I’m a real homebody at heart, so whenever I’ve had a long day or I’m feeling a bit down, I like to take a long soak in the tub, make some delicious comfort food, and cosy up on the couch with a good book or my favourite series. What can I say? It’s the little things in life that make me most happy!
Case in point? Apostrophe Bath & Body’s beautiful artisanal soaps, which are handmade using the cold process method, right here in South Africa. Each bar of soap starts its journey as a blend of high quality oils that undergo a natural saponification process (basically, the chemical reaction that happens when natural oils and an alkali mix to form soap), before being lovingly hand-cut and hand-shaped, and left to cure for four to six weeks.
There are various reasons why you might opt for soaps made using the old-fashioned, cold process method, but some of my favourites include:
Natural ingredients are better preserved.
Often, the beneficial properties of many natural ingredients like shea butter or coconut oil are lost during the heating processes used in hot process soap-making. Using the cold process method ensures that natural ingredients are better preserved.
The most amazing, intense scents.
Because the cold process method requires several weeks to cure properly, the scent is left to intensify over time. Apostrophe Bath & Body’s soaps are fragranced with essential oils, so you can just imagine the amazing scents that emanate from each beautiful bar of soap!
Gorgeous swirls and layers of colour.
Something that immediately grabbed my attention when I first stumbled upon Apostrophe Bath & Body’s soaps? The gorgeous designs and bright swirls of colour, of course! Turns out, the cold process method requires a great level of artistry, and Apostrophe Bath & Body uses mica colourants to create delicate swirls in their soaps for a pretty finish.
They feel much creamier on the skin.
Cold process soaps that are made using all-natural ingredients like plant oils and butters usually have a much creamier feel and leave your skin feeling deeply moisturised. The cold process allows the artisan to skillfully whip each batch of soap for the lightest touch, resulting in the most deliciously rich and creamy bar of soap that doesn’t leave your skin feeling remotely tight or dry.
I’ve been using Apostrophe Bath & Body’s La-La Lavender and Marble Dreams (R50 each) for the past month, and I’m a convert! Before trying Apostrophe’s artisanal soaps, I had no idea that cold process soap-making even existed, but now that I’ve discovered the benefits of cold-process soaps, I doubt I’ll go back to conventional, shop-bought soaps any time soon. Another bonus? All Apostrophe’s soaps are 100% vegan-friendly and cruelty-free.
I like that these soaps are made using natural ingredients, so I feel comfortable using them on my own skin, as well as on Beanie’s delicate young skin. They create the most amazingly rich and creamy lather, so they feel like a real luxury to use, and my skin feels so soft and nourished after using them.
As someone who’s a real sucker for lavender, it’s no surprise that La-La Lavender is my favourite pick of the two, but Marble Dreams has it’s own merits: it’s scented with pure lemongrass essential oil, and it has a refreshing, zingy scent that’s great for use first thing in the mornings when you need a quick boost. Next on my shopping list? Apostrophe’s new Mineral Cleansing Bar (R60), which is described as ‘the ultimate detox bar’. It’s infused with both charcoal and pink clay, both of which are renowned for their purifying properties and their abilities to draw out toxins from the skin. The Mineral Cleansing Bar is unscented, so it’s perfect for those with sensitive or problematic skin types, and it can be used on both face and body.