Sol Soap is a family business that produces cold process soap, body scrubs and other unique bath products! We are defined by our quality products, reasonable pricing and the meaningful connections and long-term friendships that we create with customers!
Initially, I became involved in making cold process soap as a hobby, but it didn’t take long before my friends and family began requesting bars. I love soap making and enjoy talking about it with others, so turning my hobby into a business just seemed like the natural progression.
Giving back is also a big part of who we are as a business! My husband and I have been involved in charities throughout our lives, so when we created “Sol Soap,” we built this into our business model. Having retired from the Air Force, we chose to give back to military community and we donate 10% of all of our sales to veteran based organizations and other worthwhile charities.
How is Cold Process Soap Made?
Cold Process Soap is made by mixing lye/sodium hydroxide (a base) and oils (acids) such as olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, rice bran oil, etc. Lye, changes the composition of oils to produce a bar/batch of soap--a process called "saponification". This process takes 24-48 hours. Afterwards, the soap bar/batch enters a curing phase, which typically requires between 4-6 weeks to cure (dry and harden).
Some people believe that products containing lye are dangerous to use, however all true soap is made using lye/sodium hydroxide (even the bars you buy at your favorite department store). Most soap makers only use food grade lye in our soaps to ensure its purity. When soap is prepared properly, no lye remains in the bar of soap after saponification has occurred (the first 24/48 hours), the lye and oils have chemically changed to make soap.
As a matter of fact, lye is also commonly used to make bagels and hominy. (https://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/cold-process-soap/free-beginners-guide-to-soapmaking-cold-process/).
Cold Process Soap
The main benefit to cold process soap making, is the control you have over the ingredients that go into your soap. This quality control ensures that disagreeable ingredients associated with most mass produced store bought soap (harsh detergents, preservatives and other chemicals (ingredients that strip away natural oils from your skin) are not added to your soap. Another benefit you gain through cold process soap is glycerine, which is very good for your skin. Most soap companies remove glycerine from their soap during production, in order to sell it to cosmetic companies for additional profit.
Depending on the ingredients you use, cold process soap making typically yields a long-lasting bar of soap that not only cleanses but adds oils back to your skin instead of stripping them away.
Most soap makers use high quality ingredients, proven/well-established recipes and soap formula calculators to ensure exact recipe measurements/soap results. They also test their soap products prior to selling it to the public. They continually work to refine their individual soap process in order to create the highest quality soap they can create.
I purchase soap ingredients from vendors who specialize in soap-making oils and ingredients that are FDA approved and select ingredients by quality, not by price.
Soap Weight & Pricing
Our soap is priced by weight and by design. Typically bath bars are 4 ounces and above. Smaller bars (those under 4 oz) are usually listed as "hand bars". Soap bars may come from the same soap batch, but weight sets their pricing. Specialty bars that require more time to produce due to design intricacy or those that require special ingredients are the exception and may cost a little more. This site uses Paypal as a payment forum but you may use most types of common credit cards through this payment option, you do not need a Paypal account.
How to Extend the Life of Your Soap
To obtain the optimal life of a soap bar, you must prevent them from sitting in standing water. Many soap dishes do not allow proper water drainage, so they breakdown and dissolve very fast start. To prevent this, use a well ventilated soap dish, such as a slat styled dish, or one that allows air to completely circulate around the bar allowing. Allow it to dry between uses. Bamboo and Teak are great types of wood for soap trays due to their resistance to water. However, any type of soap dish that keeps the bar from sitting in standing water and optimizes airflow and drying will work.