Frequently Asked Questions


Ingredient labels can be highly confusing; after all, proper botanical and scientific names are often long, awkward and complicated. How in the world are you supposed to know, let alone understand, what is in the product you are purchasing? That’s where our ingredients come in.

We want our consumers to have a thorough understanding of our products, and each and every ingredient that is in them.

If you are asking the question:
Do you use lye (sodium hydroxide) to make VERTIQUE soap? 

The answer is of course… No lye… No soap!

All real soap is made with lye (sodium hydroxide mixed with liquid)

 

If you are asking the question:
Is there lye in a bar of VERTIQUE soap?

The answer is “No.” Once the process of saponification is complete, the lye and oil molecules have combined and chemically changed into soap and glycerin. There is no lye present in the finished product. While all real soap must be made with lye, no lye remains in our finished product after saponification (described below).

 

Saponification: The chemical reaction of soap making

If you dig deep back to your high school chemistry days, you may remember learning about acid-base reactions. When an acid and a base combine they neutralize each other and make a salt. In simple terms, saponification is the name for a chemical reaction between an acid and a base to form a salt called “soap.”

Oil + Lye = Soap + water + glycerine 

Notice there is no LYE (alkali) on the product side of the equation! No lye remains in our finished product! If you look at the colored picture of the chemical reaction above, in addition to “soap,” glycerin, and water, VERTIQUE soaps also contain free oils which have been left unchanged by the saponification process and add extra moisturizing properties to our soaps!

Triclosan is the antibacterial agent commonly found in antibacterial soaps, lotions, acne products, cosmetics and other personal care products. It is classified as a pesticide by the EPA and as a drug by the FDA. The EPA considers it a possible risk to human health and to the environment.

“Chemically triclosan is almost the same as some of the most toxic chemicals on earth: dioxins, PCB’s, and Agent Orange. Its manufacturing process may produce dioxin, a powerful hormone-disrupting chemical with toxic effects in the parts per trillion (one drop in 300 Olympic-sized swimming pools!). If you use any products containing triclosan, my advice to you is to stop using them immediately and throw them away.” – from Dr. Christine H. Farlow, author of Dying to Look Good. 

A different perspective on triclosan and why it should be banned can be found here. But no matter which camp you’re in, we can all agree that triclosan does not belong in the personal care products that we use everyday. Washing with plain soap and water has been proven to be just as effective.

Natural soaps are normally softer than commercial soaps because they retain their natural glycerin (which is removed in commercial soap) and contain no artificial hardening chemicals or synthetic waxes.

We also superfat our soaps and use “softer” oils so that VERTIQUE soaps are more emollient, soothe, soften and leave the skin feeling moisturized.

Our Handmade soap will last nearly as long as a commercial bar of soap with proper care:

  • Don’t let your soap sit in water.
  • Store soap on a well drained soap dish.
  • Allow soap plenty of fresh air to dry between uses.
  • Never place soap where shower water can hit it.
  • if your bar ever gets waterlogged and becomes gooey, simply set it on a draining soap dish for a few days and let it dry out thoroughly.

How long a bar will last obviously depends on how many people are using it and how often you bath or shower.  To maximize the life of your soap, keep it in a well-drained soap dish so it can dry between uses.

At VERTIQUE we believe in the nutritional benefits associated with the natural ingredients in our handcrafted soap and other liquid products. We believe that natural products are milder, healthier, and gentler on the skin. We have done research into the possible benefits of our all natural ingredients. However, we must make this disclaimer:

While our natural ingredients in our handmade products are believed to have healing properties, they are not to be used to self-medicate or treat any form of physical or mental disease or health problem. We do not recommend the use of these products as substitute for medical care.

Please consult your doctor or qualified health professional should you have any concerns and always consult with your doctor before changing any medications or healing practices.

VERTIQUE is not responsible for any individual reaction to any particular ingredient. Each product description on our website includes a complete list of ingredients. People with sensitivities to any listed ingredient should not use the product. In case you are in doubt or have sensitive skin, always try an allergy patch test and if at any time irritation occurs, discontinue use of the product.

The content found on this website is for informational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Our soaps are meant for your bathing pleasure and the information provided has been collected from other sources to inform you about the possible benefits of natural ingredients.

Information and statements regarding health related benefits of certain ingredients are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information provided is not meant to substitute the advice provided by your personal physician or other medical professional. Do not use the information found within this website to self-diagnose any medical conditions or treat any health problems or diseases. The information provided is not intended to prescribe or be taken as medical advice.

If you have or suspect that you have a medical condition please contact your health care provider immediately.

We test all of our products on ourselves, family members and friends who are happy to volunteer.

Although our products are made with all natural ingredients, people can be allergic to natural ingredients such as plants, nuts and oils. An ingredient that is very mild and soothing for one person can be an allergen for another!

There is no soap or cosmetic product in this world that is truly “allergy-free” for everyone!

Each product description on our website includes a complete list of ingredients.

  • Please read through all ingredients listed.
  • People who have food allergies are not always allergic to the same items in skin care products.
  • In case you are in doubt do an “allergy patch test.”

Before using any new product you should perform a patch test for reactions  or sensitivities.

People with severe allergies–please note: If you have severe anaphylactic type reactions to any of the ingredients we use please do not buy our products. Our production place is kept meticulously clean and all soaps are produce and cured in separate containers. But we cannot guarantee that one soap did not touch another.


Allergy Patch Test

Procedure:

  • Apply a small amount of item you are testing* on the upper part of your inner arm (at the crook of the elbow).
  • Cover it with a bandage.
  • Choose a time of day where you can leave the patch test in place for least 24 hours without getting it wet.
  • If you are sensitive to any of the ingredients, a reaction such as reddening, burning, itching, or other irritation, should occur within twenty-four hours of application.
  • If you don’t see or feel any reaction, the preparation is probably safe to use.

What is patch testing?

Patch testing is a way of identifying a substance that causes contact dermatitis (inflammation of the skin). There are two types of contact dermatitis: irritant contact dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis.

  • Irritant contact dermatitis: An irritant reaction does not involve the immune system. It is most pronounced immediately after the patch is removed and fades over the next day. Although a substance that causes an irritant reaction may exacerbate skin conditions such as eczema, the reaction will not get worse with repeated exposure to the irritant.
  • Allergic contact dermatitis: An allergic reaction is due to substance called an allergen and occurs only in those who are allergic to that particular substance. These reactions involve the immune system.  Since an allergic reaction may take a few days to develop, if you are an allergic type person it is important to keep an eye on the patch area for a few days after the patch is removed before using the product. A substance that causes an allergic reaction should be avoided completely. The more times the skin is exposed to the substance, the worse the allergic reaction can become.

Some of our soaps have no scent added—you’ll love the earthy smell of natural soap. Many have distinct natural aromas due to honey, grains, milks.

Scented soaps have part natural plant essential oils added. Again “natural” does not mean “allergy-free.” Natural plant may still cause skin irritation or reactions in certain individuals.

If you notice any adverse affects, please discontinue use.

Our products do not contain petroleum based chemicals (Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Paraffin), chemical emulsifiers (DEA, MEA, TEA), chemical preservatives (Parabens, Urea), Propylene Glycol, and artificial colours.

Our products are not made to sit on store shelves for years and years. Although there are many natural preservatives that exist within the chemical structure of a natural product, they are nowhere near as potent as the synthetic preservatives.

Temperature changes can affect consistency, potency and longevity

As scented products age, some of the scent may be lost. Over time, natural colors may also fade.

For best result, use product within 8 months after purchase, or 3 months after opening

Pregnancy

We often receive questions as to whether our product are safe to use during pregnancy.

We recommend that expectant mothers check with their midwife or physician before changing a skin care routine with our products, or any other line of products.

Read the label on a bar of commercial soap. Read the label on your jar of moisturizer. Now read the ingredients in VERTIQUE products. We use quality natural ingredients. No colorants, no preservatives or petroleum derivatives are used. However we are using fragrance oil for some products.

Sensitive skin can strike during pregnancy

Even if you have never had sensitive skin in the past, you may notice that a product you have been using for several years now irritates your skin. The stretching belly is often the most sensitive spot. Other potential problem areas include the hips, thighs, and bottom where the skin may become dry and flaky.

Although the exact cause is not known, raging hormones do make you more sensitive to a wide range of things and also your skin is thinning and stretching as you, and your baby, grow.

These changes can behave in unpredictable ways. For example, if you have eczema you may suffer from major flare-ups or complete remission during pregnancy.

Before trying a new product, you should always do an allergy patch test to test for sensitivity.


Young Children

We often receive questions as to whether our soaps, shampoos, and other items are safe to use young children.

We recommend starting with our Baby Tearless Collection.It is a mild, natural soap for the sensitive skin of newborns and children. The other two soaps we recommend for very young children are our two soaps without fragrance oil, our Goat’s Milk Collection and Coconut Collection.

When you think your child is ready, try some new soaps. If your child has sensitive skin, you can always do allergy patch test to test for sensitivity. It is best to add only one new soap at a time and use it for a while before switching to a new soap.

Please read our Medical Disclaimer!