R Designs & Ingredients
When you mix an oil or fat with a strong alkali (salt/lye), the result is called 'saponification' which means 'soap making.' Contrary to popular belief, lye is not present in the final production of soap, instead it produces the soap and glycerin, which is a natural moisturizer of the skin that is mostly removed from commercial soaps. This process is called "Cold Processing."
Many of our soaps are made by this 'cold process' with all natural ingredients of essential oils, some flowers, poppy seeds, sea salt, activated charcoal, oatmeal and natural fragrances from plants and flowers.
After the soap is processed and designed, it takes 4-6 weeks for it to 'cure', which means to dry. These soaps are very beneficial for sensitive and problem skin.
Hot Process: This technique to make soap is usually done with a slow cooker or crock pot. We utilize this technique for creating many of our soap designs that cannot be achieved by utilizing the 'cold processing' method usually is done with a stick blender. This processing technique allows for less curing time and gives the soaps a more 'rustic' finish depending on the certain ingredients that we choose to place in our recipe.
Melt & Pour Process: Some of our soaps are made from manufactured soap base already prepared with glycerin, goats milk, shea butter and/or oatmeal. We then add fragrance oil or essential fragrance oils to the 'melt & pour' soap base. This process is quicker, allowing us to prepare large quantities of soaps in a very short amount of time. After designing the soaps, it only takes hours to cure/dry and can be wrapped and prepared for our Random Acts of Kindness or Online Fundraising Shop.
HOW LONG WILL YOUR SOAP BAR LAST:
This is a very important question. Natural soaps, unlike commercial soap, retain its moisturizing properties that is called glycerin. This moisturizing benefit is removed in mass produced soaps. This is the reason you need lotions and your skin becomes dry, itchy and oftentimes irratated. Here are the three main factors to consider the life span of your soap bar:
how many people are using it
how often you and others bathe or shower
If you use a washcloth or exfoliant (Loofa) to lather the soap. We reccomend that you always use your hands to lather your handmade soaps.
If one person primarily uses the bar, and showers daily, keeps the soap bar free from water, your soap bar should easily last for about a month and much longer if you only use our facial soap bars, like our DETOX - Activated Charcoal Soap Bars.
HOW TO CARE FOR NATURAL SOAP BARS:
NEVER let your soap sit in water
Place your soap where it can dry in between use.
DO NOT leave soap in the tub or near the shower where water can continuously drip on it.
Use your hands to lather the soap onto your body.
Avoid using harsh washcloths and scrub sponges directly on the soap.
If your soap bar does become saturated from water; 'gooey' and soft, leave it in on a wooden soap dish that drains to allow it to thoroughly dry out. It will be just fine!