FAQs

What is glycerin?
Is your soap hypoallergenic?
Why does Dirtyface Soap Company sometimes use essential oils and sometimes fragrance oils?
May I make a special soap request?
Do you sell wholesale?
Are these really soaps? They look and smell good enough to eat!

What is glycerin?

Glycerin is a natural byproduct of the soap making process.  In other words, as we make soap --- we make glycerin.  It is a clear, watery liquid and has many cosmetic and industrial uses. For our purposes, glycerin (aka glycerine) is a humectant that draws moisture to itself and to your skin when you use soap, lotions or other body products that contain glycerin. In Dirtyface soaps, we retain the natural glycerin that is created as the soap is made and, in fact, add more to our recipe, so you get the most benefit the glycerin can offer.

Many of the large commercial "soap" manufacturers actually remove most of the glycerin from their recipes. When they do this, they cannot legally call their products "soap".  Next time you are in the store, notice the number of well-known brands that use terms like "beauty bar" or "cleansing bar", instead.  These bars are usually more drying to your skin.  Handcrafted soaps leave the glycerin in the bars and often, as we do, add more.
 
Is your soap hypoallergenic?

Dirtyface soaps are made with pure, vegetable/plant oils and glycerin derived from plant oils. Plain, unscented and uncolored glycerin soap is generally considered to be non-allergenic and non-irritating.  However, we make no hypoallergenic claims for our products, because we have added essential oils, fragrance oils and colorants. It is impossible to know who might react to any fragrance or color. Although we have never had a complaint, as with any product, please discontinue use if redness, rash, or any other allergic reaction occurs.

Pregnant women and anyone with allergies or other medical conditions should consult their doctor before using any scented product with either essential oils or fragrance oils, and before using any product containing nut oils or butters, or any other potentially sensitizing substance. Dirtyface Soap Company will provide a complete list of product ingredients upon request.

Why does Dirtyface Soap Company sometimes use essential oils and sometimes fragrance oils?

Essential oils are highly concentrated products derived from plants, and various properties are attributed to them. They are used in aromatherapy, as well as for scenting bath and body products. A limited number of fragrances are available as essential oils, so we are able to expand our options by using fragrance oils formulated for use in soap, as well. Not all essential oils are safe for casual use as fragrances. For example, some are not recommended for use during pregnancy or in combination with certain medications. Also, citrus essential oil products, for example, may increase susceptibility to sunburn in some people.

We try to use only those essential oils considered to be appropriate for general use, but we make no claims of any kind for their properties other than as scent. Most Dirtyface Soap products are available without added fragrance upon request.

May I make a special Soap request?

We welcome the challenge of creating special designs and products and we will be happy to accommodate your request, if at all possible. Examples of special requests might include:  soap with no colorant and/or added fragrance; different color or fragrance combinations; or perhaps a request for a custom mold design. Please click on Custom Orders for more information.

Do you sell wholesale?

Yes, we do sell wholesale to qualified resellers and to those ordering large quantities (100 soaps or more). Please click on our Wholesale link for additional information.

Are these really soaps? They look and smell good enough to eat!

Well, now --- if we could only get rid of that darn soap taste! Actually, while we appreciate hearing this compliment often, we can assure you that our soaps are soaps and do, indeed, taste like soap!

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