How Is My Soap Made?
All of my soaps are handmade, hand cut, and packaged by me! There may be slight variation in shape, size, color or cut between bars or batches. I use a combination of hot process and cold process, depending on how I want the soap to look. I take natural soap base oils, combine them with sodium hydroxide (lye), and this turns into SOAP. I try to get artistic when it comes to various essential oils, fragrance oils, colors and textures, but I also like to keep some products in their basic, raw, natural forms (as nature intended).
How Should I Store My Soap (when not in use)?
Store in a cool, dry place (preferably not in the hot, steamy bathroom!). Perhaps a linen closet. You can leave soaps unwrapped, or loosely wrapped in a paper towel or cloth. If exposed to the air, this will allow the soaps to cure even further (and will make your linens smell good!).
How Should I Care for the Soap I Am Currently Using?
To maximize the life of your soap, I suggest you use a designated soap dish! You probably paid good money for that pretty handmade soap, and you want it to last as long as possible. Keep it out of running water; keep it out of a puddle of water. You want a soap dish that keeps the soap high and dry in between uses - preferably one that is slatted to allow water to drain out the bottom, tilted to flow the water away from the soap, or those little soap dishes with the nubbins, so the water pools below the soap, but keeps the soap up high out of harm's way. Beware of those "fake" soap dishes that may be installed in the walls of some showers - they may not properly drain, and you'll end up with a puddle of soap oil goo! (which still works, by the way, but your soap will disappear much more quickly).
Can I Get Free Samples?
If I have the available inventory, you can purchase samples in 1 oz portions. Please email email@example.com for more info. I offer sampler packs occasionally in my products listing also. I may have free samples if I'm hosting a table at an event. Check my Facebook or Instagram for updates on upcoming events!
Why Am I Being Charged Tax?
If you live in New Jersey and purchase my products, Berky's Bubbles must charge the standard 6.88% NJ sales tax, as mandated by the state of New Jersey.
Do I Use Only Natural Ingredients?
Where I can, I try to use mostly natural ingredients. The soap bases are all natural - coconut oil, olive oil, soybean oil, etc. I often use food grade spices, poppy seeds, oatmeal, etc to add texture and color. For fragrance, I use mostly natural essential oils, but there are many soap bars where I utilize fragrance oils (these are technically synthetic - but they are safe for dermatological use. I use them when I need to get a scent that I am unable to make with natural essential oils, or where it is cost-prohibitive to use essential oil). I have pretty sensitive skin, and have used all the fragrance oils with no problem. Click here to read more about the differences between essential oils and fragrance oils. I also make soap bars without any fragrance/scents at all. If you have any questions about ingredients in the soaps, please do not hesitate to ask!
I use mostly natural ingredients, but this does not mean people cannot be allergic to natural ingredients. Please check the ingredients for all my products VERY CAREFULLY. If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
How Are My Products Shipped?
All parcels are shipped within 3 business days of your order via USPS Mail (approx 1-3 business days). Once I mark your order as shipped, you should received tracking information in your email (this is separate from your purchase confirmation).
Will The Colors Stain Me or My Tub?
I use real colorants, which may include pigments, micas, or natural herbs/spices. These are natural and safe for use in soap. These will run, but do not be alarmed - they will not stain you or your tub!
What is Body Butter and How Does it Work?
Body butter is a luxurious skin creme that leaves your skin feeling so soft and smooth. Ingredients will include various "butter oils", for example: shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter, avacado butter, etc. Just a little goes a long way! This is great for all skin types, but most especially for those who suffer with dry skin. Natural body butters will feel WAY different than store-bought lotions or cremes. Lotions contain a lot of "filler" as well as water, so they feel very liquid and get sucked into the skin immediately. Butters feel exactly like - well - butter! These do not contain any water, thus decreasing chances of allowing yucky microbes to grow. (meaning they are very stable in the container). Just massage a small amount of body butter onto your skin - it may take a few minutes to absorb, but once it does, your skin will feel soft (not oily) and silky. Seriously - LOVE YOUR SKIN!!