1. Do you make "lye soap" and is there lye in my soap?
Yes, ALL soap is made with lye (sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide). Even the soaps you buy at the grocery store have been made with lye. Some people say they have bought soap that has not been made with lye. That's an untruth, because all soap...even "melt and pour" soap and commercial soap have been made with lye. So if anyone tells you otherwise, don't believe them.
To explain the process simply, lye and oils react together in a process called "saponification". Hard soap is made by mixing fatty acids and sodium hydroxide (oil & lye) which then triggers the saponification process. The by-products of this saponification reaction are glycerin and soap. The saponification usually takes place about 24-48 hours to complete once the soap has been made and poured into molds. There is no lye left after the soap has fully processed.
The following website has more information on the process of soapmaking, if you're interested:
Our soaps are "cured" for approximately 4 weeks for cold process soaps and 1-2 weeks for hot process soaps. Curing means that they are placed on racks to dry. This is so that they can be hard enough so as not to melt too fast in the shower or bath and to make the soap have a very nice lather.
2. Is your soap "vegan"?
Yes, some of the soaps are "vegan". The ingredients in the soaps are always shown on the product labels and on this website under each product shown in our Webstore. The ones that are not made with tussah silk, lard, tallow, milk, and honey are vegan.
3. Are your soaps "hypoallergenic"?
Hypoallergenic, meaning "below normal" or "slightly" allergenic, was a term first used in a cosmetics campaign in 1953. It is used to describe items (especially cosmetics and textiles) that cause or are claimed to cause fewer allergic reactions.
I make a 100% olive oil soap, called Castile soap that is very mild. If you're looking for a soap that has the least possibility of causing skin problems, this would be a good soap to try.
I can work with you, if you contact me, to maybe formulate a custom soap that best works for any allergies you may have..
You can always request a sample of any of the soaps to try first.
4. Are your soaps "All Natural"?
I've separated out a Category in my shop, named "All Natural Soaps" on the Home Page to show which soaps are colored or scented with only naturally derived ingredients.
When it comes to the coloring of the soaps, I do try to use the most natural ingredients. There's been a debate about what is "natural" in pigments, oxides, & micas. If you would like to see a great article about this, please read "Soap Queen's" blog comments here:
As for the scents, the soaps made with essential oils are considered natural. Fragrance oils may or may not contain "natural" ingredients. The fragrance oils I use are always phthalate free.
The base oils, butters, and fats (for example olive oil, palm oil, coconut oil, shea butter, mango butter, cocoa butter, etc.) that the soaps are made with are naturally derived....as are the additives in the soaps (coffee, rose petals, bentonite clay, oatmeal, etc.).
5. I like using my soap to scent my drawers, or they're just too pretty to use. How long will they last without going bad?
Please use the soap you buy from me! I guarantee that you will love the lather, the smell, and the feel of the soaps on your skin
All oils & butters have a specific "shelf life" unique to those particular oils and butters. Some oils will go rancid quicker than others (some even as soon as 6 months to a year).
If you see orange spots, an orange tint appearing on a soap that didn't start out as being orange originally, or a soap that has an "off" scent... please dispose of the soap. It means that the oils in the soap are going rancid. Commercial soaps usually have chemical preservatives that prevent this from happening in them. So if you want to scent your lingerie or sock drawer, or have soap look pretty on your bathroom counter, it may be best to rotate those soaps that you buy from us on a regular basis.
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