Soap is produced through a chemical reaction that occurs when fats
and oils are combined with a lye solution. This process is called saponification.
The oil/lye mixture is stirred until it begins to thicken. At this point
the scents & colors are added, and itís poured into molds. When it has hardened sufficiently, itís unmolded and cut into bars. Then I let the bars cure for several weeks.
"Carrier Oils" are the oils that make up the main body of the
soap. Different oils have different properties. Some are more moisturizing &
good for conditioning the skin. Some clean better than others. Some lather well,
and others make the soap harder & longer lasting. Most oils have more than one
of these properties. My goal as a soap maker is to combine the right oils in the
right proportions to maximize the benefits of each.
"Essential Oils" are the highly
concentrated oils derived directly from plants. I use them
primarily to scent the soap, but they also have other
properties of their own that they bring to each bar.
Glycerine helps your skin attract & retain
moisture. It's a naturally occurring byproduct of cold process
soap making, and remains in the soap. In many commercial soaps
it's extracted & used in other products.
All my soaps contain Shea & Cocoa Butters for extra skin
conditioning, and some contain exfoliants such as Oatmeal, Green Tea Leaves, or
Flax Seeds to gently remove dead skin cells and stubborn dirt, or Cornmeal,
Ground Coffee, or Poppy Seeds if you want a more vigorous scrubbing.
The basic recipe that I use is one I've
developed after much research and lots of plain, old trial and
error, and produces a pure, mild, moisturizing soap that
lathers well, lasts a long time, and leaves your skin clean,
soft, and smelling great!
A few of my soaps contain artificial
fragrances. Other than that, they are all natural. I also try
to use organic ingredients whenever possible.
The only thing on the label that you can't
pronounce is the name!
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