TAMPA, Florida. – Buff City Soap may be new to the Midtown Tampa area, but it’s not new to soap making.
Its motto is “Always fresh. Always handmade,” so FOX 13 took to the scene to see how the company does it.
The “making” of Buff City Soap is much like a bakery with pots, pans, and utensils.
“In our soap, we use a Buff Oil Blend, which is made up of palm oil, olive oil and coconut oil. We also use lye instead of animal fats or tallow,” said manager Aaliyah Silva.
Like an accomplished baker, or a mixologist, or maybe both together, she quickly whipped up a batch of their narcissistic soap ingredients. It is the company’s most popular soap.
She combined the Buff Oil with the lye in a mixing bucket to create the soap base. The next step was to add the color. For Narcissistic Soap, the colors she added were white, teal, and gold mica.
“We mix each bucket for between 25 seconds and a minute,” she shared while preparing the mix for the scent.
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There is a heating process for the mixture, but not too hot.
“It’s a medium hold soap,” she said. “We want our soap to pour between 90 and 100 degrees.”
This prepares the base for the final touches of the perfume. Narcissistic smell of peach wood with notes of raspberries, patchouli and sandalwood.
“When you add the fragrance to the bucket, that’s what makes the soap solidify faster,” she said.
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She poured the mixture into the loaf pans, which really look like loaf pans, so that it cooled and became solid. Think of it like pouring thick brownie batter from the bowl into a glass pan.
“We have to wait for it to set, which can take anywhere from an hour to maybe a few hours, and then we cut it into bars,” she explained.
These bars each smell the desired scent and show the distinct swirls of the colors mixed with the oils.
This handmade narcissistic 5.5 ounce bar of soap is $7.
Buff City Soap is located at 1130 Gramercy Lane in Midtown, Tampa.
Click here to see all the soaps made in the shop.