This Is How We Do It
I hope everyone's well and thriving through the chaos.
I was alarmed to wake at 4am - my apartment's monoxide alarm went off. Blaring loud, certainly no way to start the day. Talk about waking up on the wrong side of the bed...
Everyone rushed to the dog run with their dogs. My porch sits just on the grass, so it was a party outside my unit. Ugh...
I decided my day could go two ways - pissed that my day didn't start the way I wanted, or thankful for the wakeup call.
I made some coffee, took a seat outside, and watched the pink sunrise.
The sky looked just like my most recent soap batch, which I curated for the Get Naked collection. It was a scene out of my head. As a version of our Sunrise soap, this bar is made with shea butter, coconut oil, and 100% wintergreen essential oils.
I ran this batch at low temperatures - meaning we were stirring with a wooden spoon, for almost 2 hours. Yeah! Two. Damn. Hours. Hand-Stirring.
This soap bar sold out in just 24 hours, when curated a few months ago. I have been receiving hundreds of requests to bring this baby back. Here it is, Soap Fam!
This bar is super refreshing, and leaves you clearheaded. With a white base, and pink, layered swirls, this bar is truly unique. Each bar will be different. Moisturize and lather your skin, with this rich soap bar.
The amount of love and energy to curate your soap, takes time. We didn't skip any steps, rush the process, or use any extra shit.
My partner and I have invented the most energy-efficient, sustainable way of soap making.
Here's how we do it;
Sustainable, pure vegetable oils are measured out in a big bucket. From here, our lye is poured into the oils at about 120 degrees. We then begin mixing with our big wooden spoon. This generates enough energy to be sure all vegetable oils are melted and brought to about 90 degrees for saponification. There is NO ADDED HEAT. Wow! Super energy-efficient.
After mixing up all the lye and oils, saponification begins. We keep mixing. The liquid substance begins to get thicker and thicker. We keep mixing. This is when we would add essential oils or colorants. Then, we mix some more... And more... Until desired thickness. The entire soap batch is then poured into a soap mold.
The soaps then sit for a few days, and are hand cut, stamped, and beveled. Then, sit to cure for months.
Did you know? The longer you let soap cure, the longer it will last in the shower. This means, even when you get your soaps, they age like wine! Let some soap sit for a month or two before using, notice the difference in lather and lasting.
This process of saponification, is the reaction of sodium hydroxide and fats. But here's the cool chemistry part...
Does the soap have sodium hydroxide or lye in it? NO. If it did, it would burn your skin. The lye is used up in the saponification process to turn oil into soap. There is no lye present in the finished bars of soap.
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