Hi, my name is Willette Lee, I am the creator of Be Handcrafted Artisan Soap, a small business based out of McDonough, GA. My passion is creating hi-quality handcrafted skincare products where everything is made from scratch with love! I started this business solely out of a personal need that I have for luxury products for my skin. I could not find products that satisfied me. I purchased several different kinds of products, but I was not satisfied with the results. Eventually I found a product line that I fell in love with. The creams were rich, silky and the scents smelled unique and awesome. The soap had an abundance of long-lasting luxurious suds. This was exactly what I had been searching for in skincare products.
This product was wonderful, except for one thing, there was only one store in my locality where I could purchase them. The products were never in stock when I went to purchase them, not even online. After several attempts of traveling by train to purchase this brand of products, (I heard a voice) a voice in my head that I recognize as the holy spirit, I heard "make it yourself". Shortly thereafter I created Be Handcrafted Artisan Soap.
Be Handcrafted Artisan Soap
Be body essentials are made with the purest form of natural ingredients (raw organic ingredients). I create products, such as handcrafted artisan soap, triple whipped buttercream, body soufflés, body/foot scrubs, CBD bath bombs, whipped cream soap, etc. I started off creating these products to fulfill my own need for something that would condition and nourish my skin. A quality product at an affordable price. Now I want to share my creation with you, so you too may enjoy the same comfort and pampering experience as I do through the creation of Be soap products, a handcrafted luxurious line of body essentials that will make you feel clean, moisturized, energetic throughout your day.
Elements of Soapmaking
Soap, what makes it soap...
The two main ingredients that produce soap are oils and the alkaline solution aka sodium hydroxide mixed in water. Sodium hydroxide (lye) used by itself is a harsh caustic compound, but when the two agents are consolidated, a reaction call saponification occurs. The result of saponification is soap. The sodium hydroxide dissipates during saponification and there is no lye left after a few days. The soap bars "air cure" from 4 to 6 weeks allowing them to harden and air out.
All cp soap is formulated this way. If it is not made with water, sodium hydroxide and oil, it is not soap.
Why does my soap look and feel so good?
The process of soaping is a science, meaning water and oil must be weighted out to exact measurements. Temperatures should be at a certain range. High end handcrafted artisan soap must be thought out, tested multiple times then verified. I have over 19 years of practice.
Cold process is the method I use. There are other methods of making soap however I like this way because it allows the soap to process/cure in a natural way. The longer the soap cures, the more it lathers.
Various oils, percentage of super-fat and additives all bring distinctive characteristics to soap. I compose a blend of oils and additives suited for the type of soap I am trying to achieve (sensitive skin, for babies, facial, spa or soap for the entire body.
Adding extra oil(s) to your batch produces a moisturizing soap bar. I prefer to use superior oils and butters (sweet almond, rice brand oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, etc.) while super-fatting because it adds luxury to the soap. It also adds moisture to the skin without inhibiting the amount of lather the bar produces.
The list is endless, it depends on what outcome you are trying to achieve by adding various elements such as aloe vera, avocado, Brazilian clays, buttermilk, coconut milk, goats’ milk, colloidal oatmeal, dried flowers, black walnut hull, (exfoliant), herbs, honey, hemp oil, neem oil, lavender, rose buds, sea salt, various teas, tussah silk, etc. The list goes on and on...
I use organic essential oils and/or skin-safe fragrance oils in my scented soaps.
I like to use natural colorants such as alfalfa powder, alkanet root (red), beet root powder (red), curry power (yellow), bamboo activated charcoal (black), Brazilian clays (various colors), Hungarian paprika (orange), kelp powder (green), indigo powder (dark blue), madder root, nettle leaf (green), organic cocoa powder (brown), spirulina powder (dark green), turmeric powder (gold & orange), If I am making a soap that requires a distinct color I use oxides and mica's, (made of natural earth minerals that have been purified and pulverized into fine powers). These colorants are skin safe and can be used in soap and/or cosmetics.
All ingredients are handpicked from reputable merchants in the industry; I have purchased from these merchants for over 19 years.
The final product is soap that is made from scratch with love!