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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One response to “Handmade Soap FAQ’s

  1. Ebonie Tyeryar

    Essential oils are volatile and liquid aroma compounds from natural sources, usually plants.,

    Brand new article on our very own blog site

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