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  • Natural Oils like avocado oils, olive oils, and others.
  • Nourishing Natural Butters like shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter and more.
  • Natural Ingredients that are sustainably sourced
  • Natural Love for people and the environment
  • Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)

Have you ever wondered what is in natural soap? Does Mama and Mia’s offer a line of natural soaps? Yes, Mama and Mia’s makes a line of natural soaps. Starting with fats, natural oils and butters such as olive oil, rice bran oil coconut oil to name a few. Mama and Mia’s have selections containing no additional fragrance or color. We also offer soaps with natural colorants such as spirulina, rose clay or activated charcoal. This line also offers choices of essential oils for scent rather than fragrance oil. These soaps are natural, eco-friendly and as with all Mama and Mia’s products, never tested on animals. Mama and Mia’s natural soaps

How do we make our soaps?

Cold Process Soaps: Cold Process is a method of mixing fats, butters and oils with lye and using the natural heat from this combination to start the saponification process that turns these ingredients into soap. I use this process the most as it is the easiest way to add colors, swirls and design to my soap. It affords more workability time before the soap saponifies (turns into soap).

Hot Process Soaps: Hot process is a method of mixing fats, butters and oils with lye and adding heat (most often a crock pot or stove top). This is the method I first used when I started making soap many years ago. It helps the soap “cook” faster through the saponification process. It gives the soap a more rustic look and is ready to cut sooner than the cold process method. 

What are Detergent Soaps? 

Most soap you buy in the store isn’t a true soap. What is soap?  Most of what you will find in the store is a “syndet” bar. The meaning of the word “syndet” is a combination of the words “synthetic” and “detergent”.

 Mama and Mia’s offers a line of 99.9% natural soap (No Artificial Fragrance Oils) You can find them here: Pure and Natural Soap

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What is in Mama and Mia’s Natural Soap?

  • Fragrances: I purchase phthalate-free fragrances for my natural soaps. 
  • Essential Oils: I use a brand of essential oils that I believe in, have researched and have used for many years in my home.
  • Preservatives: There are no preservatives in Mama and Mia’s natural soap. The Ph level of natural soap does not allow for bacterial growth.
  • Butters, oils, fats: I use various oils, butters and fats that are good for you skin. In fact, before you could use any of them to fry up some vegetables with. 
  • Lye: I listed this just to explain. Although I used lye (sodium hydroxide) to make soap, there is no lye left in the soap when it has completed the saponification process.  When the fats, oils and butters are mixed with a solution of lye and water, a process called saponification happens. The reaction turns the mixture into a new compound that we know as soap. There is no true soap that is made without lye. No Lye (sodium hydroxide) = No soap. What is soap?

How do we color soap?

  • Micas are sustainably sourced: I make sure to purchase micas that are cruelty-free, vegan and ethically sourced (no children are mining these micas). While the mica itself is natural, the color on it is not. My artisan soaps that I use mica in are over 96% natural if scented with a fragrance and over 99% natural if they are scented with essential oil. 
  • What other coloring methods do you use if applicable? In most of my soaps, I use mica to make the colors. I use plants, clays and charcoal to color my natural soap. Shea butter can cause a yellow hue as well as extra virgin olive oil, my go-to in my soaps is classic olive oil to keep the whiter appearance without adding mica to obtain a white color.

What is Activated Charcoal Soap? 

  • Researchers have reported that activated charcoal can help draw microparticles, such as dirt, dust, chemicals, toxins, and bacteria, to the surface of the skin, to make removing them easier.  To read about the research, click here
  • Mama and Mia’s Bath Shop uses activated charcoal in our soaps to create a grey or black color. In our facial bar, we use it with tea tree oil. It feels different on your skin then some of our other soaps because of these added ingredients. Click here to see Mama and Mia’s Activated Charcoal Soap.

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