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Soap knowledge and insight

If I may, I'd like to give a bit of soap education...

Bar soap has been all people ever used to get clean, it is liquid soaps (the majority of which are harsh detergents) that are the new kid on the block. The base of true soap is the combination of nourishing oils mixed with sodium hydroxide (commonly called lye) with a liquid, (water, milk, beer...) and this process is called saponification. You may have heard someone say you can make soap without lye-thinking lye is the bad guy. Myself, as well as every other cold or hot process soaper will cheerfully tell you that is false. It is literally not even possible to make soap without it. Lye is used in an array of commonly used products, as well as cured foods such as jerky and dried fruits. If you think about it, anything used in an uneducated or abusive way is harmful, knowing how to use such an ingredient in a safe and knowledgeable way is beautiful, soapy chemistry.

Liquid soaps, lotions and hair care are mostly water. They need antifungal preservatives to prevent unwanted mold and bacterial growth, stabilizers so that the liquid stays at the right consistency, lathering and rinse off agents. When chosen correctly, with good skin health in mind there are gentle, natural alternatives to many of these. However, the majority of the products found on store shelves do not do that, as it is not at all cost effective. Here is where price becomes an issue for some. Those harsh chemical agents mentioned above are cheap and create the most profit. When you know and practice the correct way to use and store your favorites, they can last much longer than those filled with water and harmful ingredients. We also choose not to add Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (SLSA), Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulphate (SLES), Parabens, Phthyalates or Sulfates to anything we make. Do you get sores on your scalp, or inside your mouth? It is likely the result of one or more of those harsh ingredients. If you want to know why, just google any of those words to educate yourself. All of our ingredients are found listed with what we make. We want to give you complete ingredient transparency.

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