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Castile soap bars for handwashing. Handmade at Sandy Hook Soap Factory. Sold by weight.
Naturoli soapnut laundry powder*. Sold by weight.
Right now we have a limited quantity of liquid soapnut detergent in stock for sale. It’s ten ounces for $10, enough for up to about a hundred loads of laundry according to Naturoli.
Soapnut detergent and pure Castile soap are products used, as well as sold, at B. Street Farmers Market.
As the food is prepared, ingredients come into contact with our hands and food utensils. Our hands and food utensils, in turn, have come in contact with soap we wash them with and with towels washed in detergent that we dry them with.
Thus minute residue from soaps and detergents on hands, and utensils can ultimately find its way into food, albeit in microscopic quantities. We therefore use soaps and detergents that are food grade and unscented so as not to contaminate the food we make and sell.
Our use of detergents and soaps made from food grade ingredients also stems from our slow living Weltanschauung. We strive to reach perfection when manufacturing the most natural and pure food products. The level we want to achieve is attained through the kinds of ingredients we use and where they are sourced from, by limiting what comes in contact and gets mixed in with those ingredients, and also by maintaining an elevated mindset as we prepare the food.
Sandy Hook Soap Factory has a similar philosophy: “As we choose to live a basic, more natural lifestyle we are constantly searching for a healthy alternative with less impact on our bodies and the environment. This philosophy has definitely influenced the type of Natural Soap that we have chosen to make and share.”
Some notes on the form of the soap
Bar soap and liquid soap are made with different processes. Bar soap can be made into liquid soap by heating it, but it will revert back to solid form after awhile. That being said, for those who slow live, it is not a bother to routinely reheat the soap, but just part of a weekly routine.
You might ask, why not just use liquid soap instead of turning a solid soap into a temporary liquid.
The answer is that it’s hard to find a source of Castile paste that can be made into a liquid soap (Sandy Hook only makes bar soaps); and while we might make our own Castile paste at some point, we’re not there yet. Beyond that, when making liquid soap in small batches it is easier to work with the solid soap than with the paste. And most importantly, Sandy Hook has perfected the manufacture of classic Castile soap using the highest grade olive oil and lye. Our goal is to partner with others, not to create redundant industry.
To make liquid Sandy Hook Castile soap, take a business card size of Castile bar soap about a quarter of an inch thick. Then cut that piece into smaller chunks and put them into a small mason jar. Fill the jar with water, and place it into a pot of water to make a double boiler. Warm the water up and slowly the soap will dissolve, turning from a yellowish hue into an olive color. Use an eyedropper (available for free from the market) to transfer the liquid soap from the jar.
After a few days, depending on the ambient temperature, the liquid soap will begin to noticeably solidify. Place the mason jar back in the warm water about once a week or so, as necessary, to re-dissolve the soap.
Important: do not screw the cover on to the mason jar during the heating process in case the water inadvertently boils which could lead to the jar exploding. Mason jars are made for canning, but best not to take a chance. It’s ok, though, to sit the lid on top of the jar without screwing it on.
Here’s a link to an interesting video how to make soap from basic ingredients.
Here is a link to an explanation of superfatting. Soaps are made from a fat, such as an animal fat, or an oil like olive oil. It is possible make soap in such a way that all the fat or oil is converted to soap.
However, if the finished soap product contains some fat or oil that wasn’t converted to soap, the soap is superfatted. This will affect how the soap feels when washing with it.
I like a Castile soap that has been superfatted since the olive oil in the soap keeps the skin from being dried out by the soap. Soap removes dirt. But soap also removes the natural oils on the skin; the olive oil in superfatted soap compensates for that.
* Wash self supe