What is Handcrafted Soap?
Handmade soap is "true soap" in its pure form. It is made with simple ingredients and gently cleanses without stripping your skin. It contains a high amount of glycerin, a humectant, which draws moisture from the air.
How is soap made?
When making handcrafted soap from scratch, oils and fats are combined with a sodium hydroxide (lye) and water solution, that, when mixed together (using exact amounts and proper temperatures) causes a chemical reaction called "saponification". Once the saponification process is complete, the lye and oil molecules have combined and chemically changed into soap and naturally occurring glycerin. The soap cleanses and the glycerin moisturizes. When soap is correctly made, there is no leftover lye. Our soaps are "superfatted", which means we add extra oils than are needed for the process, to ensure a gentle bar.
Once the soap hardens after a day or two, it is then cut, and "cured", or set out to dry so that all the excess water evaporates. We cure our soap for at least four weeks, and during that time it gets harder, milder and sudsier. Beyond the four week cure, your soap will continue to get harder, milder and sudsier with time and may actually shrink just a tiny bit.
Your soap will last a very long time when kept out of the shower stream and allowed to dry between uses.
Try it out and decide for yourself. Your skin will love you for it!