A cleansing agent, manufactured in bars,
granules, flakes, or liquid form, made from a mixture of the sodium
salts of various fatty acids of natural oils and fats.
Any magical power or process of
transmuting a common substance, usually of little value, into a
substance of great value.
Soap Alchemy LLC was born in 2001 from the desire
of our Soap Alchemist to find a bar of soap that would not irritate
his skin. Commercially made bars of soap, even the bars intended to
be used on sensitive skin, were simply too harsh.
So it was off to the library, the bookstores and
the internet to research how to make his own soap and in his kitchen
at home, he made his first bars of 100% All Natural, Vegetable
Based, Hand Crafted Soap and from that day on, he has not used a
commercially produced bar of soap or shampoo again.
After experimenting with his recipes, the Soap
Alchemist decided that his soap was too good to keep all to himself
so he began giving it away to friends and family and in 2007 began
selling it at the GLCC of South Florida's Bizarre Bazaar and now, on
the internet for everyone!
Commercially produced soaps and cleansers process
all the good stuff right out of the soap to be used in other skin
care products such as lotions, creams and conditioners, leaving you
a bar of soap that dries the skin and irritates it with chemical
additives and fragrances, causing you to have to buy even more skin
care products to moisturize your skin and hair.
Soap Alchemy Soap processes the soap only so long
as it takes to make a good bar of soap. Using only Vegetable Based
oils, NEVER tallow (beef based oils,) and pure essential oils for
fragrances, everything that went into the batch, stays in the batch
so when it is poured into the molds, all the healthy, moisturizing
properties of the ingredients used are still in the soap. You should
find that with regular use you will find the need for more expensive
moisturizers to be minimal.
So when it
is cut, wrapped and packaged and shipped to your home, you will get
everything you should from your bar of soap and you will never need
(or want to) buy another bar of commercially processed soap again!
How is your soap made then?
We make our soap in small batches, measuring out the vegetable oils, water and Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH).
We mix the oils and water/NaOH solution when everything is about 90 degrees F.
Once the mixture has started tracing, the solution starts to look like pudding, we pour it into our handmade wooden molds.
The molds are wrapped to insulate them. The soap continues to saponify in the molds. Saponification is the chemical
reaction that converts the oils and alkali into a sodium salt, which is what we all call soap. 2-3 days later the soap is removed
from the molds, cut into bars and then placed on racks for 6-8 weeks for curing. Curing lets moisture out of the bars,
increasing their hardness. Throughout the process we measure the PH of the saponifying solution and bars as well as
checking for water content and hardness. A saponified bar has no Sodium Hydroxide let. All of it has been used to make
soap. Once cured, the bars are hand wrapped and shipped to our customers. That makes a batch of cold processed soap,
from our hands to yours!