What Do You Mean By Natural Soap?
Natural soap is made by combining oils and butters with a lye solution, which results in a chemical reaction called "saponification". When saponification is complete, the oils and butters are transformed into soap and no lye remains.
Many commercially available "soaps" are not actually soap, but synthetic detergent bars or combination bars made from oils that have the glycerin removed from them and surfactants added to them. Many of these commercial cleansing bars also contain unnecessary ingredients, like sulfates, surfactants, petroleum derived products, and chelating agents to produce lather or maintain consistency in their bars. These bars can often be irritating to our skin.
Natural soaps retain all of the naturally derived glycerin and produce lather from saponified oils to.strip less oils from your skin than detergent bars while cleansing. So, when we refer to natural soap, we mean true soap made without detergents or unnecessary additives. Many soapmakers make natural soap and then add colors and/or fragrances. This is still soap and not a synthetic detergent bar.
We do not add any synthetic dyes or colorants to our soap. While most synthetic colorants used in soap are skin safe, we absolutely love the unique look that natural colorants give to our soaps!
Why Do You Use Fragrance Oils in Natural Soap?
As mentioned above, by natural soap we mean true soap without other unecessary ingredients. Most of our soaps and all of our other products are scented with essential oils. However, we do have a few soaps that are scented with fragrance oils in scents that cannot be obtained by essential oils. Fragrance oils sometime get a bad reputation for being "synthetic" vs pure plant based essential oils. In the past, fragrance oils used harsh chemicals and solvents in their formulations. Due to consumer demand, many suppliers now make their fragrance oils without these harsh formulations. The fragrance oils we use are skin safe and phthalate-free (these are the solvents that are concerning to consumers). Scent is a powerful sense that is tied to emotion, and we want you to feel comfortable choosing the scents that let you do you! Each soap lists the ingredients and whether essential oils or phthalate-free fragrance oils are used, so you can select what is important to you.
Why Does My Soap Look Like That?
Handcrafted natural soap doesn't look the same as mass produced, uniform looking, detergent based bars you may be used to seeing in stores. The center of your soap may look a little darker that the outer edges - this is a result of the saponification process and the middle heating up more than the rest of the soap while it is saponifying. Soap is actually a salt, so you may see a thin white covering on some surfaces of the soap - this is also a result of the saponification process and is just a thin layer of salt. You may see air bubbles or streaks on the surface of your soap - this is from cutting the soap loaf. All of these are purely aesthetic and do not effect the product or its performance. Embrace the unique looks of your soap!