Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I use handmade soap instead of the mass produced stuff?
- The ingredient list tends to be shorter and easy to understand, which puts many people at ease - you know just what you're putting on your skin. My handmade soap is made with pure oils, no preservatives, no weird chemical lathering agents, and no animal fats.
- It's good for your skin! Really. People with skin issues tend to find relief when using handmade soap and other handmade products.
- It's a simple, affordable luxury. Treat yo'self.
What is "cold process" soap?
Cold process soap is soap made "from scratch" - that is, the maker has measured by hand the oils, lye, liquid, fragrance, and colorants needed for the batch. Once these items are measured, they are mixed together in a specific order and then poured into the soap mold with no outside source of heat (hence the term "cold" process).
Is there lye in this soap?
Yes, all soap begins with some form of lye! When lye is combined with fatty acids (AKA all those decadent and luxurious oils I use) and emulsified and left to sit and harden in the mold, the byproduct is soap, which contains no trace of lye. This process is called saponification. I "super fat" at least 5% on all my recipes, which means I use 5% more oil than is needed to complete saponification, making my soap more luxurious and not at all drying!
How long will my soap last?
Just like with commercial soaps, handmade soap will last as long as possible when kept dry in a well draining soap dish between uses. Lucky for you I stock beautiful pine soap decks in my shop! Grab one here. My bars are larger than average, so customers say they get a little over a month out of one bar if used every day in the shower.
Will my soap ever go bad?
In general, cold process soap can be thought of like wine. The older the bar, the better it is, but only up to a certain point. This is because as the soap ages it loses more and more water, so it becomes lighter in weight but more creamy and longer lasting in the shower. However, depending on the ingredients and fragrances, the scent will begin to fade over a period of time. Use the soap within about 6 months for the best scent retention, but it will still be safe to use and perform wonderfully for years.
Where do you source your ingredients?
All of my fragrance oils, essential oils, lye and base oils are sourced from reputable soap supply companies within the US. I only use RSPO Certified palm oil because it is the most responsible and sustainable source for palm, which makes some pretty amazing soap!
What's the deal with phthalates?
Phthalates are a chemical ingredient that some people prefer to avoid due to some studies that have shown the side effects of exposure. They're actually in a wide range of common products, but they are sometimes present in fragrance oils because they aid in scent retention. There are plenty of phthalate-free options out there so I choose not to mess with them!
Do you do custom orders?
Yes! I love custom orders. Please contact me and we can chat!