Tellicherry Trading Co

Homemade soaps and other sundries

We get a lot of questions about our handmade soaps. We hope you find the answer you're looking for here. If not, please do contact us!


How do you make soap?

Soap is made by combining lye (typically, sodium hydroxide) with a liquid such as water, and then combining with vegetable or animal fats. The chemical reaction which follows is known as "saponification" and results in soap.

Do you have to use lye? I heard it's dangerous. 

All soap is made with lye. However, the final product does not contain lye, as it is transformed in the chemical reaction of saponification. Don't worry; making soap can be dangerous, but using it is not!

Are your soaps "natural?"

There's no standard definition of "natural" for soaps. All of my soaps are made with food-quality oils. Some of my soaps are made using fragrance oil, which creates a long-lasting and strong fragrance. These fragrance oils are phthalate-free, but are synthetically made. I often use essential oils in my soaps and other products for their pleasing aromas; these oils contain no synthetic chemicals and, while being light in fragrance, are therefore suitable for all skin types or people with allergies. If you are sensitive to fragrance oils, please look for soaps without "fragrance" as a listed ingredient.

My soap seems to "melt." How do I prevent this?

Handmade soaps do tend to "melt" more quickly than commercial made soaps. To prevent this, keep your soap in a soap dish which drains water away, and don't keep your soap in streams of water. Keeping your soap dry between uses will ensure it lasts longer.

I have sensitive skin. How do I know I can use your soap or other products?

I list every ingredient used in my products, so you can find soaps and other skin care products which work for your skin. Let me know if you have any questions about my products.