Cold Process Soapmaking

Cold Process Soapmaking

May 1, 2015

Here at Clean River Products we handcraft our soap using the cold process method using fatty acids (vegetable fats) and sodium hydroxide (lye). No external heat is used in the process so the healthful benefits of the natural ingredients are preserved as much as possible during the process of saponification. We make our cold process soap the same way it has been made for thousands of years, but with the benefit of modern chemistry we are able to calculate exactly how much lye it takes to thoroughly saponify our vegetable fats to make a very gentle soap.
Each bar begins with a high percentage of nutrient rich Extra Virgin Olive Oil to which we add Coconut Oil for fluffy lather, and Palm Oil to create a hard, long-lasting bar of soap.

We add Castor Oil to our shampoo and shaving bars for a dense, creamy lather that conditions and moisturizes. To some of our bars we add purifying earth clays and natural exfoliants for their exceptional skin care benefits. Finally, we add only pure essential oils extracted from plants to create fresh, clean, natural smelling soaps. We NEVER use artificial colorants, fragrances or preservatives. Once the bars are removed from their molds they will stay on the drying racks for weeks while they harden to ensure the highest quality soap you can buy.

No Lye remains in the finished bars of soap. Our soaps retain all their glycerin, a natural by-product of soap production and a wonderful skin softener.

We have made every effort to ensure a quality product and adhere to good manufacturing practices from the development of the the formulas to the packaging of the finished product. Clean River Products holds membership to the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild and Christine has received her certification as a soapmaker through the HSCG Certification Program.