What is a soap?

Well believe it or not a true soap is a type of salt. Most people think of table salt but chemically speaking a salt is an ionic compound formed from the neutralisation reactions of an acid and a base. The origins of soap can be traced back over 5000 years when the first recipe was discovered. In those days, soap was made by heating fatty substances together with an alkali such as ash .The production methods haven’t changed dramatically but now we use vegetable fats and different alkalis, as well as adding natural oils to scent our soaps for an extra dimension.

Is each of your soaps the same?

No two soaps will be exactly the same, but that’s what makes them special. The shape, weight and colour of each soap bar may vary from batch to batch as all soaps are handmade. Each bar may be ever so slightly different, but still delivers the same benefits. You may also find some a powder-like substance on your soap which is completely harmless and will disappear during its first use.

How long does it take to make your soaps?

Each bar takes six to eight weeks to cure, which may affect the lead-time of some of our soaps. If your soap is out of stock, please bear with us while we make some more for you. We only hold small batches to ensure your soaps are as fresh as possible.

How should I store my soap?

Picobello soaps are naturally high in glycerine and are prone to melting if left in a puddle of water. In order to ensure a long lasting bar, please keep your soap out of water in between uses. I recommend a slatted soap dish, resting your soap on the bristles of a brush or a coconut fibre pad.

Can I wash my hair with our soaps?

Yes, all of our soaps can be used as a shampoo bar with several ideally suited to washing short hair. Some of our bars also contain essential oils known to stimulate hair growth.

Are the soaps cruelty-free?

Our soaps are 100% cruelty-free and free from palm oil and free from animal fats (like tallow or lard)

What is sodium lactate and is it really vegan?

Sodium lactate is the sodium salt of lactic acid. It acts as a soap preservative and is an extremely effective humectant, helping to strengthen the skin moisture barrier. The sodium lactate I use is specifically derived from the natural fermentation of sugars found in corn and beetroot and has been certified vegan. Despite the similarity in name, sodium lactate is not chemically similar to lactose (milk sugar).

What if I have allergies?

Please read our list of ingredients on our packaging thoroughly if you have allergies. If you are in doubt, just drop me an email before purchasing for a list of ingredients, and if you experience any irritation or discomfort when using the soap, please stop use straight away.