BONNE SAVONNETTE
Natural soaps made in the traditional cold process method inspired by French culture, art, and history..​
Our handcrafted soaps are made locally in Connecticut in small batches with select high quality ingredients.  Scented with therapeutic grade essential oils, and embellished with herbs, spices and botanicals.  Many commercially based soaps purchased in stores are not soaps at all but detergents made from petroleum and synthetic based ingredients.  The highly valuable glycerin is removed and sold off to the beauty industry to make expensive moisturizers.  In the cold process method, glycerin is produced and not removed thus retaining its valued hydrating and moisturizing properties. Further, essential oils are used that are from nature, extracted from plants and flowers and are pleasing and fragrant.  Herbs and spices have unique properties that are refreshing, cleansing and also aromatic.
Base Ingredients
Olive oil, organic coconut oil, lard, sodium hydroxide, distilled water and Non-GMO canola oil are the base ingredients for each batch.  Additional herb, spices, clays, botanicals and essential oils are are added to create original varieties..  Olive oil is a humectant which attracts mositure to the skin and is mild; coconut oil is cleansing and creates good bubbles; lard is creamy and mild; and canola oil has conditioning properties.
Benefits of Natural Handcrafted Soaps
History of Soap making
The first evidence of soap making was from the ancient Babylonians, Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.  It was used to clean wool and textiles initially, not for personal cleansing.  There is also folklore regarding how soap was named and invented.  On Mt. of Sapo in Italy, the story is told that goats were sacrificed on the mountain, rainwater would mix with ashes from the sacrificial fires   and  people washing clothes in the river below would report their clothes were cleaner. This myth was largely debunked as there is no Mt. Sapo in Italy nor any written documentation indicating these claims. A Roman naturalist referred to soap making in his encyclopedic writings as tallow and ashes being combined to be used as a hair pomade.  Eventually the French were to industrialize alkali making way for gains in the industry.
Soap Making Process
We produce our soap using the cold process method. Handcrafted cold process soap making is a multi-step technique that takes time.  It involves mixing caustic lye , fats and oils and pouring the mixture into lined wooden soap molds.  The poured mixture is  left to harden for a few days in the molds and then hand cut into bars. Once cut, there is  a  4 – 6 week curing period where saponification takes place—lye and oils turn into soap. It is a  magical formation that continues to amaze uniting both art and science.


*All soaps are made on shared equiptment