How long does it take to make a bar of soap?
The actual process of physically making the soap is quite short, Depending on the batch size it can take anything from 1-2 hours as I have to wait for the oils to cool down before I mix everything together. Once in the mould I leave for 24 hours, then a further 24 hours before cutting into slices. Again another 12 -24 hours before stamping with the logo, then onto the curing rack. This is where you have to be patient and leave it from anything up to 6 weeks for the curing process to complete. If I didn’t leave it this long you wouldn’t get a good, long lasting, hard bar of soap.
How should I care for my soap?
Natural handcrafted soaps do need a bit of extra care to ensure that they stay fresh and fragrant for as long as possible. It is a good idea not to leave them sitting in water so always use a soap dish with good drainage (the wooden dishes with open slats are perfect).
How long will my soap last?
It depends greatly on usage but on average one person using the soap daily for a shower or bath the soap should last between 3-4 weeks.
What ingredients do you use in your soap?
All the ingredients are listed on each individual soap pages but the base recipe for all my soaps includes Coconut oil, Olive oil, Shea butter and Castor oil. Please keep checking the blog posts for updates on ingredients used.
How many variations of soap do you offer?
All my soaps have the same base recipe. There is one that is totally unscented and then a further 8 variations that are permanently in the range with different essential oil blends, botanicals or clays added. I do also release limited edition scents throughout the year so keep checking the website and social media.
What is natural soap?
This is a tricky question as ‘natural ‘ means different things to different people. It depends a lot on what your views are. For us, natural is about using ingredients as much as possible that are derived from plants and nature.
What method of soap making do you use?
It is called the cold process soap method. A traditional method of making soap that involves only using the heat from adding the oils and Lye together (saponification process). This allows us the time we need to create the great designs for our soap. Check out my social media channels to see the magic happen!
Your ingredient list mentions allergens. What are these?
By law we have to declare the allergens that could be present in the soap. These come from using the essential oils and are usually a harmless substance, but they can sometimes trigger an allergic reaction.
Do you use Palm oil?
Do your soaps lather?
Yes they do. We have chosen the oils to use in my recipes carefully to create a moisturising creamy bar of soap. Each oil has a profile of its benefits and we have spent months testing out and adjusting the recipe to find a creamy bar of soap that we love. We hope you agree.
Do you use Lye?
Yes. Lye or Sodium Hydroxide is a caustic substance. Real soap cannot be made without using Lye. The soap making chemical reaction called saponification happens when lye is mixed with melted fats, butters or oils. During the cold process soap making method the lye transforms the fats into salts and the salts are soap. When used correctly, soap that is made with Lye is one of the mildest gentlest forms of soap available.
Measuring out the correct ingredients is an important part of the soap making process. We measure with precise accuracy to ensure that only the correct amount of Sodium Hydroxide is used to saponify the oils in our batch. In all our soap we actually leave a superfat of 8% which to you means that we leave 8% of our oils un saponified to make it an extra nourishing bar of soap.
How are my products tested?
Initially I test out my products to see how they perform and whether I like them. This can take many months, testing out different ingredients, adjusting the amounts and ratios, testing out packaging for the item plus many other considerations. Finally, when I’m happy with the product I then send the details of the product to be assessed to a Cosmetic safety assessor. Legally all products that come into contact with the skin must be tested by a chemist. Once I have had the report back from them then I must list the products along with ingredients and packaging on a UK portal. This is so that emergency services and the Poisons centre can access details about my products if ever anyone was admitted to hospital with a severe reaction. They can then access the information quickly in in order to treat the patient. This is very rare, but it is there as a safety precaution.