I never intended making soaps - always said that I wouldn't - then my daughter asked me if we could find a palm-free soap to use at home and I started to do some research.
Palm oil is a great soap making ingredient and it's in so many of the commercially produced soaps, along with chemicals to harden and extend the soap's shelf life. I decided to try to make our soap myself - I had some of the ingredients, from making bath bombs and lotions, but it was a completely different area for me. Anyway I just love the challenge and reward of formulating a new product!
I started researching different combinations of oils and butters and ended up with our standard combination of butters - cocoa and shea, along with some great oils - coconut, ricebran, avocado and castor. Each of those oils brings different properties to the soap, containing vitamins, fatty acids and anti-oxidants that nourish and protect. So the blend of oils is important to the feel of the finished product.
I also found that the way the soap is formulated changes the amount of "free oils"- oils that are included in the soap formula but haven't been turned into soap. Those free oils make the soap more gentle and nourishing. The industry standard is 0-5%, whereas our standard soap has 7% free oils and we formulate up to 10% for special bars.
We started making and using our own soap in mid-2018 - then gifted it to friends who gave us such great feedback that we decided to take it further. We hope that you enjoy them too!