Naturel * Convivialité * Bien-être * Plaisir * Découverte
Become self-indulgent with my hand made soap in solid & liquid forms and discover a pure moment of delight!
Made using the cold-process method that harnesses the wholesome goodness of nature, they are super-kind to your skin, that of your family members and also our planet.
The cold-process method of soapmaking delivers a truly unique handmade solid soap guaranteed to be free of nasty stuff like SLS's and parabens.
During the fabrication process, the soap become "super-fatted" to between 5 to 8% meaning that they are enriched with unsaponified plant oils, butters and waxes that serve to maintain the balance of the skin's hydrolipidic film.
This is a protector that covers the entire surface of the skin. It is composed mainly of sweat, sebum and water and its main function is to defend the skin against bacteria, acting as an external protective barrier. It also helps the skin maintain its suppleness and hydration.
Sweet Oil - Glycerin
During saponification whether during the creation of a solid or liquid soap, a moisturising substance called glycerin, a highly valued commodity in the cosmetic industry, is naturally formed.
Glycerin is a humectant meaning that it attracts and retains the moisture in the air nearby via absorption, drawing outward the water vapour beneath the skin's surface to provide the ultimate in skin hydration.
Compare this to industrially manufactured soap where the glycerin is extracted for use in other cosmetic products to soothe your dry skin caused by that industrially produced bar of "soap", my soap contain an average of 8.0% natural glycerin.
Soap or Detergent?
When is a soap not a soap? When it is industrially processed from cheap vegetable oils, such as palm oil, and/or animal fats with added petro-chemical derived surfactants and other such poo. These products, such as your shampoos, body washes and house-hold cleaning products are DETERGENTS and as such, they cannot, by law, be marketed as SOAP.
Many people use the DOVE brand of "soap" from Unilever. Notice that on the box, this detergent is cunningly concealed as A BEAUTY BAR. Now take a look at the ingredients listing (latin) in a tiny font and you'll see some strange, unpronouncable product names that translate into chemical additives, many of which are petro-chemical based.
Ditch the Plastic
Now you know a little more about soap, the origins of which date back over 4000 years to Babylonian times, let's look more at the beneficial properties of a truly hand made soap.
It is a luxury item at every day prices that will work hard to replace upto 7 of your beauty and household products that lurk in plastic bottles somewhere in your home.
Ditch the Shampoo & Conditioners
Use my soap as a solid shampoo and conditioner. Not only will you hair be super-clean and dry quickly naturally, the combination of the plant oils and butters, botanical extracts and precious minerals produce a rich fluffy lather that will condition the hair without any nasty post-use irritation.
Ditch the Body & Face Washes, Hand-Soap and Shower Gels
One simple bar of hand-made soap does it all. Use it as a make-up remover, although be careful around the eyes. Use it daily to cleanse your hands and body to leave them feeling super-hydrated and velvety soft.
Ditch the Epilator Foams and Shaving Foams
Use a shaving brush to work up a super, frothy lather to use for shaving and epilation purposes. It is super-kind even to your intimate areas.
Nothing need be Wasted
When tiny morcels remain, shred the soap with a cheese grater and use it to replace your current laundry liquid. Add a few drops of essential oil of your choice but for laundry, sweet orange and eucalyptus oils help suspend the dirt in the water molecules to prevent the dirt re-entering your linen, thus boosting the cleaning power.
Replace the bath cremes by using the grated soap to fragrance your bath. Not only will you enjoy a luxurious bath, the wholesome goodness of the soap will melt into the water to hydrate, nourish and soften the skin as you relax, envelopped in a perfume cloud.
A Word about "Organic"
I'm not a fan or organic products and whilst many of my raw materials used in my soap formulations have organic provenance, I am not convinced that such materials are 100% organic and here's why:
Bees, insects and other small beasties cannot distinguish between organic and non-organic fields. They fly where they want, they crawl where they want. The potential for cross contamination during pollination is therefore high.
Rain falls on organic and non-organic fields. The run off from an non-organic field into an organic field cannot be prevented (unless you tell me otherwise) thus the running water has the potential to contaminate.
Many of my competitors brag about offering 100% organic products and some have certification from organisations such as SLOW COSMETICS or NATURE et PROGRES to attest to such, for a fee.
You will have your own opinions about the organic movement, but I don't subscribe to the ideology (not yet, anyway) hence why I never promote my soap as having an organic provenance.
What you need to know about Essential Oils in Soap
During saponification, an exothermic reation occurs that reaches very high temperatures to "cook" the soap. Essential oils have delicate molecular structures that do not survive such extremes resulting in their beneficial properties being destroyed. What you actually have is a soap that is fragranced with essential oil and NOT a soap that contains the therapeutic benefits of essential oils.
Soap Queen (or King !)
Perhaps this information has piqued your interest to learn more about the alchemy of soap sorcery ? Maybe you are looking for a new hobby or are wanting to turn you soap passion into a successful business? Whatever your reasons, there's a course for you !
How to Buy
There are varous ways in which you can buy my soap whether in my on-site boutique, at a local market or at my ETSY on-line shop.
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e.g Vegetable Oils, Animal Fats, Plant Butters
A STRONG ALKALINE BASE
e.g Sodium Hydroxide crystals diluted in water
e.g luxurious oils such as rosehip for additional super-fatting, Plant extracts, Natural Colourants such as Clays and Minerals, Seeds.. etc
e.g Cosmetic Fragrances and/ or Essential Oils
Soap And Glory
A Quick Insight to How My Soap are Produced
Once the soap batter is poured into the moulds,there begins an exothermic reaction which means that heat builds up naturally that serves to "cook" the soap. Over a period of 24 hours, they harden and become solid.
One of the key elements of cold-process soap-making is to ensure that no sodium hydroxide remains in the finished soap as it will be caustic and dangerous. When formulating a recipe, a reduction between 5 and 8% is calculated to achieve a lower quantity of sodium hydroxide needed. What this means is that between 5 to 8% of the plant oils and butters used in the formula remain "free" and unsaponified. This reduction is called "super-fatting" and gives the finished soap super skin hydrating and nourishing properties. The exothermic reaction stops once all of the sodium hydroxide has been "consumed"
After 24 hours, the soap block is removed from the mould and cut into slices. It is then stored for a minimum of 4 weeks in a dry environment at an ambient temperature. During this period, known as the "cure", the soap continues to harden and ensures that the full saponification period has been achieved.
Each slice of soap is either cut down to the required made-to-measure size for the client or remains intact. Each edge of the soap is then chamfered to produce a professional finish
Nothing is wasted. All the slivers produced by chamferring are used to create mini soap roses which are modelled by hand. These roses decorate the top of the soap and is my unique trade mark. Each rose is hand gilded with gold mica to add extra impact.
The soap bars are individually steamed by hand to remove any fingerprints and render the soap glossy. Once steamed, each soap is hand stamped with my bee emblem, dipped into gold mica to add that extra special touch.
To finish, a soap rose is inserted into the surface of the soap before packaging.
THE PACKAGING AND LABELLING
All the packaging used is recyclable including my business card an "How to Use" card that is included inside the packaging. Typically, the soap is wrapped in waxed food grade paper, to which a strip of vintage card stock is added. The card is finished with a gold wax seal that displays the Caylus emblem. Finally a label that conforms to the European Regulation for Cosmetics CE 1223/2009 is added to the reverse. It is worth noting that this packaging helps protect from bacteria, especially human bacteria ; you really don't want to buy soap that someone else has sniffed and handled, do you?
All my packaging is 100% recyclable.
In addition to the above, I offer a gift box wrapping service. These boxes are made by me from vintage card stock using origami folding methods and give the soap extra pzazz along with a high class look.
ET VOILA !
Soap made by me for you with love !
EXPRESS KIDS WORKSHOP
Visiting the area this summer (2019) looking for activities suitable for children. Stumbled upon Jacqueline's "express kids course" so booked my 2 little rascals in for the afternoon workshop.
They loved it and were thrilled with the clear soap with a goldfish inside presented in a see-through bag that resembled a win at a fairground ! Amazingly great value. Thank you Jacqueline