Are you using Soap?

When I go to the store to buy soap, I find that there are very few soap products are actually soap.  Most “soaps”, shampoos or body washes are synthetic detergent products.  They have more in common with laundry detergent than with real soap.

Real soap is made from combining oils, fats and lye.  The reaction that takes place when these ingredients are combined is called soponification and the result of that reaction is soap and glycerin.  Once the soap mixture has been prepared it’s poured into molds to saponify for a day, taken out to dry for a day, and then cut into bars of soap and left to cure for 4 – 6 weeks more. It’s as natural as soap gets.  Glycerin is left in the soap because it attracts moisture to the skin.

Look at the ingredients on an average bar of soap in your local store. Many contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), anionic surfactant used in laundry detergent.  SLS will ry out and irritate skin. Many commercial “soaps” also contain sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), a cheap foaming agent that has been known to be contaminated with a suspected carcinogen Dioxane while being manufactured.

It is the consumer’s responsibility to read the label!  Manufacturers may call their product “soap” even if it contains no soap at all!

Look at the number of ingredients in Commercial Soap and Natural Soap.

Dove White Bar Ingredients:  Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Tallowate Or Sodium Palmitate, Lauric Acid, Sodium Isethionate, Water, Sodium Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoate Or Sodium Palm Kernelate, Fragrance, Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium Edta, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).

FSW Au Naturel Soap Ingredients:  Olive Oil, Palm Oil, Coconut Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Distilled Water, Castor Oil, Essential Oil, Natural Colorant.

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Men’s Gifts

Don’t forget!  Men need Valentine gifts too!  FSW has many ideas for the man in your life.  The Shave kit includes pre-shave oil and after shave lotion in our signature Flatirons Fresh scent – clean and citrusy!  The Beard Kit is Beard Oil and Beard Balm in our signature Flatirons Fresh scent.  A real treat for those who sport lovely beards. our silk infused beard wash – tame that facial hair!  Men also suffer from dry skin during these winter months – try Ooo La La super Shea butter body wash scented with vibrant Bergamot and fresh basil leaf are complemented by earthy notes of Oakmoss and white patchouli.

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What is Bubble Frosting?

Flatirons Soap Works makes bath bomb cupcakes because they are so easy to customize and to personalize.  Previously, we frosted our cupcake with whipped soap.  This past fall we found bubble frosting.  “What is bubble frosting?” you ask.  It is solid bubble bath.  When using your new FSW cupcake, remove decorations, lift bubble frosting from the cupcake and break frosting into a few pieces.  Hold these pieces under the faucet while filling the tub.  When the tub is full, drop in your cupcake bath bomb.  You will have bubbles AND a great smelling bath bomb and beautifully hued water.  We at FSW hope you enjoy your new and improved bath bomb cupcakes!

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Valentine Gift Box


The perfect valentine gift.  Sweetheart Bubble Bath Scoops, Valentine cupcake bath bomb, Shea Splendor gift size body butter and Falling in Love Valentine soap!

Falling in Love Artisan Soap scented with gentle sweeps of peony are the first to bloom in this delightful bouquet. Pure elegance! Ingredients:  Coconut oil, Palm oil, Olive oil, Castor Oil, Sodium hydroxide, body safe fragrance and colorant.

Valentine Cupcake scented with a  juicy blend of orange, cherry, peach, pineapple and vanilla.  Ingredients: Baking Soda, Citric Acid, Cornstarch, Kaolin Clay, Grapeseed Oil, Cocoa Butter, Milk Powder, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, isopropyl alcohol, Glycerin, Tapioca Starch, Safe Color & Fragrance.

Sweetheart solid Bubble Bath Scoops scented with modern rose and lily brightened with hints of orange, lime and ozone. Ingredients: Baking Soda, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate ,  Citric Acid, Kaolin Clay, Glycerin, Cocoa Betain, Cocoa Butter, Isopropyl alcohol , Polysorbate 80, Body Safe Color & Fragrance.

Love Me Body Butter scented with a juicy blend of orange, cherry, peach, pineapple and vanilla.  This luxurious body butter base is full of skin moisturizing oils such as Shea, avocado, and rice bran. As if that wasn’t enough, we also included calming chamomile extract and vitamin E for even more skin conditioning benefits! This body butter leaves skin hydrated, without a greasy feel.

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