FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Why do you make soap?
I (Shayla) have a fairly analytical job in the finance/banking industry, and soaping allows me to exercise my more creative side. I also really enjoy baking, but don't like eating the goodies I create, and soaping is a very similar creative process...so it allows me to be imaginative, but gives me more permanent, long-lasting results. Ross, the supportive husband, just kind of got drug into it (and I suspect he might enjoy it a little bit, too).
What is cold process soap?
Cold process (CP) soap is made by combining oils (such as olive, palm, and coconut) with lye (sodium hydroxide), which then go through a chemical process known as saponification to produce soap. Different oils are used to alter the properties of a bar, and various additives, including botanical ingredients, essential oils, fragrance oils, colorants, exfoliants, etc. can be added, as well. This allows the maker to achieve a truly customized bar of soap. CP soap requires a four- to six-week curing time to allow excess water content to evaporate, allowing for a harder and longer lasting bar.
What is melt and pour soap?
Melt and pour (M&P) soap is a pre-existing soap base that is melted to a liquid state, and then fragrances and colorants are added. Often, M&P soap is poured into detailed molds or complex layers, as it sets up quickly, preventing the colors from blending. M&P soap can be used once hard.
Is your soap lye free?
You cannot have soap without lye. Ingredients such as lye (sodium hydroxide), water and oils are combined and go through a chemical process called saponification, which produces an end result of soap and glycerine. No lye is left after the saponification process is complete.
Why do you have "use after" dates on your soap?
While soap is technically ready to use a few days after it's made, it's best to let each bar cure for four to six weeks to allow any excess water to escape, thus creating a harder bar. You can use your soap immediately after you receive it, however we recommend that you wait until the "use after" date to ensure that the bar lasts as long as possible.
What's that white stuff on my bar of soap?
It's soda ash, which forms when unsaponified lye reacts with carbon dioxide in the air. While we do our best to ensure soda ash doesn't form, it is sometimes unavoidable. Rest assured that it doesn't damage the soap (or you!) and is harmless.
What ingredients do you use?
Ingredients vary depending on the product and its desired characteristics. The ingredient list for each product can be found in its description, as well as on its packaging.
Are your products allergy free?
We do not guarantee that our products don't contain common allergens. Please refer to the ingredient list (located in the product description and on the physical item) and ensure that you do not use any products that contain allergens you are sensitive to.
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