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These are some of the many questions we’re been often asked over the years at the Farmers’ Market and the shows we participate in. However, if you’ve got a question that you think we should add to this Q&A list, let us know. Thanks.

Q. What do you mean by handcrafted soap?
A. Another word might be ‘handmade’; small batches put together in the kitchen or shop by your friendly neighborhood soapmaker. Some soapers may have larger operations than others, but it’s still a far cry from your commercial manufacturers.

Q. What is the base for your soaps?
A.The base of all our soaps is olive oil, coconut oil, rice bran oil, soy shortening and palm kernel flakes. Then,…..
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Q. Is there really any difference between the standard store bought soap and a handcrafted bar?
A. A handcrafted bar of soap should be mild, moisturizing, gentle on your skin and very long lasting. It won’t dry your skin out. A lot of commercially-made soap has no soap in it - it is made with inexpensive detergents that bubble and lather, giving the impression of actual soap. Many of our allergies come from our bath products. However people that are concerned about allergies will usually have no problems with handcrafted soaps. These soaps are a natural product. And finally, if you have a question, just ask the soapmaker (try that at Wal-Mart).

Q. Why does a handcrafted bar of soap last longer than usual commercial bars?
A. Most commercial bars are intentionally dehydrated in the manufacturing process. Not so with handcrafted soaps. Set both in a wet environment and the commercial bar absorbs water much more quickly, hastening it’s end.

Q. What is the base for your soaps?
A. The base of all our soaps is olive oil, coconut oil, soy shortening, and palm kernel flakes. Then, before blending all the oils together, we add a little bit of raw silk to the lye water in order to give the soap a silky smooth feel.

Q. Do you use animal fats in your soap?
No, we do not use any animal fats in our soaps. Your old time soaps were always made with animal fats, mainly tallow (beef fat) or lard (pig fat). After all, that’s what was available on the farm or ranch.

Q. Why doesn’t the use of lye make the soap harsh to use?
Lye is used to make the soap, but there is no lye in the soap. Lye is the catalyst that changes all the fats and oils—whether animal or vegetable based--into soap. When handcrafted soap is properly made and cured, the soap no longer contains lye. The chemical reaction that it goes through--called saponification--has converted the alkali (lye), water, and oils and fats into saponified oils and fats and glycerin. The end result is a wonderful bar of handcrafted soap that is three quarters soap and one quarter glycerin. Glycerin is a natural by product of the lye soap making process.

Q. So therefore, glycerin is in all soaps?
No. With the exception of the short-lived 100% glycerin soaps, all your commercial soap producers extract the glycerin in the manufacture process and sell it as a byproduct to the cosmetic, pharmaceutical, or other industries. Then they’ll add an emollient or vitamin E or whatever and say theirs’ is enriched. They would have been better off if they’d just left the glycerin in the soap.

Q. What’s the difference between essential oils (eo’s) and fragrance oils (fo’s)?
Essential oils are derived from a plant. They are the highly concentrated natural essence of a particular plant obtained through a distillation process. Fragrance oils are man made scents. Whereas fragrance oils are developed strictly for their scent, the more complex essential oils have further uses. Some are used in aromatherapy, some have medicinal purposes and some you can even cook with. For more info on essential oils, please check out Valerie Worwoods book listed on our Essential Oils page.

Q. Do you ever teach anybody how to make soap?
Yes, we’ve conducted many a soapmaking class over the years. There’s even a few soapmakers in the business that learned it from Charlotte. We’ve had classes here at the house and at schools, libraries, church halls and at peoples homes throughout central and eastern Oklahoma. If you’re interested, email or give us a call and we’ll see what we can work out.

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