Our soaps are made in small batches using the Cold Process method. We use Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil, Sunflower Oil, and Lard in all our Luxury Soap recipes. Our Vegan soaps use basically Coconut Oil, Olive, Palm Oil (Crisco), and Avocado Oil. These oils were chosen for the different properties they bring to a long lasting, well lathering, soothing to the skin, handmade soap. Several varieties of our soap will also use other oils and butters, such as; Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Mango Butter, Jojoba Oil and Safflower oil. The description for each soap will give you a list of the ingredients.
All soap is made using Sodium Hydroxide (Lye) mixed with oils and liquids. Without lye there is no soap. Once the process of saponification (24 hours after mixing the lye water and oils) is complete, the lye and oil molecules have combined and chemically changed into soap and glycerin. There is no lye present in the finished bars of soap or shampoo. While all real soap must be made with lye, no lye remains in our finished product after saponification. Each bar requires 4 to 6 weeks curing time after being cut from the loaves. This allows the water to evaporate from the soap so it will be hard and not soft when used.
Let's discuss the use of Lard in soap. Lard is used to make a good hard bar of soap so the bar does not turn to mush when you use it. A lot of commercial soaps are made with chemicals to reproduce this effect but Lard and Tallow have been used for thousands of years to make soap. And there are still commercial soaps that use lard and tallow. It is a byproduct of the meat industry and while many are opposed to how the meat industries are run I think it would be irresponsible to not use a byproduct of that industry.
In addition to Oils, Butters and Lye we use natural colorants and additives such as Spirulina Powder. Most of our colors are derived from Cosmetic grade colorants such as Micas. We use both Essential Oils and Fragrance Oils to scent our soaps.