| Behind the Scenes
soap curing racks
Our cold process soap and bath bomb drying “racks.”

What is cold process soap, exactly? Well, long story short, it is the “old fashioned” way of making a bar of soap. Cold process soap makes up the majority of our product line and this post is a short description of how we make our cold process soap!

Cold process soap is made when melted fats and oils are combined with a lye/water solution and thoroughly mixed together, first to emulsion and then to what is known as “trace.” After you reach trace you add any fragrances, essential oils, colorants, or other additives you want to be included in your final bar soap. Once you’re finished adding goodies, you pour the soap into a greased mold and wait for it to harden.

Depending on the recipe it could take several days for the soap to be hard enough to remove from the mold. After it’s hard enough to unmold, you slice it into bars of the desired size. We aren’t done yet! Now the soap has to sit in a well ventilated, cool, dry area and “cure.” The soap cures for 4-6 weeks depending on the recipe.

Some soap recipes naturally create a bar that is initially harder and some create a bar that is softer until the water evaporates. Most of the chemical reaction involved in turning the fats and oils into soap is finished at this point but the cure time helps to finish it off. The main reason we cure cold process soap for 4-6 weeks is that it allows excess water to evaporate which makes the bar much harder, otherwise it wouldn’t last for very much use. This is the same reason you should use something like our soap deck to store your homemade soap between uses as it allows it to drain and dry properly for extended life.

After we get through all of the aforementioned steps in our cold process soap making, we get to package the bars and list them here for our beautiful customers to purchase them.

Hope you learned something and also that you see the amount of work that goes into these products! It’s a labor of love, just for you lovely people.