There are several reasons to swap to natural handmade soap. Why should you bother you might ask? In this time of Covid 19, you may find you have dry and sensitive skin caused by constant washing. This could be due to the soap you are using! In particular alcohol-based hand gels are very drying to hands. Plant-based oils and herbs and botanicals are used far more in natural handmade soap. These are derived from nature so don’t contain chemicals and synthetic ingredients; which can affect the skin by producing sensitivities and drying it out. Many mass-produced soaps contain preservatives and detergents. For instance; glycerin is often removed from the product as it can be used in other products that make more money.
Ingredients and moisturising abilities.
The whole process of making natural hand-crafted soap is completely different from manufacturing mass-produced soap. It’s far more small scale and niche. With our own range of natural soap, we make soap by using an ancient method called the cold process. The process entails means mixing the oils with sodium hydroxide (lye) which causes saponification. Simply Put saponification combines the fats and lye and combines it into soap and alcohol. No lye is left in the soap once this process has completed. The art is to combine certain oils together and they determines the hardness, aroma, cleansing, lather, and moisturizing abilities of soaps.
This preserves glycerine and uses far more natural ingredients. soap makers can use any type of oil including animal oils however we use plant-based oils such as coconut oil, shea butter, olive oil, grapeseed, and plant-based butters such as mango & cocoa butter that are not harmful and do no damage to the skin. Cold-Process soaps tend to be superfatted. This means that there is a surplus oil left in the soap that doesn’t saponify. As a result, there is more fat left in the soap after the process of saponification. The soap is then more creamy and moisturising. Another issue is to ensure the product is cruelty-free. By using oils and butters and ensuring the soap maker knows the origin. We as a natural handmade soap company completely palm-oil-free.
SLS and Parabens
A lot of mass-produced hand washes, beauty bars, and toiletries and beauty products contain Parabens which are a range of cheap antimicrobials that are used in cosmetics and toiletries to preserve the products so no mould or yeasts grow. This means the product will last longer and is more economical for the manufacturer.
Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) is another cheap ingredient to increase foaming but did you know it’s also used on car engines as a degreaser. This can strip the skin of oil. Profit is a driving factor in ensuring washes and beauty bars last longer.
A lot of products that claim to clean the skin cannot be called ‘soap’ hence they are called washes or beauty bars. Our Soaps and shampoos made by the cold-process method retain their glycerin and they contain no SLS or parabens. The reason they lather well is the combination of plant-based oils or using honey or agave syrup in the vegan soaps and shampoos. Glycerin is a humectant which just means it is attracted to moisture. It retains moisture in the skin and this is the reason that if you leave a natural soap in water it will goes mushy. The simple trick is to keep it dry by draining it out of water or use a soap saver bag.
Synthetic colourants and fragrances.
Fragrance oils come in an amazing range of scents and this is why they are used. They’re also cheaper than pure essential oils. The trouble I have with them is they are synthetic and made up of chemicals. Synthetic colours are derived from unnatural ingredients. Synthetic fragrances don’t contain any beneficial qualities but using pure essential oils have many benefits for the skin & body. Some soap makers will also use mica, glitters and other unnatural ways of colouring their soaps however my ethos is to ‘do no harm to the planet so I use pure essential oils in my soapmaking. They’re extracted from herbs, flowers, and plants, most often through steam distillation which is a gentle process that ensures the sensitive compounds don’t break down.
It is the description of natural handmade soap that makes the difference. The colours should be derived from natural resources such as plants, clays herbs and spices; themselves having healing and beneficial properties.
A huge issue for everyone is this one of reducing waste. A whopping 91% of plastic isn’t recycled. Its put into landfill or incinerated. We also know a lot of it ends up in our oceans. Buying soaps and shampoos in plastic doesn’t help the planet but only adds to the waste. We know some of the ingredients are toxic once they get into the water system and impact on our wildlife.
Time for change:
The human skin is delicate and needs to last you a lifetime. In fact the same applies to dog skin. If you are asking yourself “what is good for my dry skin?” or even “what is good for my dogs dry skin?”. Look no further than 100% natural handmade soap.