Read this section as an introduction to handmade soap in general, and Kinder Soaps. 🙂
What soap would you recommend for my skin type / problem?
All the soap that you see in each Skin Type section are suitable for them. But if you really, really would like my opinion on what you could try out as a Kinder Soaps newbie, I’d recommend these:
- Goat’s Milk and Patchouli
- Breakfast Bar
- Goat’s Milk and Honey (if for use with an infant under 8 months of age)
Dry or Mature Skin
- Dark Chocolate
- Breakfast Bar
- Summer Fizz
- Tangy Lavender
- Clarity (if your skin is oily all over, and you don’t feel any tightness at all)
- Songbird (if you have an oily T-zone, but normal or dry skin elsewhere)
- Spiced Coffee
- DreamTime (if your skin is prone to redness and is easily aggravated, e.g. applying moisturizer, standing a little too long in the sun etc)
- Breakfast Bar
- Goat’s Milk and Honey
Babies and infants aged 8 months and below
- Breakfast Bar
- Goat’s Milk and Honey
Normal, Problem-Free Skin
You lucky, lucky duck! Take your pick from any of the soaps here, because you’re one of the rare people who don’t have to worry about your skin freaking out. :p
How much do you charge for shipping?
Shipping rates are as follows:
- RM8 flat fee
- Free shipping for orders valued at RM200 and above
- RM10 flat fee
- Free shipping for orders valued at RM250 and above
- As quoted by FedEx upon entering shipping address at checkout
We typically send out my packages via courier (right now it’s either via Skynet or Poslaju) for retail orders sent within Malaysia. International orders will be sent via FedEx.
IMPORTANT: Please be aware that you will be solely responsible for any customs duties that your parcels may incur, and we cannot provide an estimate on these charges.
Do you have a shop that I can visit to see your stuff?
Yup, we sure do! It’s located at 11A-A (First Floor – above the E-Commerce Offline Centre), Jalan SS22/23, Damansara Jaya, 47400 Petaling Jaya. We also have other stockists who carry most of our wares. Visit our Store Locations page to find out more about our stockists and their contact information.
Uh oh, the item I’d like to get is out of stock. What do I do?
Not to worry, you can still order and pay for an item that is out of stock, and it will be sent to you as soon as it is available. These will be marked as “Available on backorder”, as shown in this screenshot:
We will process your backorder the same way that we do with normal orders, the only difference being is that your product isn’t available right away, and will be shipped as soon as it is ready. Only paid Backorders will be honoured, in the interest of fairness to all customers.
When will xxx soap be ready?
For a rough idea on when your parcel will be shipped out, check the Curing Completion Dates calendar on the bottom of each page on this website.
Do you use animal fat in your soap?
Nope. I only use plant-derived oils.
Are your soaps halal?
They aren’t certified as such, but you have my word that I don’t use any form of animal fat nor other ingredients which contain animal-derived additives.
Can I use your soap for my hair?
In short, yes. Everyone in my family uses my soap from head to toe. But to be fair, all of us have short hair. So if you are concerned about tangles and you use conditioner most of the time, here’s a natural alternative for you to try: make a lemon juice rinse by mixing 1 part strained lemon juice to 20 parts warm water. Rinse this through your hair after shampooing, and rinse out with warm water (just as you would with your usual conditioner). Say hello to silky soft, bouncy, shiny locks. Unfortunately I can’t say if this rinse would adversely affect those with coloured or permed hair.
Alternatively you can make a vinegar rinse by mixing 1 part vinegar to 20 parts water. It’s a cheaper alternative to using lemons, but my hubby complains of the lingering smell of vinegar in the shower when I’m done. I guess it’s not that nice to smell like a salad dressing.
Does your soap lather well?
The next time you pick up a bar of soap from the pharmacy or supermarket, check its list of ingredients. You will probably spot this one: Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLS), or its close relative, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate. These are cheap foaming and cleansing agents that are also used to make household floor cleaners (but of course in higher percentages in such products), and they can produce copious amounts of fluffy lather which we are so accustomed to. In order to make commercially-viable ‘soap’ products, companies opt to use these ingredients to cause their products to lather and cleanse. They do clean well, but for some of us who have more sensitive skin, we find that SLS strips off our skin’s precious natural oil barrier, leaving most of us with uncomfortably dry, itchy and red patches on our skin.
In my cold process soap, the saponified vegetable oils produce lovely lather, varying from dense bubbles to fluffy ones. Different oils giving different kinds of lather. For a quick overview of which oils produce what kinds of lather, read this article.
How long do your soap bars last?
It depends on how you use and store them. Keeping them as dry as possible in between uses, resting it in a well-drained soap dish and well-ventilated room helps a lot. If your soap bar is primarily for washing your hands, most will last for about 2 months or even more. If you’re using it in the shower, it could last anything between 3 to 6 weeks.
In my family where we showered our magically-messy kids aged 2 and 3 almost 3 times a day, a single bar of soap would last them 2-3 weeks.
As for best-before dates, I’d say they’re good for a year from the time you bought them. Please try to use them up within this time frame, or all those skin-loving oils may go rancid.
How can I make my soap bar last longer?
As cold process soap bars generally tend to be softer than most commercially-produced bath products, it’s best to rest your soaps on well-drained soap dishes in between uses. Don’t let them sit in a puddle of water, or your precious soap bars will melt down into forlorn-looking puddles of goo. They’re still usable, but nowhere near as pretty as when you first got them!
As for storage, keeping your unopened bar of soap in a cool, dark and dry place would be best.
I like the scents in your soap so much that I can’t bear to use them. I keep them in my drawer/cupboard instead. How long can I leave them there?
Firstly, I’ll have you know that the soap bars in your drawer are very, very sad… Because they want to do good things to your skin, and are happiest when being used regularly. But if you really, really want to use them to make your clothes smell nice, I’d say that they’re good for about a year after you buy them.
I heard there is a Points and Rewards system here. How does it work?
Read our dedicated page for this feature – we hope you’ll find it beneficial!
What is “cold-process” soap?
Very simply put, the cold process method of soapmaking involves mixing fats (whether from animal or plant sources) with specific amount of a strong alkaline solution, usually sodium hydroxide. The chemical reaction between these two ingredients is known as saponification, which, if performed correctly, results in what we all know as soap at the end. Additives such as fragrance and colourants may be added to the liquid soap mixture before it hardens to enhance its beneficial properties, or to pretty it up. After 24 hours from the time it is poured into a mold, the soap is sliced and allowed to cure for 3-4 weeks before it is ready for use. This is to help the soap harden and last longer in the shower (curing allows the soap to lose some of its original water content).
It is completely different from melt-and-pour soap, where one begins with a store-bought, pre-made base, melts it down, mixes in other desired ingredients, pours it into a mold and the soap is ready to use almost overnight.
As a personal preference, I only use vegetable oils (no animal fats), pure essential oils and natural colourants such as clay. The main reason being is that I want to stay clear of known skin irritants which are so commonly found in commercially-produced ‘soap’ bars, which really are detergent-based.