Sometimes when we make a soap its name is obvious. "Purely Lavender," for instance. Or "Bay Rum & Beer." Other times it takes a little longer for the right name to become clear. This soap, for instance, is all romantic cool swirls, and it is scented with "Juicy Apricot." And the apricot scent is really luscious. Sweet and warm and juicy. And when we got to thinking about how fleeting that sweetness is, we knew the name of this soap. "Sweet Apricot Blues." But, happily, the season for this lovely soap is much longer than for summer fruits, and you can indulge in silky rich lather and ambrosial fragrance any time of year!
These cold processed soaps are made with saponified olive, organic coconut, sustainable palm, almond, and castor oils; shea butter; goat’s milk; kaolin clay; tussah silk; and sugar, these bars are formulated to offer a rich, creamy lather with plentiful bubbles. Each bar weighs at least 5.9 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.