There are three soap making choices…

 

The first is “melt and pour” soap.  You can buy a kit at your local craft store and make lye free soap with your children in various cute molds at home.  Melt and pour soap is mostly glycerin based and do not contain the benefits of the emollient oils that we are talking about here.

 

The second method is a “hot process soap.”  Heat is applied to speed up the saponification process.  This creates a more rustic bar of soap that is ready to use immediately.

 

The third method (and the one we use) is the “cold process soap” method.  While this method requires a 30-60 day “cure” and takes the most time, it is by far the best method for producing the highest quality soaps.


The Process...


Saponification is another name for the soap making process.  When you add sodium hydroxide (lye) to fats (oils) we have a chemical reaction that results in soap(salt).  The chemical reaction is carefully calculated and the soap goes through a “curing” process so that the lye and fat combine and do not leave traces of lye in the final product.  We cure our soap for 30-60 days before we sell it to ensure a gentle, cleansing, and conditioning bar of soap. The main oil used in our soap is Olive oil which has been used for centuries for its beneficial properties. Olive oil attracts and holds moisture on the skin without interfering with the natural functions of the lipid layer allowing the skin to breathe, sweat, and shed naturally.  Our soaps also contain a variety of other high quality oils depending on the variety of the bar. We add coconut oil for a luxurious fluffy lather and for its gentle cleansing properties, cocoa butter for ultra-moisturizing, shea butter for its ability to both cleanse the skin and maintain the natural lipid layer, castor oil for a stable lather, jojoba and sweet almond oil for conditioning and extra moisturizing. We scent and color our soaps with essential oils, fragrance oils, natural herbs and natural colorants. Absolutely NO chemicals are added.