I make soap. A lot of soap. Let me tell you why.
Fist off, let’s talk about the human body. An organ is a collection of different tissues which have a particular organization and perform one (or several) common functions. And that's exactly what skin is. The skin is the largest organ of the body, with a total area of about 18 square feet. The skin protects us from microbes and the elements, helps regulate body temperature and permits the sensations of touch, heat, and cold. Simply put, healthy skin is vital for our survival both emotionally and physically. To boost these capabilities, we need to learn how to better care for our skin. What we put on our skin is just as important as what we put in our body; both affect the well being of our entire body.
My handmade, small batch soaps are good for your body. They are full of good oils and butters like Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter and any other number of oils with amazing properties to take care of your skin. It can have herbs and flowers either powdered or infused in the oil that are good for you. Goat milk, coconut milk, cow milks, honey, beeswax can all be added to handmade soap and the soap will not lose the benefit of these ingredients. Activated charcoal, French green clay, natural colorants, pigments and micas are used to color the soap. Scents are either Essential Oils or Fragrance Oils and both are safe for the skin and body when used in soaps. My natural handmade soap has extra oils left in to nurture your skin and the soaps can be customized to fit your needs.
So, the question of LYE always comes up. Lye is Sodium Hydroxide or Potassium Hydroxide. I use Sodium Hydroxide. Yes, it is a chemical compound, NaOH, and it is made from salt. In order to make soap, you must have a chemical reaction called saponification. This is when the lye (base) reacts with the oils (acids) and creates soap. When the process of saponification is complete, there is no longer any lye in the soap. It is just soap. I also use Sodium lactate, which is a liquid salt added to cooled lye water in order to speed up unmolding time. Using sodium lactate produces harder, longer-lasting bars of cold process soap. Derived from the natural fermentation of sugars found in corn and beets, sodium lactate is the sodium salt of lactic acid.
Commercial soap is full of chemicals like Polyquaterniums, Sodium Laureth Sulfate or Propylene Glycol to name just a few. Our skin absorbs these chemicals and these affect our whole system. The next time you lather up with a bar of commercial detergent, slather on a chemical laden lotion or soak in a tub, remember that your skin absorbs a large percentage of what you put on it. And I choose not to do that to my body.
And that is why I make soap.
Till next time