Instead of writing a thesis on all the reasons, I’m going to write this as a series. The first installment has to do with glycerin.
The quick insight is….natural soap is best for your skin because it retains glycerine, naturally created during the soap making process (saponification.) When making soap, you primarily use three ingredients:
2) A Hydroxide (could be sodium or potassium or a combo of both)
Then of course you can (and should) get fancy and add in lots of fun stuff like essential oils, botanicals, exfoliants, etc. But, the essential ingredients are just the oil, lye and water. So, when these chemically come together you no longer have oil and lye. Instead you have soap and glycerine, with some water and maybe some extra oil. Soap made this way is very gentle on the skin, it doesn’t strip the skin of all its oils and leave you with a dry itchy feeling. On the contrary, it leaves you feeling moisturized and, depending on your climate, you may not even need lotion or any other body moisturizer!
One of my friends that started using my soap experienced this “transitioning” and said she thought it was some sort of scum on her skin as she was used to that squeaky-clean-dry feeling. But she realized after a few uses that the soap was actually leaving her skin moisturized, so much so she didn’t need to slather on a bunch of body oil.
So why do we care about glycerin? It’s a humectant which means it draws moisture to the skin. The extra oils and glycerin from a natural soap will keep your skin from that itchy dry feeling most people associate with soap. The humectant retains moisture while any remaining oils in the soap trap it in. You’ll feel the difference right away. For my soap, I formulate it in such a way where there’s always some extra fatty acids floating around; that’s one reason it’s so gentle.
The typical commercial soap you see in grocery stores REMOVE glycerine as part of their soap making process to use for other products; or to sell off. It’s kinda like how the tobacco companies remove the nicotine but then add it back in. Some things are better left alone. And I guess, some things you just need to leave alone – period.
Now, what about glycerin soap you ask? Well now dearest, that’s a WHOLE other discussion. Let’s just say the use of the word “glycerine” is more than a bit misleading. I’ll address that in another post.
In the meantime, get yourself some of our soap, your skin will be so happy! 🙂