revival of traditional methods
Common mass produced soap allows for rapid mass production at the cost of quality.
Glycerine is removed from the soap, enabling faster production, and is used in moisturisers and other cosmetics where it commands a higher price.
Traditional handmade soap, also known as cold processed or glycerine soap, retains the glycerin in the final bars.
This is a simple process whereby the ingredients are mixed together, poured into moulds and allowed to cure, which can take ten weeks or more.
Soap made this way retains much of the natural goodness of the oils used, so the better the oil is, the better the result.
By selecting quality oils like olive oil, a truly luxurious soap can be made that is unlike any other soap you may have used.
At Redgum, we pride ourselves on reviving a traditional method of soapmaking, to provide a luxurious soap that is almost forgotten.
Many communities have lost skills like soapmaking, breadmaking and preserving. We see our contribution as a way of making communities more sustainable and reviving skills that in many cases, have been lost or forgotten.
True Castile soap is made from olive oil and not other less expensive soap making oils.
It was named for the Castilla region in Spain, where olives grew in abundance, and some of the excess olive oil was used for soapmaking.
Olive oil has been treasured for centuries for its ability to nourish the skin.
Because Castile soap was considered superior, it was exported from Europe, and it became known as the "Queen of Soap".
Castile soap has always been the soap of choice to bathe babies and those with extremely delicate skin because of its mildness.
It is also often used to launder delicate antique lace and linen.