So just what is "real" SOAP?
Soap is actually a combination of animal or vegetable fats and oils that is mixed with a very strong alkaline solution (lye) to cause a chemcial reaction that creates a substance that is a surfactant capable of removing oils and dirt from your skin, clothing, or other surfaces. This chemical reaction is called Saponification. The alkaline solution comes from mixing lye with a liquid. Lye which is also known as sodium hydroxide is very caustic to the skin. Yet, when it reacts with the fats and oils, it turns into soap that is actually very beneficial for the skin!
Simply put, each soap molecule has 2 ends: one is attracted to water and the other is attracted to oils and dirt. So when soap is used on your skin, it "grabs" the oil and dirt in your skin and holds onto it until the water rinses it away. Cool huh!?
As you can see in the picture to the right, I've got lots of ingredients just waiting to be mixed up into soap! Some of those include various oils: olive, avocado, rice bran, coconut, grapeseed, palm, apricot kernel, and castor. Plus you also need a liquid (tea, beer, milk, coffee, distilled water) and good ol' fashioned lye.
Once the soap is taken out of the mold and sliced, it needs to air dry for 4-6 weeks before using. This cure time allows all the lye to react with the oils so that nothing but clean, nourishing soap is left! Below you'll see some examples of the different soaps currently curing and how each one looks different from the others.
Plans are already in the works to expand the line to include milk soaps using goats milk, coconut milk, yogurt, heavy cream...just about any type of "milk". Cleopatra swore by milk soap knowing how beautiful it can help keep your skin! So stay tuned!