Handmade Soap Ingredients
What's in your handmade soap?
My base recipe consists of mainly Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter. Any additional ingredients such as other oils, essential oils or herb powders for colourants will be clearly listed in both the online description and the physical label of each product, along with any allergens such as those that occur naturally in essential oils, so you can see exactly what is in each soap. If you have any questions regarding ingredients please do get in touch.
Are Handmade By Kathryn's soaps "cruelty free"?
I do a lot of research into my ingredients and ensure that I only use those that come from reliable sources. I avoid animal products and also avoid ingredients that may have been harvested through child labour.
Do you use any animal products in your soaps?
No. I make soap that is suitable for almost everyone so you wont find any lard or tallow in my soaps.
I have sensitive skin/ allergies and can't use most soaps. Will I be able to use yours?
I would always recommend checking the ingredients first to see if you notice anything you know that you are allergic to. If you'd like to try a sample or discuss ingredients further please do get in touch and I will be more than happy to help you find the right product for you.
Most commercial soaps are detergent based, using lots of synthetic ingredients, and that's what usually causes skin reactions. That's very different from how I make my soaps. I don't use any artificial hardeners, latherers or preservatives. If you have allergies to fragrance, then the 'Naturals Range' may be the place to start. They are scented using 'Essential Oils' and coloured with natural colourants such as alkanet root or turmeric. I also have an unscented soap coming soon.
You mention Sodium Hydroxide, isn't that dangerous?
Sodium Hydroxide itself is indeed dangerous if not handled with care and using the correct PPE. It isn't present in the finished soap though. To make soap Sodium Hydroxide is mixed with water, this is known as Lye. The Lye is mixed with a combination of oils/butters/fats which go through a process called saponification to create salts that make soap. For example on the ingredients you'll see 'Sodium Olivate', this is olive oil after it has been saponified and turned into soap.
But still, are your products safe?
To legally sell soap and any other cosmetics in the UK there are a strict set of rules, regulations and guidelines to be followed. All recipes must be assessed to ensure they don't contain any harmful ingredients and also to ensure that any claims that are being made are actually truthful. The labelling also has to follow certain rules including having the Period After Opening symbol and contact details. So rest assured my soaps are indeed safe. If you have any further questions please do get in touch.