I am pretty darn proud of my products and the unique formulas used to create such amazingly simple and great bars of soap.
My recipes have been tried and tested many times over and I send a huge shout out to the human trialists for being ever so patient and always at the ready for new products.
My constant drive when making soap, as in my own life...KEEP IT SIMPLE!!!
I make soap via the Cold Process Method and in small batches.
Small batch making allows a top quality product over and over, by keeping each formula true to its original recipe and allowing a perfect replication each time.
My method starts by weighing out a mixture of base oils which are slightly heated to melt together. Once cooled I add in the Lye (Sodium Hydroxide) solution and mix together. During the mixing process extra ingredients such as Charcoal, Clay, Coffee, Himalayan Salt, Mica and Essential Oils or Fragrance Oils are added.
I strive to keep the ingredient list as simple and easy to read as a children's book.
Once the mixture reaches trace (like a slightly runny custard consistency) I pour into the soap moulds and leave to saponify and reach gel phase. Saponification is the chemical reaction between the mixed lye and base oils that produces heat. In turn when enough heat is produced than gel phase starts. Once the gel phase is complete and the soap cooled I release the soap from their moulds and hand slice each batch.
The soaps are than set aside to cure and harden.
In general 4 weeks is the optimum cure time.
However as I am continually chasing my tail with demand I do let the products go early at the 2 week point. As my soap is super high in Coconut Oil they are absolutely fine to use by the 2 week mark, as all the saponification and gel process has completely finished and the soap PH has reached its optimum range of 7.5 to 8 - A PH of 7 is neutral. I also list each soap with its batch date (the date it was made) on the side of the label.
I am truly and fully hands on from start to finish.
I make all the soap labels and designs, wrap, pack, take photos and even build the retail and Market display stands, with the only outsourcing being for the business cards and product flyers...and we are super proud of that.
When you purchase a product from The Crafty Chook you are 100% guaranteed that it has been made with the utmost enjoyment, by a person who takes pride and care in their chosen craft, and it is totally our pleasure to create such a simply incredible product from the minimal of ingredients.