Where and why this idea come from?
The whole idea of making soap began in 2018 when I was looking for a soap bar in the regular store. After years of having dry skin, I was against the shower gels cause my skin was always looking worse and worse. I was hoping to find something natural with which my skin would eventually feel good. But I did not want to buy soap with animal fat (I am becoming vegan). Most of them have it in the first place in the ingredients list. Besides having a product made from natural ingredients, I wanted it to look cool, cheeky, and smell good, too. And I could not find it, so I have started making my own 🙂
What is the difference between natural soap and soap bought in the store?
They contain natural glycerin that nourishes the skin. In industry, glycerin which is a by-product of the resulting soap is separated and used, for example, as an additive to creams.
The handmade process – combining ingredients, pouring the soap mass into wooden moulds, cutting and packing. We make everything by ourselves. Therefore we can add this personal touch to every product.
How to make soap?
Combining oils, butter and lye, give you a mass of soap. And then the whole fun begins 🙂 We can add anything we want, herbs, fruits, vegetables, honey, or even we can base complete soap on the beer 🙂 After 24-48 hours, we cut the block of soap. Soaps need a minimum of six weeks of curing time to let the water evaporate and finish saponification.
And for me, this meant buying every single oil and butter and lots of different silicone moulds I could find online.
And fragrance oils?
Oh, here we go. Caramel, blueberry muffin, fudge, watermelon. Who wouldn’t like to have a caramel scent all over their body?
I went bananas not even knowing the difference between essential and fragrance oil 😉
All different colourants and micas, because everyone wants those colourful and shiny soaps! Glitter on the top of every soap, please! And if you ask me, I had this glitter in every single colour, crazy times 😀 😀
But then it hit me. What is the purpose of creating a natural cosmetic product which is stuffed with all but not natural ingredients?
I believe you are what you put on your skin so this moment was a significant change, and from then on, I focused on natural colourants like clays, spirulina, turmeric, cinnamon, fruits and vegetables, yes! They are beautiful colours!
Cucumber and avocado make the soap green, carrot juice and pumpkin pulp give you orange soap, goat milk makes soap beige. And on top of that, skin benefits!
Therefore I mostly use natural ingredients in my soaps. I only compromise when it comes to fragrance oils. Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible to get honey essential oil or banana essential oil 🙂
It is no lie, NO LYE = NO SOAP
When it comes to making soap, one can choose from few methods. Melt and pour, hot process or cold process method. I only use the cold process method, which allows me to control the base temperature, very convenient when making, for example, honey soap, so I can always make sure honey still keeps its benefits. The cold process method means making soap from scratch. First, I prepare the base, add LYE and other ingredients and voila, and no lie, NO LYE = NO SOAP.