The handmade soap by cold saponification (temperature below 50 ° C) offers both real qualities for the skin, but also allows the artisan to be original and creative during the manufacture of soap.
The master soap maker assembles the different vegetable oils chosen for their intrinsic qualities, then adds other assets of his choice, such as vegetable butters, essential oils, medicinal plants (Ayurvedic at Ambroise Savonnerie) or milks (cow, goat, donkey) depending on the type of soap he wants to make.
Thus at Ambroise Savonnerie Traditionnelle, we introduce in all our formulations the honey and the wax of our bees. These elements extracted from our hives located near Caen give the soap moisturizing and repairing properties of the epidermis reinforced.
Only the process of cold saponification allows to introduce the honey in the soap while maintaining its properties. Above 50 ° C, honey loses 80% of its properties and no longer has any interest in the introduction of a soap. Worse, using hot saponification only caramelizes honey. ..!
In cold saponification, the introduction of honey and wax are each done at different temperatures, at specific times of the process so as to preserve the properties of each element
The craftsman then sinks all in large molds, which will allow the formation of soap bricks,
24 hours later, the bricks will be demolded, cut to the right size of the soap and then stamped with the mark of the company using a pad and a mesh. It is a delicate operation which requires a good mastery of the gesture and its strength and which can lead by lack of knowledge to make a lot of rejects.
Soaps will continue for a minimum of 4 weeks a drying cycle at 20 ° C controlled hygrometry.
At the 3 rd week of drying, the soaps are chamfered and then returned to drying. They then finish their cycle in wooden case and for several months the scents will harmonize to give a subtle perfume to the soap;
As everything is done by hand, the master soapmaker can make different shades from the same soap base, for example by separating the soap liquid base in two, and adding different natural dyes (clay, charcoal , etc.). When he then pours the soap, he alternates the two bases to obtain a nice marbled effect.
It is a traditional and authentic know-how that gives the material an energy, a high vibratory rate that no machine can provide.
A handmade soap can be identified by its shape, not regular, by its marbled appearance for example, or by visible defects or additives on the top.