There are two ways to make handcrafted soap—hot and cold process. Our handcrafted soaps are made the slow way, cold process. The essential difference between hot and cold process soap lies in how saponification (the chemical reaction in which lye joins with oils to become soap) occurs.
Cold process soap saponifies while the soap is in a mold, where it transforms from a liquid to a solid. This type of soap generally takes longer to cure than hot process soap, which saponifies over heat whether in an oven or over a burner. Great things take time and this is why everyone who bathes with our soaps love the way each bar feels in the hand and on the skin.
Soaps made via cold process also have a creamy texture when compared to its hot process counterparts. We air-cure our soaps for at least 4 weeks, giving lye, the caustic ingredient used to make soap, ample time to neutralize. Curing also allows water to evaporate, yielding a satisfying density desired in an outstanding bar of soap. Our generous curing window allows the soap to develop and stand up to the test of heat and humidity in a long shower. That's why our soap lasts and doesn't become overly soft in the bath. Give our cold process soaps a try and you'll never look back.
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