QUESTIONS ASKED… AND ANSWERED……
What’s the difference between store bought soap and handmade soap?
Most people don’t know that commercially manufactured soaps contain petroleum products, alcohols, synthetics and preservatives. Some of the famous brand name soaps that you buy today are actually not soap at all. Nowhere on the packages does the word "soap" appear, rather the products are labeled "Beauty Bars" or "Deodorant Bars". These Beauty Bars also contain chemical components called "Builders" that increase the efficiency of the soap. In natural soap there are no "Builders" and the glycerin that is a natural by-product of soap remains in the soap
These commercial bars are made with cheap ingredients such as petroleum oils and are mass produced with added preservatives. Commercial manufacturers also remove the beneficial and moisturizing natural glycerin from their bars to put into their more expensive skin care products. These products are more drying and less beneficial than a real soap made from natural oils. Natural, hand made soap is carefully crafted a little at a time out of good quality oils, herbs, spices, and fragrance oils.
Isn't there lye in home made soap?
soap is made with lye, but there is no lye remaining in the finished
product. Any soaper who claims that they make their soap with no lye, is
lying. Any advertisements that say that the soap contains no lye is
just a marketing stint. Soap making is a chemical reaction. All
soaps are a mixture of an alkali and oil. Lye is a mixture of sodium
hydroxide and liquid (in our case, goats milk). For anything to have
cleaning and lathering qualities it has to have some sort of alkali.
When an alkali is added to oils saponification occurs and produces soap.
Detergents use petroleum products whereas soaps are made with organic
I once had a soaper at a market tell me that she does not use any lye in her soap. Curious on how she was going to explain this one, I asked her if she made cold process or melt and pour soap? She claimed that she did not use lye with her soap and that she melted it down so that her soap was very mild and good for my skin. I advised her that the method that she used was melt and pour where you buy big blocks of soap that has already gone through the “cold process” stage and that yes, there was lye used to make the bulk soap that she bought. She looked at me confused and said that she would have to check into that. No Lye… No Soap… there are no if’s, and’s or but’s about it!
Why use handmade soap?
What is this “cold process” method?
Cold process soap making involves working with fats, liquid and an alkali. Soap is created when oils like coconut, palm and olive oil are blended together with the alkali; sodium hydroxide (more commonly known as lye). As the two are stirred together, a chemical reaction begins, blending all the oil with the lye mixture which turns all the ingredients into soap. A properly made bar has no free lye in it, and is gentle and cleansing. With the cold process method, the soap must cure (dry) for a period of time before packaging. The longer the cure, the better the bar. Cold process method is certainly not the fastest way to use handmade soap, but it is the best!
What is the
difference between the process of making commercial soaps and handmade
cold process soaps?
Do the larger
companies make cold processed soap?
Is there vegetable
glycerin in this soap?
What is saponified
What is shea butter? And
why do you use it in soaps?
Why don't you make bulk
soap that can be cut by the customers?
Can your soap be used
for sensitive skin?
Why don't you use only essential oils in your soap?
I have chosen to use both essential oils and fragrance oils with my soap. The fragrance oils that I use are purchased from reputable soap suppliers and they are body and skin safe. Some fragrance oils contain essential oils as part of the natural components or constituents. Some do not. Some contain synthetically made constituents of essential oils.
Price is a factor with the oils that I use to scent our soaps with. It takes many, usually hundreds of, pounds of plant material to make a pound of essential oil. It takes about 200 pounds of lavender to make a pound of lavender essential oil. It takes over 2000 pounds of rose petals to make a pound of rose essential oil. (That's why it's SO expensive!)
Certain essential oils will fade with time if you don't use your soap. This tends to be more of the citrus essentials oils. Fragrance oils will normally hold their scent for a long period of time.
Essential oils are powerful organic chemicals. But the same care should be taken whether using fragrance or essential oils in your candles and soap. Chemicals are chemicals whether they're created in a lab, or created in nature. The ironic thing is that fragrance oils are tested and are body safe. Just because something is natural doesn't mean it's safe to put in or on your body.
So which is better you ask? I love essential oils. I also love fragrance oils. I use both of them in our soaps. I do not believe that either one is inherently better than the other. They both have their proper uses, cautions and advantages. Like with all things, it is up to us candle makers and soap makers to learn all we can so that we can make educated choices about the products we make.
I do not believe that a soap made with only essential oils is better than soap made with fragrance oils. I don't believe that our soaps that have fragrance oils in them are not natural at all. They are as natural as I can make them, that's why I called my soap company Our Natural Creations. In my opinion, any soap that is handmade, whether it have essential oils or fragrance oils, is 2000 times better than soap you buy in a store. But that is just my two scents worth... ;O)
What are the benefits of Goat Milk?
Goat's milk is a natural emollient that helps soothe and moisturize the skin. It contains vitamins A, B6, B12 and E. Goat's milk has 3 times more beta-casein than cow's milk. Caseins are easily absorbed into the skin and allow for quick hydration of dry skin. The content of triglycerides, capric, caprylic and caproic acid helps balance the skin's natural pH and promotes natural exfoliation of dry skin.