What exactly is handmade soap?
Handmade soap is made from combining water, sodium hydroxide (also known as lye), and various oils/fats. When combined, a chemical reaction occurs called saponification. The fats and oils react with the sodium hydroxide to create soap and glycerin. When soap is made properly, there is no sodium hydroxide remaining in the finished product. True soap CANNOT be made without the use of Lye. Anyone stating otherwise is misleading you; selling detergents or syndet bars.
Why should I use handmade soap over store bought?
Store bought soap is generally not soap at all and is actually a synthetic detergent, filled with preservatives and chemicals that may strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving your skin feeling dry, tight, and even irritated. Handmade soap is not a detergent and is generally made with mostly natural ingredients. Because Handmade soap doesn't have all those detergents and chemicals, it may be a great option for those with sensitive skin.
what's so special about glycerin?
Glycerin is a natural skin softener and is highly prized in various products, like lotions and creams. However, in store bought soap, glycerin is often removed to put them in those other products. Handmade soap keeps this precious glycerin. Companies remove it from most store-bought soap in order to place it in other products to get consumers to purchase multiple products. You are now forced to buy a product to clean and a product to moisturize. Handmade soap does both!
Handmade Soap is just great for your skin!
Handmade soap preserves the amazing skin loving properties that oils (like shea, coconut, and olive oil) have. The final product has all the great vitamins and minerals the oils started with. Still unsure? Just try it and see!
Do you use animal products?
All oils used are plant based. The only animal product used is Tussah silk. Although not considered vegan, the tussah silk we use is harvested from the wild after the silk moth has emerged. No animals are harmed. SoapQuest is committed to being cruelty free.
Are you Palm Free?
Short answer is No. However, we only use RSPO Certified and sustainable palm oil for soapmaking. Previous batches, which you may find in the store until sold out, may be palm free. They were made while still refining my recipe. Future batches, however, are likely to include palm as the current recipe I use includes it.
Thank you for coming along with me on my soap quest and supporting my small business!