Specializing in unique hand made soaps, salves, and lotion bars
Cold Process Soaps
Our soaps are handmade in small batches using our own recipes. They are hand cut and cured for a minimum of four weeks.
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A Little About Cold Process Soap
All the soap at Goose Ridge Soaps is made using the "cold process" technique, we don't use ready-made melt and pour soap bases. What does that mean? It means that we combine oils and lye (sodium hydroxide) to cause a chemical reaction known as saponification (soap making). In melt and pour soap, the saponification (soap making) process has already been done by someone else. You simply buy a pre-made soap base, melt it down, add colorants and fragrance, and pour it into a mold. As soon as the melt and pour is hardened, it is ready to use. With cold process soaps, we are able to tailor our soap recipes to have ALL the properties we want in a bar, not just the color, shape, and scent. We can increase or decrease cleansing power, add moisture, impart texture, add other liquids such as milk, and so much more. We are only limited by our imagination. Cold process soaping also takes significantly longer to produce a usable bar. Once the oils and lye are combined, the soap batter is poured into a mold and sits a minimum of 24 hours before it can be unmolded and cut. Once cut, the soap bars are cured for at least 4 weeks before they are ready for use. The longer a bar cures, the harder and more long lasting it will be. So cold process soaps are truly a lengthy labor of love! We thoroughly enjoy creating all our soaps from scratch and we hope you feel the love in every bar!
-Janice and Kim, the Soap Ladies