The Handmade Soap FAQ
Rachel Robyn and Junk Free Beauty Soaps are handcrafted in small batches and made using the centuries-old Cold Process method. Using the finest ingredients, we've created the most simple and basic 100% non-toxic bars of soap.
We start with a organic ingredients. Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Coconut Oil and Shea Butter make up most of our formulas. Some bars contain Almond and/or Sunflower oils as well. Read the label to be aware of allergens.
We mix the different oils to balance lather, cleaning ability, and moisturizing properties. All the bars moisturize and cleanse, they just feel a little different depending on the oils used. Olive oil is the most gentle and most moisturizing, we use it for our baby soaps. Avocado is vitamin rich, and is great for your face.
Our soap oils contain Vitamins A, D, E, and K, as well as antioxidants and many other nutrients. The scented soaps contain essential oils only, never artificial fragrances. Color comes from the ingredients, usually clays and charcoal.
Our soap bars are a natural product.Color and scent will vary slightly within the same batch. Soap bars cure and harden in our shop for 4-6 weeks before offered for sale. Soap bars will harden with time, and are best used with 2 years of purchase.
Soap bars are best stored dry. Use a draining soap dish, and do not let soap bars sit in puddles of water.
These non-toxic bars are great for the whole house! Feel hydrated and refreshed, heal cracked and chapped skin, and even remove stubborn face makeup with any of our soap bars!
Some Questions answered About Handmade Bar Soap:
- What is Sodium Hydroxide, or Lye ?
- Sodium Hydroxide is used to saponify (turn to soap) the oils and butters. You cannot make soap with out it, yet, and this is important: none of the lye remains in the finished soap. You are washing with the fatty acids of the oils, not the lye.
- Lye on it's own, and when combined with water, is extremely dangerous. It burns your skin and is poisonous. We work with eye protection and heavy rubber gloves when we make soap.
- What is SUPERFAT?
- Sound like something you don't want in your soap, but you do. About 95% of the oils in soap are actually saponified, and 5% of the oil remains suspended in the bar. That is the Superfat Level. We have found 5% superfat to be ideal for the level of hardness and creaminess in our soap.
- What kind oils do we use?
- We stick to Organic Olive and Avocado as our main oils. They make up 50% or more of our soaps. We use Coconut and Shea Butter to harden, add lather and creaminess.
- Why does soap lose weight over time?
- Soap starts out as a combination of oils, water, and lye. After the initial saponification, only fats and oils remain. The bar then cures, loses water, until it is hard enough to use. Soap bars continue to lose water everyday, until they shrink and harden to a very unattractive lump. While still good to use, they turn very hard. This usually takes between 18-24 months.
- What is the white stuff on the top of some soap bars?
- White ash on soap bars is a natural reaction of the Sodium Hydroxide and the oxygen in the air. It is harmless and has no affect on the soap. A little water takes it off. Some makers spray their soap with alcohol to prevent ash formation. We don't spray our soap with alcohol.
Why is the color different on the same flavors of soap?
- Because of natural ingredients, each soap bar is a little different. We do not use artificial coloring or mica (basically paint). If you see bright uniform colors in soaps, they are usually artificial.
As we get more questions, we will post answers here.
Thank you all,
Junk Free Beauty