Are your soaps vegan?
In most cases, yes, absolutely! Please consult individual item descriptions in our shop for a complete list of ingredients; vegan products will be identified as such. All our products are vegetarian and we do not test on animals.
Do your soaps contain palm oil?
No. Palm is the most widely used vegetable oil in the world, and demand for it has created an environmental crisis that threatens indigenous orangutan populations. While legitimately "sustainable" palm oil is available, using it contributes to the continuing demand for palm oil, including from less ethical sources. At Soapfinch, we use non-palm solid oils (like coconut and shea butter) to harden and enrich our soaps.
Do you make lard or tallow soaps?
No. Soapfinch blossomed from a hunger to connect, as a maker, with green, growing, nature. Plant products are therefore the focus and foundation of our recipes. Renewable animal-given ingredients like beeswax, honey, yogurt, or milk do enhance some (but not all) of our products and are sourced as ethically as possible. We do not use animal fats.
When is soap not really soap?
In chemistry, soap is defined as "an alkali salt of a fatty acid." Soap is the end product of a chemical reaction which, on a molecular level, merges liquified fatty acids (oils & butters) with a water-dissolved crystalline base/alkali (lye) to create a solid block of soap. Ahhh, science!
By this definition, not everything that cleanses is soap. In fact, there are very few "true" soaps on the market. Most cleansers, liquid or solid, are actually synthetic detergents (or contain them.) The next time you're shopping, take a moment to read labels. If body wash, cleansing bar, beauty bar, or any word other than soap is used to describe what you're looking at, you're probably not looking at true soap but a synthetic detergent, instead.
Do your soaps have a shelf life?
Soapfinch bars are 100% preservative-free yet may be used at any time, growing gentler and harder as they age. The natural colorants and scents used in our soaps are more delicate than their synthetic alternatives and therefore, may fade over extended periods of time. A purely aesthetic issue, this does not affect the safety or effectiveness of hand made soap in any way.
How should hand made soap be stored?
Before use, store hand made soap in a cool, dry place away from direct light. I keep mine in a basket, inside my armoire; it makes the interior smell herbaceous, fresh, and divine! During use, place wet soap in a well-draining soap dish; due to its high glycerin content, hand made soap may dissolve if left in standing water between uses.
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How are your soaps made?
Soapfinch soaps are made entirely by hand one small batch at a time using a cold process soap making method, to produce an intentionally untamed, earthy soap with a wild, natural, wabi-sabi feel.
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