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Skinkist Handcrafted Soap, LLC

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What do you make your soap with?
All the oils, butters and lye (sodium hydroxide) we use are food-grade quality, in other words, good enough-to-eat, natural ingredients. We use cosmetic grade colorants. The scents (fragrance oils and essential oils) we use are skin-safe and are used at recommended levels. Our soaps are free of phthalates, parabens, detergents, sudsing agents, surfactants, alcohol and preservatives that can make your skin dry and irritated.

Does your soap contain lye?
No. While food-grade lye (sodium hydroxide) is used to make soap, there is none left after the oils and butters react with the lye to form soap. In fact, we actually put 4-6% more oils and fats in the soap than needed to use up the lye.  This 'superfatting' helps assure that there is no lye left hanging around in the soap. That extra oil and butter is part of what makes the soap feel so wonderful. And just in case this lye stuff is causing you some sleepless nights, just remember we use food grade lye – and that’s the same lye that’s used in making pretzels, bagels and hominy, and a few other food items that you’ve likely eaten.

Will your soap help my eczema/acne/dry skin, etc?
Soapmakers are not allowed to claim that soap cures or prevents any condition. If we did, our soap would be considered a drug and we’d have to comply with all sorts of regulations.  Legally, the only claim we can make is that our product is soap and it will clean. That being said, sometimes skin improves after you stop using commercially produced soap, beauty bars, shower gels, etc. because the detergents, surfactants and sudsing agents in these products may have been contributing to your skin issues.

How long do your bars typically last?
As the saying goes — your mileage may vary. Some of our customers use a bar for more than a month; others go through a bar in a week! It all depends on whether you shower or bathe, how long you stay in the shower, how many times you lather up, how large or small you are, etc. How dry you keep the bar between uses is vital in assuring a long lasting bar . We choose butters and oils that produce a hard soap, but any soap will turn into mush if  it stays in standing water. A soap net or dish that allows the bar to air dry is ideal for keeping your soap lasting longer. 

How long does your soap stay fresh?
Store soap away from high humidity and at room temperature or cooler. If stored properly, soap can stay good for years. In fact, the older soap gets, the milder and harder it becomes.  The passage of time, however, does impact the soap's fragrance. For the best smelling soap, we recommend that you use your soaps within six months of purchase.

Do you offer classes?
No, we are not set up to do classes. Besides - we'd rather devote our time to making soap. If you want to learn how to make soap, we suggest that you visit the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild to look for a class taught by a soapmaker certified by this organization. Good websites to explore include the Soap Queen Ann-Marie Faiola's Teach Soap site, Wholesale Supply Plus's Handmade 101 Library. We also recommend Soap Queen Ann-Marie Faiola's books, Soap Crafting and Pure Soapmaking, Alicia Grosso's The Everything Soap Book, and Anne Watson's Smart Soapmaking. There are many  YouTube channels and Facebook groups with plenty of good information.