What is soap? How is it made?
There are two main elements in soap: oil (acid) and alkaline chemical (base). The reaction, or end result, is soap. The soap's characteristics are dependant on the blend of oils and amount of alkaline chemical mixed together.
What process do you use to make soap? What is the benefit?
We use the handmade "cold process". We mix the ingredients together to make soap and after it is completed we cut the soap and let it sit and dry. This is obviously a simplified (nutshell) version of our actual procedure. The benefit to cold process is the soap is not heated to extreme temperatures which destroys some natural nutrients in the oils so the maximum benefit is achieved. The downside is the soap may need more time to "cure" since it is not fully dry or "mild" enough for use, so it is rumored. The reality is that if the soap is properly made it should be mild enough for use the next day, there it is said and the truth be known. Additionally, glycerine is retained in the soap unlike many french milled soaps and machine process soaps in which the glycerine is extracted early in the lengthy process and put back later in a smaller amount. The goal of common commercial soaps is the a extremely hard and long lasting bar that lathers well. The goal of most handmade soap makers is to achieve ideal health of the skin including moisturizing, cell health, and often times therapeutic aroma. This, of course, is a massive generalization, as some handmade soapmaker's goals may be different than others and some commercial companies may vary on the "scale" as well.
What makes your soap better than xyz company?
In general, our soaps are better because...
1) We carefully formulate soaps with the best ingredients and quality. Our soaps become incredibly addictive to practically everyone that uses them. Many companies who strive for a low price, often compromise on ingredients or do not even try to use oils other than "the basics". Other companies use the most expensive oils they can find and have to compromise their price. We strive for perfection in the most "ideal" soap bar for a vast majority of people at the best price possible... how's that for the best of both worlds!
2) We have low prices for maximum profitability and value. Though we offer a premium soap that many would charge much more for, our main goal is soap for resale. Therefore, we always aim to have a reasonably priced soap for our base customers... resellers. Our Promise: we will not intentionally compromise on quality to achieve the goal of price, both must occur!
3) Continued product updates, improvements and additions. We are NEVER satisfied with our product lines and formulas. Thus, we are continually utilizing a portion of our time to improve formulas and add products. We are always re-investing our profits to make a better company for our customers.
Why are so many "handmade soaps" on the market usually so expensive?
Ingredients in most handmade soaps are superior to that of many commercial soaps. Many soap makers also charge according to the amount of time they put into the crafting of the soap, including decorating the soap, etc. At natural soap wholesale, we only minimally process our soap, with some exceptions, which lowers our "labor costs". We will always use high quality ingredients, however we buy our ingredients in volume to give our customers a great value. We also sell a higher volume than many handmade soap makers which helps us to sell at lower costs since we are the soap for resale specialists, we have to.
Why is there a warning for some soaps for "pregnant women"?
Some of our soaps contain essential oils that may, in large quantities, cause problems for unborn babies during pregnancy (most notably some varieties of cedarwood essential oil). This is a precaution, that primarily stems from the direct use of essential oils on the skin through massage, not necessarily by the use of soap which the majority is rinsed off. This is why we do not more strongly state a warning, rather we "do not recommend" it for pregnant moms. This is mostly for "customer/retailer awareness".