Does your soap contain lye (sodium hydroxide)?
Real soap cannot be made without lye, but NO, our soap contains no lye in the finished bar you use. How is this possible? Lye is used as a catalyst and the trick is to perfect a formula that will eliminate all the lye that is used to catalyze or ‘saponify’ the oils. Lye turns into soap when it is mixed with oil. We use food grade lye, the same lye that’s used in olives and bagels.
Do you do animal testing on any of your products?
How do you make soaps?
Our soaps are cold process soaps. Oils and butters are mixed with milk, water and sodium hydroxide (lye), a process called saponification. The batch is stirred until it traces, it is then poured into molds, and within a few days it is hard enough to remove from the molds. Now you have soap.The soaps are now cured for several weeks to ensure that they are hard and mild. At this point the lye is no longer present in the soaps, instead an abundance of natural glycerin has been created.
Why choose handmade soap?
It’s simple. The ingredients. Our handcrafted soaps are made with nourishing oils that moisturize and protects 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.