Your ritual cleanse. Hex & Herb is an occult line of skin care products focusing on 100 % natural ingredients and materials that channels the special properties of herbs, botanicals & essential oils.
About the soap:
Hex & Herb soap is made using the highest quality ingredients available. The handcrafted soap features botanical inclusions, herbs and essential oils to create unique earthy designs and fragrances. Every bar is made using a nourishing and cleansing recipe for a creamy and smooth bar.
The soap is palm-free, vegan, and contains no chemical additives, preservatives, perfumes or fragrances. Each bar is lightly scented with botanicals and essential oils. Gentle on sensitive skin and cleanses without stripping away moisture.
The ingredients and materials used in the process are sustainable and safe for the environment.
Packaging is 100% recycled kraft. Each bar is cured for a minimum of 6 weeks for solid, long lasting soap with a creamy lather and conditioning properties.
Please use a soap dish to drain the water from soap when not in use! This gives the soap a chance to dry completely and re-harden between uses and vastly extends the life of your handmade soap!
Made in small batches in Toronto, ON.
Thank you for supporting your local artisans and makers!
About the process:
I’ve been experimenting with different soap recipes and methods since 2010. Since then, I’ve settled on a few favourite base recipes that I swear by and I have a small home studio where all the magic happens. After a soap loaf is made, it needs to sit in the mold for a few days to harden. When it’s firm enough (but not too hard! I want it to cut easily) I carefully slip the loaf out of the mold and I usually let it sit a few more days. Some of my recipes have a higher % of softer oils, so these ones need more time and patience. The loaf is then cut into bars and any rough edges are shaved off. Once cleaned, they sit on the curing shelf for 5-8 weeks so that they can fully cure, becoming a hard, conditioning, long lasting bar of soap by the time it reaches its new home.
The ingredients in the fully cured soap bar are 100 % natural. Lye is a strong base required in the process of soap making as a means of saponifying the vegetable oils, however, it is no longer present in a fully cured bar of soap. Traditionally, lye was made by leaching ashes which contain potassium carbonate / potash. When mixed with oils, it produces a chemical reaction turning the oil into soap, or “salt”. Hoegger Goat Supply does a great job explaining the chemistry of saponification process here: http://hoeggerfarmyard.com/the-farmyard/soap-making-2/saponification-explained/