A: All true soap is by legal definition “lye soap” (an alkali salt of fatty acids). Once we make soap from it, there's no lye present anymore; it's all combined with oils and converted to soap, glycerin, and water. Further, we test every batch for excess caustic in our chemistry lab.
A: Just barely. Both soaps are made from oils and caustic, but grandma couldn't really control the quality of her ingredients or monitor the process like we can.
A: Right. Ours is made using high precision processes and tolerances, with more than a few safeguards and tests. Excess lye can cause a burning sensation and serious skin irritation.
A: Some soaps dry people's skin because all the glycerin has been removed from it for resale to the cosmetics industry. We don't remove the glycerin so our soap is very moisturizing to your skin.
A: Surprisingly well. It's still soap, so you may see soap curd in very hard water; but unlike some soaps, it lathers well in hard water.
A: Yes. We don't use wheat or related products to make our soap.
A: Detergents use petroleum-based oils and do not contain any naturally-occurring glycerin. Detergents don't react with hard water minerals (i.e. they can't make "soap scum") but can be very drying to skin.
A: True, but you can clean the dispenser easily and pronounce all of our ingredients.
A: Our unscented soaps are nothing but soap, water, and glycerin. They are very popular with people who have allergies or multiple chemical sensitivities. We do sell scented soaps. The shaving soaps are scented with essential oils. We use fragrance oil for the scented bath soaps, but we manufacture the unscented soap in a separate building from the scented soap.
A: Almost certainly not. We get letters (actual paper letters and cards) and emails from people telling us they can use our soap even though other soaps or cleansing products they have tried do irritate their skin or aggravate sensitivities to fragrances.
A: Some of our individual customers send us Christmas cards! We are proud of the personal relationships we have developed with folks.
A: No. If any of our soaps get in someone's eye, it will hurt. The soap is gentle on all types of skin (including our adorable grandchildren), but it isn't tear free.