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We have nothing to hide in how we operate - our process, our ingredients, our suppliers. It's easy because we keep it simple. Coconut oil, lye and distilled water. That's the bulk of it. From there, add some essential oils or fragrances, mica powders, or other natural colorants and exfoliants - and that's our soap. 

Real. Simple. Soap.

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"this Is the best soap i’ve ever used in my life!"

— you, probably

 

The process

People sometimes ask us if we actually "make" our soap. The answer is: YES. From start to finish, this soap is 100% handmade - by one person, in fact... Me! Abby. 

It's not from a kit; it's not "melt and pour"; it's made entirely from scratch. 

 
 
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Pure, Natural Coconut Oil

Versatile and full of beneficial properties, coconut oil is the main ingredient of my soap. Because of it's high saturated fat content, it is slow to oxidize, thus highly resistant to spoilage. Most soaps are made with multiple kinds of fats or oils, each providing a different quality & balance to the soap's moisture/lather/cleansing properties. A typically followed "rule" in soapmaking is not to use more than 30% coconut oil in your recipe - since it is so effective in breaking up oil & grease it can end up drying out your skin. But by adding more coconut oil than the lye can convert into soap (aka superfatting), I am able to make a richly moisturizing bar without adding any unnecessary chemicals. In short, this soap lathers up really nicely and makes your skin feel so soft and clean - plus it's not going to go rancid like most multi-oil soaps. Win win.


Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Fungal, Anti-Viral

The fatty acids that make up coconut oil are antimicrobial, meaning they are excellent at fighting off all the gross stuff you don’t want on your skin - germs, bacteria, fungi, viruses, etc.

Coconut Oil is full of micronutrients too, each providing a wide range of beneficial properties for your skin. It’s highly cleansing but without drying you out. 

Basically, Coconut Oil is magical. And this soap proves it. 

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The Hot Process Method

There are different ways to go about making soap - ours is with heat. Without getting too deep into scientific jargon, I prefer this method because it puts me fully in control of the process, from start to finish. Working with lye is dangerous. So, along with correctly measuring & combining lye/water to the oil, we must also make sure that the precisely balanced mixture is fully saponified; meaning, every molecule of lye has mixed & reacted to every molecule of oil. When heat is applied to this mixture, it accelerates that process - making each phase of saponification observable. It's a lot like cooking or baking when you can just see when something is done. 


Saponification

As the coconut oil and lye/water continue mixing, there is a distinct change in the consistency - it becomes thick & viscous. After some time, you start seeing "trails" in the mix from the movement of the mixer or from drippings leaving impressions on the surface - this is called Trace. And it means it's time to start cooking,

Once heat is applied and increased to between 170° and 200°F, the saponification process continues and this balanced mixture of lye/water and oil transforms into actual cleansing soap. There are several stages to this process as well (one of which is pictured here) and although it’s possible to visually see when the process is complete, I prefer to test the Ph level as a way to see if my soap is really soap yet.

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Color, Scent, Mold

The final step in making our soap is the messiest. Using mica and pigment powders, or other natural colorants, I mix in color to (hopefully) compliment the individual scents. Sometimes colors don't come out quite the way I expect, so there will always be some variations of “the look” of each batch. After the soap has cooled a bit, I'll add my essential oils and/or fragrance oils, as well as whatever exfoliant or other natural additive I decide to use. The complete soap mixture is then scooped out into silicone loaf molds to cool and harden, later to be sliced into bars and left on a shelf to dry and cure. Our soap is usable within an hour, though the longer it is able to dry and harden, the longer it will last. We like to let ours cure for 4-6+ weeks at least, but most will go for even more time.

All Natural Essential Oils & fragrances

Our soaps aren't just good for your nose, they're good for your whole body. Essential oils have therapeutic properties that can aid in anything from an emotional level to a physical level. They work differently for different people of course, but each oil can have a wide variety of uses. I can't claim that any particular soap will guarantee any particular outcome as a result of using it - except that it really is soap and it really does clean your skin like soap should. But as far as beneficial qualities of the natural essential oils & fragrances we use, it's not crazy to believe that using a lavender-type soap before bedtime will help your mind & body relax and prepare for sleep, for example. But that also doesn't mean you shouldn't use soap with lavender during the day because "it makes you sleepy". You'll know what scents you like and you'll know the ones you dislike, Ultimately it's your body that decides what is "therapeutic."

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the farmstead soap company

4841 Hwy 71 S

Hatfield, AR, 71945

 

I used to be addicted to soap...

...but I'm clean now.

A friend of ours used to make 100% pure coconut oil soap and it was AWESOME. When she stopped, we couldn't just go back to buying soap from the grocery store, with dozens of ingredients we couldn't identify or even pronounce... so, we made our own. 

Your skin is your largest organ - why clean it with anything but the purest, healthiest, most natural soap possible? 


Being transparent in our business is something we are fully committed to. As consumers, we require it, so as producers, we are sure to provide it - especially when it comes to what we put on our skin and into our bodies. We could never make or knowingly sell something that we wouldn't consume ourselves (and we have really high standards). Capitalism typically compels manufacturers to cut costs in order to constantly increase profits - how often have you noticed a gradual decline in the quality of a product you have relied on for years? In our view, if you want quality & consistency, you can't skimp on the ingredients. We don't choose our supplies & suppliers based solely on cost, but rather, on quality of products & of business practice. Currently, our vendors are fantastic. But if the quality began declining in an effort to maximize their earning potential, or if they were no longer transparent in their business dealings, we'd find another better supplier, Wouldn't be the first time!

Our promise to you - our customers - is that we will always be fully committed to making the best soap we possibly can, without sacrificing quality for profit. If you ever have any questions or complaints about anything, don’t hesitate. We’re not happy unless you’re happy.