Soap is made by mixing oil (or fats) and water. But because oil and water don’t mix, lye (sodium hydroxide) is also added. Therefore, soap is made from oils (or fats), water and lye in perfectly calculated amounts to ensure safety. However, once these individual ingredients have been mixed, they go through a process known as saponification. It is a scientific or chemical reaction and thus the individual ingredients are now transformed into another form, including natural occurring glycerine, which is simply a by-product of saponification. Put another way: though no glycerine is added to any of our vegan handmade soaps, the natural process of making our soaps means during the process, glycerine is formed.
So, whilst the oils we use (Olive Oil, Coconut oil and Rapeseed Oil) are ones you would find in your kitchen, once they are mixed with the other ingredients necessary to make soap, it is a UK government requirement that we now must use the scientific names when listing them on our packing.
Olive Oil, Coconut oil, Rapeseed Oil, water, lye will now look like: Sodium Olivate, Sodium Cocoate and Sodium Rapeseedate.
We often choose to add some essential oils or fragrances, colourings and or botanicals such as petals to some of our soaps to make the beautiful patterns and designs. Each individual ingredient e.g. lemongrass, lavender bud, tea tree and patchouli must also be listed in their scientific names.
I know, it makes it look as though the ingredients are no longer recognisable, but I can assure you that our soaps are still made with lots and lots of love, with the intention of not using any unnecessary ingredients or chemicals.
We hope this will give you a better understanding of why the ingredients list may sometime look long and the names unfamiliar.
HOW TO USE
Wet your hands or flannel, then rub the soap gently until the bar lathers up. Massage the lather over your face or body before rinsing with warm water. Avoid contact with eyes. Leave the soap to drain. In the event that the soap gets into the eyes, rinse with clean water. If irritation occurs, discontinue use. Not suitable for children under 3 years old.
This soap is cut to approximately 7cm x 8cm x 2.5cm and weighs between 4.2 to 5.1 oz (Guidelines only).
Vegan, Cruelty-free, paraben and palm-oil free. All packaging is either recycled or recyclable.
Hand made by cold-process in London and curated for six weeks.