Soap milling explained.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Mignonne features several lines of high quality soaps. Many of our customers ask us just what the different terms mean ... such as "triple milled", "hard milled", "French milled".

Soap milling is the process of shredding apart prepared soap and then putting it back together using high pressure and rollers. When this process is done 3 times, you get "triple milled" soap. By milling, the fragrance, color and ingredients are more evenly distributed throughout the bar. It also improves the texture of the soap, resulting in a harder bar and longer lasting soap.

French milled soap refers to a process using heat and cold. The rollers used to mill the soap are controlled with hot and cold water and help make the soap bars milder and longer lasting.

These processes, combined with high quality ingredients, are used to create the lines of soap Mignonne offers.

You can find the following French bar soaps in our store:

~ L'epi de Provence, with 100% shea butter, is our most popular soap. We rotate fragrances with the seasons.

~ Doux, handcrafted in small batches using shea butter, olive and palm oils with natural Provencal fragrances.

~ Savon de Marseille, one of the oldest traditional soaps from France, having been made for over 1,000 years. Since 1688, French law has required that only soaps produced using ancient methods can bear the name "Savon de Marseille". These soaps take two weeks to make. We feature square blocks of fragrant soap with crushed local flowers (lavender blossoms, rose, verbena) and natural oils incorporated into the soap.



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