Leaf Border for Bella Fresca Handmade Soaps

frequently asked questions


What kind of soap do you make?

There are several ways to make soap and at Bella Fresca, we make two types, cold process soap and molded glycerin soap.

We make traditional “cold process” soaps similar to the way Susan's grandmother made soap by combining oils and butters (fats) with a liquid sodium hydroxide mixture (lye). A chemical reaction occurs between the lye and fat called saponification, which turns these ingredients into soap. When the process is complete and the soap has cured for several weeks, there is absolutely no lye left and you have a beautiful mild bar of soap that is wonderful for your skin. All of the natural glycerin that is so good for your skin is retained in the soap after saponification unlike typical commercially made soaps that extract the glycerin and sell it for other uses. We use a variety of top quality vegetable and exotic oils, butters and botanicals to give the soap different types of beneficial properties and appearance. All of our soaps are vegan; no animal fats are used.

We also make molded glycerin soaps. These are detergent-free soaps that can be transparent or opaque. This type of soapmaking offers a great deal of flexibility in creating beautiful bars of soap using a variety of molds, colors and micas that are not possible with the cold process method. In addition, they do not require several weeks of curing and can be used right away. 

How can I make my handmade soap last longer?

Making your soap last longer really depends a lot on how you take care of it. Handmade soaps lasts longer if they are kept out of standing or running water. Keep your soap on a grooved soap dish with drain holes and allow to dry between uses.

Where do you ship?

We ship to all 50 states in the USA. We also ship to international customers. Please familiarize yourself with any restrictions for products shipped to your country. Bella Fresca is not responsible for any loss, damage or delay due to local shipping restrictions. Import duties and fees (if any) are not included in the shipping price. Please be aware of your customs rules, regulations, and fees before placing your order.

Do you offer samples?

Yes, we love to receive samples and assume you do too! Therefore, we will typically include a sample in every order so you can try out different Bella Fresca products.

Do you offer wholesale?

Yes, if you are a retailer interested in carrying the Bella Fresca collection of products, please see our wholesale page.

Are your products cruelty free and not tested on animals?

Yes absolutely! All of our products are tested on willing family and friends, never on animals.