Soap Colorants and Additives



Another great question that we’ve been asked has to do with the colorants that we use in our soaps. When it comes to cosmetics, which soap is part of, you’ll discover a lot of soaps use lab created colorants like pigments, oxides, micas, etc. These can give the beautiful colors that are bright and very attractive.

Now, while these are crated in a lab, some of them are considered natural because they contain the same mineral elements of the actual natural products. That said, we have chosen to remain as natural as possible and stay away from lab produced additives. So, we use natural additives like clays and root powders, etc. Not only do these offer their own interesting colors, but they also bring mineral properties that can be wonderful for your skin.

We may not get the same bright or shiny colors that appear in other soaps, but we feel comfortable with the natural path we’re taking and we think many people would agree. Maybe we’ll change our minds later, but for now this seems like the right decision. What do you think?

Terry C. Jul 25, 2015 Blog, FAQ Comments Off on Soap Colorants and Additives Read More

Selling Soap in Florida

So, a number of people have asked us why we don’t explain better the overall qualities or benefits of our soap. For example, is it moisturizing or exfoliating or calming, or good for eczema, or provide information on the benefits of using essential oils, etc. Basically, since we will be selling these soaps, the great state of Florida has regulations for people who make soap in their homes. Essentially, outside of labeling regulations which requires us to show all of our ingredients, we can only say that the soap is for cleansing. If we were to say more than that, then the soap would be considered cosmetic and falls under a whole other set of regulations that would prevent us from making it.

For that reason, we highly recommend that you explore our ingredients and make up your own minds about the qualities of the soap as it relates to what you are looking for. Thanks for the question and please feel free to ask us anything else about soap making. For your convenience, we wanted to make it easy to understand about our ingredients, so click hereto learn about essential oils and click here to learn about popular soap making oils.

Thanks again from your Monkey Tree Soaps team.

Terry C. Jul 21, 2015 Blog, Business Comments Off on Selling Soap in Florida Read More

Almost There

We are really starting to get excited now because we’re almost there. Currently, we are in the process of building our inventory and we just passed hit our first benchmark. The other night, we finished a batch that now puts our inventory of soap bars at 230 with 10 unique recipes. Woohoo!

While we love using the cold process method for making soap, the most frustrating part is having to wait for your soap to cure. This is a very important step to allowing the lye to come out and also to let the water evaporate to make a hard bar. Nonetheless, half of our inventory is now ready and we’re tempted to just open the store, but I think a little longer won’t kill us.

Right now, we’re estimating about another 2 weeks before we officially launch the store. Of course, we’re not slowing down. In fact, we’ve upped the ante. Just today we enough wood to make 4 new 7.5 pound loaves of soap. This is definitely going to help our production. Each loaf produces about 23 bars and each bar weighs around 4.75 – 5.25 ounces depending on what we put in the soap.

So, you’re asking which soap put us at our benchmark? Well here it is:

Get Your Groove Swirl

Get Your Groove Swirl

Don’t you love that groovy feeling. Well, off to the soap kitchen. Hope everyone has a great night and keep your eyes open for new soaps on the way and the official launch of the store.

Terry C. Jul 13, 2015 Blog, Business Comments Off on Almost There Read More

Monkey Tree Artisan Handmade Soap

This is the first blog post of Monkey Tree Soaps and we’re excited to begin offering our artisan handmade soap. It has been a great journey with lots of up’s and down’s along the way. Some of the exciting things we’ve been spending time learning is how oils work together to develop hard bars of soap or fluffy lathering, etc. And we also geared up for safety working with lye. Lastly, it’s been great to become educated on the value of essentials oils in regards to skin care. We had no idea the extent of essential oils or the cost for some of them. As we are just getting started, we’re going to have to wait to purchase some of the more expensive ones.

Getting organized in the house to make soap has also been a journey in itself. Separating all food equipment from soap making equipment was our first challenge, but I think we’ve got a handle on that now. Another challenge is WHEN we make soap. We have 2 small children, so doing this during the day is a non-starter. So, you’ll often find us up at midnight in our soap making job.

Okay, just to give an example of how we can screw up like the best (or the worst!). One night we were making a particular soap and we placed the buckets of palm oil and coconut oil on the stove so we could measure out what we needed. However, in the process we actually turned on the burners and melted part of the bottom of the buckets. Hot oil went everywhere and it was a mess. We were able to get it all cleaned, but what a horrible time. We don’t put our supplies on the stove anymore!!

What is our plan with Monkey Tree? We will be opening our online store soon and will offer our soap inventory for purchase. We will also be looking for a table at a nearby farmer’s market. And lastly, I think we’ll try to become involved in various craft shows. We really enjoy making soap and we hope you’ll see that in the product. In the meantime, please look at some of the pictures below to see a glimpse of our inventory. We make new soap all the time and will be blogging about each one moving forward. But, we could really use your input, so please let us know what you think and how we can improve.

Terry C. Jul 05, 2015 Blog Comments Off on Monkey Tree Artisan Handmade Soap Read More