Soap Science

How is soap made, you ask? One word: saponification. Saponification is the term for the chemical reaction that occurs between an acid (fat or oil) and a base (sodium hydroxide, or lye). If the product hasn’t been saponified, it’s not real soap- it’s detergent.

We use 100% natural fats (oils) to produce the purest bar possible. We use coconut oil, palm oil, soybean oil, castor oil, and high oleic sunflower oil. Soybean oil is naturally rich in both Vitamin E and Vitamin K. Palm oil is also high in Vitamin E and is effective at removing dirt and oil from the hair and skin without stripping all of your natural oils. Castor oil is a skin conditioner and helps create a stable and creamy lather in our soap. Finally, high oleic sunflower oil is used for its emollient as well as its moisturizing properties.

When we started making soap, we put a lot of thought into the finished product. The feel of it. The size of it. The shape of it. We wanted it to be a bar that you would not only reach for in the shower or tub, but put next to the sink in the bathroom and in the kitchen. We went through three different size molds until we were satisfied with the way the bar of soap felt. Our Live.Simple bars are cut into generous portions yet still feel comfortable in your hand and will fit in your soap dish!