Cold process soaps are much better for the environment, healthier for the skin and can be made incredibly moisturizing.
Have you ever read the ingredients on a bar of soap? Sometimes some of the ingredients look familiar and we are used to seeing them on a regular basis, but do we really know where they come from? Many ingredients in a regular bar of soap are fillers made from highly processed chemicals. Many natural ingredients listed, were in fact truly from nature but they have been extensively processed by a lab or factory so they no longer resemble their natural origin. When you use a bar of soap with these chemical fillers, they are absorb into your skin and washed down the drain into the world! Always remember your skin is porous, it is not a real barrier and it will absorb what you put on it. I can’t eat citric acid, so any product containing it is automatically out. If I wouldn’t eat something, I wouldn’t put it on my body!
“Commercial soap manufacturers make it a practice to remove the glycerine that is produced during the saponification (soap-making) process. The glycerine is a highly profitable substance, often sold to other companies who use it to make lotions and moisturizers, which your skin, now dried out from the harsh detergent ‘soap,’ desperately needs.” Our soap contain 22% to 25% naturally produced glycerine through saponification.
Cold process soaps will clean and moisturize without added filler chemicals. They are made with simple ingredients. Lye sounds scary since it is a caustic ingredient that is used in some cleaning products. Lye is a simple chemical compound Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH). When lye is combined with oils or fats, it goes through a process called saponification. This is a completely natural process and when it is complete there is no longer lye or oil, just “salt’ and “glycerine” the real cold process soap! The salt is sodium, then name of the oilate solid bar, like sodium cocoate.
I personally recommend only using real cold process soaps made with truly natural organic oils, essential oils and real ingredients. If you don’t know what it is, don’t put it on your skin!
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Please note cold process soap works well for specific set of allergies & sensitivities, please discuss any choices you make with your own medical professionals. This information is not intended to substitute for medical advice.