Handmade Hypoallergenic Soap for You

1. How Do I Care for Handmade Soap?

To make Hopi soap last as long as it should, keep it in a place where it can dry out after you have used it. An old-fashioned soap dish with drainage holes or raised bumps is ideal. Spaces that stay humid all day such as unventilated showers are not ideal.

2. Can I use this soap on my face?

Yes. The skin on your face is more sensitive than the rest of your body, so I usually moisturise afterwards.

Whether you use our soap on your face or not is up to you. Avoid any soap or soap substitute when your skin is raw or has any sign of eczema or other issues associated with sensitive skin. A bath in warm water gets you 'clean enough' when your skin is inflamed. If in doubt consult your Doctor.

Do not use the sugar scrubs on your face. They are designed to exfoliate your body and will damage the thin skin of your face.

3. Will this soap cure my skin issues?

This soap aims to enable your body to heal itself by gently cleansing your skin without damaging it further. It is not a medicated cure for your eczema, acne, dermititis or psoriasis symptoms.

This does not mean you should use it on skin that is inflamed or against the advice of a Doctor. If your skin is inflamed or raw, go to a Pharmacy or Doctor to find out why and get a suitable treatment. Reintroduce a cleanser such as our soap once the inflammation is under control. In the meantime, soak your skin in a bath of warm water to cleanse.

4. Why do I not feel the need to use a moisturiser after using Hopi soap?

Commercial soap makers usually remove the glycerol from soap and use it in other products such as moisturisers and conditioners. In handmade soap it is left in. Your body should not need moisturising after using handmade soap - be brave and try it.

5. Will this soap leave marks on my shower glass?

Perhaps a little over time. These soaps are hard so if you clean your shower weekly it will not show up. If you're too busy for this, prevent a soap build up by splashing warm shower water on the glass before turning off your shower.

6. Hopi soap is made with lye. Does this mean I will get an alkaline burn?

No. At Hopi we measure out the proportions of our soap carefully and ensure saponification has taken place before pouring it into our moulds. This means all the lye has reacted with the olive oil to form soap before it goes anywhere near your skin. 

7. What is the difference between Hopi soap and supermarket soap or a soap substitute?

Hopi soaps contain no detergents and the glycerine is left in. No preservatives are added.

Normal soap, despite its name, is usually made from synthetic detergent (sodium lauryl sulphate). This means it does not quicky decompose in the environment, needs to have preservatives added to stop the growth of bacteria and strips your skin of natural oils when used. You usually need to moisturise after use.

Soap substitutes available from chemists can also contain a long list of ingredients that are not good for the environment and contain fragrances and preservatives. A quick google check of the ingredients in some of these products might make you think twice about using them. The benefit of manufactured soap substitutes over detergent based soap is they do not strip your skin as much.

Not all soap substitutes are bad for you and the environment - check the label.

8. What is Handmade Soap?

Lye + Oil/Fat = Soap + Glycerol

This soap is made in a chemical reaction that is optimised at 40C. There are two main types of ingredients – the ones that go into making the actual soap (fats and oils) and the ones that are added after the soap-forming chemical reaction to give it added scent or texture (essential oils, rose petals, oats…).

9. Not Satisfied?

Contact us at contact@hopi.co.nz and we'll arange for your money back.