1. Why should I use SoapForAthletes and Trails Natural soap products?
Trails Natural Frequently Asked Questions
2. Why is your all natural soap better than the less expensive bars I can get at the grocery store or other stores?
3. Will your soap help cure my eczema or other medical condition?
All of our soap products are free of alcohol, detergents, harsh chemicals, toxins, and animal products and wastes. We use good enough to eat, natural ingredients. Our plant oils, essential oils, herbs, spices and natural colorants are all from nature, in the most renewable and natural forms possible. If you wouldn't eat it, why put it on your skin? Our skin is the body's largest organ. We respect the health of your skin by only using these natural components.
As soapmakers, we are not allowed to claim that soap products cure or prevent any conditions. Essential oil descriptions, when shown on our labels or in item descriptions, are listed for informational purposes only. They are not intended for diagnosis of medical conditions or to supersede any medical advice. We can only recommend you try our oatmeal soaps, etc, and see what you think. We are not giving any medical advice of any kind. However, the absence of many allergy-triggering substances may be what causes folks, who have had skin troubles, to absolutely adore our products. Check our product reviews page to see what others are saying about our products.
Here is what is in our bars of soap, versus "other" national brands. Which would you rather put on your skin, now that you know this?
Our Lavender Oatmeal
•saponified olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil •Retained glycerin •lavender essential oil •oatmeal
That well-known "Commercial Soap"
•sodium cocoyl isethionate
(linked to organ-system toxicity)
•stearic acid (synthetic sodium salt) •coconut acid •sodium tallowate
(soap from animal fats, so this is not vegan at all)
•sodium isethionate (detergent) •sodium stearate (synthetic sodium salt) •cocamidopropyl betaine
(synthetic surfactant; may cause irritation)
•sodium cocoate or palm kernelate
(we use palm oil)
(FAKE scent, unknown synthetic chemical)
( is a preservative that’s made from the known carcinogen, formaldehyde and sodium cyanide)
•trisodium etidronate (preservative) •BHT
(Butylated hydroxytoluene, cancer suspect agent, may cause reproductive defects, harmful if swallowed, eye, respiratory tract and skin irritant)
•titanium dioxide (whitening agent) •sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate
(suspected gastrointestinal and liver toxin, possible neurotoxin, waste water hazard)
4. What is the pH of SoapForAthletes and Trails Natural soap?
We let each batch properly cure for between 4 and 6 weeks and test each batch for quality before offering it for sale. This is indeed one of our proudest accomplishments to be able to say we consistently achieve results of a pH of 8. Neutral pH is measured as a 7. Our products are extremely mild, another reason that folks with all skin types collectively enjoy our products.
5. I have heard handmade soaps don't last as long. How long do your bars typically last?
Some of our customers tell us that their bars last from four to six weeks. It all depends on how you care for them. It is extremely important, with any real, handmade soap bar, to keep it dry between uses. We do not add any chemicals to so this for you, so you will want to make sure to keep the bars elevated out of any water puddles. A wire soap dish, where air can circulate around the bar, is ideal.
We do add coconut oil to all of our soaps, which helps to produce a nice hard bar. However, with even more curing before use (letting sit in a dry, dark place like a linen closet) your bars will get harder and harder, therefore lasting even longer. Some of our customers like to order in bulk for this very reason.
6. Why aren't your bars exactly square?
All of our bars are handmade, in wooden forms especially constructed for making loaves of soap. We then cut each bar individually. Many soapmakers use a tool, like a vegetable peeler or mandolin, to round out the edges and remove the signature "baked muffin" looking top of their bars. We prefer not to do this because we feel it is wasteful, and the signature shape to the tops of the bars add to the artisan nature of the product.
If you feel the edges are a little rough with the first use, you can always use your own vegetable peeler of course, or simply wash your hands a few times with the bar before using in the shower. We actually like the extra exfoliation of these edges in our house, and usually playfully fight over who "gets to use the new bar" when the time comes.
8. Do you make all your own soap?
7. Are your soaps vegetarian or vegan?
All of our soap products are strictly made with plant based oils, coconut, olive, palm, castor, avocado, and sweet almond oil. We do not use any animal fats, milks, or bi-products. We do produce a few bars that contain honey, however. Some folks believe honey is vegan, but many do not. If honey is in a bar, it will be listed in the description, and the label will be clearly marked.
Yes. We make each batch by hand right here in our warehouse in North Jacksonville, Florida. We know every ingredient that goes into making out soap, and weigh and measure each for the best possible quality results. Consistency is one of our trademarks.
If you have other questions not answered here, please feel free to drop us a line with the above contact form. We love to hear from you!