What is the life
expectancy of a bar of all natural soap? All Natural Soaps means just that -
Natural. No preservatives or artificial hardeners are used, so the shelf life
can be anywhere from 1 to 3 years, depending on ingredient variables. You
can expect a bar of Shepherd's Soap to last longer than most commercial
soaps - especially if it is kept dry between uses. It's a good idea
to keep your soaps in a dish with good drainage, or in a shower caddy,
away from constant contact with water.
Have you ever noticed that many of the
commercial producers double or even triple wrap their soaps? The
purpose of that is to keep the soap from drying out. The more moisture in
the soap, the more quickly it will disappear when you use it. To make
your soap last longer, let it 'breathe' in open air to dehydrate and
harden. If you purchase several bars from us, test them by
pinching them, and use the hardest bar first. Let the rest sit in
open air to harden until you're ready for a fresh bar.
Why should I use ALL
NATURAL Soaps? Many
commercial "soaps" aren't truly SOAP; they are made with
petroleum products, and are actually detergent bars.
True soap is made with saponified oils (we use
all vegetable oils). One by-product of saponified oils is Glycerin, which
is good for your skin when combined with other oils and butters in a
well-balanced formula. Most commercial producers, however, have extracted the
glycerin out of the saponified oils, and then use it in other products
such as lotions, humectants, emollients and moisturizers, and other
cosmetics. True soap has the natural glycerin retained in the soap.
But handcrafted SOAP
costs more! Natural handmade soap is frequently more expensive than
detergent bars, but when you consider the fact that your skin is your largest
organ, and that natural, handmade soap is nourishing your skin, not
damaging it, then you would be very wise to rethink this
♦Soap is a pure product made with quality ingredients and, when possible,
Fair Trade and organic raw materials.
♦Soap is MUCH less drying than detergent, which means you won't have
to spend nearly as much on lotions and moisturizers to combat dry skin.
♦It's beautiful and wholesome, and much more gentle than commercial
♦ Shepherd's Soap Co. goes the extra mile to purchase unrefined, raw
materials in large quantities in order to remain competitive with other natural
♦Hand-made soap is HAND Crafted, not made
in huge 2,000-pound vats. It is a labor-intensive process, thereby creating
jobs in America!
Are all of your
soaps as pretty as the last one?
Every single bar of handmade soap has its
own distinctive characteristics, so they most certainly will NOT all be
identical. Look at the picture of three soaps on this page. Obviously they
look very different, but they are from the same batch. Hand pouring soaps
creates beautiful, unique designs which cannot be engineered or duplicated,
even if we wanted to! It's the promise of uniqueness that makes
the process so intriguing. You can rest assured, though, that they are all
wonderful to see, hold, and smell!
How about size? Are
they all the same?
All of our bars are hand crafted and hand
cut, so you should expect minor discrepancies. Our standard bars are at least 4.5
ounces. We do sell end pieces that are smaller, known as
our "cutting room floor" pieces or "bloopers" at
the Farmers Market in Olympia. We often cut pieces that are travel
size, too, and many of these go to Missions, Crisis Clinics, or Homeless
When you place an order, if you would like a
sample of something you haven't tried yet, let us know. If we have it
available, we will gladly send it along, at no extra charge.
I've tried All
Natural soaps before; some smelled great, others were weird. There are some essential oils that
may lose their scent after a few months. The same is true for some fragrance
oils. The soap making process will alter the makeup of some oils,
and the sad thing is that a wonderful product may have sat in the cupboard past
it's prime, only to be tossed away because the scent has faded or had become
unappealing. If we experience a problem with scent blends fading or
morphing too much, we simply alter the formula or discontinue it. If you
have purchased a product from us that you are unhappy with, simply write to us
and we will gladly replace it.
What is SHEA BUTTER? Shea Butter comes from the nut of
the wild West African Karite/Shea tree. Shea Butter has been used in African
medicine for several milenia. It is also known as "famine
food". Our Shea Butter is handcrafted by villagers in Togo or Ghana,
West Africa, using traditional methods to preserve its natural emollient and
What is Fair Trade? Epidemic poverty and inadequate market information put
African Shea Butter producers at a disadvantage in the global Shea Butter
trade. The African workers who process our Shea Butter belong to a
cooperative, and they receive stable and fair incomes, health care, empowerment,
and training from the sale of their natural, unrefined, superior Shea
Butter. We are proud to support their endeavors, and you should be
commended for purchasing products using Fair Trade materials as well!
If you have any additional questions, please contact