How I Make Our Soap

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I get a lot of questions from friends and customers about how I make our soap, so here’s how I do it!

The Ingredients

First, a little chemistry. Any and all soap is made of two main ingredients: 1) a strong base and 2) fatty acids. Bar soap is made with lye (also called caustic soda or sodium hydroxide) as the base and various fats to provide the fatty acids. Read more…

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Essential Oils Or Fragrance Oils? What We Use And Why

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If you’ve read my post about essential oils, you know what they are, what they do and what they are not.  If you are familiar with our soaps and other products, you know that we use essential oils in many things but use fragrance oils in others. Read more…

Essential Oils: What They Are (And Aren’t)

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There seems to be a lot of interest – and misunderstanding – surrounding essential oils these days.  Lots of people – myself included – are looking for ways to get away from unnecessary chemicals and drugs and essential oils are being touted as an all-natural answer to all kinds of ills.  Let me offer a little dose of reality here and talk about what they actually are and, more importantly, what they are not.  I’ve been using them around my house for about fifteen years and you can read about how we use them in our products here.

So what are essential oils? Read more…