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FAQs

Do you still offer local delivery?

Yes. Simply contact us via our onsite Contact button and we'll send you the promo code that will give you that shipping option.  Thank you!

Is Perfectly Natural Soap handmade?

Yes, we make soap the old fashioned way, by hand. Perfectly Natural Soap is made from a combination of natural oils with a strong alkali (lye) solution until a process of saponification takes place.  Saponification is a chemical reaction that occurs when the lye is combined with whole oils. Soap and glycerin are the resultant products. No lye remains in the finished product.  Our bar soaps are made using the cold-process method wherein we mix the oil and lye into soap and glycerin without added heat and let the soap cure for approximately 6 weeks before selling. During this curing process, the soap fully neutralizes and evaporates off some of it's water.  This results in our long lasting, mild bars of soap.

Do you have to use lye when making your soap?

Yes.  It is impossible to make real soap without using lye.  However, during the process of making soap, no lye remains in the finished product.  100% of the lye added to our recipes bonds with the oils in the recipe and through the saponification process, becomes soap and glycerin.  No lye remains in the final bars of soap.  Our soaps are all made with an excess of oil so that there is also some of the recipe oils left in the final product as well.  This is done to ensure the bars are extra moisturizing.

Today’s handmade soaps are far more gentle than they ever were due to advances in supply standardization and more refined measuring.  They are made to be gentle to the skin with many people finding them very moisturizing.

Is Perfectly Natural Soap “Organic”?  What do you define as “Natural” soap?

Our soaps are made using  organic ingredients in many cases.  Each product label will indicate which ingredients are organic.

When we say our soap is all-natural, it is our way of saying that it contains no synthetic fragrances, petrochemicals, synthetic dyes or preservatives. Our soap is scented with essential oils and naturally derived ingredients (plant extracts) and colored with organic herbs, clays and plant extracts.

We recognize that there isn't really such a thing as "natural soap" or “organic soap”, in the technical sense of the words, since soap isn't present or formed in nature.  At Perfectly Natural Soap, we take elements from nature and mix them together to make something new (alkali + oil = soap).  However, saponification is a chemical reaction that occurs by mixing these elements.  Some would therefore call it a "chemical" and technically they are correct.  We needed to find a way to convey to you our commitment to only use ingredients that are plant based, contain NO phthalates, dyes or preservatives and we do that by using the term “natural”.

Does Perfectly Natural Soap contain glycerin?

Yes. Glycerin is a natural byproduct of the saponification of the oils we use to make our soap, so it is a natural part of all our soaps. Our soaps qualify as glycerin soaps because glycerin accounts for over 9% of the final bar of soap.  But your soap isn't clear?  Clear glycerin soaps contain a sugar-alcohol compound that gives them their clarity.  That sugar-alcohol compound can actually dry your skin and most importantly, doesn't add any value to the bar of soap.  We strive to ensure that each ingredient we add to our soap gives either a skin or aromatherapy benefit to our soap.

Does Perfectly Natural Soap contain SLS?

No. SLS (sodium laurel sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate) and other sulfates are often added to soaps to increase lather quality. They are commonly found in soaps, including many marketed as natural soaps, as well as glycerin soaps, liquid soaps, and shampoos. As synthetic compounds, SLS and other surfactants dry out your skin and, for many people, cause irritation. We use neither SLS nor any other sulfates in our soaps.

Why does Perfectly Natural Soap use so many oils?

A good bar soap balances bar durability (hardness), lather quality (both fluffiness and stability), and moisturizing ability. Each oil has unique properties and provides different characteristics to the finished bar of soap.  However, the properties that contribute  moisture are not those that contribute much to lather quality, and the ones that make great lather are drying to our skin.   We use a selection of the following varieties of oil in our recipes to provide balance to Perfectly Natural Soap:

We use (sustainable) organic palm oil for its ability to create a harder finished bar of soap.  It is high in palmitic acid, vitamin E, vitamin K and magnesium and is considered a natural anti-oxidant.

Organic sunflower oil is used for its humectant property, similar to olive oil, but with a ‘cleaner’ feel on the skin but tends to soften the bar, so it’s used in moderation.

We use organic olive oil because it acts as a humectant, drawing moisture to the skin.

We use cocoa butter for stable lather and hardness in the final bar.

Sweet Almond oil is used because it saponifies easily and produces a stable and conditioning lather in soap.

Avocado oil gives a conditioning quality to the soap and is rich in vitamins A, D and E, lecithin, potassium, protein and amino acids

Organic coconut oil gives bubbly lather and adds an additional hardness to the finished soap.

Shea butter lends a creamier texture to the finished bar of soap but can reduce lather.

What do you use to scent your soap?

Essential oils, plant extracts and plant matter (orange peel and ground vanilla bean powder for example).  Essential oil is a pure, single plant oil, as an example, "Basil essential oil" will be from the basil leaf.  The FDA has noted that these must be listed separately on labels or they should be called "fragrance". In other words if you make an essential oil blend, it doesn't matter, they still have to be called "fragrance" if not listed separately.  Since most of our essential oil blends are ours or our supplier’s “recipes”, we chose to list these blends as simply “natural fragrance”.

How do you color your soaps?

We use natural herbs, fruits, extracts and and clays for our colorants. We never use dyes or FD&C colorings in any of our products.

How can I make my handmade soap last longer? / What is the shelf life of your soap?

All handmade soap should be kept in a dry, cool, dark storage space to maximize its lifespan. Since our soaps are scented using essential oils, the scents will dissipate over time.  When the soap is in use, make sure it has sufficient drainage to dry in between uses, as water will wash the soap away.  Try one of our handmade wooden soap dishes to help keep your soap dry in between uses.

Our bar soaps won't go bad, but over time may lose some of their scent.

Do you test your products on animals?

We NEVER test our products on animals. Our friends and family happily volunteer to be our testers.

What is Shea butter?

Shea butter is extracted from the nut of the Karite tree in Africa.

Can I refill the foaming soaps?  If so, how?

Yes!  Our liquid soaps work wonderfully as refills for the foaming hand soaps.  To refill the foaming dispenser, pour 2.5 – 3 oz of our liquid soap into the empty container and then fill the rest with purified or distilled water.  Screw the foaming top back on to the bottle and gently shake to combine.