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Understanding What is in Your Soap

As a company that is dedicated to providing our customers with the highest quality of soaps and beauty products, we feel it is important for us to help you understand exactly what it is you are buying and how it benefits you. This post will be all about our wonderfully luxurious soaps, their ingredients, and how those ingredients help your mind, body, and soul.

All of the soaps we sell (excluding wholesale loaves) have been specially formulated by our Lead Artisan (chemist) and is handcrafted in small batches. The majority of our soaps are made using the cold-process method, but we also make some hot-processed soaps as well as melt and pour novelty soaps. Melt and pour soaps are made from pre-made soap bases that we purchase and use to create most of our novelty soaps and embeds for some our cold-process soaps. Other than the melt and pour bases, all of our soaps are made from scratch. All of our ingredients are organic and vegan.

In our soaps the only thing that is not from Mother Earth is the Sodium Hydroxide, or what you would know to be lye crystals. I know what you're thinking, but without the lye there is no soap. In order to make a loaf of soap the oils and butters need to go through what is called saponification. Saponification is a process that converts fats, oils, or lipids (the acid) into soap by combining them with sodium hydroxide (lye, the base). The chemical reaction relies on friction and self-generated heat. Through saponification, the acid and the base are neutralized. (Hence why we say "chemist" and called ourselves The Bubble Lab)

Now let's talk about the good stuff, oils and butters! these ingredients are the heart of our soaps. Every ingredient we use has been thoroughly tested for quality as well as we make sure our suppliers use only environmentally ethical practices and they care about sustainability. Some oils are notorious for being unethically sourced. Palm oil is at the top of this list because it has been and still is a major driver of deforestation of some of the world's most biodiverse forests, destroying the habitat of already endangered species like the orangutan, pygmy elephant, and Sumatran rhino. We want all our customers to rest assured when we do use palm oil it was verified to be ethically sourced. Our supplier has been verified by and carries the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil's seal, which exists to safeguard palm oil products and ensures they are mad ethically and sustainably. And the same goes for any other ingredient we use, down to the colorants!

As stated before, our Lead Artisan/Chemist formulates every recipe we use. What we are most known for is our collection of what we call our butter bars. We have several combinations of double, triple, and quad butter bars and then our top dog, the 5 Butter Bar. You will not find these bars anywhere else. The main butters we use are: Avocado, Cocoa, Kokum, Mango, and Shea. But we are introducing new butters, such as: Aloe, Coffee, Cranberry, Cupuacu, Hemp, and Murumuru. Why do we use butters? In general, butters not only help add a luxurious feel to your soap, but it really shows your skin a lot of love. Butters also help contribute to the firmness of the soap, but when we use too much it can inhibit lather and even cause the soap the crack. It's a definite balancing act to get the right amount of butter with the right amount of oils to make long-lasting, highly lathering, and perfectly luxurious soaps that will make you love the skin you're in.

When it comes to the oils we use, that is a long list. We pride ourselves on providing as much variety for our customers as possible. We get that everyone's skin is different, so we want to ensure we have products for every generation, every skin type. To achieve that we have formulated a plethora of recipes with so many different oil and butter varieties. You know the butters we use, here's the list of oils you can find in our bars:

  • Avocado

  • Coconut

  • Castor

  • Palm

  • Palm Kernel

  • Shea

  • Pure Olive

  • Extra Virgin Olive

  • Pomace Olive

  • Macadamia Nut

  • Sunflower

  • Canola

  • Green Tea Seed

  • Sweet Almond Oil

  • Apricot

  • Jojoba

  • Argon

  • Hemp Seed

  • Vitamin E

  • Rice Bran

  • Tamanu

  • Squalene

  • Babassu

  • Oat

  • Evening Primrose

  • Meadowfoam

  • Rosehip

  • Kukui Nut

  • Coffee Seed

  • Borage

  • Watermelon Seed

  • Moringa Seed

  • Carrot Seed

  • Plum

  • Grapeseed

  • Wheatgerm

  • Raspberry Seed

  • Apple Seed

Each oil delivers their own benefits and all contribute to making wonderful soaps we know you are sure to love. Many of our competitors use the same few basic recipes with just different fragrances and colorants. Here at The Bubble Lab Soap Co we don't keep it basic and to go that extra mile for you, we offer custom soap loaves so you can be in charge of the ingredients that go into your soap. For more information be sure to check out our post about Custom Soap Loaves. Everything you need to know will be there! We hope this post gave you a bit of insight into the oils and butters we use, and please stay tuned for more posts reguarding our oils and butters. We will get more in depth with exactly what each oil and butter brings to the table. Thank you for reading this post and thank you for taking interest in our amazing products!


The majority of our soap and body butters contain Sweet Almond Oil and sometimes other oils. If you have nut allergies please reach out so we can get you to the soaps that would be safe for your beautiful skin!

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