The method that I use is called cold process, and takes four to six weeks to complete. Lye is mixed with organic carrier oils and butters, and goes through a chemical reaction called saponification. At the end of the curing time, the soap is really mild, gentle and rich in glycerine which draws moisture into the skin. There is no lye left in the soap, just a gentle skin loving bar of goodness, which is ideal for sensitive or dry skin.
With all my research into skin loving ingredients, I have found some amazing oil and butter producers which I know proudly have as suppliers – from the women in the North West of Ghana who make the most exquisite shea butter and cocoa butter, and babassu oil in the Amazon region of South America. These female co-ops support and sustain families in their villages. By buying directly, the workers are paid a fair price for their labour intensive products, which helps support families and communities in rural towns.