PRODUCTS & SOAP
MAKING

Frequently asked questions

Soap

What does it mean for a product to be "small batch"?


"Small batch" is a term used to refer to a smaller product quantity that is being produced at one time. We are a small business and we make everything by hand which means that we can only make so many products at a time. Small batch allows us to pay more time and care into each product because we aren't making a bunch at a time.




Are your soaps vegan/vegetarian?


We are making a move towards the majority of our soaps being made using a vegan recipe using olive oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter, and castor oil. We love using milks in our soaps as well, especially locally sourced goats milk, which makes for an amazing vegetarian soap bar.

Some of our soaps are made with animal fats using the leftover rendered fat from a local butcher so we can use and recycle what would be thrown away and wasted. All of our soaps have ingredients listed so you can always make the best decision for your needs.




Do you use palm oil?


No! We do not use palm oil! A lot of soapers have used palm oil through history and many do today in order to keep a vegetarian or vegan soap that is still hard and long lasting. However, palm oil manufacturing results in mass deforestation and the destruction of animal habitats. There are many ingredient labels out there now saying that they use sustainably sourced palm oil, but we just still don't feel right about it. To err on the side of caution, we make our soaps using either animal fats or a vegan palm-free soap recipe.




Why do you put lye in soap? Isn't it dangerous?


Lye is a harsh and dangerous chemical when it is used without the proper tools and knowledge. As soap makers, we wear protective equipment and always mix our lye solutions in well ventilated places, or even outside if we aren't somewhere with a good exhaust fan! Lye is a required part of soap making because it is what mixes with the oils to create saponification, which is just the name for the chemical process where lye mixes with oils to create soap. When making soap you have to be very careful to not burn yourself or inhale the fumes from the lye, but the lye does not stick around. After 24-48 hours the lye has complete deactivated and the "soap" has been fully formed. At this point we let our soaps sit for another full month to cure and harden so you can be sure there is not a single trace of lye left in your bar of soap.




Ingredient/Allergen Warnings


Please note our ingredient lists for all of our products on the product pages. Though our soaps usually contain the same list of ingredients, we may add or replace an ingredient so it is important to read the ingredient list for each product if you have concerns. We hand make all of our products on a small scale, so each of our products has a potential to come in contact with an ingredient you may have an allergy or reaction to. This is the equivalent of saying, "This product has been processed in a facility that also processes _________". Please be aware of your own skin conditions and allergy concerns before choosing products. We do not formulate our products for specific skin conditions or types, so we urge you to use your best judgment when it comes to your specific needs. Our products have been tested by friends and family with different skin conditions with great results. If you have any specific questions or concerns, please send us a message and we will do our best to help you.




General Product Warnings


It is the responsibility of the user of the products to use the products properly. Always be aware of personal allergies and irritations. Spot test all skin products prior to full use. If any products cause irritation, discontinue use immediately and consult a physician. Our bath and body products are not designed with children's use in mind - parental discretion is advised. Only use scented wax appropriately and using an approved warmer. Do not leave candles unattended or burning for longer than 4 hours at a time. If you have any other concerns, please contact us.