How it is made
All our soaps are lovingly handmade in small batches in the North East of England using the traditional method of cold process soap making, which uses minimal power and saves on energy. The process starts by preparing a lye water solution that acts as a catalyst for the saponification process. This is allowed to cool down in a safe location while the liquid oils are weighed, and the cocoa butter and coconut oil are weighed and melted. Relevant botanicals, fruit purees and non-dairy milks are prepped and weighed, and some are mixed directly into the oils such as our luscious homemade oat milk and home ground oatmeal. The lye solution is then mixed into the oils to create the soap. Some additives are added at this stage to allow for creativity and lovely swirl patters. The soap is then hand poured into the moulds and allowed to set between 18-24 hours. Once set, it is hand cut and left to cure for a minimum of 5 weeks before it is placed on the market. Cold process soapmaking guarantees that the natural glycerin, which is produced during the saponification process, is retained in the soap. Glycerin is a natural humectant that helps the skin draw and retain moisture and stay soft and supple. Commercially produced soaps are stripped of this wonderful ingredient that is then used to make creams and lotions. That is why you will find handmade cold process soap much gentler than commercial soap. The soaps are enriched with carefully selected, skin-loving, all-natural ingredients that are home crafted or wild crafted where possible. This is to ensure that they are free from additives, and to control exactly what goes in the soap.