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Charcoal Soap: Everything You Need to Know!

Charcoal Soap Goat Milk Soap

Charcoal Soap: Everything You Need to Know!

One of the strangest requests we’ve had from our customers was for Charcoal Soap. I remember it clearly, even though it was years ago, because two of our longtime customers both asked for charcoal soap in the same week. I had never heard worked with activated charcoal before or even knew what it was, but that was enough to get our attention and launch a sequence of experiments that led to our best-selling charcoal facial soap.

Since “Why is charcoal good for your skin?” is still one of our most common questions at the Portsmouth Farmers Market, so we decided to write a longer article all about charcoal soap for you here!

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Just Cleared Biggest Hurdle to Scaling Soap Production!

Goat Milk Soap

Just Cleared Biggest Hurdle to Scaling Soap Production!

We just cleared our biggest hurdle to scaling our soap batches by June 1st! If you’re not familiar with soapmaking, you might not know that making soap with 100% milk (no water) is notoriously difficult. You have to add lye to milk without scalding it. When you add lye to water, the temperature jumps in seconds to over 200 degrees, so you can imagine what happens to liquid milk.  It burns almost instantly.You get around this by adding your lye to frozen milk and stirring it slowly. Hence the problem with scaling: It’s pretty laborious to stir five pounds of frozen milk...

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