Are your soaps "melt and pour"?No! Melt and pour soaps are junk!
This is just my opinion, of course, but it's actually fairly frustrating to see some people passing this garbage off as "natural" soap. Some of those craft store melt-and-pours have just as much bad stuff as other big brand commercial bars.
My bars are made by hand, with highest-quality ingredients, using the cold-process method.
I don't just microwave a block of chemicals and pour them into a mold. I use ingredients that you can mostly find in a grocery store:
Olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil (sustainable), avocado oil, jojoba oil, shea butter, castor oil, oatmeal, water and lye (food grade). That's it! Don't be fooled.
What's the white stuff on the tops of the bars?I will give a scientific explanation also, but to answer the question, it's soap.
The glycerin in cold-process soap makes the soap hydroscopic, meaning that it attracts water. It forms when air reaches a freshly made batch of soap within 24 hours of pouring into the frames. It does not discriminate, but tends to happen more on especially humid days. It's harmless and will rinse off the first time you use the soap.
If it is on the soap, we don't cut it off. Being harmless, that would be a waste of perfectly good soap. My soaps aren't out to compete in beauty pageants and frankly I dig the "ugliness" of them.
So there you have it, the ugly stays.
Can y'all make "such-and-such" scent?First off, we truly appreciate scent suggestions, but....
Using 100% pure essential oils, we are limited to the types of "scents" we can make.
The most important reason is that we do not use synthetic fragrances which would give us the ability to make a "Bahama Mama" or "Lovely French Lady" scented soap.
Another reason we are limited in what we use is the cost of using pure essential oils.
For example, a 1/2 oz of Rose Essential Oil costs $388.00! The reason is that it takes 5,000 pounds of fresh rose petals to make just one pound of rose oil.
On the contrary, synthetic rose fragrance oil costs $7.69 for 4 ounces.
We don't use fragrance oils.
We do, however, take all scent suggestions seriously and will try our hardest to fulfill the request and we can guarantee that we will be inspired.
How long do your soaps last?Depends on what you're using them for.
Most of our customers say a bar of our soap lasts them between 3-4 weeks. This is based on normal use.
In our home, the coffee soap that I keep in my bathroom for hand-washing lasts approximately 1 month, however; the soaps that we use in the shower last approximately 1-2 weeks.
To give you an idea, my sons and I use our soap to wash our hair and body daily. The girls use it the same, except randomly for their hair, and our soap lasts approximately 1 week.
What can I do to make my 504P bars last longer?Due to demand (yeah, I said it), I usually am shipping out the soaps when they are approximately 3-4 weeks old. Of course, the longer the soaps are allowed to age, the better.
At about 4 to 6 weeks, the bar is hard enough, and best, to last the longest in a humid bathroom.
Most important though, is to not let your soap sit in a puddle of water, or that poor draining alcove that's built into most shower stalls.
Because we don't use petro-detergent-synthetic garbage, our soaps will melt like...uhhhh...look, it'll melt.
Let your soap dry out between uses, by putting your soap on some kind of a soap dish that allows air to circulate around the bar. A 'proper' soap dish will either raise the bar up for air to circulate from beneath, or contain air holes for drainage of water below the soap.
You can also use a sisal bag or netted sponge to further extend the soap's lather.