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My story:  When I was a little girl, I would spend the night on occasion with my grandmother.  I would always look forward to bath time because she had this amazing rose scented soap.  I loved smelling it while I took my bath and I loved the clean, soft feeling it gave me after the bath.  The manufacturer discontinued the soap before I graduated high school, and I have searched for years to find a soap that I liked as well. 

A few years ago, I wandered through the Falls Church Farmers’ Market and, on a whim, decided to pick up a soap.  I can’t remember which scent originally attracted me, but I became immediately hooked.  Friends and customers ask me which is my favorite scent.  I can honestly say that I don’t have one.  So many choices and they’re all good. 

I invite you to tell me a sudsy story at info@oaklanesoap.com.  Share with me your love of soap or your favorite scent.

Sudsy Facts

  • Why Is Soap Special?

    Soap is for cleaning, but the ingredients in soap make it special. The moisturizing agents leave your skin soft. I have one friend who exclaims that this soap has “changed her skin.” However, soap becomes personal with the scent. Everyone has a favorite. Mine is Black Tea & Sage. It’s tangy and herby. It makes me feel good in the morning — I don’t know why.

    Scientifically explained, the olfactory system, which is affected by scents, stores emotional memories. Through conditioned learning, a smell becomes associated with an experience. In some cases, we may not be able to attach the specific memory. We just realize a positive or negative affect associated with a smell. I watch as customers stop by my table. Almost every one has a different favorite, but each has the same reaction. They find their favorite, take a sniff, and I watch their eyes close and their entire body relax. That is what makes soap special.

  • What is Soap?

    Oak Lane Soap is a mixture of moisturizing agents and cleansing agents. For most soaps, I use palm kernel, coconut, olive, avocado and castor oils mixed with shea butter and lye. I also carefully select essential oils and fragrances to give Oak Lane Soaps pleasing aromas combined with healthful moisturizing agents for your skin. This is a “hot process” soap in which I gently heat the oil and lye mixture until it reaches a chemical reaction called saponification (sah-pon-if-ik-ay-shun). All OLSW products are handmade by me. I enjoy making and selling a product that makes people feel good.

     

  • Storing your handcrafted soap.

    Handmade soap does not like standing water. For best results, store your soap in a dish that does not collect water. Before using your Oak Lane Soap in the shower, cut it into halves or thirds, using only one piece at a time. The soap will foam and moisturize just the same in the smaller size, and the longer that the soap stays away from water, the better.

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