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Handmade Soap FAQ’s

Why Buy All-Natural Handmade Soap?

It’s high-quality, moisturizing, luxurious and good for you….and good for the earth.  Most manufactured soap contain various undesirable chemicals that can irritate or dry out your skin. They often are made with animal derived fats that contribute no beneficial qualities to the skin. Irish Twins soaps are made primarily with skin nourishing vegetable oils, which produce a hard bar of soap of luxuriant quality.  Our soaps are fragrant,  earth friendly, enjoyable to use, and they make charming gifts. Once you have experienced our handmade soap, you’ll never go back to unnatural soap again!

Big Block Hemp Soap

What is so great about our soap?

Our soap is hand-stirred and handpoured in our kitchen soap studios in much the same way that has been passed down from generation to generation.   We make soap from scratch with a method called “cold process”.   Although soap can be simply made, it involves some chemistry, careful measurement and the cautious use of lye or sodium hydroxide. With special calculators, accurate scales and an array of natural vegetable and plant derived fats and oils, we are able to produce exceptional soap that not only cleans well, but also smells fantastic, is aesthetically pleasing and is truly good for your skin.

What is soap?

Soap is the product created when the acids of fats or oils chemically react with organic or inorganic bases (sodium hydroxide or lye). This is called the saponification process (soap-making process), after which there is no lye present in the final bar.

lavender cold process soap curing on the rack

What are our soap ingredients?

Olive Oil is obtained by pressing the fruit of the olive tree. It is highly nutritive, contains protein, vitamins and minerals. It forms a protective and breathable film on the skin that moisturizes and holds moisture to the skin.
Palm Oil is obtained from the fruit or seed of the palm tree. It is a rich source of vitamin A and makes a nice hard bar of soap.
Coconut Oil is expressed from coconut kernels and promotes a wonderful fluffy lather.
Sweet Almond Oil is pressed from seeds of the almond tree. It has great nutritional value for all skin types.
Shea Butter is pressed from the fruit of the African karite tree. It is extremely therapeutic, soothing and moisturizing and contains vitamin A and E.
Cocoa Butter is expressed from the roasted seed of the cocoa bean. It is high in vitamin E. It protects, softens and lubricates the skin.
We often include herbs and botanicals such as rose petals, lavender, comfrey, peppermint and oatmeal.

What should I use if I have sensitive skin?
All of our soap will be far better than any detergent based commercial soap, but our unscented, extremely mild Baby soap, Lavender soap, HoneyBee Soap or our Savon deMarsaille are some good suggestions.

What is the difference between handmade and machine made soap?

Well, one only has to experience naturally handmade soap to know there is definitely a difference. Here are some facts: industrially manufactured soap contains various  chemicals and synthetic detergents that can irritate or dry out the skin. They are often made with animal derived fats such as sodium tallowate (a hard fat obtained from parts of the bodies of cattle, sheep, or horses, and used in foodstuffs or to make candles, leather dressing, soap, and lubricants) these fats contribute no beneficial qualities to the skin. Some soap bars can’t even be labeled “soap” rather they are labeled “cleansing bar” because they actually aren’t soap at all. They are synthetic detergent bars. Almost all are scented with synthetic fragrances and contain a load of preservatives.
Anything that foams is either soap or a synthetic detergent. Nothing else used as a cleaning product produces lather. So, if a person says “I don’t use soap” or “I can’t use soap”, they have most likely experienced the bad side effects of using machine made soap and have turned to either a mild synthetic detergent liquid.
Our soap is different because it is extremely mild and moisturizing. People even with the most sensitive skin types can use it. It’s made with natural vegetable oils, is never tested on animals, is biodegradable, is scented with all natural essential oils and smells amazing. Yes, it costs a bit more, but it lasts a long time and it’s worth it!

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are aromatic and highly concentrated oils extracted from plants that carry beneficial properties. They are completely natural and are processed by steam distillation. Some citrus oils are made during a process known as “cold pressed” where the oil is pressed out of the rind. We use essential oils because they are natural and have therapeutic properties.

Do you use synthetifc fragrance oils in your soap? NEVER.

Do you sell wholesale?  yes. please contact us for pricing 😉

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“You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya punk?”

Watched Clint Eastwood’s “Grand Torino” this weekend – great movie!  Clint has been an icon now for such a long time and he just keeps upping his game!  Now, I”m not schooled in all of his movies, but I liked this one, and I’m in the mood to give away some soap….so….leave me your favorite Clint Eastwood quote, I’ll have my boys choose and one of you will end up with some all natural handmade soap!    Clint Eastwood and Jamie Cullum – theme from Grand Torino


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Old School Shaving & “Man” soap for Dad…

I like old-school almost anything and I’m charmed by ‘old school’ shaving. The process is slower, the shave is closer and the results…softer.  Although I can’t claim to have shaved my face with our shaving soap,  I have tried it on my legs – and loved it.  The “secret” ingredient in the soap makes it slick and the razor glides effortlessly.  That combined with the scents of lime, patchouli & bergamot…lovin it!  My ultra-talented neice has taken some rockin’ photos and I’m including them here to show you why this would be a perfect gift.  I’m thinking shaving soap, an old-school boar’s hair brush and a matching big block hemp bar would be a big hit with your dad….or your brother, husband, uncle, nephew, son, boyfriend, etc. 

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Find our Soaps

Irish Twins Soap Co can be found at the following places:

  • Dark Horse Cafe , Beresford, SD
  • Kari’s Kuts & Kurls, Beresford, SD
  • Home Porch, Phillips Ave., Sioux Falls, SD
  • HyVee – Sioux Empire – 49 & Louise Ave., SD

  • Rug & Relic, 8th & Railroad  – Sioux Falls, SD

  • Jones’ Food Center, Vermillion, SD

  • W7 Collective, St. Paul, Minnesota

  • At Home Designs, Rapid City, SD

We’re also at the Vermillion Farmer’s Market most Thursdays from 3 – 7 at the Clay County Fairgrounds

or visit our website at

or if you are a member of the SD Local Foods Co-op our entire line of soaps & homekeeping products are available.

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Madagascar Love!

Madagascar Love!

These Madagascar bars came out of the molds yesterday and I decided to make them Big Block like the hemp bars.  Madagascar is one of our best selling soaps – and I thought I’d double the fun by making them big and chunky. $12     They are also available in the 4 oz. bars for $5.95.

Here is why we like vanilla & ylang-ylang!

Vanilla:  The health benefits of Vanilla Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties like anti oxidant, aphrodisiac, anti carcinogenic, febrifuge, anti depressant, sedative, tranquilizing and relaxing.

Essential Oil of Vanilla found its uses in the world of medicines too.

  • Anti Oxidant:  Oxidizers or free-radicals cause oxidation of the living cells and tissues and burn them to death. The anti oxidant property of vanilla essential oil neutralizes these free radicals and protects the body from wears and tears, infections and even some forms of cancer.
  • Aphrodisiac: Vanilla oil stimulates secretion of certain hormones like testosterone, estrogen etc. which help bring about  arousal.
  • Febrifuge: Fever reducer.
  • Sedative: Vanilla essential oil soothesall types of inflammations and hyperactivity in all the systems functioning in our body, namely, the respiratory system, circulatory system, digestive system, nervous system and the excretory system.
  • Tranquilizing: Vanilla Essential Oil helps you get a sound sleep too. This is due to the sedative and relaxing properties of this oil. It lowers blood pressure and has a sort of tranquilizing effect on the brain too.
  • Relaxing: This oil has a relaxing and calming effect on the brain and the nerves and gives relief from anxiety, anger, restlessness etc.

Ylang-Ylang:  Ylang-ylang oil has a euphoric and sedative effect on the nervous system and helps with anxiety, tension, shock, fear and panic.  It’s also an aphrodisiac.

On the skin, ylang-ylang oil has a soothing effect and its balancing action sorts out over-dry as well as overly-oily skin by balancing the secretion of sebum, and has a stimulating effect on the scalp which promotes more luxurious hair growth.

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#500 Making it halfway (via 1000 Awesome Things)

I’m re-blogging this….because i’m feeling a little blah and I came across the blog 1000 Awesome things. If you’re not familiar, it’s written by a guy who was down on his luck….and chose to find 1 bright spot a day until he came up with 1000 Awesome things.. He now has a book that I’m gonna go find! It’s all about counting your blessings!

#500 Making it halfway Maybe you're running on the treadmill when you catch the clock tick past the middle of your sweaty jog. Maybe you're reading late at night and notice you're on the middle page where the left and right sides form one big rectangle of paper. Or maybe you're on a long Sunday drive to visit a hometown friend when you pass that rusty gas station halfway down the highway. Yes, it sure is sweet making it halfway anywhere. It means you got started, you g … Read More

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