FAQ

Frequently asked questions

How do I properly care for my natural soap?


Our soaps are made with wholesome natural ingredients so it is important to properly care for your soap so it will last as long as possible. *Keep your unused soaps in a dry, low moisture area. Give them a little space to breathe and to continue to dry.. they will get harder over time and this will help them to last longer. Keep your in-use soap on a soap dish (with grooves or a soap saver) so it is not sitting in a puddle of water. Leaving natural soap in water or in the shower (where there is high humidity) will cause them have a shorter "life span."




Why does natural soap sometimes have ash or a powdery looking white substance on the tops?


Soda Ash can develop on top of natural soaps due to changes in climate (high humidity especially) and the process of cold process soap making can result in some ash. If you notice a little white on top, it will easily wash off and does not affect the quality and is completely safe to use.




Is goats milk soap safe for sensitive skin?


Yes! Goats milk is known to be a great choice for skin with conditions such as eczema, psoriais, acne, etc.. Goats milk is amazing at fighting acne, very gentle and helps balance the PH levels of the skin. It helps to reduce skin inflammation, gently exfoliates and keeps that nasty bacteria at bay! It’s jam packed with vitamins A, B, C, and D which collectively helps to brighten the complexion. The acids in the milk help to scrub away dead skin cells. Vitamin A has shown to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.




Are you soaps available for wholesale purchase?


Yes! We are more than happy to discuss wholesale options if you'd like to carry our products in your store or on your site! Please use the form on our home page to submit any questions and inquiries you might have or email us directly at: gracegardenbotanicals@gmail.com




Do your soaps contain any dyes or fragrances?


At Grace Gardens we only use natural colorants and fragrances! Naturally occuring clays are used in our soaps to give them their earthy and natural tones. While they make for beautiful colors they also have many skin benefits as well! You will find the clays we use are commonly used to make masks and eco friendly wholesome skin care products! As far as fragrance, we only use therapuetic grade essential oils. Essential oils are botanically based plant extracts and are full of vitamins and skin foods! We are cautious about which essential oils we use and always formulate our soaps to contain safe amounts.




Are your soaps strongly scented?


Our soaps are formulated to be gently scented. You will find that certain oils have stronger terpene profiles and give off a stronger scent than others. While certain oils may not give off a very strong scent, they are still beneficial to the skin! In cold process soap, it is natural for a little of the scent to be lost in the soap making process. We use kaolin clays that help to retain the oils scent, but we are also very particular with the amounts of oils we add to each batch to ensure you are getting a gentle & safe product. Overuse of essential oils can result in skin irritation so we are very careful to formulate our goats milk soaps to have the maximum health benefit over simply focusing on a strong smelling bar. We have found that as you use your soap and the outer layers are washed away, the essential oils inside the bars will smell stronger as you use them.




What is the shelf life on natural soaps?


As long as you keep our soap in a dry, room temperature environment, our soaps should last 1-2 years. After a year or so you could start to notice spots or changes in the soap. This doesn't affect the usefulness of the soap or make it unsafe to use, but aesthetically you may begin to notices some changes.




What exactly is cold process soap?


Cold process soap is just one way to create soap. It is made by combining oils and sodium hydroxide (lye), which causes a chemical reaction called saponification. Saponification is the process in which triglycerides are combined with a strong base to form fatty acid metal salts during the soap-making process. The distribution of unsaturated and saturated fatty acid determines the hardness, aroma, cleansing, lather, and moisturizing abilities of soaps. Once the ingredients are combined and the soap reaches a point called "trace" each batch is hand poured into molds. From there, our soaps are topped with botanicals, herbs, seeds, and all things natural. This is also when we shape and create textures and swirls. It really is a very scientific process! Each recipe has been custom created to hydrate, cleanse, and be healing & nourishing for your skin!