Commonly Asked Questions

Commonly Asked Questions 
  1. It looks too good to use:

We think that our soap is too good NOT to use.   It seems that a lot of people buy  soap to put amongst their drawers to fragrance them.  We do agree that soap gets harder as it ages and we understand that this is one way to ensure sweet smelling socks, we do want you to use it for the purpose it was created. 

We have carefully formulated our soap with a balance of oils to provide a rich, generous and exceptionally mild lather, enriched with nutrients such as oatmeal, manuka honey, shea butter, aloe vera, herbs, silk, dairy cream and goat’s milk.  Australian and French clays assist deep cleansing, exfoliation and cell rejuvenation.  The exquisite fragrances are our own custom blends of pure aromatherapy essential oils.

Benefits of using the soap bar soap:

  • May relieve your dry skin – many of our customers say that their skin is not as dry – skin that once itched during the winter is no longer itchy.
  • Rich, creamy lather leaves your skin soft and gently fragrant.
  • Added skin loving nutrients nourish and feed your skin.
  • Our busy lives can leave us stressed and harried – a relaxing bath or shower releases the aromatherapy oils in the soaps that can help restore our spirit for another day.
  • Your bathroom will smell amazing.
  • And,  soap IS a consumable – for less than price of a couple of cups of coffee, you can have an affordable indulgence that is actually GOOD for you.

 

  1. 2.    It looks good enough to eat!

To this, we say – looks can be deceiving. 

We do use edible oils:

  • olive oil: cold pressed from olives grown under the Queensland sun – it is rich in antioxidants and free fatty acids that may help slow the aging process.
  • rice bran oil: rich in vitamin E, antioxidants and phytosterols that are excellent for skin softening
  • coconut oil: provides a generous fluffy lather.
  • creamy cocoa butter:  provides superior emollience

and we do add edible nutrients such as oatmeal, manuka honey, dairy cream and goat’s milk, the soap making process  does render them inedible.  We have though been told amusing stories of husbands biting in to a bar of chai time or vanilla cream after a night of perhaps too much partying….though we do not recomend to eat.

 

  1. 3.    How long does the soap last?

This is one of those questions where the answer can be – how long is a piece of string?  Some of our customers say our soap lasts too long – they like to finish a bar so they can start  a new one!  It all depends on how you use it.   Hand made soap is generally softer than commercial soap due to the process and ingredients.  However, commercial soap may not have the same benefits as a well balanced handmade soap bar.

To make your soap last longer:

  • Use a soap dish that has good drainage – hand made soap is rich in natural glycerine, so good for your skin but does not like to sit in a puddle of water. 
  • Try to keep your soap dry between uses. 
  • Make sure the soap is not under the spray of the shower.
  • Buy four bars of soap; start using one and keep the other three in a cool dark place – soap does become harder as it ages (the one time we do approve of putting your soaps amongst your socks!).  When you have one left, buy four more – that way you won’t every be out of soap!

 

  1. 4.    Do these soaps have Palm oil?

Quite simply NO. 

Palm oil usage has been growing at an exponential rate over the last decade.  It is an inexpensive and versatile oil that is used primarily in the food industry.

What are the consequences of this ever increasing world wide demand for palm oil?  Tragically it is the loss of the natural habitat of endangered species such as orangutans, rhinos, elephants and tigers by the unplanned mass deforestation of rainforests over large areas of Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. 

There are further ramifications from deforestation that are also crucial to our planets health.  Rainforests play a critical role in atmospheric balance by removing CO2  from the atmosphere. The removal of this function will likely hasten climate change.

Palm oil contributes nice qualities in soap – it’s fatty acid profile is high in palmitic acid which  helps to make a hard bar of soap that lasts well, so after examining the fatty acid profiles of other oils we replaced it with cocoa butter - this is a much more expensive oil but provides amazing lather and emollience.  We believe we have an even better soap bar now.

Many companies (food and soap companies) disguise their use of palm oil by calling it vegetable oil. 

 

  1. 5.    Does this soap have caustic soda in it?

Technically, no; however caustic soda IS used in the manufacture of ALL soap. Simply, soap is made by combining  vegetable or animal fats (fatty acid) with a strong alkali (base), this produces a chemical reaction called saponification.  This is known as cold process soap making and is the traditional method for making soap.

The base must be strong as it needs to break the bonds of the fatty acids to allow them to react with the base.   Sodium hydroxide (NaOH) is used as the base and must be in solution.   Fatty acids, have their own unique profile and  when mixed with the NaOH, the bonds of the fatty acid are broken and combine with the hydroxide to form a sodium salt of the fatty acid and glycerin as a by product.  This is an exothermic reaction and a large amount of heat is generated through the process.  The glycerin is left in the soap which adds to the emollience of handmade soap. 

To formulate a good bar of soap an accurate calculation of oils and caustic must be made, we also add extra oil to the soap to make it extra nourishing – we add an extra 5% of base oils to ensure a nourishing bar that we can be sure has no remaining caustic.