Handmade Soap

I’ve supported cancer patients with their skin care issues for over twenty years. People wanted soothing, nourishing products to help their itchy, sensitive parched skin, during radiotherapy and chemotherapy. It took plenty of time and effort to come up with formulas that could deliver….

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.

People often ask what are the benefits of using handmade cold process soap?
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Its’ an authentic handmade product, as opposed to large mass produced cleansing products which are often detergent based, foaming cleansers which can be very drying on the skin.
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Handmade soap is made in small batches, using organic, premium ingredients known for their soothing, moisturising benefits.
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Handmade soap is superfatted which means it has extra good fats, in the finished bar, which is great news for dry, and sensitive skin.
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Handmade soap is a thoughtful gift for a friend or family member going through medical treatment, or after the birth of a baby.
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Personally, I don’t use palm oil in my soap, and prefer to work with organic cocoa and shea butter, babassu and olive oil- by using these premium ingredients we can directly support families in rural communities, in Ghana and South America.
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Handmade soap is rich in glycerine, which draws moisture into the skin.
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For tourists, this is a lovely handmade, artisan gift to bring home- you can avoid the issues with liquids, whilst buying a practical gift for a loved one, made in the heart of Kilkenny.