About Homemade Soap

Why Handmade Natural Soaps?

Soap for the Natural Side of You! Try It! Your Skin Will Be Happy You Did

Why you may ask, should I buy handmade soap when I can get more soap for less money at the grocery store?

Would you wash your body with Detergents? Well you might be! Most store soaps have beneficial ingredients taken out of them and in return cheap products added to them. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate {SLS} is the main ingredient used in store soaps, but also the same ingredients used in floor cleaners. It adds the lather to the soap, but also strips your skin of the natural oils.

What you will not find in our soap is the detergents, petroleum derived products, preservatives, or SLS's of any kind. As an alternative to those chemical laden, mass marketed, drying and stripping the natural oils to the skin, mostly detergent soap bars.

Soybee Harvest soaps do not have this problem. We use only skin loving ingredients. I guess the best way to describe the way SoyBee Harvest Soaps are scented is to simply say that they are tastefully and naturally done. You just want to pick them up and indulge.

Handmade Soap is soap in its true, pure form. It’s natural and gently cleanses away excess oils and bacteria, but doesn't strip your skin of its natural oils.

This soap is just that - true soap in every sense of the word. It cleans, it's gentle, and will not harm the environment.

Our handmade soaps are formulated to deliver the very best in skin care while using only safe, truly natural ingredients. We never use harmful synthetic chemicals, preservatives, artificial dyes, or synthetic fragrance oils. Our handmade soaps are made in small batches to ensure the quality of each batch. At SoyBee we hand cut and hand wrap every bar , so weight and shape may vary! We even make our own labels and use recycled packaging. Every bar is given a long cure period so that when it reaches you it is mild and ready to use. Our soaps begin with a good quality palm, olive, rice bran, palm kernel, coconut, castor, aloe, and of course our three milk combo {goat, coconut and cow milk}, to which we add rice bran, and hemp, avocado, tea tree, and shea butter for a rich creamy lather that nourishes as it moisturizes. Next we add botanicals like lavender or rosehips, butters, and cleansing earth clays for their exceptional skin care benefits and a host of other extracts as natural preservative. Finally, we scent our fragrant soaps with only pure essential oils extracted from plants . . . fresh clean scents, the way Mother Nature intended!

Our handmade soap is truly 100% natural from start to finish. You can feel the difference! Treat yourself to a bar and experience how good natural soap can be to your skin. Beautifully simple.

In the homemade soap making process, oils and fats are combined with lye to produce soap and glycerin. A few people might question the use of lye in handmade soaps. But the facts are; all soaps are made with lye. What needs to be understood here is that once the process of saponification is completed, the lye and oils have combined and chemically changed into soap and glycerin. All bar soaps are made with lye, however, when made correctly, there is NO LYE remaining in the final soap.

Soap is made by adding water, oil and butters together, along with something to form them into soap (an alkali). That ingredient is Sodium Hydroxide which is lye. For liquid soaps, it is Potassium Hydroxide. The chemical reaction is called saponification. The soap maker must calculate the correct amount of lye for the specific oils used in each recipe. If too much lye is used, the bar may be hard and crumble. If too little, the bar becomes soft and will become rancid faster, due to the natural oils & butters that are used in handmade soap.

Saponification is a chemical reaction that takes place when oil is mixed with an alkali solution, such as sodium hydroxide (lye), water & oils or butters. In other words, the oil and lye combine to make soap. When the proper amounts are used at the proper temperatures, all of the lye and oil are consumed by the reaction and only the soap remains. Generally, slightly more oil is used resulting in a soap that is more moisturizing for the skin and ensuring that all of the lye is used up in the curing process.

The Curing Process

Our handcrafted soap is made in small batches using a cold process...We select the highest quality pure essential oils and extract. We also use rich butters and other rich oils to increase the moisturizing capabilities of the soap, butters and oils like cocoa butter, shea butter. Essential oils, natural herbs, safe fragrance oils add to the soap's wonderful aromas. Natural herb powders and clays add color to our soap; and botanicals, and other natural ingredients add texture and exfoliates. Our handcrafted soap are also made with such things as oatmeal, rosemary, lavender, rooibos tea, hemp and other goodies that provide light, gentle exfoliation for your skin. All of our homemade soaps are enriched with additional oils that are suspended in the soap to ensure an even more moisturizing experience.

Cold Process soap needs to slowly "cure" over time. So we allow our Soybee's soaps to naturally air cure for about six weeks and longer. During the first two weeks of curing, the saponification process is completed. As the soap continues to cure, most of the water used in the recipe evaporates. So the bottom line is; that the curing process insures a milder, harder, longer lasting bar, with rich wonderful luxurious lather.

Soybee’s soaps are soft, natural and they beautifully moisturize your skin. Remember – all natural soaps dissolve when left in water. So please don’t leave natural soaps in water or they will liquefy and turn to a gooey mess. Yuck!!! Make sure you use a well-drained soap dish and allow to air dry.

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