All our soaps start with a base created using a cold process method. This base is cured and stored for use in all our various soap recipes.
Soap Base Ingredients: Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Safflower Oil, Glycerin (kosher, of vegetable origin), Purified Water, Sodium Hydroxide (saponifying agent, AKA Lye), Sorbitol (moisturizer), Sorbitan oleate (emulsifier), Soy bean protein (conditioner)
The oils and lye/water mixture are carefully stirred together along with the other ingredients (preservatives, contitioners, etc) to saponify (turn into soap "mix"). This process uses up all the lye, so that no actual lye is left in the final product. It is transformed when it mixes with the oils. This process is also what creates glycerin, an important, moisturising property that many commercial soaps actually remove, making the products drying and harsh on your skin. Of course, they then add the glycerin to other products, so they can sell them to you to repair the damage done by the harsh soaps and detergents.
Next, the soap mixture is poured into molds, covered, and insulated to harden and cure for a day or two.
Once the initial curing has taken place, the soap is removed from the mold and placed on curing racks in the open air, where they cure for several weeks.
During the curing process, the PH level of the soap drops to a nice, mild level, making the soap ready to use!
Technically, it is perfectly usable as is, but it won't be nearly as nice as the soaps that are made with additional asthetic, aromatic, medicinal, and theraputic ingerdients.