FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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DON'T YOU FEEL SALTY AFTER WASHING IN SEAWATER?
This is our most commonly asked questions and the one people struggle to get their head around if they haven't used the soap yet. But trust us (and our testers) after washing in seawater with the Soap for Seawater® soap no one yet has said they feel salty or that their skin has that tight feeling like it does when you've come out the sea. Our best guess for why this happens is that the high glycerin content of the soap does a great job of keeping your skin moisturised and that salty feeling at bay.
HOW LONG DOES A BAR OF OUR SOAP LAST?
This depends on a few factors, how small you are, how much you like to lather and how often you wash. But in our experience one bar would wash one person (fully body wash) for a month with regular washing (a wash every day or every other day). If just used for hand washing we've seen bars last 2 months.
HOW IS YOUR SOAP MADE?
We make all the soap ourselves, and we use the cold processed method. This involves mixing an alkali solution with oils resulting in a reaction called saponification. Saponification results in our soap having a high glycerin content as glycerin is a major product of this process. We then pour this mixture in to silicone molds which we created ourselves. The soap is then left to cure for at least 4 weeks.
WHAT IS IN THE SOAP?
The quality of our ingredients are important to us because we believe it makes a better bar of soap. So all our ingredients in the soap are food grade - except the potassium and sodium hydroxide, which you should never eat (but are essential elements to any soap).
We use seven ingredients in total: sodium and potassium hydroxide, water, beef fat (tallow), coconut oil, olive and rapeseed oil.
We considered each of our ingredients carefully and have only added ingredients which we believe essential to create a bar of soap that lathers in seawater. This is the reason why beef fat and coconut oil have specifically been used. As palm oil which is commonly used in soap did not contribute to better lathering it was swapped for olive and rapeseed oil.
I HAVE SENSITIVE SKIN IS IT OK TO USE?
Our soap has not been dermatologist-approved for sensitive skin. However, many people who react to soap are sensitive to the chemicals added to soap to remove the glycerin (as it is valuable by product of soap) or essential oils added to soap. Our soap contains none of these elements.
IS THE SOAP VEGAN?
Unfortunately our soap is not vegan. Our primary driver behind creating the soap was to create a soap which lathered well in seawater and beef fat provides soap with a great lathering property. However, it is something we are looking into - so watch this space.
IS THERE ANY PLASTIC IN YOUR SOAP OR PACKAGING?
NOPE! Our soap is packaged in a cardboard box to ship and sealed with gummed tape, both of which recyclable. One of the fundamental reasons for creating a bar of soap that works in seawater was that we wanted a product that had no plastic in and liquid soap pretty much comes in plastic. Also as any sailor will know you have to store your rubbish on the boat, so having a product that doesn't create rubbish is a bonus!
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU USE IT WITH FRESH OR TAP WATER?
It works just like it does in seawater. Many people who have hard water coming out of their taps at home probably avoid bars of soap. We have found out that seawater is at least 10 times harder than hard water out of the tap. Therefore, we have been trailing and continue to trail the soap for seawater formula in hard water areas. So far we have had great results and are working on a branding of soap for hard water. If you don't want to wait our soap for seawater is what we have sent out for trails, so you could get that!
MY BAR OR BARS OF SOAP HAVE DEVELOPED CREAM/YELLOW SPOTS?
This is a cosmetic change we have recently found that has been going on in some of our bars. We have researched into it and it is just a natural part of the soaps life when you make a soap through they cold processed method. It doesn't affect how the soap works and its perfectly safe to use it is just a cosmetic change which can occur over time.