The Nines Soap Works
Natural Handmade Soaps
 
 
 
 
 

 
About Us

The Nines is a small artisan family run soap works based in the North East of England. Our natural soaps are handmade using age-old traditional methods and the finest and purest natural ingredients. We are passionate about making our natural soaps and body butters and we want you to love them as much as we do.
 
 

Our soap making journey began after reading the back of a branded soap label and realising just how much stuff was in there that we’d never even heard of and none of it sounded natural. So we set ourselves a challenge to see if we could come up with a bar of soap that didn’t contain potentially harmful chemicals and after a huge amount of research we ended up with our own carefully designed recipes and a passion for making natural soap. Now when we look at our soaps we know that everything in them is completely natural and we want you to know that too.

 
  Body Butters
Our next challenge came about because of the many requests we had received for body butters. So once again, after extensive research, we came up with our body butter range.
Again, in keeping with our ethos, all the ingredients are completely natural.
 
     
  What We Do
Our soaps are made using the cold process traditional method which has been around for a very long time. Cold Process soap is made by mixing oils with alkali Sodium Hydroxide (also known as lye) until saponification occurs. This is a chemical process where the lye changes the composition of the oils and the mixture turns into soap.
 
     
  Once saponification occurs the soap mixture is poured into lined wooden moulds and left for 24 to 48 hours after which the soap log is removed and cut into bars.
The bars are placed on a wire rack and left to cure for a minimum of four weeks.
 
     
 

During the curing process the bars are turned regularly to ensure they dry out evenly.
The longer the bars are left to cure the harder and milder the soap will be. As our soaps are all handmade there are slight differences in weight, colour, texture and appearance between batches but we believe this is good thing as it really does show that they are all handmade and not churned out on an industrial scale.
We use clear cellophane bags for packaging so you’re able to see the bars of soap and because each bar weighs differently we put a minimum weight on the labels.
In accordance with the latest EU cosmetic regulations, every one of our recipes has been safety assessed by an accredited cosmetic chemist and fully approved by Trading Standards. As a result our entire range has been cosmetically approved for use within the EU.

 
     
   
   
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What We Use
Our soaps are made using the cold process traditional method which has been around for a very long time. Cold Process soap is made by mixing oils with alkali Sodium Hydroxide (also known as lye) until saponification occurs. This is a chemical process where the lye changes the composition of the oils and the mixture turns into soap.

Once saponification occurs the soap mixture is poured into lined wooden moulds and left for 24 to 48 hours after which the soap log is removed and cut into bars. The bars are placed on a wire rack and left to cure for a minimum of four weeks.

During the curing process the bars are turned regularly to ensure they dry out evenly. The longer the bars are left to cure the harder and milder the soap will be. As our soaps are all handmade there are slight differences in weight, colour, texture and appearance between batches but we believe this is good thing as it really does show that they are all handmade and not churned out on an industrial scale.

We use clear cellophane bags for packaging so you’re able to see the bars of soap and because each bar weighs differently we put a minimum weight on the labels. All our soaps and butters are suitable for vegetarians and with the exception of the soaps and body butter that contain honey, they are all suitable for vegans too.

We do test our products but never on animals, only on willing humans.

In accordance with the latest EU cosmetic regulations, every one of our recipes has been safety assessed by an accredited cosmetic chemist and fully approved by Trading Standards. As a result our entire range has been cosmetically approved for use within the EU.

 
 

What We Don’t Use
We made a decision right at the start of our journey not to use Palm Oil. We believe it’s wrong for us to contribute in any way to the massive deforestation taking place in South East Asia to make way for palm oil plantations and the subsequent loss of habitat for some of the world’s most endangered species such as the Orangutan. So none of our soaps contain it and they never will.

We also don’t use sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) which is an artificial synthetic surfactant, nor do we use any kind of paraben preservatives.