In celebration of our pop-up with Moore Soap we had a quick Q & A with Hannah who makes all the soaps herself. Come check out her soaps in store and get your own bar of soap cut just for you!
1. What made you decide to start your own line of soaps?
I got tired of not finding what I wanted. In 2011 I had become increasingly curious about what I was using on my body on a daily basis and that led to me wanting to know how to make soap, because honestly prior to 2010 I hadn’t thought twice about the process behind soap.
2. How did you learn about the soap making process? How long does it take to make a batch of soaps?
In 2011, after a year of wonderment, I took a hands on class at Homestead Heritage right outside of Waco, TX on soapmaking. They taught me how to make soap primitively and with ingredients found only in nature. The time really all depends on which batch I am making at the time, but anywhere from 1-3 hours. I really prefer to do it all by hand, and that requires a little bit more time.
3. What are the biggest benefits of ditching commercial soap? Can you tell us more about the ingredients you use (that make your soaps more beneficial)?
Oh man, this is the part I am most passionate about, where do I start. From an ingredient perspective you are ditching some seriously harmful chemicals that have the potential to do more harm than good, not to mention commercial soaps render out all the natural glycerin for by products leaving the finished product without natural moisturizing properties. I have chosen to use plants and only plants because simplicity is at the core of this company. I have chosen to not use synthetic fragrance oils due to the fact that they contain harmful chemicals and instead use essential oils derived directly from the plant. Simplicity for your skin eventually resulting in a mindfulness of the rest of the process. Ultimately my goal is to create a bar that not only provides you with a cruelty free clean, but also a bar of soap that does not encourage waste of any kind. I use sustainably harvested oils, and essential oils, 100% compostable packaging in order to take myself out of the waste cycle and address an environmental concern that plastic and animal products contribute to.These oils naturally encourage lathering and cleansing while the clays gently pull out impurities, essential oils provide a sensory enhancing experience, all without the use of chemicals, fragrance oils or animal products. These bars of soap are daily reminders for me to slow down, appreciate a process and rely more of what the Mother Nature has already provided us all with rather than leaving it to our own devices and leaving our skin to be the guinea pig. I could really go on and on about what it means to ditch commercial products, come get a custom cut bar if you want to hear me ramble on some more ;)
5. What can we expect in the future from Moore Soap?