What’s So Special About Handmade Soap?
So, what’s the big deal about handmade soap? We make our soaps from scratch using the traditional cold-process method. This is a 48 hour affair (30 days really, if you count the curing time) where no external heat is used, but the heat produced by the chemical reaction itself is used to ‘magically’ turn oils and lye into beautiful, glycerine-rich soap, via a process called saponification. It’s just basic chemistry, really. But it feels like magic when you open the moulds and find soap. We don’t take any shortcuts to make our soap, and no fake ingredients and no preservatives, propylene glycol, artificial colours or petrochemical-based fragrance oils. We believe the real stuff is always better, so essential oils from plants scent our soaps and are also beneficial to your skin, and who needs a synthetic foaming agent if you can use oil from organically grown Mozambican coconuts. We follow the logic that since our skins absorb something from everything we put on it, that if you can’t put it in your body then you shouldn’t put in on your body.
One of the big differences between good handmade soap and general commercial soap is the glycerin that forms during saponification. This is removed from commercial soap, to make the bar harder. But glycerin is a moisturiser or humectant, in that it attracts water. When you use our soap, the soap molecules clean your skin by attracting dirt and then get rinsed off. The glycerin molecules don’t rinse away completely, and so moisturise your skin. Many of our customers comment on how their skin no longer feels dry or itchy since they switched to our soap. Choosing ingredients that have healing properties and are non-irritating for sensitive skin is a big deal to us. For more about what fantastic ingredients make each of our soaps unique, please see our product catalogue.
Let customers speak for usfrom 18 reviews
Works great on my body and face. Normally cold-process soap melts in the bathroom steam so quickly, but Rondavel soap keeps its shape.
Love the aroma! The package is so pretty and I even keep the soap box to put small stuff.
I'd love to try each one of Rondavel soaps! So far I've tried about 10 of them. The aroma makes my bath time so relaxing.
Love, love, love the Cape Camomile & Geranium soap!!! The artwork on the box is a mini masterpiece.
What a stunning product!!! We love Rondavel soap and the African Spice is one of our favourites. The artwork on the box is delightful!
Frankincense & Myrrh Soap
Deodorant and soaps Wild Dagga and Cedar are good.
I love this soap and so do my dogs. It lathers beautifully, smells great and leaves my dogs skin and fur especially clean without the drying effect that most commercial dog shampoos have. This winter my Maltese's skin was particularly dry and flaky. Your dog shampoo bar left her skin moisturized, flake-free and less itchy. Thank you for this great product!
This deodorant is gorgeous! It has a lovely botanical scent, which lasts all day. Chikondi & Kate were stars in troubleshooting the initial body odour issues I encountered due to my body detoxing from the harmful anti-perspirants I had used previously. I use both this and the Wild Dagga roll-on and love them!