pentetate, and Tetrasodium Etidronate are just a few of the ingredients listed on the bars. Some of the soaps you buy in stores don't even have the word soap on them!
On the other hand, handmade soap created with oils, liquid and lye do not contain these harsh ingredients. Natural soap will list the oils, lye (sodium hydroxide), colors and scent used. It will nurture while cleansing the largest organ of your body, your skin.
Yes, lye. Defined as "a strongly alkaline solution, especially of sodium hydroxide, used for washing or cleansing." Simply put, without the use of lye, you can not have soap. Even melt and pour or rebatch soaps originally were a lye soap.
Saponification is the name for the chemical reaction between an acid and a base to form a salt. When you make soap using the cold or hot process soap method, you mix an oil or fat (which is your acid) with Lye (which is your base) to form soap (which is a salt). There is no lye in the finished bar of soap. It is all used to create the soap and the reaction with the oils and waters leave no lye.
The oils and butters used in our products
All of the oils used in our products are food grade and safe to use on your body. Specific oils will be listed in the description. All of my soaps are palm free.
Olive Oil is one of the oils used in all the soaps. It makes a good hard bar of soap with a nice stable lather. It is considered moisturizing, rich in antioxidants and hypoallergenic. Olive oil is very conditioning for the skin.
Coconut Oil is also used in every soap bar. It offers a unique combination of cleansing, firming and skin-loving properties to recipes. It does this with its fatty acids, capric acid, lauric acid and caprylic acid, which are wonderful for our bodies. Plus, it is antibacterial and high in antioxidants. It is super cleansing with wonderful lather.
Castor Oil goes into every soap recipe. It produces the thick large bubbles and it acts similar to glycerin, drawing moisture to the skin. It moisturizes and conditions your skin.
Canola Oil is another favorite oil. It contains Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, as well as vitamins A, C, E, and Zinc, protecting your skin from free radicals while still nourishing and cleansing.
Avocado Oil is is high in vitamin E and other vitamins and minerals. It contains a large amount of oleic acid, which contributes to its conditioning properties.
Shea Butter is gentle and a natural moisturizer and reduces inflammation. It includes Vitamins A and E and is reputed to help in wrinkle reduction.
Kokum Butter help to make the bar of soap harder, while producing a nice cleansing lather. High in essential fatty acids, it is skin loving and anti aging.
Beeswax is used in many of the salves and lotions.
Specialty oils like hemp, safflower, almond, mango butter, lard, etc are sometimes used. They will be noted in the description of the product.
Sometimes I get a little adventurous and add in some specialty ingredients like pumpkin, rose water or beer! Beer soap is a favorite to make because of the extra bubbles. Oatmeal and honey are also great in soaps along with lavender and other flowers.
I also harvest and forage for the majority of herbs and plants that are used in the products. These are dehydrated, then powdered or infused into the oils. You will get the benefit of the different ingredients and herbal products in the soap or body products. I also use sodium lactate, a a liquid salt that can be added to cooled lye water in order to speed up unmolding time. Using sodium lactate produces harder, longer-lasting bars of cold process soap. Derived from the natural fermentation of sugars found in corn and beets, sodium lactate is the sodium salt of lactic acid.
At the studio, I use oxides, micas, charcoal, cocoa and herbs. The micas and oxides are considered nature identical. That means they’re the exact same chemical structure as the platelet minerals found in the earth, but they’re created in a lab to remove impurities like lead and arsenic. Industrywide, they’re considered natural because they do not contain synthetic dyes. I make every attempt to use natural colorants when possible. Nettle leaf give a beautiful green, tomato powder gives a lovely orange, red clay is a soft taupe color, cocoa for brown and charcoal for black. I rarely use titanium dioxide for white. If I do, it will be listed in the ingredients. The natural color of soap (cream) is what will show through with the oxides and organics colorants. Information regarding the ingredients to create the colors in the soap will be listed with the product.
It is incredibly hard to describe a scent! What smells fabulous to one person may not smell as nice to the next. I do my absolute best to give you an accurate description of the fragrance of my products. I use either Essential Oils (EO) or Fragrance Oils (FO). Both are safe to be used in soap. Fragrance oils are created in a lab and are skin safe. Even though it is created in the lab, this does not mean it is bad or unsafe. Many natural ingredients can be harmful, and many synthetic ingredients have a long and proven record of being perfectly safe. Some fragrance oils contain ingredients that may or may not be all "natural", and they may even contain essential oils.
Frequently Asked Questions:
After use, keep soap dry in a self draining soap dish. You can find various types of soap dishes on this site. The main thing is to keep it out of standing water.
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