What's special about our soap
Droyt's Clear Glycerine Soap is made using a traditional process first developed in 1907 by the Danischewsky family. The formula has remained virtually unchanged over the years and the soap is manufactured in the only working factory of its kind in the world. With the worldwide trend towards increased use of natural materials, we are happy to state that the basic ingredients of our soap are high-grade natural vegetable oils.
The main difference between our soap and other glycerine soaps is that ours is made by an all-in semi-boiled process. All the ingredients of the soap are put into a large pan and heated until they become hot and liquid. The soap forms in this reaction.
The liquid soap is poured into a large rectangular one-tonne frame and allowed to cool and set. It is then stored for at least two weeks to improve. This improving process produces a hard, very transparent soap with low water content and high glycerine content.
Once the block is ready, it is cut down into progressively smaller pieces for sale. After each cut, the soap is again allowed time to mature. These pieces range from a large hand-cut block, which some of our customers prefer, to much smaller shapes and sizes, stamped into one of our classic shapes. All the soaps are then hand-finished before the final packaging stage. You can see pictures of this process in our factory tour.
By contrast, most of our competitors' glycerine soaps are made by a milling and extrusion process using soap chips bought in from another supplier. During milling, the chips are ground to a powder, coloured and perfumed. This grinding process introduces millions of tiny air-bubbles, spoiling the transparency of the finished soap. During extrusion, the soap is squirted into moulds under great pressure. In order to prevent the extruder clogging, the glycerine content of the chips has to be quite low, far less than the 10% level in Droyt's soap.
You can read about the technical details of different soap production techniques in the Soap facts section.
The ingredients of the soap are as follows:
Sodium Palmate (Palm Oil -- from the tropical tree)
Sodium Cocoate (Coconut Oil -- from various tropical countries)
Sodium Castorate (Castor Oil -- from India and Brazil)
Antioxidant (o-tolyl biguanide)
Colouring as required, between 3g and 30g per tonne
A little of our soap forms a rich lather, even in hard water areas. Glycerine is easily absorbed -- as it passes into the skin it takes water with it, helping to maintain the natural moisture balance. After use, skin feels soft and refreshed, as well as cleansed. Glycerine is used in many cosmetic products such as body lotions and face creams.
It is important to keep the soap dry when not in use as this will prolong its life and also keep it looking as good as possible.