So how did soapmaking start?
The art of soap making has been around for centuries. As a matter of fact, evidence has been found dating back to ancient 2800 B.C. of clay cylinders coated with a soapy-like matter left befind by the Mesopotamian civilization. These cylinders had inscriptions on them which led many archeologist on a quest to decipher the message. As it turns out, the inscriptions of these Mesopotamian cylinders were eventually interpreted to describe the use of fats and ashes boiled together, which consists of the basic soap making method still used today.
During the Renaissance, the art of soap making became widely used amongst Europeans and soon spread throughout America. The formula for making soap did not change and Americans adopted it as their own within the colonies. The soap making procedure involved dripping water through wood ashes and collecting the lye. Then the lye would be mixed with either animal or vegetable fat resulting in pure home made soap.
Today, soap is made from vegetable or animal fats and an alkali. In the past, however, people made ther own soap from animal tallow and wood ashes. We strive to make soap in the old-fashioned way but with the benefit of the scientific progress over the last century, which isolated the exact technology and chemistry behind soap making. It is no longer "hit -or-miss" as to the measurements of ingredients and their reaction. We can tell exactly how to make a gentle, natural bar of soap, and that's what we make everytime. Our goal is to use all things natural and pure so that your skin will be left soft and supple. If you've never felt the difference between commercial soap bars and homemade soap, then make a concerted effort to try at least once. You'll never want to go back to see our products at our shop click here.
Interestingly, few people know what soap really is and how it is made.
Soaps are made by combining lye, animal fats and/or vegetable oils, and water in a process known as saponification.
Soap can be made in several different ways. In the cold process method, one of which we use, saponification takes several days to complete, and glycerin, a natural byproduct of saponification, remains in the finished soap. The hot process process method, also one we use, is basically the same process except it is done with heat by crock pot, a heated stove, or in the oven.
The natural soaps we make are created with high-quality natural ingredients. Your soaps will feel "earthy" and will be much kinder to your skin than commercial soaps because the glycerin which remains in them is a natural emollient. By purchasing our natural soaps, you'll be guaranteeing your family and friends a superior product, and smell good too!
Many of us feel that we've discovered aromatherapy within the last decade, but the multiple uses for essential oils have been discovered and rediscovered for over 5,00 years. Almost all oils derived from plants, although a few come from animals. A plant's essential oil is somewhat like blood to humans. It flows through the plant's system fighting off disease and predaters while attracting beneficial plants and insects.
Essential oils are derived from leaves, berries, flowers, petals, twigs, bark, or stearns of plants and usually inherit the scent or flavor of the particular plants. Oils are extracted through distillation or expression, and both methods are tedious and require a sophisticated setup.
Some pure essential oils are very expensive. Lots of plant material are needed to make just one ounce of essential oil. Hence, the high price of cosmetics that have essential oils as their ingredients.
All of our soaps, scrubs, lotions and body butters are made with essential oils, unless a special request is made. We hope that you will enjoy the benefits of these oils as much as we have. If you would like more information regarding our products, please don't hesitate to contact us. Please don't forget to subscribe to our site to stay posted on the new products we are adding everyday.
Coconut Oil, a white oil from the familiar coconut, is used widely in commercially produced soaps and candles. Coconut oil creates creamy lather in soap. Soaps made with coconut oil can be moisturizing, and gives a wonderful aroma to your skin.
Cocoa Butter is derived from the seeds of the cacao tree and is separated out during the process of making cocoa. Cocoa butter improves the overall consistency of the soap, making it creamy and hard. Because the butter is an emollient, it also softens the skin and makes it smooth.
Olive Oil makes a very hard and brittle soap, which dries quickly and lathers readily and profusely. Olive oil soaps are mild, long-lasting, and of very high quality.
Lye, (also known as sodium hydroxide) is a caustic alkaline substance, which makes soap when it is combined with fats and/or oils. Lye soaps are characteristically hard soaps. But the additives, and oils makes this a wonderfully soothing soap to the skin.
Almond Oil is derived from almonds and contains proteins and several vitamins. Well known for its ability to soften the skin, this oil is used in many cosmetics, soaps, and perfumes.
Aloe Vera gel, a healing substance extracted from the aloe plant, very healing to the skin.
Botanicals are also used to add scent to soap, but are not ordinarily used as a primary scent. Most often they are used in conjunction with essential or fragrance oils.
Many botanicals are used for the visual appeal they off and some are used because of the skin-conditioning properties they posses.
Calendula leaves, chamomile, ground cinnamon, lemon verbena, oatmeal, peppermint, rosebuds, and rosemary are some of the most common botanicals we use in our soapmaking.
We especially like to use various green teas in our soaps.