offer our customers luxurious, silky, fragrant, natural,
hand-made soaps of the highest possible quality, and
provide complete customer satisfaction.
little things in life are as interesting as the big
-- Henry David Thoreau
this life, we cannot do great things, we can only
do small things with great love."
-- Mother Teresa
you should know about ZenSoaps
Soaps are completely 100% handmade, handcut and hand
packaged, with the purest, freshest ingredients using
time-honored traditions of soap-making.
our soaps are created in small custom batches in the
USA, so we can control the quality of every single
use only the purest most natural oils, usually the
most expensive and finest grade available.
difference between our soaps and commercial soaps
is very real, let your skin show you the difference.
of our soaps
do not make medical claims for our soap, however,
we do claim that we do not use irritants and preservatives
which may cause or worsen some skin conditions to
begin with. Often, people who have skin conditions
and allergies find that using handmade soap can clear
them up because their skin is no longer subject to
the harsh chemicals often found in commercial soaps.
you are allergic to a specific ingredient in a particular
soap we make, such as peanuts, you should find that
the pureness of our soap will improve whatever skin
problems you may have developed from the chemicals
in commercial soaps and shower gels.
ingredients are listed for each type of soap we make.
If you are allergic to one of the ingredients, please
buy one of our soaps without that ingredient. We offer
a true variety in ingredients. We can use different
ingredients for each of our soaps, since every batch
is handmade, hand cut and custom blended.
cannot make cosmetic claims about our soaps either,
because they are not cosmetics. You will have to decide
for yourself whether our soaps leave your skin more
silky, smooth, younger, moisturized, rejuvenated.
can claim that because our soap is 100% natural, it
will not dry out your skin, and cleans extremely gently.
Your skin will not feel as tight and drawn as it does
after using a commercial soap.
richness of our ingredients will generally leave a
bit of natural emollient behind after use. Emollients
such as glycerin, Vitamin E, shea butter, cocoa butter,
almond, avacado, jojoba, macadamia, coconut. Just
look at the ingredient list of the soaps you are interested
in, as they are each specially formulated to be the
absolute nicest bathing and cleaning experience possible.
we do not make any claims about what these emollients
do, most people know what the benefits of these oils
on their skin are. If you have not tried one of our
soaps, you owe it to yourself to test the difference.
difference from commercial soaps
Most 'soaps' you buy commercially are not true soap
at all, but detergent bars. There are a few exceptions,
such as Ivory brand soaps, but Ivory does not use
the expensive oils we do in our custom formulations.
all handmade soaps are the same either. If ingredients
in your food matters, the ingredients for your soap
matters too, as do the method of preparation. Filet
Mignon is not the same as hamburger, it doesn't taste
the same, and our soaps don't feel or look the same
as other handmade soaps. Each soaper has their own
proprietary formulas and recipes, all the results
vary. Using one handmade soap will not tell you what
all handmade soaps are like, just like eating food
prepared by different cooks will taste different.
soaps are made from fats and oils. These fats and
oil are turned into soap and glycerin by a chemical
process called Saponification. This process, when
completed properly, leaves you with pure soap, glycerin
and some residue from the natural ingredients in the
batch we make is tested for perfection prior to shipping.
We believe our soaps represent the best possible non
skin drying, healthy, bathing experience you can have.
soaps are natural
There are no detergents or preservatives in our soaps
at all. Only the best oils, light colors and custom
luxurious fragrance. Up to 25% of the natural byproduct
from the soapmaking process, glycerin, is intact in
every single bar.
soap companies generally skim this off for separate
sale, because it is expensive and used in more profitable
cosmetic products. We do no skimming, the natural
glycerin produced from our oils, olive, coconut, vitamin
E, jojoba, avacado, almond, aloe, etc, stay right
where they were produced.
have a new line, ZenSoap Fresh, as listed in our online
shop. These are also natural ingredient soaps, heavy
on luxury oils and great for your skin. To appeal
to those who like colors and more 'fun' scents, we
add edible, non-toxic dyes in bright colors, unique
fragrance oils, and sodium lactate (your own skin
produces up to 4 oz of this substance every single
day) to assist in making the soap harder and smoother.
that they look colorful and smell delightful, they
are as good for your skin as our original zen line.
This is the balance between good for you, lovely and
fun. Kids love them too!
Our blend of oils has been specially chosen for their
special skin conditioning properties. Most of our
soaps are also Hot Processed (cooked). Thus, our soap
is softer than most commercially bought soap. However,
the lard based ones will generally last much longer
in use than commercial soaps.
may want to store it in a well drained soap dish between
showers, and keep it out of the stream of water during
showers to make them last even longer.
because we add herbs and real spices to our soap later
in the making process to color the soap and condition
your skin naturally, your soap may have some flakes
of real oatmeal, tea, seeds, and powdered or dried
herbs. These act as natural 'exfoiliators' for your
skin, aiding in the removal of dead skin cells, as
well as imparting their own special essence. Part
of the special and desireable characteristics of hand
use some of the most expensive natural oils in our
soap making, thus the difference in price. You get
what you pay for. Commercial soaps do not, and the
few that make real soap and not detergent bars generally
use a few additives such as Vitamin E and aloe, and
label them specifically. Our soap already contain
those additives... from their natural luxurious oils.
Those oils are pricey, they are used in some of the
most expensive face creams in the world.
the best use out of your ZenSoaps
soaps are formulated for either face or body. Some
are more suited for a body soap because they contain
exfoliants, organic matter which help to gently remove
dead skin cells and dirt. My personal favorite face
soaps are the Zen Wood soap and the Metal soaps. You
will definitely see a difference in your skin from
what you have been cleansing with because of the naturalness
of our ingredients.
not only what you are putting on your skin that matters,
it's also about what you are not putting on your skin.
Even heavily acne skin or severely damaged skin will
benefit from a true cleaning handmade soap containing
the finest oils. You will see this difference very
quickly, because the soap oils work with your skin's
natural oils not against them. There is less damage
to your skin to repair later by using yet more chemical
creams and lotions.
best way to wash your face is to run your water until
it is very warm, just barely hot to your touch. Wet
a washcloth, and wet your face with it first so that
the steam can help open your pores. I let the washcloth
sit on my face for a few seconds. Then rub your soap
in your hands until you build up lather, and then
gently rub your hands over your face in slow circular
motions, avoiding your eyes and the skin immediately
around them. Wet the washcloth again, and gently rinse
off the soap with your wash cloth by wiping, not scrubbing.
Finish by turning the water cold, wetting the washcloth
again, wring it well, and let the cloth sit on your
face for a few seconds. This will close your pores
again and help protect your skin from the elements
the shower, our soaps can be used by directly scrubbing
on your skin for exfoliance. If you do not wish to
exfoliate, the best way to wash is to use a natural
sponge. Rub the soap on the sponge until lathered
and then apply to your skin. Many people think of
bathing as simply dirt removal. If you think of your
skin as one of the most precious things you own, the
growing expression of yourself, you will treat it
the way you would treat a treasured handbag or saddle.
It will outlast both. Take care of it and you will
be more proud of it than either.
Most soaps can be stored in a dry, cool place for
many years, depending on ingredients, but natural
scents and colors will begin to fade with long storage.
If you keep them out, like anything else with scent,
the scent will fade more quickly. Over time, the soap
will shrink more and lose some luster. This is normal.
However, with soaps, we feel that a very long cure
time leads to a milder and more bubbly soap. When
it doesn't look good, it tends to feel good anyway.
believe that you will find each bar of our soap beautiful;
to touch, smell or use. Beautiful in itself, beautiful
in spirit, and beautiful in function.
it is Zen.
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