Our cannabis leaves are sourced locally. They are grown outside in the pristine environment of Van Wyksdorp making full use of the available sunshine. No pesticides or chemicals are used. Plants are trimmed when they are at their peak. Cannabis leaves contain significant levels of essential vitamins, antioxidants and minerals making our soap healing, soothing and hydrating.
All soap is results from a chemical reaction called saponification. This is the chemical reaction that occurs between lye and oil such as olive oil, coconut oil etc. At Ricky’s Drift our soaps are made using the cold process method. Sodium hydroxide (lye) is mixed with water and then blended with fatty oils. Herbs are added before the mixture is poured into a mold. It is left there for 24 hours to saponify (become soap).
Once removed from the mold the loaf is cut into individual bars. The soap is left to ‘cure’ for 4 to 6 weeks. During this time the lye is used up to break the oils down and release their cleansing and moisturizing properties. The water content slowly evaporates, leaving a gentle and firm bar of soap. Using the cold process method allows for more gradual saponification.
Besides the exact quantity of oil needed to make the soap we add an extra 5% of oil which is not used up during the saponification process. This is called ‘superfatting’. The extra oil remains intact which makes the soap hydrating and moisturizing.