How did you start making soap?
Having spent many years in the US Air Force, both as an enlisted member and a civilian employee, I am finally enjoying retired life! After spending a great deal of time in a very psychologically intense career field working with families of fallen service members, as well as the war fallen themselves, I wanted to concentrate on self-care and decided that a creative outlet was just the ticket! Soap-making became my focus of passion, and I spent every spare moment figuring out how to create a healthful, luxurious, moisturizing and effective soap line that I could really stand behind, use myself and be very proud of. My soap-making techniques have been refined and improved on over the years, to the extent that it is now a full-time family business for which my family and friends enjoy the fruits of!
What is the difference between your all natural soap and the popular cold processed method?
Historically, I had always purchased soap in health food stores so I could depend on a natural/organic product, as opposed to the more detergent type soaps sold in grocery stores. What I didn't really care for about the health food store soaps (those being cold pressed bars) was the fact that, to me, they seemed extra hard in the hand, lost their scent easily, didn't really lather all that well, and got used up fast! I knew they were "good" for me, but I thought there must be a better method that had the consistency of a store bought soap, along with the healthfulness of the natural, cold pressed soaps. This is when I figured out how to make a milled soap that combines all of those qualities together in one bar!
What exactly is hand-milled soap?
Rather than dealing with lye and long cure times, I wanted to start out with a natural base product that I could process and mold myself (as opposed to cutting from a loaf mold). I also wanted the ability to incorporate creative and desirable ingredients that often can't take the chemical/high heat processes that are inherent in cold and hot processed soaps. This is also how I eventually discovered how to incorporate and preserve whole foods, fruits and botanicals into my soap collections (even though the experts say it can't be done!).
So how do you add and preserve whole food ingredients into your soaps?
Sorry, family secret ;-) We do, however, list all the ingredients on every soap label.
Do you carry an antibacterial soap?
No, but kind of yes... The FDA recently announced that there was no added benefit to antibacterial soaps over plain soap and water for cleanliness and illness prevention. From that report: "Moreover, antibacterial soap products contain chemical ingredients, such as triclosan and triclocarban, which may carry unnecessary risks given that their benefits are unproven. New data suggest that the risks associated with long-term, daily use of antibacterial soaps may outweigh the benefits. There are indications that certain ingredients in these soaps may contribute to bacterial resistance antibiotics, and may have unanticipated hormonal effects that are of concern to FDA."
The "yes" answer to this question is that we use gobs of raw, unfiltered honey in our natural soaps! Yes, honey has been known for centuries to be a powerful anti-fungal/antibacterial, and science now knows why. Honey actually breaks up bacteria communities (called biofilms) thereby destroying its modes of communication and replication, which which in turn stops the formation of bacteria that harbor diseases. Amazing!
Do you ship internationally?
We currently serve only the United States and its territories. We'll consider expanding upon request.