luxurylanesoap

How Soap is Born

I get asked a lot about how soap is made and it only takes about 30 seconds of me talking about saturated fat ratios and experimental lye to water temp testing before your eyes have glazed. (Btw, I have been able to pull off a 163 degree lye solution and a 98 degree oil mixture with a beautiful 126 degree pour temp. Perfect gel without insulation, in silicone, every single time.)

So! This is how I make soap! Yay!

First we measure raw vegetable butters and oils into magical, totally scientific ratios. Different oils will produce different star features of the soap.

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20140717-115605.jpgLye*. It’s scary as heck. It is going to force our oil/butter combination into submission resulting in a transformation of epic proportions. Distilled water is going to ask the lye to tone it down a notch. (No lye is left in the remaining soap once cure is complete, it is merely the vehicle for saponification, the magic that makes soap.)20140717-120238.jpg

20140717-115634.jpgWhen the warm lye solution hits the organic solution non-literal sparks fly. It’s like they are tongue kissing and a new form emerges. Confident and thick. Oh sweet beautiful, Trace. This is when I add the fragrance or essential oil. Since I work at such high combination temps this entire process takes about 4 minutes. No room to fuck anything up, at all.20140717-120015.jpg

Thanks to making our stretch goal, I was able to upgrade my 10 yr old wooden molds to reusable silicone. Plastic coated paper will never be purchased again which saves money and reduces waste. Thank you.IMG_0140

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After about 10 hours I unmold the freshly born soap, slice and put into storage for an 8 to 12 week cure. Why do I cure my soap for so long? Soap from scratch, like my Organic Artisan Soap, ages like a fine wine. The scent gets richer, the ingredients have better harmony and the water we used to tame the lye evaporates. I find that my bars start to really peak when they have evaporated no less than 1 full ounce of water, and they keep on getting better. Typically, that takes 8 to 12 weeks depending on the time of year.

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And finally it is wrapped up all sexy when ordered and sent to you. Each batch is limited to only eight bars. I like to make a whole bunch of individual batches verses a million of the same thing over and over. If you don’t see your favorite formula, just shoot me the fragrance and batch number and I will make one up, no problem. You will see it on the site in about 8-12 weeks. I may already have it curing. It never hurts to ask! 🙂

20140722-181637.jpgIf you are genuinely interested in learning how to make soap using traditional, olden day methods, I encourage you to learn all you can from reliable sources. Soap requires lye and lye will kick your ass. Here, the Fight Club burn scene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfDVLsBXYcM

Or you can just keep purchasing from me, because you already know it’s the best and I’m the toughest.

Have an awesome batch idea? Let me know in the comments below!

Love, Kylee

 

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It’s time to build The Lane Laboratory!

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Thank you so much for your support!

Update! LuxuryLaneSoap.com is under LIVE CONSTRUCTION right now!! I will be releasing limited quantities of items and putting raw material stock on sale to raise money for The Lane Laboratory. The next few weeks are going to be extremely hectic and insane, if you have any product requests, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will be happy to let you know if I have the materials on hand!

Another Update! WE HAVE REACHED 25% OF OUR FUNDING GOAL!! I seriously can not even begin to express how amazed I am by all of you. Thank you!

It is finally happening!! Right now I am scaling back LuxuryLaneSoap.com as I prepare to rebuild my studio. That studio I found waaaaaay back in 2010. It’s time you guys. And I’m so freaking excited.

Luxury Lane Soap has finally reached the point of limited growth. I simply can not grow past this point without something changing. The demand is there, you guys keep cheering me on and I’ve hit the point where I honestly can not do this by myself anymore.

For the last six months I have been considering A) Hiring remote online help to better meet customer inquiries and basic site editing. B) Hiring an amazing designer to finally take over the website so I can play in production, like I love. C) Build my studio.

After breaking so many hearts getting people excited about being able to hire I hit a huge wall and realized I can’t grow. I am already producing at an unsustainable rate. In 2010 I talked about loving what you do in abundance and reflecting back on that, I’m happy I still love what I do! I just didn’t expect you guys would love it so much, too!

In 2005 I started making soap. I’m not even really sure how it happened but my husband and I had just gotten married and later moved to Las Vegas. I was interviewed back in 2008 for the Las Vegas Review journal, which sparked a lot of interest and I just rolled with it. My son was born with this skin condition where his skin erupts and bleeds so it helped I was already researching ingredients and raw materials. My creativity just sparked and it never stopped. When you have so many things line up at the exact same time, you never really are sure WHY something happened. I just know it felt right and so I stuck with it.

In 2009 my Fight Club soap went viral and not even six months later I was hit with another viral product, Solo in Carbonite. A few cease and desist orders later and a couple of head butts with some corporations, I find that I’m still standing. I’ve sold at big conventions and I’ve done the famous people thing but right now, this very moment, giving Luxury Lane Soap her home is all that matters.

It’s time for this to come full circle, to go back to obsessively researching and creating. To having shelves and shelves of aging organic soap from scratch. To eventually having a color booth for mixing pigments. An area to blend and age my fragrance oils. Proper storage for my hundreds of molds!

I am currently at over 350 products with over 1 million color and fragrance options. Each and every last item is made one at a time. I don’t want space to store inventory. I want a space to make things…so many things. I am not looking for wholesale vendors or drop shipping, I am looking for customers I can write letters to and develop products for. Fun Fact, over half of my products are just things I make for my friends. And that is what I want.

It is time to see what I am really made of.

 

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