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Superfatting Soaps

Super fatting soap is when oils are left unsaponified in the finished bar. This results in a gentle, extra-moisturizing bar of soap with a silky feel caused by the residual oils going directly on the skin.

Another advantage to superfatting soap is that it gives you a little wiggle room with oils that have varying saponification values - since it's better to have a little extra oil than extra lye.

The traditional way to super fat a soap is to reduce the amount of lye called for in the recipe by up to 10% to achieve a desired result. One major problem with high levels of super fatting is oils going rancid in the bar, and the associated odor.

At Voyageur we use a different technique - we use only moderate super fatting, and combine it with the use of anti-oxidants to maximize the shelf life of superfatted soap.

Instead of just reducing the amount of lye,
we add 2% of a premium skin care specialty oil that is reinforced with Vitamin E w hen our soap is brought to a trace (and the molecules of oil and lye are marrying up.) This way, only your specialty oil is left unmarried in the soap in its natural state, rather than a mix of all of the carrier oils you'd have by just reducing the lye in your recipe.