What is in Handmade Soap?
Well, the short answer is…whatever the Soapmaker wants there to be! Handmade soap can include oils, butters, milk, clays, and even beer! Each additives provides a different quality to the soap. In short, soap is a chemical reaction between Sodium Hydroxide (lye) and fatty acids. This process is called saponification. And, because I’m a nerd, it looks like this:
While I do love science, I also like to embrace my creative side. Making handmade soap is an awesome mix of both science nerd and creative artist. In addition to formula creation, the color and design of the soap is 100% up to the soap maker! So fun!
Here’s what’s in the latest Sweet Olivia soap!
Rice Bran Oil: Skin conditioning, good for dry or mature skin
Coconut Oil: Contributes to bar hardness and increases the soap’s cleansing properties
Palm Oil: Contributes to bar hardness
Mango Butter: Provides conditioning to the skin, makes a creamy lather
Cocoa Butter: A good skin moisturizer, contributes to bar hardness
Castor Oil: Makes lots of creamy lather
Fragrance Oil: All fragrance oils used are skin safe and smell great!
Colorant: Mica is mined from the earth and coated in FD&C colorants. Micas are used to color almost every cosmetic and makeup item available!
These soaps are on the curing rack and will be available for purchase in the next couple weeks! If you are local to Marietta, GA, you can purchase them at my next event on May 7th! (Click the link to go to the event page.) The soaps will be listed in my Etsy shop on May 8th!