We have received a lot of e-mail from those of you that would like to know more about our handmade soap and our soap making process. Thank you all for your inquiries. Here are answers to the questions that we are asked most often.

For more information, please see our multi-lingual soap making glossary, tips for selecting handmade soap, soap definitions and our handmade soap ingredients.

How do you make your handmade soap?

Our handmade soap is created using the cold process method from food grade (edible) fixed oils. We blend cold pressed olive, coconut and palm oils, as each of these oils contribute significant properties to our soap. These oils are then combined with a sodium hydroxide solution and stirred together to create soap. Just prior to pouring the saponified oils into our wooden molds, we add our essential oils, natural fragrance oils, herbs, spices, and botanicals. After 48 hours, the soap is removed from the mold, hand cut and racked for curing. We allow our soap to cure for 4 to 6 weeks. The end result is a mild natural soap that nourishes your skin. All of our soaps are handmade in Hawaii with "Aloha".

What ingredients do you use?
We use a blend of cold pressed food grade (edible) olive, coconut and palm oils. This produces a firm bar of soap that is smooth and creamy with lots of lather. Our line of natural soaps contain no animal products, artificial colorants, preservatives or synthetic fragrance oils. We are cruelty free, as our friends and family very willingly test our soaps. We use essential oils and naturally derived botanical fragrance oils to softly scent our soap. We also add spices, locally grown organic botanicals and herbs that compliment the essential oils, and to add color to our soap.

What are botanical based fragrance oils?
Botanical based fragrance oils are derived from roots, bark, leaves, fruits, flowers or other parts of a plant. They are distilled and blended, and may include essential oil in the formula. These botanical fragrance oils are a substitute for the very expensive pure essential oils or absolutes. Our Kauai Rose fragrance has an 8% solution of rose absolute in the formula. This rose oil has all of the subtle notes of an absolute, but at a cost that is affordable for use in bath and body products. This allows us to offer fragrances that we would not normally offer due to the cost. Rose absolute can average $700.00 for a pound of oil.

How is handmade soap different from commercial soap?
Our soap is handmade using the cold kettle or cold process method. This old fashioned method of soap making creates and retains glycerin, which helps to moisturize your skin. You won't have that dry, itchy feeling you get from using commercial soaps. We do not use any animal or petroleum by products. During commercial continuous process soap making, the glycerin is removed, and sold separately. Commercial soap contains animal and petroleum based ingredients, and is actually considered a detergent and not a soap. We just know that your skin will notice the difference immediately.

Do you use tallow in your handmade soap?
We don't use tallow (animal fat) or other animal products in our soap. Some of the common animal products used in soap making are tallow, lard, lanolin, milk and beeswax. We believe that we are able to produce a premium handmade soap without the use of any animal products in our formula. Tallow can be found in most of the commercial soap produced today, and it's usually listed in it's saponified state as sodium tallowate.

Do you mass produce your soap?
No. Our handmade soap is made in small quality controlled batches. Our average batch is 44 lbs. This is the equivalent of about 200 bars of soap. We prefer to make small batches of soap more frequently, as this assures our customers that they are getting a fresh product.

I have sensitive skin, can I use handmade soap?
Yes. For those of you with sensitive skin, we recommend that you do try a handmade soap. We think you'll be surprised at how mild handmade soap really is. One of our younger clients suffers with eczema and tells us that his skin condition improves greatly when using handmade soap. He's especially fond of our Cinnamon soap. He's told us that the Lavender soap is really good for his skin, but he'd rather not smell like a bunch of little purple flowers.

Can I use handmade soap to wash my hair?
Absolutely! We've been using handmade soap to wash our own hair, and really like the difference. Just rub the bar of soap across your hair a few times and you'll have a nice thick lather. There's no residue left on your hair, it rinses out and leaves your hair squeaky clean. Haven't noticed the need to "lather, rinse, repeat" as some shampoo manufacturers suggest. Some of the ladies have told us that their "natural blonde color" seems to last just a bit longer when using handmade soap. Oops, they've also asked us not to tell.....

If you have other questions, or would like more information about our handmade soap or other bath and body products, please contact us.

Coconut Coast Handmade Soap Co.
P.O. Box 1173
Kapaa, Kauai, Hawaii 96746
Tel: (808) 822-2772

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