How do I take care of my soap?
Unused soap should be stored in a dark and cool area for the longest lasting scent and to keep the oils at their freshest.
While using handmade cold process soap, you should always let it dry completely between uses and get a soap dish that drains. If soap is allowed to sit in a puddle of water, the soap will become very soft and you will get fewer uses out of it.
What is soap?
Soap in its truest form is basically a fat made into a salt with sodium hydroxide (lye). That is the FDA definition of soap and it is the purest and traditional method of making soap. Whereas hundreds of years ago, people extracted lye from ashes and mixed them with animal fats, today a wide variety of vegetable and animal are available as well as pure lye.
Body wash you might buy at the store are usually what’s classified as a detergent. These are not soaps but rather synthesized compounds designed to clean as opposed to a fatty acid salt.
Are your soaps vegan?
All L3O soaps are made of 100% vegetable oils. They are not vegan because they do contain a small amount of cruelty free tussah silk that is dissolved in the soap batter to make a luxurious bar of soap.
Some L3O essential soaps are vegan - they will be listed as such in the description.
What is difference between the essentials soaps and your other soaps?
All L3O soaps are made with the same base quality ingredients. Vibrant colors and complex fragrance blends are apart of what make soapmaking such a creative expression. In order to achieve this, I use a small amount of body safe cosmetic micas and skin tested pthalate free fragrances.
Essentials soaps are truly what I would call all natural soaps, scented with essential oils only or unscented and colored with clays, naturally occurring oxides, or pureed foods. They contain any number of delicious skin loving ingredients such as avocados, carrots, goat milk, beer etc.
What is lye?
It is sodium hydroxide, NaOH. Lye has been used in soapmaking for thousands of years. Additionally it is used to cure many foods like olives and fish and for cleaning. It is a basic compound used for making many foods and household items.
Not all soapmakers put lye in their ingredient list, some prefer to put the actual name of the saponified versions of their oils (ie. sodium olivate for saponified olive oil). Glycerin soap (melt and pour) that has a translucent quality is also fundamentally made from lye. Rest assured, lye was used in the process of making your soap, otherwise it simply isn't soap.
Lye reacts in soap making with the oils. It turns the oils into soap and completely disappears. The resulting soap is gentle on the skin because the lye has completely reacted with the oils. The excess oils and butters leftover help moisturize and protect the skin.
What is sodium lactate?
Sodium lactate is the salt of lactic acid. Lactic acid is a naturally occurring acid in milk and in metabolism of living things. It is added to soap in small amounts to help make the soap harder and prolong it's usage.