Little Dots Soap Company

Bath and hand soaps - cleansing, moisturizing, lathering, refreshing.

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Handcrafted Artisan Soaps

Little Dots Soap Company is a small, home-based business that creates soap from natural ingredients, fragrance and essential oils.

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High-Quality Products

Many people underestimate the effect that scent has on your mood. Genuine essential oils or exotic fragrance oils are used in our products which may influence or modify your emotional, physical and/or spiritual well-being. 

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One bar at a time

A combination of olive, coconut, sunflower, palm, avocado, grapeseed, safflower, castor or sweet almond oils are a few of the ingredients used to create our small batches of soap. Some bars may have shea, mango or cocoa butters as well.

Handcrafted Soap

How it's Made:

Handcrafted soaps made from scratch require three ingredients to become soap: oil (animal or vegetable oil, not petroleum-based oil), water and lye. These three ingredients, mixed together in correct proportions, combine and chemically change into soap - a process called "saponification". They may include other ingredients to provide additional benefits or to color or scent the soap, but these are not part of the chemical process that results in basic soap.

An accurate recipe is necessary, in order to ensure that the right amount of lye is used for the specific oils selected. A lye calculator is used to calculate the right amount of lye, although it can also be calculated based on the type and quantity of oils being used.


The solid lye is mixed with water to dissolve it. The amount of water depends on the particular recipe, but is usually 2 to 3 times the amount of lye, based on weight. When the lye is added to the water the solution gets extremely hot. It is important to remember that lye is highly caustic and can cause severe burns if it comes in contact with skin for more than a few seconds. Proper protective gear, including at least gloves and goggles, should be used when handling lye or incomplete soap.


Cold Process Soap

The term "cold process" refers to the fact that no heat is applied during soapmaking. The lye solution is normally cooled to room temperature before it is added to the oils. The oils are then heated as necessary to melt any solid fats or butters and generally cooled to between 80° - 110° F, depending on the recipe formulation.


Once the lye solution and oils are at the desired temperature, they are combined together and mixed. As mixing continues, the mixture will gradually thicken. It will also get warmer, sometimes quite hot, depending on the starting temperature and the formulation. This is the chemical reaction of the oils and lye becoming soap.


Once the mixture has reached "trace" (the point at which mixture dribbled from a spoon will leave a brief trace on the surface), any other ingredients (scent, color, herbs, clays, etc) are added to the soap and thoroughly incorporated.


At that point, the soap is ready to be poured into molds. The entire batch can be poured into one mold, to be cut up after it solidifies, or the soap can be poured into individual molds, depending on the preference of the soapmaker and the formulation. Once in the mold, the soap is left to cool and finish the saponification process. Often it is insulated in the mold to slow the cooling process and increase the saponification time.


Once the soap is completely cool and solid, it can be unmolded. If it was poured into one mold, it can now be cut into bars. The soap will be solid, but should be soft enough to cut.

The final stage is curing the soap for 3 - 8 weeks to allow the excess water to evaporate out. The length of time will depend on the amount of water used in the soap as well as the temperature, relative humidity and air circulation where they are located. The soap can be used before then, but it will still be relatively soft. The longer the water is allowed to evaporate out of the soap, the harder the soap will be.

                                            *Reprinted from the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild. 

                                             Little Dots Soap Company is an active member of HSCG.

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Due to the unique nature of our handmade products, all sales are final and no refunds are available. In the unlikely event that you receive an incorrect item, please contact me within 48 hours after receiving your order so we can rectify the issue. 

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Little Dots Soap Company

RR 1, Star, AB T0B 4E0, CA

judy@littledotssoapcompany.ca

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Monday - Saturday: 9AM–5PM