FAQs

What is local pick up?

If you would like to save on shipping costs you are welcome to pick up your order. In some cases we are able to meet you at a pre-arranged location, or deliver the soap to your porch.

How long does it take to make a bar of soap?

The process of combining oils, natural additives such as oatmeal, or lavender buds, and pouring the mixture into a mold takes about an hour.

The soap batter must remain in the mold for 24 hours. Once unmolded, the soap will sit for another 24 – 48 hours before it is cut.

After the soap is cut, it cures in a low humidity room for 4-6 weeks.

The soap is then labeled and sealed with a hand stamped charm and beads.

The process is long, but the result is a long lasting, hard bar of all natural soap.

It’s difficult to realize the difference between a commercial “soap” (which is most often detergent and not real soap) and a bar of handmade soap, until you try it.

 

Why is there sugar in some of the soap?

Sugar increases lather in soap, making big fluffy bubbles. Most of our soap contain 2 tsp. of vegan sugar per 10 bar batch.

 

Why does  it take weeks before a cut bar of soap can be sold?

Soap must go through a curing process. When soap cures saponification  (the process of oils turning into soap) is completed, and excess moisture evaporates from the bar. This results in a hard, long-lasting bar of soap. We want to deliver the highest quality product, so we don’t rush the process. Quality takes time.

Where do you get those cool charms on the bars of soap?

We create the charms on our soap bar packaging. We use a metal stamping hammer and bench block to leave a vine impression on our small metal charms.

Metal Stamping
Making charms for the soap

 

What is Candelilla Wax?

Candelilla wax is harvested from the leaves of the Candelilla shrub.  The shrub is native to northern Mexico and the southwestern United States, and we use it in our products as a substitute for beeswax. Wax is used in bath and body products as a thickener and to provide a protective layer on the skin. It also helps the product stay on your skin longer. When we use Candelilla wax, we are able to create a vegan product that everyone can enjoy.

What is Optiphen?

Optiphen is included in our salt and sugar scrubs as these products may get wet during use. Optiphen is a liquid, paraben-free and formaldehyde-free preservative Optiphen is a globally approved preservative system created by ISP consisting of Phenoxyethanol and Caprylyl Glycol. In plain words- Optiphen is used to prevent mold and bacteria from growing in products that contain water, such as lotions, or products that may get wet during use, such as salt and sugar scrubs.

At Eternal Vine Soaps, we use as many “natural” ingredients as possible, but to protect our customers from mold and bacteria, sometimes we use necessary preservatives.

What is EcoGlitter?

To adhere to our commitment to protect our environment, Eternal Vine Soaps has never used glitter in any of their products…until now. We now use EcoGlitter which is made from cellulose fibers, and is 100% biodegradable. This glitter adheres to the requirements of the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015. So be on the lookout for some sparkle in our products; sparkle that wont hurt our planet, or those living on it!

Why do you use Soy Wax in your Candles and Wax Melts?

  • Soy wax burns at a lower temperature than paraffin wax, so the candle will last longer.
  • Soy wax does not contain toxins or pollutants, so you can enjoy burning a candle without fear of negative health effects.
  • Soy wax does not contain petroleum, so they do not emit soot like other candles.
  • Soy wax is easy to clean up if it spills! Soy wax will wash out of fabric or carpet with warm soapy water.
  • Our wicks do not contain lead or zinc.

Soy wax is more expensive than paraffin or petroleum based candles, but they won’t harm your health, and cleaning up spills is much easier!

 

What do you do With the Soap Trimming?

Watch what we do with soap trimmings:

How do you Make Those Little Sample Soaps?

Watch how we make sample soaps:

How do you Wrap the Lip Balm Tubes?

Watch how we wrap lip balm tubes: