Wendilu Artisan Soap

Why use Wendilu Artisan Soaps?

The "soap" bought at the store is not actually soap, it is a detergent bar. The label will say things like "beauty bar", "body bar" or "moisturizing bar", to name a few. It is rare to find one that says "soap". Look up a few of the ingredients, you might be surprised. Some of them even list SOAP as an ingredient!

Artisan soaps are homemade, handmade, and naturally rich in glycerin. Glycerin is a natural by-product of the reaction between lye (sodium hydroxide) and oil. Commercial detergent bar manufacturers often remove glycerin for use in more expensive cosmetic products stripping one of the best ingredients for your skin!

Artisan soaps contain minimal ingredients. A liquid, lye and oils. The liquid is used to dissolve the lye. The dissolved lye is then mixed with the oil blend causing emulsification (the blending of the oil and the lye solution), you continue mixing until you reach a stable emulsification which is called trace. It is then either poured into a mold (cold process) where saponification (chemical process that produces soap and glycerin) completes or it is heated (hot process) to speed up the saponification process and then poured into a mold. After the soap completes saponification and hardens, it is then unmolded and cut into bars. Soap is then allowed to cure for a period depending on the process and oil combinations used until it becomes a hard lovely bar of artisan soap. Additives are sometimes used such as oatmeal, herbs, natural colorants and essential oils. Synthetic colorants and fragrance oils can also be used. Additives are generally used minimally but their addition will be noted in the ingredients list.

One other note........................NO LYE = NO SOAP!!!!!

There is no such thing as lye free soap, regardless of what the label says! True soap is created by saponification which is the chemical reaction between sodium hydroxide (lye) and oil. There is no lye left in the finished product but if it is true soap, it was created using lye! Don't be fooled by false information! Items on an ingredients label such as "sodium tallowate" means that an oil, in this case tallow, was mixed with lye then saponified making a new compound sodium tallowate. Since there is no lye left in the finished product, sodium hydroxide does not have to be listed as an ingredient if the producer is listing what is left in the product rather than what went into making it! I list what goes into the pot to make my soap so you will know exactly what I used to make your lovely newly purchased Wendilu Artisan Soap!

Melt and pour soap base is also made with lye. If I use melt and pour soap base to make some of my soap creations I do not use lye to make my finished product BUT lye was certainly used to make the soap base! Don't be fooled by marketing ploys and false information.

Thank you so much for your interest in Wendilu Artisan Soap! I hope you enjoy using them as much as I enjoy making them!