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Why Handmade Soaps?

Why should I buy handmade soaps instead of going to the store and picking up a few bars of commercial soap? They cost less, after all.

Yes, store brand soaps/commercial soaps do, indeed, cost less. But there are a few things to consider right off the bat. The skin is the largest organ in our body. Just as we take oxygen in through our lungs which, in turn, provides oxygen to our blood and organs, the skin "breathes" as well. It takes in oxygen, and whatever else is in the air. Not only that,  whatever we put onto our skin is absorbed into the body as well. It's something to think about the next time you slather on some lotion containing parabens and various other proven cancer-causing preservatives.

When it comes to soap, commercial companies remove glycerin, naturally made through saponification, or the process whereby soap is created through the mixing of oils and salts. Commercial companies remove this valuable glycerin to use in other products such as lotions, food, etc. Many sell it to other companies; some use it themselves, depending on the range of products their company offers. Handmade soap retains its glycerin - a natural humectant that draws moisture to the skin and helps in the production of natural sebum. Commercial soaps dry the skin and wash off much of the sebum that is needed to keep our skin healthy. Their soaps leave a film behind that doesn't allow skin to breathe properly. It's a vicious cycle and not only leaves our skin looking and feeling bad but, quite honestly, can effect our health.

As the old saying goes, "You get what you pay for."

What ingredients are in your soaps? Do you use animal fats?

Our soaps contain olive oil, water, coconut oil, palm oil, shea butter, acai berry butter, sodium hydroxide, castor oil, essential oils and/or phthalate-free fragrance oils. Our soaps are all vegan except for our Blackberries & Sage Swiss Goat's Milk soap which uses, obviously, goat's milk, for added emollience. Our Milk & Honey contains Swiss Goat's Milk as well, along with raw pure honey.  Our Golden Lemongrass, Coconut and Forbidden Orange soaps use coconut milk, also known for its emollient effects.  The Cherry Almond soap in our line uses pure almond milk, a wonderful addition to your soapy collection! 

What method of soapmaking do you use?

We use the cold process method which means that we measure our oils and heat them together. We prepare a sodium hydroxide solution (necessary in soapmaking) and, when the oils and sodium hydroxide solution each reach about 80 degrees Fahrenheit, we slowly combine the oils and mixture, stirring vigorously to combine the molecules of each solution together. It's important that they bond quickly so that the saponification process can begin. Once we bring our soap to what is known as a "trace," we add whatever else we need for that particular soap. Artisan Soaps uses natural colorants, essential oils and phthalate-free fragrance oils. along with botanicals in many of our soaps including peppermint leaves, apricot kernel seed, lavender buds, ground vanilla bean, calendula petals, green tea leaves, Dead Sea Mud, and infusions of camomile and other beneficial botanicals.

Once everything is combined, we pour the soap into a mold and let it set for 12-16 hours before removing it from the mold. We then let it sit as a "loaf" for another 24 hours while more water evaporates from the soap during the cure process. Cold process soaps take 3-6 weeks for a full cure. The longer the soaps cure, the harder the bar, as the water continues to evaporate.  Even though you could use the soaps sooner than a month, the bars would not last very long.

For additional information on the soap-making process, please see my blog entry at: http://artisansoaps.wordpress.com/2010/11/06/the-art-of-soapmaking/

How do I care for my handmade soaps?

I recommend that you not keep the soap in a watery soap dish. Because of the bountiful glycerin in the soap, it will slowly turn to mush if you do that. Keep your soap elevated on, perhaps, a cedar soap dish, which we offer her for purchase, or just keep it out of the way of the pounding shower water. Most of all, enjoy your soaps and the feel of them on your skin.
 
The information contained herein has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and is not meant to diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease.
 

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