About Our Handmade Soap

Our Handmade Soap

Your Executive Summary

All of us at BearMoon Soap are well aware that you have many choices when purchasing your handmade soap. Because of this, we have a clear focus on providing you with healthy ingredients, customer care, consistency in the soap making process, packaging, and delivery.

Ingredients

All of the soaps made by BearMoon are handmade by our own hands using the cold process method of making soap. 

Most of our soaps are considered "healthy" in that they don't include Chemical Detergents, Synthetic Lathering Agents, Parabens, or Phthalates.

Instead our soaps are made using Healthy base oils, Essential oils, Honey, Aloe, Silk, and Oatmeal. The combination of oils, water, and lye also produce Glycerin which is a humectant that attracts moisture from the air to keep your skin moisturized and hydrated. Commercial companies that make "soaps" often remove the glycerin and sell it on its own in more profitable products like lotions and creams. 

It is also worthy to note that we source all of our ingredients from cruelty-free suppliers.

Our Soap Making Process

Although healthy ingredients are one of our top priorities, it doesn't stop there. A real soap maker must also have clearly defined processes to produce a consistent product that you can trust and rely on. We follow and adhere to all of the FDA rules and regulations to ensure safety, purity of ingredients, transparent labeling, claims, and cleanliness:

  • All soap molds are stored on shelving (off the floor)
  • All raw materials are stored on shelving (off the floor)
  • Batch ingredients are digitally tracked
  • All soap bar labels contain a batch number which allows us to track the source of ingredients as well as the date each soap was made
  • All soap bars are labeled with all ingredients and approximate weight
  • We do not make medical/drug claims (on our website, social media, or in person)

 BearMoon Soap - a soap company you can trust and depend on. 


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A Deeper Dive

All the soap bars we make are handmade by us - BearMoon Soap. We DO NOT purchase our soap from 3rd party wholesalers and stick our label on it.Purple Rain We control the entire process of making your soap from start to finish therefore ensuring quality and safety.

We make our soap using the "cold process" method. Technically speaking:

Cold Process soapmaking is the act of mixing fixed oils (common oils include Olive, Coconut and Palm) with an alkali (Lye/Sodium Hydroxide).  The result is a chemical process called saponification, where the composition of the oils change with the help of the lye to create a bar of soap.

What? Sodium Hydroxide/Lye?, chemical process? - that doesn't sound like something I want on my body.

Tell Me No Lye!

Look, it's a fact, you can't make REAL soap without lye/sodium hydroxide. Any cleanser made without sodium hydroxide isn't soap, it's a detergent -household cleaners, fuel additives, etc...  You wouldn't bathe using products that are used to clean floors or dishes with - that's just silly and obviously not safe. 

Is there lye in BearMoon soap? No - not in the end product you use. Lye is a very caustic chemical capable of causing serious damage - it can burn skin, cause blindness, and even cause death if ingested. We use extreme caution when handling lye during our soap making process - protective gloves, glasses, clothing.

When we mix fat (base oils such as olive, coconut, castor, etc.) with sodium hydroxide, the mixture goes through a process called Saponification. Saponification literally means "turning into soap" from the root word, "sapo", which is Latin for soap. The by-products of the saponification reaction are glycerin and soap. After saponification is complete, No Lye Remains

We ensure that no lye remains in our bar soap by:

  1. We add extra base oils (super fat) to our recipes.
  2. We spot test our batches after the soap is made using a PH Meter.

Is BearMoon Soap Natural?

In a perfect world, soap would grow naturally on trees in a thousand year old rain forest deep in the {name your happy place here}. Well kids, that ain't how it works. Soap is made by humans and that's how it has been since 2800 B.C. 

Our soaps that are scented with essential oils are considered 100% natural. Soaps that contain fragrance oils and mica's are considered to be 96% natural because the fragrance oils make up approximately 4% of the ingredients. 

All of our soaps include other healthy ingredients and these natural base oils:

Shea Butter –Shea butter aids in the skin’s natural collagen production and contains oleic, stearic, palmitic, and linolenic acids that protect and nourish the skin to prevent drying. With long-term use, many people report skin softening and strengthening as well as wrinkle reduction.

Coconut oil – Coconut Oil creates a hard bar with loads of fluffy lather and cleansing power.

Olive oil – Olive oil soap is moisturizing, high in oleic acid, and great for all skin types.

Organic Sustainable Palm oil – Palm oil is a great oil for soap making but one that is very controversial. Palm plantations in south-east Asia have led to devastating deforestation and loss of habitat for animals such as Orangutans. We purchase organic palm oils from sources that have been rain forest certified.

Castor Oil - Castor oil contributes to a stable and fluffy lather.

Sunflower Oil - Sunflower oil is great for skin care, as it has amazing vitamins and healthy acids, such as amino acids and fatty acids, that are great for taking care of your skin. Plus, this oil is great for moisturizing, which will leave your skin soft and healthy.

Rice Bran Oil - Rice Bran oil is rich in vitamin E and antioxidants, and it has a thick and moisturizing consistency that's similar to olive oil.

 

To help you choose soaps from our website, we include a complete list of ingredients in each product description. This way you can be confident in what you are purchasing.

If you have any questions about any of our products or ingredients, you may contact us at any time using our customer contact form

 

References:

Let's talk about soap, baby! - https://engrave.in
Free Beginner's Guide To SoapMaking: Cold Process - https://www.soapqueen.com
Benefits of Using Handmade Soap - www.lovinsoap.com
Are Natural & Organic Ingredients Better For Your Skin - https://www.paulaschoice.com
What Does Natural Really Mean - https://health.usnews.com