Burst the Bubble!!
Here are some great "Neat to Know" tidbits
Care for your Natural Handmade Soap
- Our handmade soaps do not contain any synthetic preservatives or artificial hardeners, nor does it need to. With a little TLC, you can prolong the life of your soap and it will thank you.
- Store your soap on a well drained soap dish.
- Don't drown your soap in water.
- Use a natural wash cloth or loofah to extend its life.
- Let your soap dry out between uses.
- Use your fresh new soap within 6 months of purchase.
- Store unused soap in a dark cool place like a lingerie drawer or linen closet.
About Cold Processed Soap
Simply put, cold processed handcrafted soap naturally produces a bar that is rich in glycerin which is a natural emollient that draws moisture from the air to your skin for its benefit. It is also rich in nutrients for the skin.
There are many different oils that can be used to make soap. Each oil will contribute different qualities to your bar of soap. Finding a great combination is key, just as it is for a great chef and his recipe. Some oils offer more lather, some more hardness, some more conditioning. An interesting tidbit - the expensive oil does not always make the better bar. For examble, pomace oil, which is less costly as extra virgin olive oil makes a nicer bar after the chemical process of saponification is finished. The more expensive extra virgin oil could best be left for moisturizing.
Ingredients on the Radar
Opt for products without fragrance added. Perfume oils, fragrance, perfume, parfum, potpourri oils, and nature identical oils are all different words for synthetic fragrance oils. Many people still enjoy a pleasant aroma in the bath and aromas heighten the bath experience, so we do still offer scented soaps, however, our goal is to steer more people on the path to 100% natural soaps even if it takes some scent persuasion.
Learn how to read the labels of your beauty and health care products. Especially if you are a mom with babies or small children. Start slow, there are a lot of latin words along with long chemical names. Just as a guide, learn to identify the "Dirty Dozen" ingredients investigated in the David Suzuki Foundation survey of chemicals in cosmetics. (Link below) This might be a good place to start. Of course the jury is still out on some of these ingredients, but it could not hurt to start to educate yourself.
After reading this page and armed yourself with some knowledge, try our natural soaps and feel how much better your skin feels. Make a note of how you feel mentally too.
David Suzuki's Dirty Dozen
BHA and BHT, Coal tar dyes, DEA, cocamide DEA and lauramide DEA, Dibutyl phthalate, Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives, Parabens, Parfum, PEGs, Petrolatum Siloxanes, Sodium laureth sulfate
The scoop on triclosans:
"Triclosan is the antibacterial agent commonly found in antibacterial soaps, lotions, acne products, cosmetics and other personal care products. It is classified as a pesticide by the EPA and as a drug by the FDA. The EPA considers it a possible risk to human health and to the environment. "Chemically triclosan is almost the same as some of the most toxic chemicals on earth: dioxins, PCB's, and Agent Orange. Its manufacturing process may produce dioxin, a powerful hormone-disrupting chemical with toxic effects in the parts per trillion (one drop in 300 Olympic-sized swimming pools!). If you use any products containing triclosan, my advice to you is to stop using them immediately and throw them away." - from Dr. Christine H. Farlow, author of Dying to Look Good.
Washing with plain soap and water has been proven to be just as effective.