Producing handmade sope
We produce the soaps in the so-called "cold stirred process". The principle of soap production is that fats, in our case of course only high-quality, pure vegetable fats, are "saponified" at low temperature (below 40 degrees Celsius) by adding sodium hydroxide solution to soap and glycerine.
The special thing about it is that the cold-stirring process produces a high-quality soap (provided that high-quality oils and fats are also used), which is very greasing and in which the glycerine produced in the soap during soap production is not removed from the soap mass.
The glycerine naturally produced in the soap is regarded as a moisturizer for the skin.
We produce the soap mass ourselves. The fats (coconut fat, shea butter, etc.) are heated in a stainless steel pot until the mixture has just melted. These fats are mixed with olive oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, wheat germ oil and others.
Most of our raw materials come from controlled organic cultivation.
The caustic soda solution is added to the oil mass. It is stirred until the mixture thickens mushy.
Then the essential oils that give the soap its scent are added. Ground herbs, rose and lavender flowers are also added during this phase. Mix it all up again for a moment.
The soap mass is then poured into moulds or blocks.
Then the mass rests in the moulds.
The saponification process is an exothermic reaction in which heat is released. Therefore, the temperature in the soap mass initially rises by itself, which can be measured with a thermometer. After 1-2 days the soap is removed and cut. Then it has to "mature" for another 4-6 weeks.
This causes the soap to dry out and at the same time the pH value decreases.
Voila. Thus one receives our high-quality, still glycerinhaltige soap.