The Soaping Owl creates natural artisan handcrafted cold process soaps as well as other bath and hair products. All soap bars are hand-crafted with natural, skin-loving oils and butters without the harsh chemicals and detergents found in most store bought soaps. We strive to keep our ingredients pure and natural, while crafting some gorgeous and creative soaps.
We also love creating Custom Orders, so if you have any special request, whether it is for specific fragrance, custom essential oil blend, colors, or designs, we would love to hear from you! A minimum order is required to fulfill custom requests.
What is Cold Process Soap?
Cold Process soapmaking is the act of mixing plant or animal derived oils (common oils include Olive, Coconut and Palm) with an alkali (Sodium Hydroxide or Lye). The result is a chemical process called saponification. The composition of the oils change with the help of the lye to create a bar of soap. One of the main benefits of cold process soapmaking is having complete control over ingredients.
The Soaping Owl strives to use only the best ingredients for our soaps. We only use Organic Coconut Oil and 100% gorgeous Pure Olive Oil. Many luxurious additives are added to our soaps also, including Bee Pollen Powder, 100% Whole Greek Yogurt, Pure Cucumber Juice, Aloe Vera Juice, Coconut Milk, Goat Milk, Activated Charcoal, Honey, and sometimes even Beer! You will see all the ingredients listed on the different soaps we have for sale.
Why use Handmade Soaps?
Most people have never used handmade soap before. In fact, most people have never used soap before. Wait…what?
Commercial soap sold in stores is often made with chemical detergents, hardeners and synthetic lathering agents. Some of these ingredients can be drying or irritating on the skin. On the other hand, handmade soap created with oils, liquid and lye does not contain these harsh ingredients and qualifies as ‘soap.’
The ingredients in some commercial bars on the market make them ineligible to be called and advertised as soap. According to the FDA website, a product is defined as soap when:
Handmade soap also contains glycerin. Glycerin is a humectant that attracts moisture from the air to the skin. It’s produced naturally during the soapmaking process. It’s one of the things that make handmade soap so amazing! Some commercial soaps remove the glycerin from the bars and sell it to make lotions and creams.
Even though Sodium Hydroxide (Lye) is a key ingredient used to make soap, when calculated correctly, there is no lye leftover in handmade soap. Once the lye and oils emulsify and combine, the saponification process begins. This process turns the lye and oil into soap.
In the final bar, no lye actually comes into contact with your skin because there is no lye in the bar – it’s now soap!
The Soap Queen. (June 6, 2016) Why Should You Make & Use Handmade Soap?
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