versus “Over the Counter” Soap. What is the Difference?
The technical definition of soap is "the result of a
chemical reaction between a fatty acid and an alkali
solution." Fatty acids are the actual fat content of animal
or vegetable oils; there are many different fatty acids
which combine to make up different oils. The alkali solution
is commonly known as lye and is usually sodium or potassium
hydroxide. (sodium hydroxide creates bar soap, potassium
hydroxide creates liquid soap) By this definition, soap must
be made from animal or vegetable fats/oils and lye. However,
note that in the finished product there is no free lye - it
is all combined into the resulting soap.
Homemade soap means
different things to different people – mainly defined by
those who actually make home made soap.
For some soap makers, it
means exactly what it says – it is a small batch of soap
made in the home for personal use.
But I think it can mean much
more than that. To me, homemade soap is a soap that is
artisan crafted in small batches where careful attention is
given to each recipe. To me, it must be made by hand – not
by large machines where the ingredients are poured into
giant drums. That is definitely NOT home made!
HOMEMADE SOAPS HERE – OVER 25 KINDS
So, does the soap have to
made inside someone’s house to be called homemade? Not
necessarily. While it is true that our soap making operation
moved out of our personal kitchen many years ago, it didn’t
go that far. Around 2006 we purchased a soap making shop –
one of those quaint barns that most people use for storing
bicycles, old furniture, and Christmas ornaments. We then
proceeded to insulate the entire barn, install drywall,
counter tops, flooring, and electricity. In the picture
below, our soap shop may not look very large but it is very
well organized with work stations on either side, drying
racks for the soaps, an oil melting station, and a shipping
area. The barn lofts are great for store bottling and
My point is, our soap shop is
still located at our home, just 15 feet from our
back door right beyond our studio and the goldfish pond. In
front of the shop is our herb garden where there is:
oregano, thyme, sage, Asiatic lilies, lavender, catmint,
beebalm, yarrow, and green peppers.
To the side, you will see my
hydrangea bushes on either side of the door. (see pic to
right of page) In the summer months, there are hanging
baskets of petunias and impatients. An old elm tree shades
the soap shop, helping to keep in cooler during the summer
months. But, yes, there is air conditioning in the shop.
Soap needs the humidity pulled out of the air in order for
it to dry and cure properly.
Now, back to homemade soap.
Just being made on our property isn’t the only factor in
calling our soap homemade. It also has to do with the fact
that it is made in small quantities – only 36 bars at a
time, sometimes only 12 bars at a time. True, we may have to
make soap more often than our competition but this attention
to detail and quality makes me secure in the notion of
calling our soap homemade.
Aromagregory soaps are
completely vegetable-based with no animal fats added. Our
own recipe consists of olive oil, coconut oil
and soybean with a little shea butter added.
Asked Questions about handmade soap:
Q: Does your soap contain lye?
A: soaps, both handmade and store-bought are initially made
by using lye (sodium hydroxide) or a similar caustic agent.
The process of soapmaking is a chemical reaction. When made
properly, no lye remains in the finished product; it is
simply the catalyst needed for turning oils into soap.
Q: Will your soap help my eczema?
A: Soaps are not allowed to be promoted as having curative
or medicinal properties unless they are treated as, and get
tested and certified as, medicines. So, we are not allowed
to answer with a “yes” or a “no”. But we have had several
regular customers who have stated that the soap has helped
with problem skin. This may possibly be attributed to the
relatively natural ingredients in our soaps. It may be
preservatives, colorants or fragrances in commercial soaps
that cause unpleasant reactions. Our suggestion is for an
eczema sufferer to try our mildest bar,
Oatmeal-Milk-and-Honey, and see how it
works for their skin.
Q: How long does a bar last?
A: Most couples tell us that a bar of soap lasts four to six
weeks. This is based on using it according to
directions, by not letting it stand in water; always use a
vented or ribbed soap dish or shower caddy to allow the bar
to dry between uses and last longer.
May 18-19, 2013
at the Nashville Expo Center
(formerly the Tennessee State
500 Wedgewood Avenue Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Come and enjoy a wide variety of exhibitors and
covering many areas, including......
Animal energywork info
Crystal Healing Work
Crystals & Gemstones
Natural Washing Powder,
Natural Bath & Body
Past Life Regression Info
Psychics / Mediums
Reiki / Energywork
Rune Stone Readings
Vegetable Wax Candles
check out our new line of chakra oil blends.
Each bottle blended by hand one at a time.
Essential oils chosen for their color and
visit our retail store location? We are located
223 Donelson Pike
Nashville, TN 37214
There you will find all of our great soap and
aromatherapy products along with: an herbal tea
bar, natural foods market, yoga classes and
gear, massage therapy, alternative healing and
doors down from the Donelson Post Office, right
beside our friends at JVI Garden Center.
Feel free to visit
soap for private label
Have a bath business and want to include good, handmade soap
in your product line? Our website
offers the same great soaps we make for retail in bulk
loaves or blocks, ready for you to cut into bars and wrap in
your own company label.
Loaves approximately 4 pounds
each. Blocks around 12 pounds each. Prices begin at only
$19.99 per loaf. Made with real essential oils, each batch
is made especially for you at the time you order it.
To learn all about our bulk soap, visit our FAQ page found
AROMATHERAPY SOY CANDLES - True aromatherapy
candles are made with real essential oils. Essential
oils are extracted from plants, flowers, bushes, trees
and woods -- With paper wicks, natural soy wax,
pure essentials oils and a metal container, you can't
get any more natural than that.
SEE OUR AROMATHERAPY CANDLES.
SKIN CARE -
from our handmade shea butter lotion to our jars of pure
shea butter, your skin will thank you for nourishing it
with natural ingredients.