About Velvette soap
The journey of velvette soap began in my kitchen years ago in Halifax, United Kingdom. A hobby to deal with my broken heart and there I found the passion of my life. With errors and mistakes, encouragement and supportive friends....voila! a new-found love for life.
Why handcrafted soaps? Large-scale, commercial soap companies remove the glycerin molecules to make a harder bar, and make room for other chemical additives. This is why the general category called “soap” got a bad reputation for drying out the skin. Without so much of that good glycerin, and with the addition of synthetic color and artificial fragrance (partly to keep the mass-production prices down) the overall experience was often unpleasant. Handmade soaps, in contrast, are made with gorgeous, gourmet food-grade, quality butters (shea, cocoa, orange, aloe etc.) and oils (olive, coconut, avocado, hemp etc.), and rely only on botanical powders, micas, clays, and essential oils for their color and scent. They are as rich and pure as I can make them! Treat your skin to that level of luxury, without all the unnecessary fillers and artificial additives, and it will love you for it!
Like so many other people my skin can be dry and sensivive and a key ingredient that I love is milk - from many differing sources. Milk products are not only healthy for skin, but produce a creamy lather. My favorite milks are goat, coconut, buttermilk and good old fashioned cow's milk.
Essential and fragrance oils are vital. They add a wonderful scent and remain in the soap as emollients and conditioners.
The colorants in my products are from a variety of natural sources. Maybe a natural occurring mica mixed with extra light olive oil, or for whites I may use superfine British kaolin clay or maybe titanium dioxide - well known as a sun-blocking agent. I also experiment with botanical colors like turmeric for yellow, annatto for red etc. Australian pink clay is a favourite and not forgetting ever popular activated charcoal for blacks and greys.
Artisan soap is also about the aesthetics. No bar is exactly the same shape, or depicts an identical design, each soap is unique - and uniquely beautiful.
Here's the important thing - my method of soaping is cold process. Long in the making, demanding of endless patience, complex in design and requiring weeks of curing before the soaps can be used. The ingredients must be carefully calculated and precisely measured and incorporated. Compare this to the instant gratification of melt-and-pour or hot-process soap making and the differences of the end-product are obvious. Cold processed soap making demands more - but the results are so much more satisfying.