Why should I care about soap?
I started making soap because I like to try new things and the number of variations possible intrigued me. The more I learned about soap, the more I became convinced that natural homemade soaps are better for you.
Soap is a chemical reaction between a fat or oil (plant or animal) and an alkali such as Lye (Sodium Hydroxide). In order to consume all the Lye in the reaction, you need to add extra oil that does not react.
This extra oil and glycerin (a natural by-product of the reaction) do not dry out the skin.
Did you know:
- your skins absorb chemicals? That’s why nicotine patches work.
- that your skin is the largest organ of your body?
- It is a protective barrier to keep out dirt, bacteria, and viruses.
- dry out your skin
- often contain ingredients that are not always good for you.
- From the FDA Soap FAQ page:
“Today there are very few true soaps on the market. Most body cleansers, both liquid and solid, are actually synthetic detergent products. Detergent cleansers are popular because they make suds easily in water and don’t form gummy deposits. Some of these detergent products are actually marketed as “soap” but are not true soap according to the regulatory definition of the word. “
We have 3 different kinds of soap:
All natural, traditional and glycerin based.
100% All natural soap with natural color.
These soaps have no added color. Any fragrance is from natural essential oils.
Traditional soaps with fresh smelling scents and swirls.
The colors and fragrances may or may not be from natural sources.
Glycerin based soaps.
Also known as melt & pour. These soaps work well with molds allowing us to offer unusual shapes and colors.
Look at the label!
If the packaging of your bar of “soap” says:
- Beauty Bar
- Cleansing Bar
- Facial Bar
Then it is not likely a soap but a man-made, solid detergent!