Welcome to Feature Friday, our new weekly blog that will go in-depth with the products we make by hand. This week's focus is on soap.
Here's the thing: all soap is not created equal. There's, of course, the debate of liquid soap vs. bar soap. Are you a shower gel person or a bar soap person? So let's talk about that...
We don't make shower gel. Why? Simply put: it doesn't match with our business model of simply packaging and simple ingredients. To make shower gel, you need additional ingredients to keep it from getting all sorts of ick. We don't like dealing with ick, so we stick with soap. Plus, we would need additional bottles and packaging, which have an upfront cost, which does you (the customer) no favors. Now, I'm not saying that we'll never make shower gel, but right now it's not on the radar.
Why is our soap so great? First of all, our recipes were designed by the amazing Micki, our Production Master. She made SO MANY batches of soap until she refined two unique recipes, perfect for skin and matching with our business model.
Soap 1: Fun Shapes!
Any soaps that you see that are amazing shapes are an olive and coconut oil based soap. It's so soft and creamy an appropriate for even the most sensitive skin. We use mica powder to add color and our wonderful essential and fragrance oils for the scent. This recipe is what we use for most of our custom orders, as it is so versatile and we can use it in any mold. We love it.
Soap 2: Classic Bar
Our bar and circle soaps are made with a lard-base. We hand-render our own lard and (sometimes) mix in goodies like orange peel powder, coffee grounds and turmeric. A lard-based soap lasts a long time in the shower or tub, creates a nice, thick lather and, with added olive oil, keeps skin healthy and clean. Plus, we create a variety of scents that are appropriate for men, women and children. Because everyone takes a shower or bath (I hope!).
If you're not sure about lard and tallow based soaps, this article outlines quite nicely some of the benefits: http://www.humblebeeandme.com/why-i-use-lard-or-tallow-in-my-soap-and-why-you-should-too/
And if you're interested in how it's done, check out this super low-budget (meaning we did this with my phone) video of us making some soap!