How We Make Our Soap
Become self-indulgent with our hand made soap in solid & liquid forms direct from the centre de formation SAF 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.
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 packaging is 100% recyclable.
Finally, a luxury gift box wrapping service is offered.
These boxes are made by us from vintage card stock using origami folding methods.
Hand-made with love to gift with love for someone special. !