Did you know?
Much of the “soap” found in stores is not soap at all, but detergents, filled with chemicals that you can’t pronounce. Naples Creek Soaps are made from all-natural vegetable and plant oils, hand-picked for their special properties. I use the Cold-Process method of soapmaking & design each recipe to produce a quick, abundant lather that you don’t find often with other handmade soaps.
The truth about Lye!
Lye is an Alkali and the Oils are Fatty Acids. When combined in the proper proportions and with the correct methods, they become soap. All soap is made with lye. Anything made without lye is a detergent and not soap. We’ve often been asked “Is there lye in your soap?” and the honest answer is “No.” Quality handmade soap that is created using careful calculations, as Naples Creek Soaps are, will not contain lye once the saponification process is complete. I design my recipes to “super fat” my soaps. This is great news for your skin! Additional, skin-nourishing oils are added to the recipe, above and beyond that which is needed to make soap. These oils are left “free” to moisturize your skin and leave it feeling soft and supple, not dry, tight and itchy.
How do I make soap?
My soaps are all made using the Cold Process method with the exception of the Jewelweed Soap. The Cold Process method does not use any external heat to “cook” the soap as is done with the Hot Process Method. When I make a batch of soap, I like to prepare my carefully measured lye/water mix per my recipe ahead of time. I know that some prefer to have oils and lye/water at equal temps but I find that room temperature lye/water works best for me. Once the oils in my recipe have been melted and blended together in a pot, I slowly add the lye/water mixture to the oils while blending with a stick blender. Depending on my recipe and fragrances and/or additives used, I may add them early on in the process or near the “trace” stage. Trace occurs when the mixture becomes thick and soap drizzled from your spoon or blender leaves a trace on the top. At this time the soap is poured into my molds, covered with saran wrap and then blankets. The soap will heat up in the mold as the saponification process occurs. I leave the soap in the blankets overnight and then the next day the logs will be removed from the molds and ready to cut into bars. While my part of the soapmaking process takes approximately 1 hour, the soap is not ready for sale for an additional 4-6 weeks. Even though the saponification process occurs in 1 day, the soap continues to lose moisture and harden which makes for a better, longer lasting bar.