Why use cold process soap?
Did you know that most commercial "soaps" are actually detergents, and offer very few natural benefits to the skin. Synthetic detergents make these "soaps" a cosmetic rather than actual soap.
There was once a time when all soap was handmade. The traditional way to create it was, and still is, called the cold process. Once the soap mixture has been prepared it’s poured into molds to saponify for a day, taken out to dry for a day, and then cut into bars of soap and left to cure for a month or more. It’s as natural as soap gets, and that’s exactly how we make our soaps.
At the turn of the 19th century, when it was discovered that glycerin could be extracted from soap, everything changed. With the growth of industrial manufacturing, the small handmade soap makers were pushed out by bigger companies who capitalized on being able to extract valuable glycerin, which could be sold or used in other more lucrative products.
The glycerin-free soap became a by-product, was mixed with cheap synthetic ingredients to imitate true soap, and was sold much cheaper than traditional handmade soap makers could compete with. Crazy right?!
Once you have used a handmade bar of natural soap, it is impossible to ever go back to feeling satisfied with using commercial "soap". It only takes one experience with real artisan soap to realize the difference, it just feels so much better on your skin. Our soap bars are cold-processed and made from scratch in small batches, using natural and organic butters and oils. The cold-process method takes more time, but produces the highest quality and most gentle bars of soap. Our soaps are coloured with herbs natural extracts, clays, and herbs. And scented with only essential oils, no fragrance or synthetic ingredients.
Our goal is to provide safe, healthy, non toxic +
nourishing products from our family and yours. Our natural soap bars are nourishing for the body and do not strip away the skin's natural moisture as they cleanse.
Handmade soap is derived from raw natural sources such as plant-based oils and butters. Soap-making involves combining fats and oils with sodium hydroxide (lye) to form glycerin and fatty acid salts. Most commercial "soaps" you buy from the drugstore are not soap but detergents. These detergents are synthetic agents that often contain harsh chemicals and hardeners that can be irritating for the skin.
Soap is environmentally friendly because it is completely biodegradable, while detergents are non-biodegradable. Soap bars use little or no packaging, so you don't have to contribute to the land-fill site with your empty body wash bottles.
Cold process soaps keep all of the nourishing ingredients undamaged so that they moisturize rather than dry out and strip the skin. The natural butters and oils help to heal and protect. Handmade soap can be made with natural oils, butters, clays, flowers, milks, botanical extracts, salts and essential oils which contribute to therapeutic properties and aromas.
Soap contains glycerin which is a natural by product of the soap making process, and is a wonderful humectant for the skin. This means that it draws and holds moisture to the skin leaving it supple and hydrated long after your shower, and continues to attract moisture from the air to your skin throughout the day. Glycerin increases the permeability of the skin to help increase hydration, and it contributes to a creamy lather. Commercial soaps often have the glycerin removed to be sold as a lucrative bi-product, and therefore will often leave your skin feeling dry.