These soaps are traditionally crafted by hand using the cold process technique, a traditional method which dates back for many centuries. The first recorded instance being the ancient Babylonians back in 2800BC. In those days they made their soap by combining animal fats (acid) and fire ash (alkali).
Today we use vegetable oils and butters combined with lye (sodium hydroxide). We then scent our soap with 100% pure grade therapeutic essential oils, and exfoliants of oats or rosemary from the garden. Once combined the soap is poured into moulds and left to do its magic for 24 hours, the blocks of soap are then cut, and the bars are cured for a few more weeks to complete the saponification process.
Tucked away in a valley in the sierras de Cádiz, near to one of the famous pueblos blancos [white villages] is the farmhouse and workshops of ‘Artesanía del Prado’. Our wonderful friends Liz and Jenny have kindly made our unique soap dishes from natural pottery clay to complement our handmade soaps. These two-part soap dishes are perfect for our soap as the draining holes ensure that your soap is not sitting in liquid and becoming soggy, our soaps contain natural glycerine which is lovely for our skin but does attract water. In order to further prolong the life of our soap we recommend that you keep your soap and soap dish out of direct sunlight.
Lavender & Geranium, Lavender & Cedarwood, Rosemary, Marjoram & Eucalyptus, Peppermint & Tea Tree with Oats, Lime & Lemongrass