Finding the Right Ingredients

Real soap is made with 3 ingredients. Water, Lye, and Fats/Oils. You can actually make Castile Soap using only Water, Lye, and Olive Oil. Each different type of oil or fat provides its own unique properties. Some oils, like coconut oil, provide cleansing properties. Others provide lather, bubbles, conditioning, etc. Hard oils and fats make your bar harder, liquid oils make it softer (wow). Even though we like all our soap better than store bought soap, we've found that there are certain qualities we prefer in our soap.

Here's an example: One of the first soaps we made we called Chocolate Cream. We actually made it for my Mom, who loves chocolate (who doesn't?). It's a great soap (and very exfoliating), but if I made it today it would be very different. As it is, we made it using Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, and Soybean Oil. It's properties looked like this:

Chocolate Cream Soap

Hardness - 67%

Cleansing - 95%

Conditioning - 86%

Bubbly - 45%

Creamy - 31%

As I said, still good soap! But to compare it to another chocolate bar we absolutely love, our Peppermint Hot Cocoa bar, it's not even close.

Our Peppermint Hot Cocoa is made with Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, and Castor Oil. Its properties look like this:

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Soap

Hardness - 89%

Cleansing - 100%

Conditioning - 70%

Bubbly - 61%

Creamy - 61%

When we analyzed our soaps, we found we liked our bars hard, bubbly, and creamy. So most of our bars are built that way. It's a little more expensive to make, but well worth it!

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