• Why choose natural, handmade soap?

    Most commercially produced soaps are made with low cost oils and tallow (animal fat).  They can also contain synthetic detergents, artificial colors and scents and even petroleum products.  Glycerin is a byproduct of soap manufacture and acts as a humectant; this means that it brings moisture into itself.  Many companies remove all of this moisturizing glycerin from their soaps to be sold or used in other beauty products.  The removal of this glycerin means that commercial soaps can result in skin that feels dry and tight.  


    In contrast, our natural soaps are made with high quality, hydrating oils and retain all of their glycerin.  This results in a product that leaves your skin feeling soft and healthy.  Only natural essential oils are used to scent our soaps and offer healing properties and skin benefits.  Any colors or exfoliants are also taken from natural sources such as fruits, vegetables, grains, herbs or nuts.


    Skin is the largest organ in our body and can readily absorb substances.  We feel it is important that our soap contains only ingredients that contribute to overall health!  The choice sounds pretty simple to us.

  • History of Soapmaking

    It is thought that soap was first made in ancient Babylon around 2800 B.C.  These early soap makers discovered that mixing animal fats with wood ash created a substance that was capable of easier cleaning.  By colonial times, the process had changed very little.  Hard wood ashes were saved from each fire and eventually water was poured over them to leach out the ash.  These early settlers did not have access to the natural, vegetable oils that are so readily available today; instead they used fat leftover from cooking and animal preparation.  Soap making was difficult and smelly and required long hours stirring outdoors over a hot fire.   There were no precise methods of measuring and often it would take several attempts to produce a batch that produced usable soap.   


    Today we no longer have to estimate the amount of ash or spend hours rendering unpleasant animal fats.  We have digital scales, organic butters and pure essential oils.  We are able to predictably produce a hard, moisturizing bar that smells fantastic and nourishes our skin.  The name of our company, Oil & Ash, serves to remind us of how soap making began and inspires us to continue creating products that are authentically pure and a joy to use.