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.
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 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.
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.
Each bar of soap is unique. There will never be one bar exactly like another due to variances in colors, scents, shapes, sizes and additives.
A beautiful bouquet of patchouli, cedarwood and spearmint essential oils. The combination of coconut, olive, sunflower and castor oil gives the soap a fluffy lather, moisturizing, silky, soft and supple feeling.
Clove and nutmeg essential oils blend together in a coconut soap base with orange scented pieces of glycerine soap floating throughout.
A fragrant blend of peppermint and lavender essential oils gives a stimulating and balancing scent. Coconut, olive, palm and sunflower oils create a lathery, moisturizing soap.
A wonderful blend of peppermint and ylang ylang essential oils in coconut, olive and palm oils and shea butter, make this a gentle conditioning and moisturing soap. The soft blue, pink and white colors are similar to lilac bush flowers.
Raspberry and vanilla bean fragrances in olive, coconut and palm oils create a nice, cleansing and moisturizing soap.
A very earthy and woodsy scent with natural sandalwood essential oil. Olive, coconut, sunflower and soybean oils with shea butter makes a gentle bar of soap.
Lemongrass and Rosemary essential oils create a refreshing and stimulating fragrance. A combination of coconut, olive, sunflower, palm and castor oils leaves skin feeling clean and moisturized.
A sweet, robust aroma of fresh cut pineapple blends easily with the tropical, nutty sweetness of coconut and banana. Experience the island breeze when you wash with this moisturizing soap.
White Tea & Ginger fragrance in coconut, palm and olive oils. A lovely cleansing and moisturizing bar.
Satsuma is a sweet mandarin orange scent and the soap is divine. Composed of coconut, olive and palm oils, it has a nice lather and leaves your skin with a moisturized feeling.
A soft and subtle fragrance with lavender essential oil. The scent may bring back memories of summers past, relaxing beside a lake watching the sunset.
Fresh lemongrass and rosemary essential oils blend together nicely to create a lovely scent. Coconut, olive palm and sunflower oils produce a moisturizing and creamy lather.
A coconut and banana fragrance that may remind you of sunshine, beaches and warmer climates. A clean, moisturizing soap made with avocado, coconut, olive and palm oils.
A scent that is reminiscent of hiking through a forest in the Rocky Mountains. Pine essential oil blended with a rose fragrance oil creates a sweet, gentle, aromatic scent. Coconut, olive, palm and safflower oils create a moisturizing and lathering soap. Activated charcoal powder helps draw dirt, toxins and bacteria to the surface of the skin.
Coconut, olive, palm and grapeseed oils are combined with a fragrant blend of oranges, lemons and grapefruit.
The red rocks in the mountains around Sedona, Arizona are similar to the colors of this soap. Aniseed essential oil and rose fragrance oil blend together to create a black licorice, floral scent. Activated charcoal powder helps draw dirt, toxins and bacteria to the surface of the skin. Coconut, olive, palm and castor oils produce a cleansing, lathering and moisturizing soap.
A perfect blend of fir, pine and balsam along with bayberry and subtle hints of nutmeg. Coconut, sunflower, olive, palm and castor oils as well as shea butter formulate a soap that is creamy and moisturizing.
A mild citrus scent of orange, lemon, lime and grapefruit essential oils. It is added to a mixture of coconut, sunflower, olive, safflower and castor oils as well as shea butter.
This moisturizing and conditioning soap is made from sunflower, coconut and olive oils along with shea butter. The cedarwood and black spruce essential oils provide a cool and refreshing scent.
Honey, cinnamon and oatmeal contain antioxidant components which may be beneficial for our skin. The olive oil helps keep skin soft and coconut oil gives a nice fluffy lather. It is a lightly exfoliating soap due its oatmeal content.
A wonderful blend of peppermint and ylang ylang essential oils in coconut, olive and palm oils and shea butter, make it a gentle conditioning and moisturing soap. The soft blue, pink and white colors are similar to lilac bush flowers.
Olive, coconut and sunflower oils with shea butter in a blend of banana and coconut scents with kiwi and other fruity undertones. Sea salt provides an exfoliant quality to this tropical scented soap.
Musky light floral notes with a touch of sandalwood and patchouli in olive, coconut and sunflower oils and shea butter. Contains activated charcoal, thought to be effective in removing dirt, bacteria, and chemical build-up on the skin.
An intriguing scent of roasted almonds and wild cherries. Ground oatmeal exfoliant in an olive, coconut, soybean, corn and sunflower oils with shea butter.
Sea salt and ground oatmeal exfoliant soap with a beautiful combination of sweet jasmine and lime fragrances.
Wonderful combination of lavender and patchouli with hints of flowers and exotic fruits. The lavender buds provide a gentle, exfoliating treatment.
A unique combination of sweet orange with patchouli in olive, coconut and sunflower oils. Shea butter adds conditioning and moisturizing qualities.
A distinct fruit blend of cranberry, wild cherry, black raspberry and nashi pear.
Delicate fragrance of rose with musky undertones. Olive, soybean,
coconut, corn and sunflower oils mixed with organic shea butter. Contains rose petals.
Two ancient herbs come together for a timeless fragrance. Natural rosemary oil, contains thyme leaves and peppermint leaves as exfoliants.
A very earthy and woodsy scent with natural undiluted sandalwood. Olive, coconut, sunflower, soybean and corn oils with shea butter makes a gentle bar of soap.
Gently cleansing, light citrus scent with hints of jasmine, rose and hyacinth. Contains sea salt and ground oatmeal as exfoliants.
A triple citrus blend of lime, lemon, and sweet orange in olive, coconut, soybean, corn and sunflower oils and shea butter.
Refreshing white tea fragrance blended with peppermint oil in olive, coconut, sunflower, soybean and corn oils and organic shea butter.
Lovely combination of peach and cherry blossom in olive, coconut, sunflower, soybean and corn oils with organic shea butter.
Purolator or Canada Post
Shipping costs are determined by dimensions and weight. Purolator and Canada Express Post guarantee 1 - 2 day delivery, with tracking number. Unfortunately, the price for shipping is high. For customers in Edmonton and surrounding communities, I attend various Farmers' Markets around the area and can hold an order for pickup.
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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