Aoraki Naturals’ soaps are formulated to be used. Your newly purchased soap is ready to go, and will stay nice and fresh for a few months and up to a year depending on the make up of the actual soap and correct care.
Unlike supermarket “soap” which can be stored for years due to hardeners and synthetic ingredients, handmade soaps do have a shelf life. Delicate essential oil fragrances can deteriorate over time, and oils can, just like the oils you cook with, go rancid. Correct storage can prolong the life of a soap.
So how do I store my soap?
The best place is in a cool, dry spot in a cardboard box which allows air to circulate. A bedroom drawer is ideal. Soaps left out, unwrapped on a shelf will fade quickly and lose their scent after a while.
How to I make my soap last longer?
Using a shower puff or washcloth instead of rubbing the soap directly on your body will help your soap last longer as you use less to get a great lather.
Allow time for your soap to dry out between uses. Cut your bar in half and use on alternate days, or if you have more than one soap, rotate them.
You don’t want your soap sitting in water, or getting wet from the shower’s stream – it will melt to nothing very quickly due to the high natural glycerine content.
A well draining soap dish is essential and a good investment if you are going to switch to handmade soap.
You can purchase one of our wooden soap dishes HERE
In the business development stage of Aoraki Naturals I needed to decide what we were going to be, and who our market was. I have always been frustrated at the lack of natural body products available in stores and have, over the years, shied away from most supermarket brands, or found “natural” brands price prohibitive.
So, there it was – natural AND affordable. I started knowing this won’t make me rich as the quality ingredients and essential oils I use aren’t cheap, but I create products I would be happy to purchase and use myself. I love what I do, and am enjoying building relationships with my customers knowing I am delivering safe, eco-friendly, body-friendly products that work.
Aoraki Naturals’ products have –
No synthetic fragrance oils
No synthetic colourants
No animal fats
No palm oil
What we do use –
A range of natural plant oils and butters
Pure essential oils
Herbs, spices, botanicals
Our products are designed to be used and enjoyed every day by the whole family.
Throw everything you have heard about “not using soap on your face” out of the window and try our products today!
A lot of people ask me “How can homemade soap be gentle and good for your skin if it’s made with lye.” “Isn’t that caustic soda? .. The stuff you clean drains with?”
Yes it is! BUT it is impossible to make real soap without it.
First off, I want to give you a brief overview of exactly what soap is.
Soap is an alkali (like lye, aka sodium hydroxide) combined with fats. Together they go through a reaction called “saponification”, and the end result is soap. So, by the very definition of “soap”, you cannot have soap without lye.
Every oil needs a certain amount of lye to turn it into soap, all Aoraki Naturals’ soaps use more oil than is required, which means some of the oils are left behind and all of the lye is well and truly used up. This process is called “superfatting”. It ensures a skin-safe, gentle product and your skin benefits from the moisturising properties of the “unused” oils.
So why does “lye soap” have a reputation of being harsh? In days past, homemakers made soap using lye made from wood ash. Sophisticated scales for measuring were not available and often too much lye was used. When saponification occurred, some lye was left in the soap, making it harsh on the skin.
Hopefully that helps ease any worries you have with lye as an ingredient – remember every bar of soap you’ve used in your life started with a lye solution.