Apr. 19, 2016

Natural Soaps why bother…

As with anything else in your beauty or medicine cabinet making the switch to more natural products gives you more benefits than commercial brands can. With soap it is no different. I was surprised to know that most “beauty bars” have stripped the main ingredient in Soap called glycerin. Glycerin is a natural component that pulls moisture out of the air and holds it in whatever it has contact with. So why would you not want a product that both cleans and moisturizes the skin all at once and has a component that will help the skin retain the moisture it needs.

Sure some beauty bars claim to have moisturizers already in them but they are just more chemicals put in the bar to create that moisture or are some kind of wax to achieve it. Then the big companies strip the glycerin from the soap making process and put it in expensive lotions to have you buy more than one product to achieve the moisture your skin needs. In making natural soap you do not have that issue it is truly an all in one bar and you also know what you are putting on your skin and down your drain into the environment. Seeing as soap is all natural and biodegradable it is safer to the ecosystem as well. Commercial soaps have detergents in them and chemicals that can harm the ecosystem and damage our skin.

Another great thing about soap is the different kinds you can make or buy. I make two kinds, melt and pour and Cold Process. Melt and pour is just that you take a natural soap base and melt it down, add your natural fragrance, essential oils, natural colorants ect… Pour it into a mold and cut into bars to use. This takes the guess work out of the base and if you are nervous about working with Lye – Sodium Hydroxide (a natural component in all soaps) this is the way to go also this soap is ready to use when it is hardened. Cold process is what I like to call “from scratch” you melt all the oils and butters you are using and add your Lye water to cause Saponification the chemical reaction that makes soap. This is a creative and timely process because you have to let the soap Cure up to 4-6 weeks. It is worth the time creating a hard long lasting soap bar and makes sure the Lye is fully evaporated out of the soap and does not cause skin irritation. Here is a great article on the comparison of Dove vs. Handmade soap. (https://feltmagnet.com/crafts/a-side-by-side-comparison-of-handmade-soap-and-dove) Dove is supposed to be the most gentile out there and great for people with sensitive skin or other skin issues. I suffer from Psoriasis and Eczema and have had great results switching to handmade natural soaps and use to be a Dove only bar user myself. I will never go to commercial brands again and am happy to make the switch I hope you find your way to natural soap as well.

 

~Monica

 

*This information is from my own research and understanding of soap making. I hope you find this information informative and you make the switch as well*

 

 

 

Resources: https://www.brambleberry.com/Cold-Process-Soaps.aspx