Bell Soap is made in the cold process method. That is mixing sodium hydroxide with vegetable oils, botanicals and essential oils and pouring into molds, letting cure for 24 hours and then cutting into bars, then curing for 6-8 weeks.
This method retains the natural occuring glycerin that is produced in the soapmaking process. In commercial soaps they remove the glycerin and sell it as a by-product. Glycerin is a natural humectant meaning that is helps retain moisture in your skin. It also allows me to use the oils I want to use and add a variety of botanicals, clays, muds and essential oils to create special bars.
Don’t be alarmed by the ingredient sodium hydroxide. It is a caustic soda that is required to create the chemical reaction to change oil into a salt “soap”. The resulting product is molecules that has a head and a tail, that clean, it has one part of the molecule that traps oil and dirt and wicks it away, and another part that scrubs (research this). It’s quite phenomenal actually. Once the oils have saponified with the sodium hydroxide and cured for the 6-8 weeks, there is no measurable amount of sodium hydroxide left in the bar of soap. It simply is required to create saponification i.e. changing the oils to a salt.
Specifically at Bell Soap we create each bar with specific recipes to make the bar for different skin types; sensitive, dry, oily, acne, damages skin. We use certified organic top quality vegetable oils such as olive, coconut, palm from sustainable source, avocado, hemp, sunflower and butters such as shea, mango, cocoa to make the best soap possible. We only use natural botanicals to offer exfoliant properties to some bars and top quality essential oils that make a great smelling soap. It matters what we put in our soap, what we purchase i.e. what companies Bell Soap supports, what we use on our bodies and what goes down our drains. We use recycled paper for our labels and gift boxes, we reuse packaging when shipping our products, our office is paperless wherever possible, we purchase environmentally friendly and organic products in our home and office, and keep plastic products to a minimum.