Bath Soap FAQ – Mountain Laurel Boutique

Bath Soap FAQ

Bath Soap Frequently Asked Questions


  • Do you use Lye in your soap making process?

YES. All REAL soap is made with lye (sodium hydroxide mixed with liquid). Any skin or hair cleansing product made without sodium hydroxide is not soap, it is detergent.   More importantly the question to ask is "Is there any Lye in a bar of our soap?"The answer is No.  Once the process of saponification is complete, the lye and oil molecules have combined and chemically changed into soap.

  •  Does your soap contain Glycerin?

YES.  Technically, all true soap (as defined by the FDA) is glycerin soap, since glycerin is a natural by-product of saponification. What most people know as glycerin soap – transparent or opaque bars, often with fun things floating in them – is different. We do not sell clear glycerin bars of soap.

  •  Are your bars of soap made from scratch?

YES.  All of our bars of soap are made from scratch, using a cold process which is different from melt-and-pour soap products.  Melt-and-pour soap is made a from a pre-made base usually sold in blocks which means the soapmaker has no control over the contents of the pre-made base.  By working from scratch instead, we can guarantee the quality and responsible sourcing of all ingredients used in our soap.

  •  How long does your soap stay fresh?
Our handmade soap stays "fresh" for years.  No, it's true!   REAL handmade soap is like wine.  It gets better with age.  As the soap gets harder, it becomes longer lasting and milder.  However, over time, the soap may lose it's fragrance intensity, so we recommend using within 6 months.  
  •  How long does your soap last?

Well that depends on how often you shower.  If properly stored and drained between uses, you can expect a bar to last at least 2-3 weeks or longer. The key is to prevent your soap from sitting in standing water.  No matter how well made the soap may be, soaking in water over time will break down the soap.  

  •  Do you test your products on animals and are they 'Cruelty Free' ?  

NO.  Our products are not animal tested and we do not support the killing of animals for byproducts used in making of soap.  All of our products are Vegan except for those that contain animal-friendly ingredients including Goat Milk, Honey and Beeswax.

  • Are all of your products all natural?

IT DEPENDS.  We strive to create all natural products whenever possible, but due to the complex fragrances, and sometimes the difficulty of obtaining responsible GMO free ingredients, we also provide a 'nearly natural' alternative. Each of our products are clearly noted as all natural or nearly natural.

  • What is the difference between All Natural and Nearly Natural?

The difference between "All Natural" and "Nearly Natural" is where the scent and color come from. Our All Natural products are made with essential oils, and other natural raw materials ("certified natural fragrances" , herbs, resins, and similar) and while the popular fragrance and "nearly natural" category may contain synthetic/man-made components (sources may simply not "certify" the components are derived from all natural sources.

Natural scents are limited due to the limitations of finding raw materials, the expense of the natural oils, or their inability to "stick" in the product. Popular fragrances are man made without these limitations, so you can create soaps like "Cucumelon" , "Mango" , "Brown Sugar Fig" , and similar. Though many of our natural products are still aroma rich, some may prefer the aforementioned scents and thus we have them available. With either of these categories, we have a natural vegetable oil base and always make the attempt to be as natural as possible by using herbs and clays as colorants. We also have other categories that further enhance the soaps including aloe, goat milk, and more.

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