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The Alchemy of Soap Making


Soap making is an ancient process which can be tracked back to the Babylonians in 2800BC. There are even remains of manufactured bars of soap found in a soap factory in the ancient ruins of Pompeii.

Here at Walk Mill Botanics we continue to use a traditional approach to soap making called "cold process".

An alkali is added to plant oils and during the saponification process glycerine is released and retained in the soaps which is why our soaps are so moisturising.

A carefully chosen formula of plant oils gives a creamy moisturising lather which gently cleanses your skin.

On the soap labels you will see these products labelled with their saponified names. E.g. coconut oil is Sodium Cocoate.

Mixes of essential oils, botanicals, infusions and natural colourings are then added to give each bar of soap its unique properties which can be selected to create or suit your mood.

No SLS or Parabens are used in the products.

coconut-oilCoconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera)

Helps to moisturise and condition the skin, it lathers well creating a beautiful bubbly lather and has good cleansing properties. But too much can be drying so I balance it with other oils.

olive-oilOlive Oil (Olea Europea)

A lovely skin softening oil which is mild and has good cleansing properties.

palm-oilPalm Oil (Elaeis guineensis)

Has excellent cleansing properties giving a rich creamy lather. It is added to the mix of oils in our soaps to create a hard long lasting bar that is mild.

There is much controversy over the use of Palm oil. I choose to use it because it is a commodity which contributes to the economic development of the regions producing the oil. Our suppliers are members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

castor-oilCastor Oil (Ricinus Communis)

Does not create lather on its own, but has an amazing ability to change the lather in the soap to a thick dense creamy bubble.

It is a humectant which means it draws moisture to the skin. This oil is also known as Palma Christi or the "Palm of Christ" because the shape of the plant's leaves were thought to resemble the palm of Christ.

rapeseed-oilRapeseed Oil (Brassica Campestris)

Good to use as it contributes to a good lather, it is extremely nourishing as it contains omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids which soothe dry, irritated skin.

Rapeseed contributes to the lovely lather in the soap and it gives the final soap a shiny smooth texture.

All of our soaps are made in small batches so expect some variation in colour, texture and scent between batches.

If you have any questions at all about your order or our products or ingredients please ask – we love talking about soap!

All our soaps have been tested by a cosmetic chemist and our own testing panel, including people who suffer from eczema. Because we don't use SLS to generate extra foam or parabens to preserve the soaps you will find them moisturising and nourishing.

All essential oils are used within recommended percentages but if you are prone to allergies we suggest you do a test patch before using a product.


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