Our By the Sea Soap Shoppe "Soft and Gentle" Soap is exactly what it sounds like - soft and gentle. No extra additives or chemicals to cause any problems.  The combination of the coconut, olive and palm oils are moisturizing and healing. If you have sensitive skin, you'll love this soap. If you don't have sensitive skin, you'll too love this soap!

     An interesting thing about this soap is that even though it's "Soft and Gentle", it's also one tough soap! We get comments like "it gets the gun metal grease off my hands", or "it's the only thing that gets the smell of fish guts off my hands."

     Yet it's gentlest enough for your smallest one, and also for any skin conditions you may have.

     We get other comments such as "My hands always get so chapped every winter, look at them now! They're perfect!" Or, "My eczema has almost completely cleared up, it's usually so bad at this time of year." 

     I continue to be so amazed at what people tell us. We're not doing anything special. It's the magic of natural, healthy oils and the eliminating of anything artificial. That's it!

     "Soft and Gentle". You'll love it. 


Coconut oil, Olive oil, Palm oil, Water, Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)

Vegan, all-natural ingredients
No parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, artificial colours or synthetic fragrances


      Coconut oil is easily absorbed into the outside layer of your skin (called the epidermis). It helps to protect from infection, repairs your skin barrier and helps to regulate how much water you lose through your skin.

     Olive oil has lots of Vitamins A, D, E and K. Each vitamin has a positive effect on your skin, but Vitamin E is especially great as it is an "antioxidant", which helps to prevent skin damage and may prevent premature aging and sun damage.

      Palm oil has a high amount of antioxidants, carotenes and other nutrients, making it beneficial both for the inside and the outside of the body. It has loads of Vitamin E which may help with skin conditions such as eczema, acne and dermatitis. It is also a good moisturizer and helps to smooth your skin. 


     Some of you might be wondering, "Lye? Isn’t lye dangerous? Won’t it harm my skin?”

     First - all actual soap is made with lye. No lye, no soap. (A lot of "soap products" in the stores are actually detergent. If you look at the labels, they are not called "soap". They are called "hand wash" or "body cleanser" or some such thing.)

     This could become a chemistry lesson, but to make it short - soap is made from lye, fats and liquid. When the lye mixes with the fats and liquid, some kind of chemical reaction goes on, and the lye and fats change into soap and glycerin. In the process, the lye is all used up. Even though lye is used to make the soap, there is no lye left in the soap at all.

     This is why soap made with lye is not dangerous, and it definitely won’t hurt your skin.


     Because the bars are handmade, you can expect to see slight differences in the size and weight. After the soap is made, it needs to cure for at least one month. However, after it's cured, some of the moisture in the bar continues to evaporate out. The bar shrinks a little; enough that the label we've wrapped around the bar becomes a bit loose and the weight decreases a little. The bar gets harder, and this is actually better. There is nothing lost from the soap, and it will not dissolve as quickly when it does get wet in a shower or bath. 

    Each bar is approximately 2 1/2 in. x 2 1/2 in. x 1 in. - or 6 cm. x 6 cm. x 2 cm. Weight is between 3.5 and 4 oz., or between 99 and 113 grams. 


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