All true soaps are made by the combining of a lye (sodium hydroxide) and water mixture with oils. When thoroughly mixed, called trace, the lye and oils heat to a gel phase. This is known as saponification.
During this process, the lye burns away and the hard salts left is soap. What is on the
market today may not be soap!
Our soap products are
superfatted by 5% to ensure that all lye is burned away. We use two processes for soap making. In cold process, the soap is stirred to trace (thickened) and then poured into molds and left to gel. This takes six weeks for the soap to cure.
In the hot process, the soap is actually cooked at 200 degrees until saponification occurs. Then it is allowed to cool slightly prior to molding. This soap is ready much sooner since the lye has been cooked away.