Here at Good News Soap, we are committed to providing beautiful soap that you can use for your whole body.
Why are we called Good News Soap?
First of all, this soap is handmade from natural ingredients that are gentle on your body.
That’s Good News for your skin.
Second, it is our mission to spread the Gospel (good news) of Jesus Christ.
Jesus, God himself, came to earth as a human so he could offer his own life to pay the penalty for our sins. He died on the cross to pay for those sins, then rose to life again on the third day.
Because of his sacrifice, each and every person alive gets to choose whether or not to accept his gift, believe in Jesus, and be saved. (Romans 10:9-10)
That’s Good News for your soul.
Where it Started
In June 2019, I was inspired by a bar of Lilac scented soap that I found in a gift shop. I love the scent of lilacs, and fell in love with it immediately. Later that summer, I was reading a book about homesteading skills (another passion of mine) and found instructions for making soap. I read through them and thought, I could do that.
I read more and more, watched several videos of people making soap, learned all I could about safety requirements, and then dove in to making my first batch of soap.
I was nervous making that first batch, hoping I hadn’t overlooked anything in all my research, but it all worked out perfectly.
I used Lemongrass essential oil to scent that first batch, and turmeric to give it some color. By the time it was ready to cut into bars, I was hooked. There is a certain wonder to seeing all the ingredients come together to create something so useful.
Plus, my house smelled amazing!
I started making more batches of soap, trying new colors, fragrances, and techniques. Before I knew it, we had a lifetime supply of soap around the house. I faced the eternal question that all crafters seem to have about their work once it is complete: “Now what do I do with all this?”
That’s when I decided I could turn my hobby into a business. Good News Soap is the result. Now you can share in the beautiful and useful results of my art. I hope you enjoy the soap as much as I do!
How It’s Made
Soap is made through a chemical reaction between sodium hydroxide and the triglycerides in fats and oils. When this chemical reaction occurs, the original ingredients are changed into something completely new: Soap.
This process is called Saponification.
In the soap-making process, each oil and fat reacts slightly differently to the sodium hydroxide, producing bars of soap that have different qualities.
Here at Good News Soap, I use Olive oil, Coconut oil, Palm kernel oil, Castor oil, Cocoa butter, and Shea Butter, in a blend that was specifically formulated to create long-lasting bars of soap that produce a rich, creamy lather with lots of bubbles.
The oils are mixed together, and then the Sodium Hydroxide is mixed with water and added to the oils. The ingredients are all thoroughly blended together so the saponification process can begin. Colorants and fragrances are added, and the mixture is poured into a silicone mold to harden.
The soap remains in the mold for several hours. The sodium hydroxide continues to react with the oils until all of it has been used up in the chemical reaction. After 12 to 24 hours, the soap is removed from the mold and cut into bars. It is still very soft at this point, so it is placed on a curing rack for 4 weeks to allow it to finish hardening as excess water evaporates.
Finally, when the soap is fully dried, it is labeled and made available for purchase and use.