Who are Biggs & Featherbelle?
Biggs & Featherbelle are somewhat fictional. Biggs (formerly named Bubba) is a character inspired from our cat named Diesel. Featherbelle is a fusion of Kelly & Kasey. Biggs & Featherbelle represent a broad spectrum of people from manly tough to girly sweetl. The characters were developed and illustrated by our friend Brian Dugan (who prefers to stay behind the scenes).[back to top]
What is Sodium Hydroxide?
Sodium Hydroxide is lye, an essential ingredient in soap making. Lye and oils react together to create soap therefore no lye is in the final product. In our recipes the amount of oil is always greater than the needed lye so that our bars are moisturizing and gentle to the skin.[back to top]
How do you make soap?
Mixing oils and a lye water solution makes soap. Once the oils and lye are combined together, after vigorous stirring, the mixture thickens and is poured into molds. The molds are covered for 24 hours to allow the saponification process to occur. After the 24-hour period, the soap is taken out and cut into bars. The bars must cure for three to four weeks (for the entire chemical reaction to finalize) before use.[back to top]
Can the soaps be used on face and body?
Yes! Every one of our soaps is gentle enough for the face and cleansing enough for the body. Handle Bar, Fixins Bar, Momma Bar, and Bar-tender are especially good for the face.[back to top]
Are your products vegan?
Many of our products are vegan and all are vegetarian. The vegan products are as follows:
What products are you making in the future?
We have many ideas brewing in our heads but definitely on our list are liquid soaps, body and face lotions and healing balms/salves. Farther in the future we would love to explore making shampoo, conditioner, and deodorants.[back to top]
Are your products in stores?
Yes, we have our products in several independent retail stores. Please check out the latest listing![back to top]
Do your products “go bad” after a period of time?
Our products are preserved with Vitamin E. They will keep fresh for up to 2 years although after 1 year you may notice the aroma starts to fade.[back to top]
How long does a bar of soap last?
A bar of soap can last several weeks if properly stored. Natural, handmade soap is softer than commercial detergent bars and needs to be kept in a dry spot when not in use. Having a soap dish with good drainage is key; soap left standing in water or under a leaky showerhead will melt fast.[back to top]
How do you color and scent your products?
We let Mother Nature do the work. All of our products are fragranced only with essential oils (which have many therapeutic benefits). The colors are derived from plants, herbs, and vegetable oils.