New Endeavor to Feed the Hungry

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Our New Endeavor to Feed the Hungry

I started making soap as a way to support our nonprofit farm, Lighthouse Food Farm. My goal was to make it a self supporting farm that feeds the hungry without soliciting donations from abroad. With your purchase of our soap, you not only will get a superb skin care product but, you will be helping me feed the hungry. I hope you will consider trying our quality soap and then, become a regular customer.

Try our soap… you won’t go back to the regular soap available on the market today.

Did you know that skin is the human body’s largest organ? Handmade soap is a wonderful way to take care of your skin!

Why, you may ask, should I buy handmade soap when I can get more soap for less money at the grocery store?

Generally, the commercial soaps carried at most stores are full of chemical additives. Additives that not only dry out your skin but can lead to rashes and other irritations. This is not only because of the synthetic additives in the soap but also because most soap companies take the glycerin out of their soap. The commercial soap bars that line most stores’ shelves are actually synthetic detergents. While that’s great for your dishes, it’s not very good for your skin.

Handmade Soap is soap in its true, pure form. It gently cleanses away excess oils and bacteria, but doesn’t strip your skin of its natural oils. All our soaps are made from scratch using the cold process or hot process method of soap making. They are not made from melt & pour soap base that is sold in craft stores – those clear soaps full of brightly colored, fancy shapes may look fun, but they contain lots of undesirable ingredients and are not made from natural ingredients.

I personally designed and made my own molds so, I have an extra half bar out of each batch of soap to personally test each batch made to market. Testing each batch of soap that I make is done to insure we have a superb quality control and that the soap we put on the market for sale is the best quality. I use the half bars from each batch to test our soap by showering from head to toe with it, giving it the ultimate test for quality. Then and Only then do we allow our soap to go on the market.

We use quality raw natural materials for our soap making to make certain that you get a quality skin nourishing product.

We firmly believe that exceptional ingredients result in exceptional soaps. Handmade from beginning to end, the result is a soap so pampering, that once you try ours, we know you will never go back to commercial soaps again.

Handmade soap is a luxurious way to pamper yourself…every day. You’ll want it waiting for you in the shower each day. Handmade soap is very different, it’s a delight to your senses and is refreshing in ways commercial soap can never be.

You can expect our soap to make a rich luscious creamy lather, drenching your skin in moisture. Like many of our customers, you may be able to throw away your lotion for good, never again experiencing dry, itchy skin.

You smell the aroma before you even step in the shower, and it immediately puts you in a better mood. You get the water to just the perfect temperature, step in and grab your favorite bar, rolling it in your hands to make a rich, creamy lather. As you’re smoothing it all over yourself, you suddenly realize that you don’t remember the last time you needed to use lotion, because your skin now feels so soft and silky all of the time. You breathe deeply the fragrance that surrounds you, washing away the stresses of your day, and it makes you smile.

Go ahead, try our Healthy and Luxurious Soap, you will be very pleased with it and will want more. I too am a consumer and I expect quality products for my hard earned money, you will get that from our products.

Is There Lye in Your Soap? Won’t it Harm My Skin?

If you are asking the question: Do you use lye (sodium hydroxide) to make Backwoods Country Soaps?

The answer is . . . of course. No lye . . . No soap! All REAL soap is made with lye (sodium hydroxide mixed with liquid).

Any skin washing product or shampoo made without sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide is a detergent, not a soap.

If you are asking the question: Is there lye in a bar of soap from Backwoods Country Soaps?

The answer is “No.” Once the process of saponification is complete, the lye and oil molecules have combined and chemically changed into soap and glycerin. There is no lye present in the finished bars of soap. While all real soap must be made with lye, no lye remains in our finished product after saponification (described below).

Important! Always Read the Ingredient List on the Label Commercial “soap” bars and handmade soap bars are also made with lye even though the words “sodium hydroxide” or “lye” do not appear on the labels. Does your bar of “soap” contain ingredients such as . . .

  • saponified oils: oils and butters are mixed with sodium hydroxide and a liquid (usually water).
  • sodium cocoate: the generic name for the mixture of coconut oil with sodium hydroxide (lye).
  • Sodium palmate: the generic name for the mixture of palm oil with sodium hydroxide (lye).
  • sodium palm kernelate: the generic name for the mixture of palm kernel oil with sodium hydroxide (lye).
  • sodium tallowate: the generic name for the mixture of beef fat (tallow) with sodium hydroxide (lye).
  • sodium olivate: the generic name for the mixture of olive oil with sodium hydroxide (lye).

These words are not usually used to deceive consumers. But soap makers know that consumers are afraid of the word “lye.” At Backwoods Country Soaps, we believe that today’s consumers are pretty savvy and the best practice is to educate.


One special thing to remember . . . all handmade soap is not created equal!

Superfatting is the process of adding extra fats (oils or butters) when formulating a soap recipe, so there is more fat in the mixture than the lye can react with during the chemical reaction.

We use a lot of extra fats (oils or butters) when formulating a soap recipe. Superfatted soaps have superior moisturizing and emollient qualities.

We also add essential oils to some of our soap, see the Skin and Health Benefits of Essential Oils.

In addition to “soap,” glycerin, and water, Backwoods Country Soaps also contain free oils which have been left unchanged by the saponification process and add extra moisturizing properties to our soaps!

Interesting Note About Lye!

Lye has many uses in the food industry. The secret to great pretzels is a lye bath! Lye gives pretzels their characteristic flavor, crispiness, and glossy finish. Hominy is dried corn kernels reconstituted by soaking them in lye water until the germ is removed. Lye may also be used in the preparation of olives and pickles.

Care & Feeding of Natural Handmade Soap

Since our handmade soap is in its pure and natural state, it doesn’t contain any synthetic preservatives or artificial hardeners. It doesn’t need to. With just a little care and feeding, you can prolong the life of your soap and it will serve you very well.

  • Don’t let your soap drown in water.
  • Feed your soap plenty of fresh air between uses.
  • Store your soap on a well drained soap dish.
  • Use a natural wash cloth or loofah to extend its life.
  • Use your fresh new soap within 6 months of purchase.
  • Store unused soap in a dark cool place like a lingerie drawer or linen closet.


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Source: Backwoods Country Soap – Soap for Hope


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