the process


art and science

Soap making is a delicate process.  Ingredients must be measured precisely and combined with care.  The key ingredient to making any soap is the powerful substance known as lye.  This simple compound, composed just from sodium, oxygen, and hydrogen (NaOH), is a strong alkali or base.  When combined with water it causes a great deal of heat to be produced, and when combined with oil, the magic of soap ensues.

Fragrances and additives may be added early on in this process, as is commonly done, but I choose to do this at the end.  This way I can minimize the exposure of these sensitive elements to the harsh early environment.  I believe this helps to improve the quality of the soaps. At the end of the soap making process, the oils have fully saponified (turned into soap) and therefore all the lye has been neutralized.  What is left is a wonderful substance which will both clean and nourish the skin.

All soaps are made in small batches and contain the following ingredients: organic palm oil, organic palm kernel oil, olive oil, organic coconut oil, sweet almond oil, sodium hydroxide and filtered water.  They also contain African shea butter or mango butter for added moisturizing, fragrance oils and essential oils.  A few variations to the above are noted in the descriptions.

The use of organic oils is done for some very good reasons.  Firstly, this avoids the use of chemicals or pesticides in harvesting the fruits.  Something we can all do without.  Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, both the palm oil and the palm kernel oil at Blue Sage Soap come from environmentally sustainable sources in Brazil.  This is important because the large majority of palm oil on the market today comes from southeast Asia, where irresponsible farming methods are widespread.  And as a result of deforestation, in countries like Malasia and Indonesia, many animals are in danger of becoming extinct.  A notable example is the glorious Orangutan.  Although our palm oils cost us a bit more, there are some things you can’t put a price on.