The great thing about handmade artisan soaps is that each one is unique. This mean that each batch can be slightly different and soaps with intricate designs will each have fairly unique bars.
All soaps are labelled with ingredients. The majority of our soaps are the same base.
Our standard soap base in order of most to least quantity: Olive Oil, Coconut Oil and Palm Oil in equal amounts, Sunflower Oil(Illinois product), Flaxseed Oil(Illinois Product), Avocado oil, Shea Butter, Water, Lye (Sodium Hydroxide), Fragrance (varies), Micas or Oxides for coloring.
Yes! Please do. We make sure that all our fragrances are skin safe and our soap is superfatted to leave your skin feeling soft.
Sodium Hydroxide is Lye, you cannot make cold process soap without it.
Sodium Hydroxide may be corrosive or dangerous in it's most basic form. However, as it transforms through a process called "Saponafication" that Lye is transformed into soap.
Mr. Gixby's is especially careful in our formula to be sure that there is always more oil than needed to saponify the Lye. This is known as "superfatting" and leaves your skin with nourishing oils.
Superfat and superfatting is when a soap has more oils or butters in them than is processed by the Lye. This is a great thing for your skin. It can be very nourishing and soothing.
Usually glitter is made of chopped up plastics. But the glitter sprinkled on these soaps are actually eco-friendly and made from minerals, instead. They will dissolve in water. You hate glitter getting everywhere? No problem, you won't find any sticking to you later.
Kaolin clay is used in soap to provide skin slip, Kaolin clay in soap can absorb both oil and water, and many use it as a soap additive for anchoring a scent, gentle skin polishing or just to improve the opacity and whiteness of a soap.