Yes, many of our sensitive skinned clients like our Unscented Goats Milk Soap and the Oatmeal and Honey Goats Milk Soap. Both of these soaps are all natural. The pH in the goat’s milk closely matches the pH of your skin. The oatmeal works to calm and sooth irritated skin, while the honey draws moisture to the skin. And because it’s unscented, there’s no fragrance to cause an allergic reaction. Many people who have eczema or psoriasis find relief from these soaps as well.
If you’re still unsure, you can do a test in a small area on the inside of your upper arm. If any allergic reaction occurs, discontinue use.
Summer Kitchen Soaps???
Does that mean your soap is only for use in the kitchen?
No, not at all. It would be a shame to limit it only to a kitchen sink for hand washing. We created our name to exemplify the homemade quality of our soaps. For centuries, soap was made at home, usually after butchering livestock. Tallow and lard were rendered from the animal’s fat and it was combined with lye water made by running water through wood ashes to create an alkaline liquid. This liquid and the fats were mixed together, usually in the home’s “Summer Kitchen” or just outside in the barnyard. This “Summer Kitchen” was an especially integral part of the home. Many of the products that sustained the family throughout the year were made there, including all the canning and preserving, candle making, and yes…soap making.
You’re sorry you asked…right?
How do I care for my new Summer Kitchen Soap?
Your soap should stay “good” for years. In fact, the older a soap gets, the longer it will last when you finally combine it with water. However, time does affect the intensity of the soaps fragrance. For best fragrance, we recommend that you enjoy your soaps within six months of purchase. Remember that we don’t use preservatives in our soaps, so protect them from humidity and extreme heat and cold. If you need to store your soap, put it in a dark place like a linen closet or dresser drawer. Your towels and “unmentionables” will thank you.
Let your soap dry out between uses by putting it in a soap dish that allows air to circulate underneath it. If you keep it in the shower where shower spray can continually soak it you will literally see your soap’s glycerin, and your money, go down the drain. Our handmade soaps will last longer if you take care of them!
Does your soap contain lye?
Lye is used to make soap, but soaps do not contain active lye. All soap requires an alkali (such as sodium hydroxide, aka lye) to chemically react with a fat to produce soap and glycerine. This chemical reaction is called saponification.
It is a popular misconception that soap contains lye. During saponification, lye molecules (sodium hydroxide, or NaOH) break apart into sodium (NA) ions and hydroxide (OH) ions. The sodium becomes part of the soap molecule and the hydroxide ions become part of the glycerine once saponification is complete.