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What does handmade mean at Werfzeep?

Just as ‘homemade’ in the hospitality industry is not always what it promises, so can ‘homemade’ in the world of soap also mean, poured soap: ready-made soap flakes melt and pressed into cubes of soap.

Handmade at Werfzeep means ‘soap made from scratch’.

This means; starting at the basis. We work with full-fledged organic oils from food grade quality, make herbal extracts from plants from our herbal garden an make scented blends from organic essential oils.

This is only possible because we make our soaps by hand: a machine that can handle fluctuations in fatty acid ratios of raw, cold-pressed oils (each harvest changes a little) has not yet been made. Factory soap is therefore made from extracted fatty acids, not from complete fats.

Luckily our experienced soap makers know how to work with the differences in the soappan. We make our soaps with love and attention in big pans by hand, responding to the differences per batch of soap. We use our own, indepentley tested recipes and work with low temperatures so the cold-pressed oils come into their own. Working by hand from the start, gives us the possibility to work with powerful ingredients to make the best soap we can.

Slow Soap
We make all our soap in our own studio, using the cold pressed method. This means we make our soaps at low temperatures, so that the cold-pressed oils maintain their nourishing qualities. After the soap is poured into the malls, we leave it to rest for the night. The next day 150 bars of soap are cut from it, which will dry for another six weeks. After this they are ready to be packaged and sold.

In our Zeepboek we take you completely into our working method and we share recipes for soap from scratch, making extracts and distilling essential oil. The broadcast of Het Klokhuis gives a good picture of how we make soap and harvest plants, and on onze blog you also get a look at the soap kitchen.

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