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Is it necessary to use lye (sodium hydroxide) when making your soap?
Simply put, yes. When most people think of lye, they think of a drain cleaner. Lye by itself is a very caustic and dangerous substance to use. When lye combines with oils they bind together in which it is called saponifcation. After 24 hours of sitting in a mold, the soap can be cut and the caustic part is no longer a danger as no lye is left. What you are left with is a beautfiul bar of soap still containing the natural glycerin for your skin.
Do you use any preservatives in your soap?
I am currently not using any preservatives in my soap. I currently use Vitamin E (Tocepherol) in my soap to not only add Vitamin E but it also acts as a natural extender. Oils do spoil over time and I would recommend on using your soap within 9 months of purchase.
How do I prolong the life of my soap bar?
Keep it as dry as possible. After using your soap, it is best that you have a little soap rack/dish that has slats or holes in it to allow the drainage of the water. As with any soap, the more water it has around it, the quicker it will dissolve.
Essential Oils or Fragrance Oils, which do you use?
I use both depending on the scent I am trying to achieve. Essential oils are natural oils and fragrance oils are synthetic lab created scents. Sometimes the essential oils are not as strong as I would like, so adding a few drops of fragrance oil to a batch, is not uncommon.
I used your soap and now my skin itches, what is causing it?
More than likely you are allergic to one or more of the ingredients in the soap. Even though the soap contains no detergents, some of the fragrance oils can bother some people who may have sensitive skin or allergies. Discontinue use and contact a physician regarding any symptoms you may have. All of my products contain the ingredients on the labels. If you are not sure about what is in a specific product, please e-mail me before purchasing and I will be happy to disclose the ingredient list to you. I do use some nut based oils in some of my products so please ask if you have any questions.