On a sunny winter day in 1997, a friend recruited my help for a soap
making project. She thought it would be a good chemistry lesson for my
home-schooled children. So, we crowded into her kitchen (equipped with
goggles and gloves), and learned how alkali combines with oils to make
My friend had to convince me to try the soap. At first, I was a
little afraid to try it because the old fashioned soaps I knew growing
up were very harsh (they made their own lye from wood ashes). Thankfully
handcrafted soaps have really progressed.
I never realized how drying commercial "soaps" were until I tried our
handmade goat milk soap (I have learned most commercial "soaps" are
actually detergents). I was finally able to get out of the shower
without feeling dry and itchy or like my skin shrank. I was hooked on
making my own all-natural soap. I started researching, reading, and
learning all I could about making the best soap, and the more I learned,
the more I was sure I never wanted to use commercial "soaps" again. I
started to read the ingredients on commercial soap labels—yikes!!!
At first I started making it for my family and friends and giving it
away as gifts. Eventually my husband, Dean, convinced me that we should
go into business and sell our soap. That's how Alabu was born.
Since then, we have continued to grow. We have now expanded from just
soap to a line of all natural skin care products. My son, Hal handles
most of the day to day operations, and Dean and I have taken more of a
Natural continues to be at the forefront of all that we do. Our
products have the ability to change the way you think about all-natural
skin care, and as someone that cares a lot about the health of my skin, I
can assure you that you'll love our products.
—Maryclaire Mayes, Founder
HOW THEY MAKE THEIR SOAP
All of our soap is made in small batches, and each bar is backed by our best-in-the-industry satisfaction guarantee.
We allow our soaps to naturally air-dry for at least four weeks before
selling them. Drying is necessary to make a long-lasting, mild, and
sensitive-skin-friendly bar of soap.
Why our soap is different:
Soap making is a delicate blend of art and science. Because of the
temperamental reactions of the ingredients—goat milk, vegetable oils,
and sodium hydroxide—it's very tricky to create a soap that uses goat
milk as a base ingredient instead of water. Often times goat milk soap
makers will use powdered milk or just add a splash of goat milk at the
end. At Alabu, each bar is over 1/4 goat milk! We've developed a
proprietary manufacturing process that allows us to do this, and the
result is one insanely moisturizing bar of soap.
More and more people are discovering the truth about commercial
"soaps" (go ahead and read the ingredients on their labels). They are
finding out that they are not soaps but actually harsh detergents.
Detergents are actually degreasing agents and strip the natural
moisturizing oils out of your skin along with the soil. It's no wonder
your skin feels often dry and uncomfortable after bathing!
Commercial detergent manufacturers also remove the naturally
occurring glycerin (also called glycerol) that is produced during
manufacturing. Glycerin is a natural substance (called a humectant) that
helps your skin retain its natural moisture. Commercial manufactures
remove this glycerin for various reasons (sometimes because it gums up
their automated manufacturing equipment, or because they can sell it for
more than it's worth left in the soap). Either way, the result is an
even more drying bar of detergent cleanser.
Handcrafted soaps gently lift the soil on your skin into suspension
so it can be washed away, but they also leave glycerin and other
moisturizing oils behind making your skin softer and keep it
After regularly using handcrafted soap you should find that you no
longer need to apply as much lotion and cream after bathing. Many people
find they don't need additional products at all after using Alabu's
soap. So why not treat yourself to a bar of handcrafted soap? Your skin
will thank you for it.
We use a cold-process method to handcraft our soaps in small batches.
This means we don't heat the ingredients to speed up the chemical
reaction that makes the soap. This preserves the naturally occurring
properties of the milk and oils we use. Goat milk is rich in proteins,
vitamins, moisturizing butterfat, and minerals, and it's very nourishing
to your skin. We do everything possible to preserve these properties.
The result; Alabu's soap moisturizes, soothes, and softens your skin
naturally. Try a bar; we think you'll love how it makes you feel!
We are committed to making natural skin care products that gently yet
thoroughly cleanse and moisturize. Our products contain no artificial
preservatives, no colors, and no fillers. Most people with sensitive
skin find they can use our scented products with good results, but for
our friends with especially delicate complexions we also offer unscented
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