Is your soap vegan?
Yes. We use all plant derived oils for our soaps, lip balms and salves. We don't use tallow, lard, lanolin or any other animal products including milk or beeswax. All of our products are certified vegan by PETA and Vegan Action.
Does your soap contain palm oil?
No. All of our products are palm-free. Palm oil production is responsible for the devastation of orangutan habitats and to this date attempts to certify sustainable production has fallen short.
Does your soap contain lye?
No. A well-formulated soap does not contain lye (sodium hydroxide). Although lye is a necessary element used in our process of soap making, once saponification is complete we are left with only soap and glycerin.
What is saponification?
Saponification is the chemical reaction that occurs when oils are mixed with an alkali. The resulting product of this process is soap and glycerin. We carefully choose our oils for the characteristics they will impart to the finished soap and then vigilantly weigh lye and other ingredients so that all lye is reacted with the oils to form true soap that is high in natural glycerin.
How is real handmade soap superior to commercially made soap?
Most commercially made soap you find in the grocery store contains sodium laurel sulfate (detergent), has been mass-produced in factories and has been stripped of its naturally-occurring glycerin. Chemical additives are then added to ‘enhance’ the soap, further drying out the skin. Real handmade soap retains its natural glycerin which is a humectant (attracts moisture). Furthermore, our handmade soap is made without detergents, parabens and dyes, so it's friendly to your skin and our environment.
Which of your soaps is recommended for use on the face?
All Mountain Girl Soaps are formulated for use on the entire body, including the face. Our soaps contain non-comedogenic ingredients (will not clog your pores and lead to acne).