contact us

Use the form on the right to contact us.

You can edit the text in this area, and change where the contact form on the right submits to, by entering edit mode using the modes on the bottom right.

           

123 Street Avenue, City Town, 99999

(123) 555-6789

email@address.com

 

You can set your address, phone number, email and site description in the settings tab.
Link to read me page with more information.

BirdAndFlowers.jpg

Say And Do

 

 

Unscented Soaps

Dunnock And Hinny


Why are so many of our soaps unscented? Airway irritation or skin irritation is one. I am a chronic asthmatic. There are many times when my lungs are particularly sensitive and the lightest fragrance or scent can sharply aggravate my breathing. Showering in very warm water, with hot, rising steam opens up the airways and helps soothe my breathing. However, all of that is lost the moment a fragrance reaches my nose. I need something fragrance-free and I want a variety. Not just any fragrance free bar of soap, but one that is also therapeutic for the skin. Contains great ingredients. Chemical free. Toxin free. Gentle. 
Ingredients. The other reason for making fragrance free soaps is to allow specialized ingredients to shine on their own. These soaps are nature driven. The ingredients are kept bare for a pure and natural cleansing experience. Dunnock And Hinny unscented soaps highlight squeezed juices, fresh purees, and seed or nut grinds. Most of these soaps emerge with a light scent. 

* The Carrot Soap Bar has a very generous amount of fresh carrot juice and fresh carrot puree. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene which is said to have antioxidant properties that enhance cell turnover. The carrots give this soap a naturally sweet and slightly woodsy scent. 
* The Honey Soap Bar contains a nice helping of honey. Honey is a wonderful moisturizer with antibacterial properties and has a faint, sweet scent. 
* The Avocado Puree Soap Bar contains avocado oil and fresh avocado puree. The anti-inflammatory quality of avocados makes this bar suitable problematic skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, eczema and dry skin. 
* The Naked Almond Soap Bar highlights fresh, homemade almond milk and crushed almonds along with added almond oil. Vitamins A, B1, B2, and E rich almond oil gives this soap bar nourishing quality. The crushed almonds offer light exfoliation. It has a soft, muted natural almond scent. 
* The Oatmeal Soap Bar contains both colloidal oatmeal and whole rolled oats. Colloidal oatmeal is emollient and contains phenols which impart a slightly antiseptic quality.  Oatmeal aids dry, itchy skin and skin that is irritated.  
* The Ripe Banana Soap Bar with its high potassium level, vitamin C, and B6 is said to help skin moisture and elasticity. 

Our scented soaps are just that. Those soaps are formulated to carry and highlight a particular scent. These soaps are more whimsical and more freedoms are taken. They may contain some designs, or a flourish of color along with added herbs, and flowers. Are they good for your skin as well? Of course! The soaps are all made with all natural base oils and most of them are scented with pure essential oils with just a small few scented with synthetic fragrances. It is important to note that a bar scented with a synthetic fragrance remains over 95% all natural. 

Dunnock And Hinny is committed to not only creating fun, creative and beautiful fragranced soaps but to also bring forward a full range of skin focused, fragrance-free soaps that cater to those that prefer a pure cleansing experience. As always Dunnock And Hinny remains cruelty-free, phthalate free, palm oil and palm derivative free. Enjoy!

Dynamic Soap

Dunnock And Hinny

A bar of soap weighed right after cutting from a soap log may not have the same weight a month later. This happens as the water found in the soap evaporates over time.

A bar of soap weighed right after cutting from a soap log may not have the same weight a month later. This happens as the water found in the soap evaporates over time.

As it sounds, handcrafted soap is usually made by hand. It's a process that is done with care using specifically chosen ingredients. The recipes abound. Different oils and butters will impart various conditioning, emollient and cleansing properties with varying levels of gentleness. The soaps may be enhanced with added essential oils, fragrances, herbs, flowers, coloring and more. 

Handcrafted soaps are done through the hot process or cold process methods. The cold process method allows for a higher degree of flexibility when it comes to thickness of the soap base being poured into a mold. This is because the cold process method usually involves mixing the lye water solution with the oils which is then blended to the desired consistency. The mix is poured into a mold and left to sit for several weeks to allow the soap to cure. Meaning, the excess lye will fully react with the mixture and the excess water will evaporate. The cold process method will usually give a smoother looking soap all around. It also allows for higher flexibility when it comes to coloring and decorating. Finally, the cold process method allows for a smoother consistency throughout the soap. The hot process method is not as forgiving.

The hot process method also involves mixing the lye water solution with the oils, but instead of blending and pouring into a mold, the mixture is blended then cooked. This can be very advantageous because when the mixture is cooked, it simultaneously reacts all of the excess lye and evaporates the excess water making the product readily available for use. However, this leaves a much thicker base resembling more of a paste. This method can also produce various textures throughout the soap as different parts of the mix come in contact with cooler air or the hotter surface of the heated apparatus while cooking. There are several soaping tricks can be used to make the hot process soap base thinner and therefore easier to mold and decorate, however, these methods could involve adding extra water or other liquid substances that may add drying time to the final product. 

Natural soap can experience color changes, scent changes, texture or weight changes over a period of time. For the most part, the soap is still very much usable. The important thing to remember is that handmade soap is natural and dynamic. Unlike detergent soaps, it is not made to last years on a shelf. Handmade soap is not supposed to look or feel like commercial soaps. Natural soaps can be smooth or lumpy, they can have an even consistency or they can be textured. There may be color variations. Bars cut from the same log may not look exactly the same, they may not have the same exact weight. These things do not take away from the product but instead, testify to its handmade origin and lends to its all natural nature. Handmade soap is made to be used, enjoyed and relished knowing that someone's hands made that bar of soap for you.