What is in Ancient Path soap?
The soaps are made with plant or nut oils (palm nut oil, olive oil, coconut oil), filtered water, and various essential (non-synthetic) oils for fragrance. Ground plant materials (lavender buds, oatmeal, spices) may be added to various soaps, and natural colorants may be used.
What is “My Sister’s Soap”?
For a decade, Julie has made soap for her sisters, and they’ve introduced friends to it, saying “This is my sister’s soap…”. The Sister’s line of soap still utilizes the same cold process and plant oils, but in addition to essential oils also contains some fragrances which are man-made. The “Ancient Path” line of soaps do not contain any man-made fragrances, only essential oils.
How much is it? Do you mail your soap?
We can mail the soap. We offer the same price for the bars that we use in our direct sales at farmer’s market or craft shows, with the addition of shipping costs. The price for the soap is $4/bar. We do ask for a minimum order of three bars for mailed orders. Shipping varies. Usually three to four bars will go in one of the flat rate boxes ($6.80); larger orders will incur a higher shipping cost (we will just charge our cost on shipping). Although we may set up payment through PayPal, we currently can accept only a check made out to “Julie Himelick”. You can order soap through our email address. It is best to check with us first on availability of your choices, as Julie’s inventory does change based on the demand and curing time for new batches of soap. She is also developing new soaps, so check with us to see if she has any additional choices you might want. We live over 20 miles from the post office (!!!) out here, but we will do our best to process orders promptly!
What is saponification?
Saponification is the process of making soap. Oils are somewhat acidic. When combined with a strong base, a chemical reaction occurs using up the base, and producing soap and glycerin. Glycerin is an emollient, or skin softener; it is sometimes removed from commercial soaps and sold separately.
Why are the bars odd shapes?
The bars are cut from 9-12 pound blocks of soap by hand. Bars are weighed after cutting and have a minimum weight then of at least 4 ounces. As the whole process is by hand, each bar is unique. You can use a sharp kitchen knife to cut the bars if you prefer to a different size or shape.
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