From Oil to Soap
Boreal Soap begins as simple vegetable oils - basic food products that would not look out out of place in your kitchen pantry, something you might put on a salad or use to fry an omellete.
Essential oils are selected to delight the senses. Customers who may have sensitivities to synthetic fragrances often comment that Boreal Soap is a pleasant departure from their usual experience. That is because essential oils are extracted from flowers - not synthesized in a laboratory.
Vegetable-sourced butters (Shea Butter) and Golden Jojoba Oil (a plant-based liquid wax that emulates the skin’s natural moisturizing oils) are added and heated to produce a homogeneous consistency.
A carefully measured solution of sodium hydroxide (NaOH) is added and blended to begin the process of converting oil into soap (saponification). During this process, the NaOH contributes a COOH (carboxyl) group to one end of the “water-avoiding” (hydrophobic) oil molecule, producing a bar soap. Boreal Soap is made with a 4% superfat level, for extra skin moisturizing benefits.
Essential oils are added near the end of the process, together with rosemary essential oil for its anti-oxidant properties. Mineral-based natural colorants and activated charcoal may be added at this stage.
The resulting “batter” is carefully poured into molds that hold enough batter to produce 420 bars. Once the soap is fully formed, it is de-molded, cut into individual bars, stamped with the Boreal Soap brand and placed on drying racks for about 6 weeks. Freshly-made soap has a high water content, so curing helps each bar to last longer!