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We begin with the base oils we use for soapmaking at The Green Pergola which is olive oil, soybean oil and coconut oil.  Many soap companies use palm oil due to the fact that it makes a very hard bar of soap.  In our own experience, we have found soaps that contain palm seem to leave a "grab" on the skin and often feel drying. (this is solely based on our own experiments in trying different soaps).  After many formulations, we feel we have found just the right combination of oils for a soap that is rich in lather, feels soothing to the skin and leaves you feeling clean and natural.
 



FAR UPPER LEFT:  OLIVES 
ABOVE LEFT: SOYBEANS
ABOVE RIGHT: COCONUT

Oil Properties Listed below are the properties and fatty acids contained within each oil used in the soap making process.

Lauric Acid: hard bar, cleansing, fluffy lather

Linoleic Acid: conditioning, fluffy & stable lather

Myristic: hard bar, cleansing, fluffy lather

Oleic Acid: Conditioning

Palmitic Acid: hard bar, stable lather

Stearic Acid: hard bar, stable lather

Iodine # the lower the #, the harder the bar

 

OLIVE OIL

Linoleic:12%, Oleic:70%,

Palmitic:13%, Stearic:4%, Iodine:90

Olive Oil prevents the loss of your skin's natural moisture, softens skin and attracts external moisture to your skin. It helps keep your skin soft, supple and younger looking. It is especially mild and is often used for the making of "baby soap". 100% olive oil soap is known as Castile soap.

SOYBEAN OIL

Linoleic:50%, Oleic:25%,

Palmitic:10%, Stearic:5%, Iodine:130

Soybean Oil creates a hard, white bar of soap with a lather that is mild and stable, helping it to last throughout the length of the bath. Soybean adds conditioning properties to the soap and is environmentally friendly.

COCONUT OIL

Lauric:45%, Linoleic:2%,

Myristic:23%, Oleic:10%, Stearic:3%, Iodine:10

Coconut Oil makes a very hard, white bar of soap with abundant lather. It will create large fluffy lather even in very hard water or even sea water. It has been used for centuries in the Tropics for hair and skin care.

NEW INGREDIENT in our soaps:

purified, cleaned
SHEA BUTTER

As all soap makers do, we begin by melting our oils together.  Here at The Green Pergola we create what we call a "master batch" of oils that are thoroughly blended after melting then re-poured into 5 gallon buckets, waiting to be measured out later to create most of our soap recipes.

When ready to begin the soaping process, we measure out our master batch according to the size batch we are creating.  Digitally, we carefully measure out the right amount of lye that will turn our oils into a rich bar of soap.  The lye is added to pre-measured water (or herbal tea), allowed to cool to the correct temperature then added to our master batch oils.

From there we blend the soap with
hand-held blenders until, molecularly, all of the lye solution has incorporated with the oils.  Just before trace occurs (when the soap turns to a thick pudding-like state, see photo on right) we add our coloring, essential oils and herbs.

From there, the thickened mixture is poured into soap loaf molds where it is stacked and covered, allowing it to remain undisturbed for approximately 24 - 36 hours while it is turning into soap.

It is then un-molded and allowed to dry for another day before it is cut into bars of soap.  (for our soap loaf customers, the soap remains in loaf form unless they request cutting)

 

Finally -- finished soap that is allowed to cure between 3 and 4 weeks before selling to the public.

pictured above and to the right is our best seller, Garden Mint

 

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