is Ponte Vedra?
Ponte Vedra Beach is located in
North Florida. Close to Jacksonville and St. Augustine.
do I figure the shipping charges when ordering by mail?
Simply use our
shopping cart, adding items as if you were buying online. Proceed
through all the steps
the Phone/Fax method and checkout. This will generate an
order with a shipping total and an Order ID number which we will receive
via our server. You may then fax or phone us your credit card
information or mail in your payment to: The Ponte Vedra Soap Shoppe,
830-13 A1A North, #496, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082. Phone
(904)543-8296 ~ Fax (904) 212-1007. We will confirm
receipt of your information via email.
live in the Jacksonville area and would like to pick up my order, can I?
You sure can.
Since we do not have a physical location, you can order online using a credit card and
choose "LOCAL PICKUP" from the drop down shipping options. The shipping charges
will automatically be deducted from your total and we will call or email you to arrange a pick up
time. If you prefer to pay by money order or cash, choose
the Phone/Fax option at checkout or phone in your order to us at (904)543-8296 (M-F 9-5, ET).
long will it take to receive my order?
We ship FedEx Ground for "Regular Shipping."
here to see how long it will take to your state. If you need
your order quicker, choose our "Premium Shipping" option and
you will receive your order in three days (not including
weekends). We need a minimum of two days to process orders before
they are shipped.
of the pictures on your website overlap the text and I can't
read the text?
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don't some Essential Oils fill the entire bottle?
oils are dispensed by weight, not fluid ounces. Many oils are
heavier and therefore do not fill an entire bottle. We also never
charge for the bottle weight.
I'd like to know a little more about
the product before I purchase it?
pages on the website can give insight to the
products uses and properties. If that doesn't answer your question,
please email us. MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) are
available upon request for some
What is the difference between Cosmetic and Non-Cosmetic Grade Colorants?
government regulates the use of color additives in foods, drugs and
Soap, as defined by the government, is not considered a "cosmetic". For
this reason, it is acceptable to use a non-cosmetic color additive in your
soap making. This is good news for "natural" non-cosmetic sources such as
alkanet root or madder root, as well as for commercially manufactured
non-cosmetic color additives such as our Neon Mica
Powders. Toiletries (lotions, lip balms, and the like) are
considered cosmetic products and for this reason, only government-approved
cosmetic grade color additives should be used. Food colors are generally
considered as cosmetic-grade and are OK for use in toiletries.
How do I convert a toiletry recipe to percentages?
Convert each ingredient into the same measure, example: all teaspoons, all
ounces, all grams, etc. Add up and get the total of all of the
ingredients. Take the amount of each ingredient and divide by the
total and then multiply by 100 to get the percentage of each ingredient in
6 tsps cocoa butter
9 tsps shea butter
12 tsps avocado oil
2 tsps flavor oil
.5 tsps titanium dioxide white
1 tsp tocopherols
39.5 tsps total
9 tsps divided by 39.5 x 100 = 23 % of beeswax. And so on...
Did you know.... the commercial soap bars that
line most grocery stores' shelves are actually synthetic
detergents? In contrast, Handcrafted Soap is soap in its true,
pure form. Handcrafted Soap - also know as Handmade Soap - can be
made using either Cold Process or Hot Process methods. When
properly made, these soaps contain both soap and moisture-rich glycerin.
What is Saponification?
Saponification is the chemical reaction created by combining oils or
fats with an alkali and water. Today, most handcrafted soap makers
use the Cold Process method. Aside from the heat used to melt the
solid fats to their liquid state, the heat produced by combining the
precisely weighed oils or fats, alkali and water is sufficient to
initiate the chemical reaction. Saponification is complete after
the soap mixture has been poured into molds, cut into bars, and allowed
to cure for several weeks. Hot Process Soap is actually cooked at
a high temperature for an extended period of time to accelerate the
saponification process. Transparent Soap is a kind of Hot Process
Soap. In this method the soap has been cooked with other
ingredients to create a 'see-through' soap. Melt and Pour Soap,
however, is previously manufactured Transparent Soap that has been
melted, colored, scented and then poured into molds.
What is Handcrafted
Soap Made of ?
Look on the label; it should list the
ingredients. Most handcrafters use olive, coconut, palm and other
vegetable oils for their base. Some soap makers use tallow, which
is derived from animal fat. Essential and fragrance oils
contribute scent; cosmetic-grade pigments impart color; and botanicals,
spices and other natural ingredients add texture. Adding oils or
fats after saponification has begun will superfat soap. These
additional oils may be of seed, nut or fruit extraction.
Why is Glycerin
Glycerin is a humectant. One molecule of
glycerin is created for every three molecules of soap. Commercial
soap makers remove the glycerin from their soap and then sell it to the
cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. With Handcrafted Soap,
however, all of the naturally occurring glycerin remains intact.
Handcrafted Soap is naturally softer. You may be able to 'dent'
the soap with your finger. You will also notice that when
handcrafted soap is fresh it will draw moisture from the air into small
beads that will make the soap bar's surface wet. Both of these
traits indicate that the soap has a high glycerin content.
Is there Lye in my
No. When Handcrafted Soap is properly made
and cured, the soap no longer contains lye, as the chemical reaction has
converted the alkali (lye), water, and oils and fats into saponified
oils and fats and glycerin. The end result is mild, pure
Is there a way to make
Handcrafted Soap last longer?
Handcrafted Soap is a special product.
Extend the life of your beautiful soap by placing the bar in a
well-drained soap dish.
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