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Why Choose Hand Made Soap

Natural Soap…

There’s no better feeling than clean skin, along with water, it helps to remove dirt, bacteria and grime and it’s no surprise to know that soap has been made for hundreds of years. The processes of soap making of yesteryear are pretty much the same as they are today and a basic soap making process involves just a few ingredients.



Natural Soap Making Process…


The ingredients for soap occur naturally and are readily available. Natural colouring & fragrance, butters, oils and lye that produce soaps that are pure, safe and gentle enough to use daily.

The soap maker can gather inspiration from the world around them, colours, shapes, textures and aromas.

Traditional Cold Process Soap…

Making soap using this traditional method follows this basic formula:


  •  Vegetable oils/butters that are high in fatty acids are blended

  • At 80-100 degrees C alkali is added. For soft soaps, potassium hydroxide. For hard soaps, sodium hydroxide. When added to the oils, saponification occurs. The alkali acts as a catalyst to speed the reaction but is not present in the end product.

At one time. The alkali was obtained from burning vegetation or wood. Nowadays, the alkali is obtained from much cleaner processes to produce NaOH or KOH.

Soap made from this process is normally very gentle and not likely to cause skin irritation due to the natural and usually carefully chosen ingredients. In contrast, synthetic soap often contain harsh dyes and other synthetics that can cause the skin to become dry and irritated. Dry skin can become cracked leaving it vulnerable to infection (so commercial soap may not be the healthiest choice).

Methods of Natural Soap Making…

There are four basic methods of making soap by hand, ranging from the relatively simple to the more tricky:

  1.  Recycling/rebatching – by collecting odds and ends of soap, grinding and remixing them.

  2.  Melt & Pour – Using pre-made soap that is melt and other ingredients added to it. Some very complex variations can be achieved using this method.  It is also worth noting that this type of soap often has a much higher glycerin content than similar commercial soaps.

  3. Cold Process – Although a little more technical, the soap is made from scratch using raw ingredients. The advantage of this method is there is total control of the formulation.
     
  4.  Hot Process – very much like the cold process except the mixture is heated.

Hand Made Over Commercial Soap…


Most of us use soap all the time, showering, bathing hand washing. It is an essential part of most daily grooming and cleansing routines. But why choose hand made over commercial products? Is there any difference?


Commercial Products Vs Hand Made:

Commercially produced soap often contains different, and frequently harsher, ingredients such as:

  • Detergents
  • Harsh synthetic fragrances
  • Harsh synthetic dyes
  • Other (cost effective) chemicals for large-scale processes


These can irritate the skin or even cause allergic reactions. The chemicals within large-scale production soap can rob the skin of its natural oils leading to a drying & sensitising effect, which can contribute to contact dermatitis. Also, many chemical additives have the ability to absorb into the body through the skin and has the potential to cause harm to the body. 


Why Hand Made Soap Is A Healthy Choice...


Makers of natural hand made soap really care about their formulations. They work hard to produce formulas and ingredient combinations that respect the skin’s natural functions. When you consider that soap is often used all over the body, switching to hand crafted, natural soap where the maker has made careful and respectful ingredient choices, you are taking a big step forward in reducing the amount of chemical additives and preservatives you expose your skin (and indeed body) to every day. 


Hand made soaps look so unique and individual. Sometimes created with lovely natural imperfections that are so, well…. perfect. Many look good enough to eat and are often made with a high % of edible ingredients (although then end product obviously is not).  It is worth noting that the listing of ingredients using long chemical names is not, as some would have us believe, to hide the reality of the constituents but because of EU Legislation



 
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