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Essential Oil Origins

The soaps we make for you may be locally made by us, but the essentials oils we put into them to scent your soaps come from all over the world. Are you curious to see where your

favorite essential oil comes from?

Cedarwood, USA, Texas

Citronella, Java

Cinnamon, Sri Lanka

Eucalyptus, Australia

Ginger, China

Grapefruit, Argentina 

Lavender, France

Lemon, Italy

Lemongrass, India

Lime, Brazil

Orange, USA

Patchouli, Indonesia 

Peppermint, Japan

Rosemary, Spain

Tea Tree, Australia

Ylang Ylang, Madagascar

It's Your Great Grandma's Lye Soap!

Why did your great grandma use soap made with lye?  Because it's all natural.  Also, because you can't make soap (well, real soap that is) without using lye.

Lye is sodium hydroxide. It comes in liquid form, flakes, or crystals.  Sodium hydroxide comes into being when soda (sodium carbonate) and lime (calcium hydroxide) come together and cause a chemical reaction.

Before you could buy lye in a bottle, people used to make it from raw materials. They used it for tanning hides and making soap. To make lye, they would burn hardwoods at high temperatures to make white ashes. Then, they used a mixture of water and baking soda to penetrate the ashes and help remove the lye from them. Next, they filtered out the ashes. That left them with water that held enough lye to make soap and dissolve the fat from the animal hides.

When lye mixes with oil, it becomes soap after it saponifies. At the beginning of the soap making process, you mix water, oil, and lye. But then during the hot process making of soap, the lye cooks out of it.  Then with the curing of  the soap everything changes. As the chemicals harden, the liquid becomes a soap bar. 

After you cook and cure the soap, no lye remains in the soap. What’s left is just soap.  The saponification process eliminates all traces of lye and what remains is a beautiful moisturizing bar of all natural soap!

Colorful Soap is more Fun!

We love coloring our soaps, but we don't love  synthetic dyes.  Are you curious to know how we color our soaps without using dye?  

Nature is full of color!  

Black, Charcoal

Pink, Rose Clay

Orange, Moroccan Clay

Gray, Dead Sea Sea Clay

Green, Spirulina

Light brown, Oatmeal

Yellow, Cornmeal

We also use Dry Pigment Powders. Pigments powders, like mud, are finely ground particles of color that are suspended in a medium (such as water) to create a coloring agent.  They are manufactured by the synthesis of natural ingredients, being non-toxic and responsibly produced.  

Blue, Lapis Lazuli

Lavender, Lapis Lazuli

Lapis lazuli, or lapis for short, is a deep-blue metamorphic rock used as a semi-precious stone that has been prized since antiquity for its intense color.

Teal, Mineral Pigment

Mineral pigments are pigments that are created by combining and heating naturally occurring elements. 

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