Soap FAQs

There are a lot of questions that come up regularly about my soaps, and I’m going to try to answer them here.  If there’s something you’d like to know that isn’t answered, please send me a message using the contact page!

Handmade Soap

Are these all-natural?  No. I firmly believe that there IS no all-natural soap, because every reputable soap maker uses laboratory-produced lye in their soap.  Unless someone is creating it themselves by boiling hardwood ashes in their kitchen, they’re not making all-natural soap.  That said, I also use synthetic fragrance oils, and some of my colorants are made with lab-produced mica.  Everyone’s definition of natural is different.

Why is there lye in the soap?? True soap cannot be made without sodium hydroxide (lye).  That’s because soap is the product of saponification, which is the reaction between lye and oils.  In my soap, I use more than enough oils to balance out the lye (this is called superfatting), and there will never be any raw lye left over in the soap.  This actually leaves extra oils behind, so the bar feels softer on the skin.

What’s in the fragrance oils? Unfortunately, I can’t give you a specific list.  Fragrance oil formulations are protected as trade secrets and I don’t have the precise ingredient list for any of them.  However, all of my fragrance oils are phthalate-free, and come from reputable soap suppliers.  Some soapers buy their fragrances from Ebay or Amazon sellers, but in my opinion, there is no way to know what you’re really getting from those sources.

Why is there lard in the soap?  Lard is a wonderful ingredient to use in soap.  I use locally rendered lard when possible.  It makes a nice, creamy, bar of soap with fluffy bubbles.  I also use it instead of palm oil because of the controversy over the destruction of rainforests due to palm oil harvesting.

Glycerin-Based Soap (and Novelty Soap)

What is the difference between handmade and glycerin-based soap? The main difference is the way it’s produced.  Our handmade soaps are made from a combination of oils, lye, and water.  Glycerin-based soap is a premade base we purchase from a reputable soap supplier, then shape, decorate, and scent.  The ingredients are different because the supplier has to make the base meltable, pliable, and easy to work with so that crafters can manipulate it to fit their vision.

Wait, you said up above you don’t use palm oil.  Isn’t there palm oil in the glycerin-based soaps?  Well, yes.  That’s because glycerin-based soap comes from a premade base.  While we might be able to find a palm-free base, it would be unacceptably expensive and we wouldn’t be able to afford to produce our novelty soaps with it.


Thanks for reading! If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me.  I check my email at least twice a day and respond within 24 hours.