"Cracklin Birch" is one of our very favorite "woodsy" scents! It's spicy, crisp, and clean -- a brisk walk through crunching leaves, with sunlight filtering down through tree branches under bright blue skies.
These cold processed soaps are made with saponified olive, organic coconut, sustainable palm, almond, and castor oils; shea butter; goat's milk; kaolin clay; mulberry silk; and sugar, formulated to offer a rich, creamy lather with pleasantly bubbly foam. Each bar weighs at least 4.7 ounces.
The other ingredients, not related to lather, bubble type, and skin feel, are skin safe micas, phthalate free fragrance oils, and sodium lactate (the salt component of lactic acid, used for hardening soap). Sodium hydroxide (lye) is added to oils early in the soap making process. Lye and oils combine in the saponification process, chemically transforming into soap and glycerin, leaving no remaining lye. Our soaps, along with many (most?) cold processed soaps, are "superfatted," which means that we add slightly more oils than are necessary to saponify the lye. This ensures that no lye will remain when saponification is complete, and the remaining oils contribute to producing an emollient bar of soap.
*We strive to maintain design consistency but due to the nature of small batch, handmade products there will be slight variations in swirl patterns between batches and even between bars cut from the same batch. White background photos are updated with each batch released.
The scent has a nice subtle outdoorsy smell, but not such that it's out of place for women. I love that this soap has a nice lather but is also incredibly soft and lush on the skin. Knowing all the ingredients are natural and safe is the best part.