1997, Gene wanted to make a batch of soap…just for fun.
Never did we imagine that the "fun" we shared
with our friends and family would be so popular. Requests started coming in
for more soap, different scents or types and the next thing we knew, we were
in the soap business!
Our goal is for everyone to experience the
same fun we are having creating quality homemade soap and all the other
products that seem to just naturally go with the whole bathing experience.
We make our soaps, in our home kitchen, using the cold process method. This
is done by taking a lye mixture and adding it to a specific blend of
vegetable oils, mixing it until it is ready for the addition of scent and
additives, then poured into the mold. Then the soap is insulated with wool
blankets (we use my great grandmother’s) and left alone for 24 hrs to
Saponification is the chemical reaction when lye and oils are
mixed and the end result is a very gentle bar of soap which contains
glycerin, a natural by-product of the saponification process.
This process is very similar to the way our ancestors made soap, but we have
an advantage that they didn’t have. We have precise digital scales to
measure our lye and oils and digital thermometers that can tell us exactly
the right temp to mix the two mixtures together. When done with such
precision, the end result is a great bar of soap with great lather that does
not remove the natural oils from your skin. When lye soaps were made years
ago, prior to having the measuring tools we now have, they tended to be
harsh because they probably had too much lye in them.
We hand cut the soaps 24-48 hrs after they are taken out of the mold and
then they air dry for 3-4 weeks before being trimmed, polished, stamped with
“Biker B’s” on one side, and then shrink wrapped. The ends of the bar are
left open so they can be smelled while leaving the rest of the bar
protected. This also allows the bar to continue drying, a really dried bar
last much longer.