FAQ

I have very sensitive skin. Do you have any soap for me?

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.

 

Still have questions?
E-mail us at sksoaps@ptd.net or use our online form.

7 Responses to FAQ

  1. Clare Driskell says:

    Hi!,
    I recently bought your Southern Gentlemen and Oatmeal Beer. This is my second purchase, the first being Vanilla Cream. They are awesome! On to my question though: I noticed that Southern Gentleman’s ingredients are very similiar to many shampoo soaps and I am wondering if it is a multiuse bar? Or should I use the Oatmeal Beer, which I actually purchased for just this purpose. I have used the Vanilla Cream this way, but was looking for something that was specifically suited to this purpose, to see if my hair loked it better. I buy my soaps at local businesses, and none seem to have your shampoo soap, so if it is, well…that would just be beyond fabulous….
    Thank you in advance for your response. 😀

    • admin says:

      Hello!

      So glad you like them! Sounds like you need to try our “Shampoo Bar”, it’s especially made for your hair. Here’s a link: https://summerkitchensoaps.com/?wpsc-product=shampoo-bar-soap
      but you can find it here on the website under Shampoo Soaps. (My favorite is the Cherry Almond 😉

      • Clare Driskell says:

        I would loveee to try your shampoo bar, but unfortunately I am limited to nearby shops. I did put in a request for them to carry them, though. (Burrini’s, Randolph, N.J., is my closest fix) Bu-ut… i just tried the Southern Gentleman in my hair and…..O..M..G!!!!! My hair feels AWESOME!!! I didn’t even need to add any oil after!!! 😀
        ***SUPER EXCITED***
        Thank you for your quick reply.
        😀

        • admin says:

          Ha…I just sent a shampoo bar down to Burrini’s at their request. Must be for you! Let me know how you like it. Enjoy!

  2. Patty Terranova says:

    Hi!
    I’ve been using your soaps for years now. I have not tried your Shampoo bar, though. I have grey and a bit more coarse and dryer type hair. Do you have a variety of Shampoo bars? And if so, what or which would you recommend for my type of hair? Thank you!

    • admin says:

      Hi Patty,
      Thanks so much for your question. I too have grey (which I color) hair, and it’s curly to boot, so it’s also more of a coarse texture. The shampoo bars are all the same recipe, just different scents.
      Shampoo bars are quite different from shampoo in a bottle that we’re all used to. They don’t have the chemicals or silicone in them that shampoo does, so you don’t get that slippery feeling from these. They don’t strip your hair of
      it’s natural oils though, and leave your hair more “squeaky” clean than what your probably used to. The best part is that I find my hair is more manageable, and stays where I put it with the shampoo bars. I do still have
      to use a conditioner, because of the curls. Give one a try, I know ladies with short hair love them, so do guys.
      Thanks,
      Michelle

  3. Kelly Huckel says:

    Hi! My mom bought me a few of your soaps at a craft show, and they’re awesome! I can’t get them around here…that I know of…so I thought I’d buy some online. My question is, do you offer a quantity discount…like buy “X” and get one free? Or do you have a shipping discount…like free shipping on orders over $50? I was wondering because I see a box for a coupon code at checkout, and I didn’t know if there were coupon codes out there that I haven’t found!

    Thanks!
    Kelly

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