Soapy FAQ’s

New!  Infrequently Asked Questions (IAQ's)
  1. What is soap? How do you make soap? What makes this soap special?
  1. All soap is made by mixing a fat with a caustic. We use vegetable, coconut, olive and palm oil, unlike the typical animal fats used in commercial soap making. These oils were chosen for their superior moisturizing qualities, and creamy lather. We use caustic soda, much like the traditional lye – a naturally occurring caustic made by running water through wood ash (we do not make our own). Typical commercial soaps may use phosphates, or more damaging caustics to the environment. We use herbs for their beneficial properties – Aloe vera for moisturizing, Witch Hazel for astringency. Aromatic varieties contain oil-based, blended and essential oils. All of our ingredients are of the highest quality. We do not test on animals, or use animal fats.

  1. What makes the colours?
  1. Simply the herbs used. In Rainbow soap, there is always more than one colour/ingredient. A bar that is red, yellow and blue would contain cinnamon, marigold and sea-algae. These ingredients combine together very well, and the overall blend would be a good soap for normal skin.

  1. Is it gentle enough for a baby?
  1. Absolutely! Especially the unscented varieties, however, this is not a ‘no more tears’ formula.

  1. What about combination skin?
  1. The oily ‘T’ zone from forehead to chin with dry cheek area is quite a common occurrence, and a normal skin soap is a good recommendation. In summer, when most skin produces more oils, you could go to a light astringent like Almond Rose; in winter the skin is dryer, so a moisturizing mix like Jasmine & Herbs - for more moisturizing try Mint – it’s great.

  1. How long does it last? Can I buy this now and keep it until the year 2200?
  1. The rule of thumb for all soap is – the older, the better. Although fresh soap has the same benefits for the skin, it tends to dissolve quickly. The older the soap, the harder it gets, the longer it lasts when you start to use it. We do not add any drying agents to our soap, which speed up the drying process, but also dry the skin.

  1. Is it fudge? Cheese? Can I eat it?
  1. Absolutely! Well – it wouldn’t kill you, but it’s not too tasty.

  1. What do you recommend for very sensitive skin? ie. Eczema.
  1. The Nettle soap quiets itchy, patchy rashes. Tea tree soap is antiseptic, yet very gentle at the same time. Flowers & Leaves ointment has proven to be highly effective in reducing cracked, itchy dry skin. See attached Fan Mail. These products are being recommended by Doctors and Dermatologists.

  1. Is it Environmentally friendly?
  1. Yes – no phosphates are added. Every effort is being made to reduce our own output of waste, using up all raw product, and eliminating unnecessary packaging; to reuse scrap lumber in our wooden crates; and to recycle anything we possibly can.

  1. How was soap invented?
  1. One version of the story, this one comes from Sapo, near Rome, and dates back to centuries before Christ – goes like this: The washer women, who use the river daily, noticed that after a recent animal sacrifice to pagan gods, followed by rainfall, the river appeared cloudy, and the togas were easier to wash!

Water + wood ash = lye; lye + fat = soap

This is a natural product.

Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run…..

Mark Twain