Frequently Asked Questions

What is Soap?

Soap is the result of a chemical reaction that occurs when an alkali (lye) and a fat or oil (base) combine together. This reaction is called saponification. Cold process soap which I make is letting the reaction happen slowly which allows you to create fun designs.

How should soap be stored?

Handmade soap should be stored in a cool, dark and dry location such as a linen cupboard until it is ready to be used.

Why is the soap dissolving so fast?

Soap naturally wants to dissolve. When left to sit in water, the soap will swell, become soft, and develop a jelly-like exterior.

In order to get the most out of your soap, allow it to dry between uses. Do not leave it in a location where it will have a constant stream of water flowing over it such as near the shower head. Place the soap at the opposite end of the tub to let it dry out between showers.

When bathing, do not leave the soap to float around the tub and at the sink, be sure your soap dish is draining.

How long should handmade soap last?

Handmade soap will last a long time. It can last years fine...except that it might not have any scent left.  

You should use my soap before it hits the one year mark. 

What is the "white powder" on top of some of your bars?

Occasionally, you may see some white stuff on top of my soaps. This is called 'soda ash' and is a harmless substance that forms when air reaches a batch of soap in its first 24 hours of life. You are most likely to see it on my spearmint soaps, and on batches made on especially humid days. It will rinse off the first time you use the soap.

What's in your handmade soap?

My base recipe consists of Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, and Sweet Almond Oil. On some of the bars you will see I also add Shea Butter or Castor Oil for extra moisture. Check each product listing if there are special ingredients incorporated. 

I have sensitive skin and can't use most soaps. Will I be able to use yours?

Yes, most likely you will be able to use my soaps because they are natural and mild. Most commercial soaps are detergent based, using lots of synthetic ingredients, and that's what usually causes skin reactions. That's very different from how I make soap. I don't use any artificial colorants, hardeners, latherers or preservatives. I have not had anyone react to any of my soaps yet.