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Do you make organic soaps?
No, actually there are no benefits in using organic certified oils in soap besides a substantial price increase. One of the main components of soap making is Sodium Hydroxide. No soap can be made without it and is far from natural or organic. Be wary of the so called "organic soap" with no USDA or NOP seal.
Example: Common Labeling Violations
Using the USDA organic seal without being certified organic
Using the word "organic" on the front of the package when the ingredients are organic, but the entire product is not certified organic
Using the USDA organic seal on a multi-ingredient product that only has a small amount of organic ingredients (less than 95 percent of the total product)
Do you use Melt and Pour base on your soaps?
No, our soaps are handcrafted from scratch using the traditional cold process method with only 100% food grade oils and fats. We use a higher percentage of soft and emollient oils in our soaps, they are gentle and extra gentle and leave the skin feeling soft and supple.
There is not much difference between most melt and pour bases and commercial soap. Other main reason we do not use melt and pour is because we want 100% control of all the ingredients used in our soaps.
What's wrong with commercial soaps?
Most of them are not soap! I am sure you have seen "Cleansing Bars" and "Beauty Bars". The real reason is that they cannot be called soap. They are detergents.
Do you use essential oils?
Yes, but only on a few soaps. Essentials oils lose pretty much all the healing properties during the saponification process and they are extremely expensive.
Chamomile EO 1/2 Oz - $41.47
Ylang Ylang EO 1/2 Oz - $27.30
Once again be wary of soaps with expensive essential oils sold at same prices as the regular soaps.
Does your soap have harmful chemicals?
Our soaps are made using only natural/food grade oils and fats, we also list 100% of the ingredients used
What Is the Difference between vegan and regular soaps?
There is no discernable difference between vegan and non-vegan soap aside from the oils used to make the soap. Vegan soap is made with only vegetable oils, while non-vegan soap can contain beeswax, milk, honey, and/or Tallow.
What Is the Difference between Fats and Oils?
Fats are solid at room at room temperature while oils are liquid at room temperature.
Do you superfat your soaps?
Yes, all our soaps are superfatted some more than others. For example Baby Soap, Facial Soap and Aging skin soaps use a highly moisturizing formula with oils and butters with a large percentage of unsaponifiables. This formula has also a higher percentage of superfatting.
What is Superfatting?
Superfatting the soap means you will use more oil than necessary for saponification. Consequently, not all the oil used will be turned into soap. This produces a milder and more gentle soap.
What is Unsaponifiables?
Unsaponifiables are components of an oily (oil, fat, wax) mixture that fail to form soap. Like above this produces a milder and more gentle soap.
Some examples of oils and butters with unsaponifiables: Avocado Oil, Beeswax & Shea Butter
Are your candles organic?
All of the soy wax in the US is made by just four companies, and none of them currently process organic soy oil into candle wax at this time. Be wary of "soy organic candles"
Do you use Paraffin wax on your candles?
No. Arcadia candles are made using only pure soy, no soy blends just 100% soy wax
What soy blend means?
Soy blends is a mix of soy and paraffin. Most manufacturers do not disclose the amount of paraffin wax in their candles. Candles can be called "soy candles" with as little as 25% soy wax.
How is soy different than paraffin?
The soy wax we use is: Kosher Certified, Environmental, Renewable and Sustainable.
Soy wax candles are 100% vegetable, do not emit any harmful toxins, burn much cooler than paraffin and last about 30% longer.
Paraffin Wax is derived from fossil fuels found deep within the earth. After the refining processes take place, one of the bi-products remaining is paraffin wax. Although paraffin wax has been commonly used in candles, many consumers are looking for vegetable based alternatives.
Are paraffin wax candles toxic?
You can find many articles stating the harmful side effects of using paraffin wax candles and also many others denying toxicity.
We decided to play it safe and use only 100% vegetable wax
Do you use Dyes and UV Inhibitors?
Are your candles Triple-Scented?
That claim sounds a bit fishy. The wax allows only a certain amount of scent oils anything over will have the opposite effect and will drastically affect the candle performance.
Are your candles soot free?
Unfortunately no candle is completely soot free, It is misleading to state such. However If burned properly 100% soy candles can be virtually soot free.
What you mean by natural?
Yet, another potential misleading label. Arcadia (natural) means that we will avoid as much as possible the use of chemicals and petrochemicals, We at Arcadia go to great lengths to find the highest quality ingredients to provide you with safe and toxic free products that are not harmful to you or the environment.
I hear a lot about phthalates. What does this mean?
Phthalates are a family of man-made chemical compounds developed in the last century to be used in the manufacture of plastics, solvents, and personal care products. They are colorless, odorless, oily liquids that do not evaporate easily and do not chemically bind to the material they are added to.
You can find more information here: CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Do your candles have phthalates?
All our products are phthalates free.