I love to make soap it’s just magical.
At Corks and Bubbles Inc. all of our soaps are handmade using a Cold Process method and vegan recipe. In a nutshell, it is really a magical process where fatty acids, which can include Olive, Coconut, Shea; to name a few, are mixed with sodium hydroxide (lye which by the way is not present in the final product). These mix together triggering a magical process call saponification (the chemical reaction of making soap). All soap is made from lye; without the lye it’s a detergent.
All our soaps cure for weeks allowing the lye and water to evaporate so by the time you treat yourself to your new beauty bar I promise it’s a mild, hard bar of soap.
As far as environmental, we support Cooperatives through our distributors. As well, we support local farms. For example the lavender used in our soaps is sourced from a lavender farm in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
All Corks and Bubbles Inc. our products are registered with Health Canada’s cosmetic registry program so you can have confidence in our products.
Ingredients vary from bar to bar, but here are the basic ingredient commonly used to make our soaps and luscious body butters:
OILS & BUTTERS
Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter) fruit
The shea used in our soaps is 100% natural shea Butter it is hand-gathered by women participating in Fair Trade collectives in West Africa. It is extracted from the shea nut. shea butter contains large quantities of Vitamin E, allantoin, as well as many other important constituents making it a wonderful butter with skin softening, moisturizing, regenerating and skin soothing properties. It provides a natural sun protection. Traditionally, it has been used in Africa as a medicinal balm for rheumatism, muscle aches, burns, and light wounds.
Cocos nucifera (Coconut) oil :
This dominant butter provides incredible lather and soft skin feel; as well it adds hardness to the soap. Coconut oil is cold pressed from the meat of the coconut. Very rich in fatty acids, coconut oil makes great massage oil, or added to lotion bars. It helps keep the skin soft and smooth, and its natural anti-oxidants help to prevent the premature aging of the skin.
Olea europaea (Olive) oil:
What a great gentle moisturizing oil. Olive oil is obtained by grinding whole tree-ripened olives and extracting the oil. High in oleic acid and rich in vitamin E, it is a good skin cell regenerator. Olive oil is a gentle cleanser. It is creamy and does not produce a lot of bubbles. Olive oil contains Hydroxytyrosol, an antioxidant not found in any other oils. A true “unique “oil.
Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil:
Sunflower seed oil contributes moisturizing attributes to soaps, creams and lotions and prevents additional skin cell damage while maintaining the natural structure of the skin itself. Helianthus Annuus received its name from the Greek words "helios anthos," which translates to "sun flower."
Ricinus communis Castor) oil:
Castor oil has excellent emollient and lubricating properties. It’s my go to oil to help increase bubbles and lather. This formula works synergistically with coconut oil creating a wonderfully moisturizing bar.
Persea gratissima (Avocado) oil:
This oil is high in vitamins A, B1, B2, and E. It is said to aid in the healing of damaged skin and cell regeneration. A wonderful choice for skin as it absorbs easily into the skin.
Lye (Sodiun Hydroxide):
If you are asking the question do you need lye to make soap. The answer is yes. Absolutely. Bar None. No lye equals no soap. PERIOD.
All real soap is made from lye. Any skin washing product that is made without sodium hydroxide is a detergent, not soap. At Corks and Bubbles Inc. we cure our soaps for weeks before selling. Once the process of saponification is complete, the lye and oil molecules have combined and through the magic of chemistry have become soap. There is no lye present in the finished bars of soap.
From the sweet aroma of lavender fresh from the farm to our signature lemongrass bar our soaps are packed with the stimulating fragrance of various essential oils that ignite your senses. An essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing aromatic compound from plants from which they were extracted. For variety; if requested by our customers we use fragrant oils – but only if they are Phthalate free. Phthalates can be found naturally (berries, mushrooms) and sometimes used to prevent "crystalization" in certain fragrance oils.
Honey is a humectant, smells great, and (because of its sugar content) makes soaps even bubblier.
Avena sativa (oatmeal):
Oatmeal adds both moisturizing and gentle exfoliating properties to your soap.
Tussah (“peace”) silk:
Tussah silk is cruelty free silk, harvested from silkworm cocoons only after they’ve been vacated by the silkworms. Adding a small amounts to soap, they contribute some proteins that make the soap silky smooth. We’ve tried it in few batches but have found that it make little difference in our formulation and therefore we are sticking to our vegan formulation.
Tocopherol (all natural Vitamin E). Works as an antioxidant to extend shelf life of oil based products.
This oil is high in vitamins A, B1, B2, and E. It is said to aid in the healing of damaged skin and cell regeneration. A wonderful choice for skin and hair care as it absorbs easily into the skin.
Green Tea Botanical Extract:
Green Tea Extract is used internationally in cosmetics, as it is a rich source of anti-oxidants such as Vitamin C and Vitamin E. It is said to help repair the effects of aging and environmental factors.
Chamomile Botanical Extract:
Chamomile extract is a fine powder that is brownish yellow in color and is extracted by the process of using water. Chamomile Extract is commonly known for its soothing effects and its anti-inflammatory properties. It also has antiseptic properties and can be used for topical applications.
Hemp Seed Butter:
Hemp Seed Oil containing all of the 21 known amino acids and is produced from the oil of one of world’s most nutritious seeds - from the hemp plant (Cannabis sativa). It is made up of high levels of protein said to be about 24% and contains the perfect balance of Essential Fatty Acids. These seeds are processed using the cold pressed method to extract the oil. It is absorbed quickly into the skin without leaving a greasy feeling.
Sodium Lactate Preservative:
Sodium Lactate is naturally derived from the fermentation of Lactic Acid. Sodium Lactate is considered to have antioxidant properties and can improve bacterial stability in products. When added to soap it makes a hard bar of soap. It is also considered to be a natural humectant (draws moisture to itself).
Pumice Stone (Ground Granules Fine):
Pumice is a naturally occurring, floating volcanic rocks. They have been ground into a superfine powder that is perfect as an exfoliant in creams, lotions, and other cosmetic applications dealing with rough, dry skin.
Mineral Powder Pigments such as oxides, ultramarines and micas are cosmetic-grade and used to add colors and fun to soaps. These pigments are mined from the earth and then they are processed and refined to remove any harmful metals they are approved for use in soaps.