Why Handmade Soap?

My early childhood soap making was the norm for an older neighbor of mine, I think of her often and remember her showing me how she made soap with lard! Wow that was long ago she lived just next door to me on Green Ave. in Edgartown. She was a sweet old woman with beautiful white hair worn up in a bun. Those were my true soap beginnings!

Soap is the end product of a chemical process known as saponification. Saponification occurs when acids, such as fats and oils, are combined with an alkali base, a mixture of sodium hydroxide (also known as lye) and water, under a controlled environment. This mixture produces soap and in the final product no lye remain because the saponification process changes the molecular structure to a new creation - soap!
My soaps are made using the cold process method in small controlled batches for consistent quality. Simply put, cold process is when you mix the controlled quantities of acids and alkali (oils and lye water) at controlled temperatures to begin the saponification process. After the soap has reached a stage called “trace”, this is the time to add any additional additives such as essential oil or fragrance oils, herbs, etc. It is then poured into molds, insulated, and remains in the molds for 18 to 24 hours before being removed. Once removed, the soap needs to cure for 3 to 4 weeks to allow any remaining water to evaporate making a hard bar of soap.

Most commercial soaps are not really soap, but detergents. Detergents, unlike soap are made using petroleum distillates and other synthetics and chemicals rather than natural fats and oils.

All of my soaps are made by hand with the finest ingredients, and no animal products or artificial preservatives. My oils (olive, soy, and palm) and Shea butter are chosen for their qualities to moisturize, for hardness and luxurious fluffy lather. They are naturally gentle, excellent for all skin types and are available in a variety of fragrances and unscented.

I hope you enjoy my soaps and growing line of body products. I  welcome your feedback!
Beth Serusa
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