Frequently asked Question

Q: What distinguishes Borale soaps from other soaps found on the market?

R: What sets Borale apart is its method of manufacturing. By using the traditional "full open conventional vat cooking" method (rarely used today due to its complexity), we obtain a superior quality soap (Extra Pure) that lasts longer than soaps made according to other popular methods. Over the years, our Master Soapmaker has developed his own style by combining traditional methods with modern innovations, to arrive at the production of exceptional soaps.

In addition, Borale is committed to only using safe, natural ingredients of the highest quality, ensuring product quality and peace of mind for the entire family. Since Borale does not add any synthetic additives or perfumes to its soaps, it is the essential oils (extracted by steam distillation) that are used to give its soaps their unique aromas.

Finally, to respect its environmental and eco-responsible values, Borale promotes raw materials from Canadian agriculture, uses the best vegetable oils and offers simple and recyclable packaging. Our soap bars are simply wrapped in paper and cardboard and our bottles are durable and designed for refills.


Q: How are Borale soaps made?

R: Borale soaps are made using the traditional, fully open conventional vat cooking method. This is a complex, time consuming and laborious process that produces a so-called "Extra Pure" soap of superior quality. Such soap results from the saponification of a mixture of essentially vegetable oils with an alkaline (electrolyzed sea salt). It is manufactured following the four historical stages: pasting (cooking), salting (extraction of impurities), washing and liquidation. Once the soap paste has cooled and dried, the essential oils are introduced cold to maintain its integrity and characteristics. This whole process involves continued work over several weeks.

Our soaps are also referred to as "integral gross", since they contain less than 6 ingredients, which are all natural. So Borale soap contains absolutely no additives, anti-scale agents, fillers, preservatives, dyes or synthetic fragrances.

It's a long, complex and expensive method, but it's the only way to get high-quality soap.


Q: What is a « Master Soapmaker »?

R: The name Master Soapmaker is given to the one who transforms oils and greases into Extra Pure soap according to the traditional method. The Master Soapmaker recognizes the subtleties of the raw materials he uses, the characteristics of the products he wants to produce, and the historical rules of the art of saponification. Making a good soap is an art, which requires patience and passion.


Q: Is it true that Borale soaps last longer than most other soaps?

R: Yes. Borale soaps last longer mainly because of the purity of the soap. Since the impurities are rinsed from the paste, the concentration of "real soap" is higher and thus, the soap melts less quickly. On the contrary, a falsified soap with filling ingredients will generally have a shorter shelf life, in addition to altering its cleaning qualities.

Note also that the moisture content of the soap is carefully adjusted, which has a great impact on its durability, without compromising its softness and ability to foam.

It is important to note, however, that to maximize the useful life of a soap, it must be kept dry and drained after each use.


Q: What can uses do Borale soaps have?

R: Borale soaps are extremely versatile. They are not only intended for washing the body! They are suitable for facials, hair and shaving, given their creamy and silky texture.

The same goes for the multipurpose Black Soap, which replaces most of your everyday household products. It can be used for almost any task for home care. It is a simple, healthy and effective solution to keep your home clean and ecological.

* For more details on a specific product, visit the product description.


Q: Can I wash my hair with Borale soaps?

R: Yes! Our soap bars are suitable for washing the body, face and hair. Thanks to its high percentage of fatty acid (soap paste) and the absence of filling ingredients, it is perfect for both long and short hair.

To wash the hair, just rub it directly on the scalp, lather it, rinse and you're done! Being gentle and effective, it will leave your hair clean and hydrated. Thanks to its bar format, you can also eliminate several plastic containers from your routine. Durable metal containers are also available to carry your soap while travelling.


Q: What do Borale soaps contain and what ingredients are they made of?

R: For Borale, offering quality products first requires a selection of noble raw materials and ingredients of the highest quality. Extra Pure Borale soap contains only the necessities: saponified vegetable oils, water, glycerine (resulting from the saponification of oils), salt and lemon juice (natural preservative).

The only addition? Pure essential oils that transport you directly to the heart of the boreal forest.


Q: Are Borale soaps eco-friendly?

R: Yes! For Borale, it is essential to take care of the surrounding natural resources, to work in an environmentally friendly way and to favor natural, recyclable or reusable materials. Borale uses eco-friendly alternatives and our products are biodegradable and safe for the environment.

Not only do the values of the company align with respect for nature, but Borale goes further and prefers to talk about sustainable development, which is much more inclusive. It is our duty to take great care of nature and our environment while being aware of the respect of partners and collaborators. We advocate smart, moderate and enlightened consumption, which contributes to a better understanding of today's issues.

These are valuable tools that Borale favors and which occupy a large place in the day-to-day thinking and decision making of the company.


Q: Are Borale soaps suitable for sensitive skin and for children?

R: Yes! Borale soaps are suitable for all ages and for all types of skin, even the most sensitive and delicate. As all Borale soaps are composed of only healthy, natural ingredients, they are non-irritating, hypoallergenic and have been dermatologically tested. Borale manufactures only Extra Pure soaps that contain no dyes, fragrances or synthetic additives. They also help to maintain the natural moisture of the skin by respecting a suitable pH.


Q: Are Borale soaps moisturizing?

R: Yes and no. For starters, one needs to understand that the work of a soap is not to moisturize the skin, but to clean. A good soap should clean gently and effectively, while respecting the hydrolipidic film of the skin. That being said, the natural moisture of the skin will be more respected and much less compromised. So yes, the Extra Pure Borale soap helps to maintain a natural hydration and an adequate ph.


Q: What are the benefits of Borale soap?

R: There are many benefits of Borale soaps, which include being gentle, non-irritating, hypoallergenic and suitable for all ages and all skin types. They also help to maintain the natural hydration of the skin by respecting its hydrolipidic film. Being composed of healthy and natural ingredients, they are also suitable for problem skin.

* For more information on our different products, visit the detailed sheet of each soap.


Q: What do we mean by « Extra Pure 72% oil »?

R: It is a historic authentication seal, which guarantees the purity and quality of the soap obtained by the traditional full cooking process. To display this seal, the soap must contain a minimum threshold of fatty acid (pure soap paste), ie 72% of oil.

"Extra Pure" means that the soap does not contain any fillers or impurities.

But be careful these terms are not legally protected and can be used without validation. Reading the list of ingredients and questioning the manufacturer can be good indicators of the legitimacy of a soap.


Q: Do you offer refilling for liquid soap containers?

R: Yes! We will gladly fill your empty containers, you just have to go to the factory during our opening hours. Our containers have been designed to be durable and allow refills, giving them a longer life. It is important to note, however, that we reserve the right to refuse to fill poorly maintained or inadequate containers.