Why use natural soap?
Most natural, organic, handmade soaps are great for your skin with lovely amazing moisturizing properties and can come in all different sizes, fragrances and colors. It’s mainly the natural oils and natural ingredients that make these soaps cost more but its worth the price when you can see and feel the difference in these soap bars which have remarkable moisturizing properties and are really good for your skin as well.
Each type of soap is different. Some soaps contain chemicals and others use more natural ingredients. All soaps, regardless of their ingredients, require a balance between fat and lye. Bars of soap should be able to balance the fatty acids so that it is hard, able to lather and moisturize skin. Commercially made soap manufacturers (Chemical/Detergent Soaps) remove the glycerine content that is produced during the saponification (soap making) process. This glycerine content is used as a by product for other industries, often sold to other companies who use it to make other products like balms, moisturizer’s, lotions and other stuff. However when you buy or use a natural soap like a cold process soap where the glycerine content is retained in the bar of soap you gain so many benefits from it like amazing moisturizing properties and an enriched felling to your skin from the quality oils in the natural soap.
Glycerin is also a humectant, drawing the moisture to your skin, allowing it to remain moisturized and fresh and not dried out from the harsh detergent. With the world today, we work harder, we work longer hours, we are just getting too busy to pamper ourselves and we seem to forget about what our skin/Epidermis goes through on a daily basis, things like Pollution, Sun Protection Factor, Ageing, not drinking enough water, bad dieting, unhealthy habits like smoking/drinking and not engaging in regular exercise all can take an effect on our skin. So something as little as soap can HELP your skin recover from our day to day life and revive your lovely skin. Handmade soap from the cold process also differs from industrially made soap in that an excess of fat is used, beyond that needed to consume the alkali (in a cold-pour process, this excess fat is called “superfatting”), and the glycerine left in acts as a moisturizing agent. However, the glycerine also makes the soap softer and less resistant to becoming “mushy” if left wet. Since it is better to add too much oil and have left-over fat, than to add too much lye and have left-over lye, soap produced from the hot process also contains left-over glycerine and its concomitant pros and cons.
Further addition of glycerine and processing of this soap produces glycerin soap. Superfatted soap is more skin-friendly than one without extra fat. However, if too much fat is added, it can leave a “greasy” feel to the skin. Sometimes, an emollient additive such as jojoba oil or shea butter is added “at trace” (i.e., the point at which the saponification process is sufficiently advanced that the soap has begun to thicken in the cold process method) in the belief that nearly all the lye will be spent and it will escape saponification and remain intact.
In the case of hot-process soap, an emollient may be added after the initial oils have saponified so they remain unreacted in the finished soap. Superfatting can also be accomplished through a process known as “lye discount” in which the soap maker uses less alkali than required instead of adding extra fats.
By purchasing Pure Handmade soaps made the right way with simple quality ingredients can be the best and most natural thing that you could ever do for your skin. Some people may question the benefits of natural handmade soaps but until you try them for yourself you will never know, but when or if you do try a wonderful handmade natural soap you will feel the benefits like your skin feels more moisturized in other words replenished and revitalized also people with skin conditions such as eczema, acne, psoriasis, dry or chapped skin will benefit from using a natural soap on your skin. ALL handmade soaps are made with sodium hydroxide (lye), however, when its made correctly, there is no LYE remaining in the final bars of soap after its cure time. Whether your soaps are manufactured by commercially made companies, or the smaller handcrafted soap maker, Lye has to be used to make the soap.