Hot Press Soap
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Hot Press Soap

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All soaps are handmade the traditional way by combining various oils and butters with sodium hydroxide (lye).  Our felted soaps are all made using the Hot Process method which allows their fragrances to hold much better and longer than other soaps as it is unaffected by the saponification process.  After "the cook" only natural soap, fragrance, reserved glycerine and oils remain. Glycerine is frequently extracted from mass produced soap and sold for extra profit for use in other cosmetics and beauty products, to be replaced by potentially drying chemicals which can irritate the skin.

The "Hot Process" method of creating soap, characterised by the production of a hard, pleasant smelling soap was originally started in the Islamic Middle East during the Islamic Golden Age (854-925). The majority of this newfound luxury was produced in Syria, from a mixture of olive oil, ash and lime, this would then be brought to Europe to replace the cruder animal fat soaps. By the 13th century the manufacture of soap in the Islamic world have become virtually industrialised, with sources in Nablus, Fes, Damascus and Aleppo.