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 soap requests from my friends and family began. 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 (an acid) (like olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, rice bran oil, etc.) and the resulting chemical reaction that occurs is soap (a salt). This is where the composition of the oils change with the help of the lye to create a bar of soap or a process that we call saponification. Cold process soap is soap-making from scratch. The cure process takes between 4-6 weeks of curing time to allow the soap to saponify (24 to 48 hours) and harden (the 4 to 6 weeks) before it should used.
The benefits of homemade or artisan soap: One of the main benefits of cold process soap making is having complete control over ingredients (you know exactly what has gone into the bar) and also having a bar of soap void of harsh detergents or preservatives or other chemicals that are not good for your skin. Another benefit is that homemade soaps still contain glycerine which is very good for your skin. Many big soap companies remove the glycerine to sell to the cosmetic companies for more profit, they also add other chemicals and preservatives that may not be beneficial to skin or may strip natural oils from your skin. 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 tend to use high quality ingredients, proven/well-established recipes, use special calculators designed to help with the exact recipe measurements and test their soap before selling their products. We continually work to refine our individual soap processes in order to create the highest quality soap we can produce. We purchase our soap ingredients from vendors who specialize in soap-making oils and ingredients that have been approved by the FDA. We select ingredients by quality, not price. Despite this focus on quality and safety, it is recommended that consumers be mindful of any adverse reactions they may have based upon personal allergies or skin sensitivities to certain oils or additives. My husband has very sensitive skin and serves as my test subject. So far, the only irritant he has commented about, is not getting paid for the task!
Many people believe that products that contain lye are dangerous to use. All true soap is made using lye/sodium hydroxide (even the bars you buy at your favorite department store). We 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 used in many other processes to include making bagels and hominy. (https://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/cold-process-soap/free-beginners-guide-to-soapmaking-cold-process/)
Soap Weight & Pricing
We price our soap by batch and weight and typically the 4 ounce bar or greater are considered "full bath bars" and if they are smaller, we consider those to be "hand bars." There are exceptions to this such as specialty bars, but the scale usually sets the price just like the scene from the Chocolate Egg Laying Geese from the movie "Charlie and the Chocolate factory." : ) All batches are handmade, so slight variations may be noticed from bar-to-bar.
How to Extend the Life of Your Soap
To get the optimal use out of your bars, keep them from sitting in standing water. Many soap dishes do not allow proper water drainage to maintain the life of soap bars (they start to dissolve too fast or become mushy). Use a well ventilated soap dish, like a slat type dish, or one that allows air to completely circulate around the bar allowing it to completely dry between usages. 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 works.