Premium Fornya Handmade Soap

Fornya Premium Handmade Soaps are part of a growing resurgence in the production of handmade soaps and are made in the superior “old traditional method” referred to as “cold processed”. The cold process method takes the most time, but is undoubtedly the best method for producing the truest, highest quality soaps. Cold processing uses only low temperatures and only for a short amount of time. This process maintains the highest levels of natural skin nourishment essences of each ingredient.

Soap making is an ancient craft that has been used by people for thousands of years. The art of becoming a Master Chandler and formulating the precise percentage of ingredients for each type of soap is a timeless craft. Fornya Premium Handmade cold processed soap formulations have been perfected utilizing these old traditional methods by a dedicated Master Chandler.

Factors in perfecting a superior handmade soap is the importance of high quality ingredients, plus the proper selection of different oils. The luxurious feel from using Fornya Premium Handmade Soap is a result of careful selection of the oils used in the “superfatting” process. Superfatting refers to increasing the percentage oil vs. the percentage of alkali (lye) in a soap recipe. A small amount of extra “free” oil in the soap adds extra moisturizing qualities to the soap. Superfatting with specific oils affects the feel and qualities of the soap by allowing the oil properties to be expressed in the soap (Saponification is explained below). The combination and formula of oils used make the soap determine the difference in how hard or soft the soap bar ends up being and how well it lathers. Fornya super-fatted Premium Handmade Soaps retain all of the original natural glycerin and are hand poured in small batches into old fashion wooden molds.

Health Benefits of Our Handmade Soap Ingredients:

Fornya Premium Handmade Soap ingredients come from around the world. Below is a list of benefits derived from each ingredient.

Premium Olive Oil (From Spain)

Olive oil is a natural and hypoallergenic way to nourish and moisturize skin. Regular use of soap made with olive oil helps the skin retain moisture, keeps skin supple and smooth which translates into younger looking skin.
Soap with olive oil is great for dry and sensitive skin because olive oil is a fantastic moisturizer.
Olive oil contains high levels of many antioxidants, including Vitamin A and E. The antioxidants stimulate skin cells leading to regrowth and maintenance of healthy firm skin. Using soap made with olive oil helps protect and reverse the damage and wrinkles caused from sun exposure, pollution, smoke and an unhealthy diet.
Olive oil soap will not clog your pores because it is non-greasy, making it great for people who suffer from Acne.

Premium Coconut Oil (From the Philippines)

Best known for adding a luxurious lather and firmness to the soap
Contains important antioxidants that help protect the skin from harmful ultraviolet rays.
Helps prevent skin infections
Is an emollient, (exceedingly moisturizing as it literally attracts water out of the air and draws it to the skin)

Shea Butter (From South Africa)

Extracted from the nuts of the Karite tree
Naturally refined to maintain vitamins and nutrients
Extreme moisturizer that leaves skin silky velvety soft
Helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles

Soybean Oil (From USA)

Bursting with specific antioxidants Vitamin E and Vitamin B which are key in helping to restore the natural radiance and beauty of healthy skin. Vitamin E and Vitamin B complexes are also instrumental in helping to control and prevent the development and appearance of wrinkles.
Full of fatty acids key in maintain and restoring your skin’s health and balance.
Helps control and restore an even skin tone

Hemp/Corn Oil (From USA)

Rich in Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9
Moisturizes skin without clogging pores
Contains beneficial amounts of amino acids and Vitamin E
Is a natural antioxidant
A good source of gamma-linolenic acid

Lye (caustic soda)

Also known as caustic soda, Lye is essential in making natural soap. It is what breaks down the fats or oils, creating the chemical reaction (saponification) so that they can cling to dirt and clean whatever is being washed. It is during the saponification process when the lye interacts with the oils that soap and glycerin is created.
All caustic qualities of the lye are removed during the saponification process.


Is used to dissolve the lye.
Too much water will result in a soap that shrinks when the finished bars are dried


Only approved skin-safe fragrances are used
Calculated at 2% less than of weight

Fornya Premium Handmade Soaps are available in scented or unscented varieties, with essential oils and natural scents or with fragrances (less than 2%) and with or without dyes. Natural exfoliates that can be added include: ground oatmeal, sea salt, mint leaves, peppermint leaves, rose petals, lavender buds, rose buds, orange peel, poppy seeds, thyme and ground coffee.

Fornya premium handmade soap contains:

  • No Petroleum Products
  • No Lauryl Sulfate
  • No Parabens
  • No Animal Products
  • No Fillers
  • No Preservatives
  • No Palm Oil

Methods for Making Handmade Soap

There are three methods used for making handmade soap but only one that we recognize as producing a superior rich, complete and premium handmade soap.

The Melt & Pour Method

This is a common way hand soap is made. Sold as melt and pour kits containing noodles or blocks and usually a mix of palm oil, coconut oil and animal fats. A soap based product typically comprised of 50% soap and 50% solvents. Common solvents found in melt and pour soap kits include: Sodium Laureth Sulfate (banned in many countries due to being carcinogenic), Sodium Stearate, Sodium Laurate, Sodium Myristate, Triethanolamine, Titanium Dioxide and more.

Our opinion is that these fake natural soaps are not much better than the detergent bars sold as hand soap in the stores as your skin is still exposed to many dangerous chemicals.

Hot Process Method

Typically cooked and or boiled in a double boiler or oven
The natural saponification process is forced
Utilized by many for faster product turnover

We believe making handmade soap is comparable to cooking vegetables. With vegetables the higher the temperature and the longer the cook time, the more nutritional elements of the vegetables disappear. We question how the delicate precious fatty acid in the oils can possibly remain intact due to the extreme temperatures utilized in the hot process method.

Cold Process Method (Used by Fornya)

The “old tradition method” or cold process is environmentally friendly as the process uses little heat to start the saponification process.
The oils are merely warmed to 90-100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Once the batch is poured into the mold, it must be kept warm with towels or blankets and left to continue saponification for 12 to 48 hours.
The chemical reaction from the saponification process is the only heat in this method causing saponification to take place over several weeks during its curing time.
Processed at cool temperatures so that all of the natural ingredients remain intact and as a result, the user receives all of the beneficial properties of the ingredients.

Soap Comparison

In comparing soap, there are basically three soap products on the market, regular soap, fake natural soap (melt & pour) and natural soap. Although we refer to them as soaps, regular soap is really a form of detergent. Products identified as detergents contain ingredients such as petroleum by-products. Regular soap is created using mass produced manufacturing methods. The ingredients often include: DEA, Glycerin, Isopropyl Alcohol, BHT, Triclosan, Aluminum, Formaldehyde, Butyl, Ethyl, Methyl, Propyl Parabens, Phthalates, Toluene plus the list continues for antibacterial soaps, liquid hand soap and shower gels. What is important to recognize is that most commercially produced bars contain synthetic lathering agents, artificial colors and a bunch of chemicals we can’t even pronounce.

In particular, Triclosan is a toxic chemical that is known to cause cancer. According to the National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides (NCAMP), manufactures of a number of triclosan-containing products claim that the active ingredient continues to work for as long as 12 hours after use. Consumers are therefore exposed to triclosan for much longer than the 20 seconds it takes to wash their hands or face. Phthalates are linked to reproductive disorders in humans and animals, and parabens, a preservative is linked to cancer.

Remember your skin is the largest organ of your body, it is porous and absorbent and absorbs whatever it comes in contact with. Chronic use of chemical laden products will cause the body to store the chemicals in body fat or even in the brain. With enough accumulations of toxins, illness can occur.

Next time you go shopping, go down the soap aisle check and see for yourself. Most companies do not even list the ingredients.

What’s the alternative?

Fornya Premium Handmade Soap

Please Note: We at Fornya Premium Handmade Soaps do not agree with deforestation activities and practices in palm oil production that affects our environment and wildlife. Aside from this issue we also believe palm oil is an inferior product for making premier soap and is not used in our formulations. Fornya Premium Handmade Soaps are completely free from palm oil and its derivatives. We only utilize the finest quality ingredients available and ensure their viability and sustainability for the environment.

Animal Friendly - Fornya products are not tested on animals