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Soap Facts

Our manufacturing technology uses the exact same cold saponification process that is centuries old.

History & Technology

The History

The history of soap making is thousands of years old. We don’t know exactly when our ancestors discovered that a mixture of wood ash and fat causes the saponification process and cleans hands and clothes. Early soap manufacturers used animal fat, which had to be boiled before and during the saponification process. Needless to say, the appearance and smell of said soap was unattractive, although it had cleansing properties.


But in Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome there were soaps made with pure olive and/or laurel oils and scented with natural essences. The cold saponification process was discovered. Since vegetable oils are liquid it was not necessary to heat them and this allowed soap makers to use different natural additives, such as essential oils and plant extracts, and preserve their qualities and aromas within the solid soap. The process was accepted as a gold standard by medieval Mediterranean soap makers and was sometimes even the subject of royal decrees.

The soap making technology

The saponification reaction starts when mixing vegetable oil and lye. When it’s finished there is a soap and glycerin. In cold saponification process the reaction between the oils and the alkaline solution takes place naturally at around 35-40 °C, which does not alter the properties of the oils, chosen for their qualities and the glycerin, so gentle and moisturizing for human skin, remains fully present during the reaction, to be found at a rate of 8 to 10 % in our artisanal soap selection.

Enrichment with noble oils

In addition, we enrich our soaps with various noble oils, known for the extraordinary properties for the skin (you could find more information on Ingredients page) and certain plant extracts and natural minerals.

We choose one by one the vegetable oils most suited to the characteristics we want to achieve in our soaps. We also choose the synergies of fragrances or leave the soap with it’s natural fragrance without additives.

After the saponification reaction, it is still necessary to wait some weeks for the soap to mature: this is the curing time. During this period the soap, placed away from the light, continues to be the object of careful attention. Temperature and humidity control is essential to guarantee the quality of the final product.

Finally, at the end of this period of treatment, the soap is ready. The solid block is gently cut into bars which are then branded and carefully packed.

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