How we make our soap
Our soap is handmade by us in the Midlands using the 'cold process' method.
We use a mixture of vegetable oils such as olive, coconut and palm, and a solution made from sodium hydroxide and water called lye. We enrich this blend with shea or cocoa butters for their moisturising properties.
There is evidence of soap production as far back as 2800BC in Ancient Babylon. In more recent times Andrew Pears started making a high quality transparent soap in 1789, and Pears soap is still available today. Simply put, soap is made by treating oils and fats with a strong alkaline solution which brings about a chemical reaction called saponification.
When the oils and fats come into contact with the lye they saponify to produce soap and glycerine. In most mass produced soap the glycerine is removed and sold on as a by product, but all the glycerine is left in our soap making it rich and creamy and soft on the skin.
As with any handcrafted product, no two bars or soap cakes are exactly the same. The shades of colour, swirls and textures will be different in each creation and so may differ slightly from the photographs.