Q. What do you mean by “traditional-style” soap?

A. Our traditional-style soap is made the old-timey natural cold process way. It is the most natural way (in our opinion) of making soap. It is a time-consuming method – soap made using the cold process technique requires a long aging time. This can be anywhere from two to eight weeks long. By using the cold-process method, the soap retains its natural glycerin that is created during the saponification process. Glycerin is a natural moisturizer that most *soap* manufacturers remove from the soap and then add to lotions to moisturize the skin. You can view our current list of cold-process (traditional) soaps here.

Q. Can you make any kind of soap without the use of sodium hydroxide?

A. No you cannot. All soaps, wheather glycerin, cold-process, hot-process or other types, utilize sodium hydroxide at some point in the saponification process.

Q. Do you offer vitamin E soaps?

A. We do not make a vitamin E soap because there would not be enough deposited on the skin per each usage to do much good and because the lather only stays on your skin for a few seconds before being rinsed away. People seem to like to hear that soap contains Vitamin E and is often used as a selling point by soapmakers. It would be best to purchase a lotion, cream, or gel that will remain on the skin much longer.

Q. What are the benefits of milk in soaps and lotions?

A. Milk contains natural beta-hydroxy acids. It is used when exfoliation of old/dry skin and soothing properties are desired. It is a natural way to help eliminate dead, flaky skin. LKNatural’s Unscented Goat Milk & Oatmeal Soap and Honey, Goat’s Milk & Oat Soap are good examples. Milk is also a source of vitamin A, which is retinol and said to be excellent for conditioning the skin.

Q. Why are prices higher for natural products than for similar products that I see in department stores?

A. First, we put more money into our products. We use only the highest quality natural ingredients to create the finest products that we possibly can. We do not offer department store grade products. Volumn sellers often offer products that are cheaper because of inferior ingredients, mass-produced, and often imported products. Our products are tailored to your needs and made fresh in small batches and by hand. We do save you money in packaging too. We never put more into the packaging than we put into the product – and that is not an easy accomplishment because so many products are sold soley because of their packaging. Next, quality ingredients such as organic essential oils or organically grown herbs are more expensive in general than synthetic ones. As are quality vegetable oils compared to cheap animal fats. The same goes for products that we distribute for other companys. They usually use nonsynthetic ingredients, do not conduct animal testing, usually are actively supporting environmentally sound programs or organizations and promote recycling. You will most likely find that cheaper products do not meet our high standards. We know that our customers are searching for products that are less manufactured than the usual over-the-counter ones. We suggest that a good way to determine the worth of our products is to simply compare our ingredients with theirs, then decide for yourself! Each LKNaturals soap is truly a unique gift.

Q. Why are your handcrafted soaps sometimes slightly different shades of color?

A. All Liv Kline Natural`s soaps are handcrafted with the best ingredients available to us. We do not use artificial colors, or stabilizers. In some instances, the soap`s hue and texture may vary. This is due to the use of natural additives such as herbs and are not a bad occurence and does not change its attractiveness nor negate it`s effectiveness. Therefore the herbal bars may vary, after all nature loves variety as much as we do.

Q. Are Liv Kline Natural`s products hypoallergenic?

A. A natural product is not necessarily hypoallergenic. For example some people experience an allergic reaction when they consume peanuts – even if they are organically grown. However using natural products are certainly better for our health and the preservation of the environment. If a product should cause irritation, discontinue use immediately. We do not feel that any product is completely hypoallergenic.

Q. What is an Essential Oil?

A. “Essential oils are the volatile, aromatic oils obtained by steam or hydrodistillation of botanicals. Most essential oils are primarily composed of terpenes and their oxygenated derivatives. Different parts of the plants can be used to obtain essential oils, including the flowers, leaves, seeds, roots, stems, bark, wood, etc. Certain cold-pressed oils, such as the oils from various citrus peels, are also considered to be essential oils but these are not to be confused with cold-pressed fixed or carrier oils such as olive, grapeseed, apricot kernel, etc. which are non-volatile oils composed mainly of fatty acid triglycerides. Other aromatic, plant-derived oils, which technically aren`t essential oils because they are solvent extracted, include Absolutes (hexane followed by ethanol extraction), CO2`s (liquid carbon dioxide used as the solvent) and Phytols or Florosols (fluoro-hydrocarbon solvent).” by Dr. Robert S. Pappas, Essential Oil Chemist.

Q. Are all essential oils safe for external use?

A. Many essential oils are perfectly safe when used as directed. However, different oils posess different properties (actions) that should be taken into consideration before using orally. For example, oils that have emmenagogue properties should be avoided by expecting mothers. These are oils that may stimulate uterine contractions. When in doubt always consult with a licensed herbalist, aromatherapist or your personal health care advisor. The following oils are some that should be avoided during pregnancy. This list is not all-inclusive.

Ajowan, Angelica, Anise (star), Aniseed, Basil, Bay Laurel, Birch Bark, Calamintha, Chamomile (German Blue), Camphor White, Cajeput, Cedarwood, Celery Seed, Cinnamon Leaf, Cinnamon Bark, Cistus , Citronella, Clary Sage, Clove, Clove Bud, Cumin, Dill Seed, Eucalyptus, Fennel (sweet), Grapefruit (white), Hyssop, Jasmine (absolute), Juniper, Labdanum/Cistus, Lavender (spike), Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime Peel, Mandarin (red), Marjoram (sweet), Marjoram (wild), Myrrh, Lovage, Marjoram, Mugwort, Myrtle, Nutmeg, Oakmoss (absolute), Orange (bitter), Orange (Sweet), Oregano, Parsley, Parsley seed, Pennyroyal, Pine (Scotch), Rose (“absolute”, Turkish), Rosemary, Snakeroot, Spanish Sage, Spikenard, Tangerine, Tarragon Thyme (red), Thyme (white), Valerian, Vanilla (Oleoresin), Wintergreen, Yarrow (green), and Yarrow (blue).
Get the latest infomation – Journal Of Essential Oil Research

Q. How do you conduct a skin patch test?

A. It is always wise to conduct a skin patch test before using any new product on the body. Simply apply a small amount of the product to the inside of your elbow – allow this to remain on your skin for 5 – 10 minutes. Rinse the area and check for signs of redness, burning or itching. If any of these signs occur, DO NOT use that particular product. If there are no adverse reactions, you may assume that the herb blend is safe for your skin type and proceed. Pregnant women should remember to consult with their health care advisor before using herbs.