About Us

Why we'll be your favourite store

At Purple Lime Soapery, we take pride in the production of hand-crafted soaps, bath and body products manufactured from the finest quality ingredients.

All our products are produced using pure plants based oils and highest quality essential oils. No animal products or derivatives thereof are utilised. Our products are not tested on animals and ingredients are not produced at the expense of animal habitat or life, to the best of our knowledge.

Certain varieties of soaps are made using clays, micas or oxides to add colour or other benefits. The inert oxides and mica colours we use are synthetically derived to avoid toxic heavy metal contamination as well as to avoid the exploitation of child labour.

Lye (sodium hydroxide) is used in all natural soap production in order to saponify the base oils, but is completely neutralised by the this process, and is therefore completely absent in the finished product.

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Each batch is hand made, hand poured, hand cut and made with love. To preserve the quality and integrity of our products, only small batches are produced to ensure you are receiving the best product available.
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We always strive to improve our products wherever possible.
Please feel free to send us feedback, it is much appreciated!

Are your products vegan and do you test your products on animals?

All of our products are made from natural plant based ingredients such as plant and nut oils and butters. At no stage are any of our products tested on animals.

Are your products made in South Africa?

Yes, we produce all of our products in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Do your products contain palm oil or its derivatives?

No, we do not use palm oil at all.

Are your products suitable for all skin types?

Yes, our products contain nourishing oils such as olive oil, almond oil, sunflower oil and also butters such as cocoa butter, avocado butter and shea butter.

Do your products contain any allergens?

Most essential oils contain naturally occurring allergens. Our products contain many essential oils with natural benefits e.g. Lavender essential oil has calming benefits and soothes skin irritations. Plant oils may also be allergenic to susceptible individuals. We recommend doing a patch sensitivity test before use of the product to reveal any hidden allergies you may have.

Do your products have a shelf life?

Although soap has a shelf life of over 30 months, we recommend using them within 12 months of purchasing to benefit from the essential oil aromas which may be lost over time.

What is the difference between your soap and the soap I purchase from the supermarket?

Our soap is completely hand made from scratch and we leave all the moisturising glycerine which forms during the soap making reaction in our bars. Commercial soap makers remove glycerine from their soap to retail as added income. As a result our bars are very moisturising and nourishing. All of our soaps bars are carefully designed, hand poured, hand cut and finished off, and individually hand wrapped and labelled.

Does your soap contain lye (sodium hydroxide)?

Lye is an integral part of the soap making process for thousands of years. The lye converts the acidic oils into salts called soap. At the end of this process there is absolutely no lye left over, so none of our products contain any lye or residues thereof.

How long does a bar of handmade soap last?

This will vary based on usage. Our soaps cure for a minimum of 4 weeks in order to bring you a nice, hard bar of soap. This helps the bar to last a long time in the shower and not "melt" away. Kept dry between uses your soap will last a long time. All handcrafted soaps should be stored on a well-ventilated soap saver or soap dish placed in a area of the shower that receives minimal spray. 

How should I store my soap in between uses?

Let your soap dry out between uses, by placing your soap on a dish with drainage. You can also use a soap saver to further extend the soap's lather.

How ‘green’ is you packaging?

Our products are labelled with paper labels and cellophane (cellulose) wrapping, which are both compostable and biodegradable.

Why do your ingredient lists on the label seem so ‘chemical’ and complex?

All our ingredients are natural except for our bars which contain colourants which are naturally occurring mineral pigments but synthesised to prevent contamination with any heavy metals. Due to government regulations, all cosmetic ingredients must be listed by their INCI (International Name for Cosmetic Ingredients) on the label. As an example, Olive oil must be listed as Olea europaea (olive) fruit oil. This makes the ingredient’s name seem long and foreign.

Do you deliver internationally?

No, at this time the cost of delivery internationally is not feasible for us.

How much does delivery cost?

We charge a flat rate of R90 for local and national deliveries. If you prefer to collect your order from us, please select the Local Pick Up option at checkout to prevent paying courier costs.

My order has not arrived yet, what do I do next?

Please contact us on our website or on WhatsApp (0832837651) so that we can resolve the matter as speedily as possible.

Is it safe for me to pay using my credit card on your website?

Yes, we use the secure YOCO payments platform and your transaction is completely protected and private.

Disclaimer

Any information regarding health and wellness which may be provided on this site is provided purely for informational purposes and should not be considered as medical advice. It is not intended to be used as the basis for treatment of medical problems or other health or skin issues. Please consult a medical professional before using any product, anywhere, to treat your medical condition. 

The information provided is based on published research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. 

As with all new products that you are going to be using on your skin, always test on a small area first to see if any allergic reactions, irritations, or breakouts occur. If you experience any problems whatsoever, discontinue use immediately and seek medical assistance. 

All our products are for external use only. 

If you are pregnant, please contact your physician before using any of our products especially the ones containing essential oils.

For longer lasting soap bars, do not allow the bars of soap to sit in water. After use, place in a dry area, such as soap rack, away from water. Please note that coloured soaps may stain, please store accordingly as we accept no responsibility for any damages caused. All soaps containing colourants or natural clays could potentially stain light coloured wash cloths.

As all our soap is handmade, we can’t duplicate the exact colouration and appearance each time so bars may vary slightly from what is  displayed in the catalogue. While we try to be extremely precise, each bar is individually hand cut and may vary slightly in weight and dimensions. 

We cannot guarantee actual results on any of our products, as every person’s skin and body is different. It is up to you to use your personal discretion when purchasing and using our products. 

Please read the detailed ingredients list of each product before placing your order. Individuals with an allergy or sensitivity to an ingredient in a specific product should not use that product. 

Purple Lime Soapery, and its owners and employees, are not responsible for any loss or damage resulting from the use of any of our products. 

If you have any questions about a products, please enquire before purchasing.