Let's Talk About Soap
What is Lye used for?
What makes an organic soap organic? What is lye used for and is it organic? The definition of organic is something derived or relating to organic matter. But when you go to the grocery store and see a banana labeled as organic that is not what they producers of the banana mean to convey to you. They want you to believe that the banana was grown without the use of pesticid [...]
Tea Tree Oil for Dry Scalp
Many people suffer from dry scalp and dandruff. If you find yourself with a flaky scalp, do some research about the differences between dandruff and dry scalp before you commit to a treatment of any kind, especially if you are going to use tea tree oil for dry scalp. In my opinion, the majority of people who attempt to treat their flakes with dandruff shampoo are actually suf [...]
The Best Soap for Eczema Sufferers
Eczema is a conditions whose symptoms include itchy, red, and dry skin caused by inflammation. It’s most commonly found in children, although adults can get it. Bad eczema needs to be treated with oral medications, steroid creams and light therapy. But light eczema can be helped with the right soap. The best soap for eczema sufferers is one that will clean and won’t rob [...]
The Best Soap for Men
We use soap to wash our cars, wash our house, wash our bodies, and wash our dogs. Do we use the same soap for all purposes? Of course not! Some soaps and detergents are suited better for your car than your house. But are some soaps better for one person than another? I believe so. Some soaps will work better for those with oily skin and other soaps will moisturize. Some soaps c [...]
What is Soap Made of?
Soap is made from fats or oils that have remarkable diversity. Soap is almost as culturally different as food is. Yes soap can be fragranced different with essential oils or other scents. But the real difference comes from the fats that make up the soap. What is soap made of depends on what the soap maker has on hand. I saw an article online a while ago about a soap ma [...]
The Best Natural Soap for Acne
The more I washed my face the more it broke out. I was a teenager and had just made fun of my sister because of her acne. And so what did the karma Gods curse me with? Even worse acne! I washed and washed and then I washed some more thinking that I had to get rid of this oil. I used a harsh toner and an even harsher chemical on the zits themselves And guess what? I [...]
Why use natural soap? There are many reasons. For one, it is what humans have been doing for thousands of years – What did your ancient ancestors do to clean themselves? Did they run to the local grocer to pick up soaps with harsh chemicals and dyes? Or did they make their own soaps? There have been archaeological digs from thousands of years ago that have uncovered s [...]
Soap Making Methods: Hot Process
Soap is simple to understand when you break down what you need to make it: water, lye and fat. Everything else is just razzle-dazzle. The two soap making methods are very similar. The soap making method that we call hot process just speeds up the curing process. The soaps can be used almost immediately. You get soap through the saponificiation process and for [...]
How to Make Bath Bombs
Bath bombs are something that I continue to find lots of interest in. I love my baths. There is nothing like soaking in some nice warm (or in my case super hot) water and reading a magazine. The world just gets tuned down for a bit. There are very few things more relaxing. Now if we add a bath bomb to the mix we get a whole new dimension. These little spheres will s [...]
Soap Making Ingredients
Everyone has a different take on soap. There are as many ways to make soap as there are people. There are even countless recipes. Hard soft, soft soap, soap that lathers, soap that moisturizes, soap that exfoliates, etc. There’s everything from extremely basic to outrageously unpractical. The truth of the matter is that to make soap you need you really don’t need mu [...]
Soap Making Equipment
Learning to make soap is a rewarding and fun activity. Not only is it fun to do but afterwards you are left with a fantastic product that you get to enjoy multiple times a day! But just like a lot of things in life there is a little bit of a set up and cost involved. To start making soap you will need the following soap making equipment. Electronic Scale – You ne [...]
The Best Essential Oils For Soap Making
There are so many wonderful oils in this world. And just about anything can be made into an oil. I think that is why so many of us earth citizens are worried about the biodiversity lost here on earth. To say nothing of the animals and insects we lose each year, we don’t know what the vast majority of the plants can be used for. There are amazing discoveries and breakt [...]
At times we search long and far to the solution for our beauty needs. Marketers would love to sell you high priced soaps and shampoos with outrageous ingredients and unnecessary additives and dyes. Well luckily Mother Nature has provided us with one of the simplest, best, and naturally occurring beauty products. It is Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). It's hard to get better t [...]
What is saponification?
What is saponification? Saponification can occur in nature with animal and even human corpses (adipocere). It can even cause damage to oil paintings causing soap lumps to bloom in famous works of art. But with respect to making the soap making it’s the way we turn fat (or oils) into glycerol. Lye is a strong base and we don’t want to be washing with it. But when mi [...]
Bovine Colostrum Soap
All skin types can use bovine colostrum soap. This product is perfect for maintaining youthful and glowing skin. Colostrum Soap is highly recommended for dry and sensitive skin. Colostrum is so rich and full of vitamins and fat, the perfect food for new babies and the ultimate ingredient in making soap. It has also proven effective for those suffering from various skin c [...]
When was Soap Invented?
I have often been asked when was soap invented? Soap in its many different forms has been around for thousands years. There is certainly very good evidence that most of the major ancient civilizations used soap. We have archaeological evidence that suggests the Incas, the Aztecs, the Romans, the Persians, the Ancient Greeks, certainly the Egyptians, possibly the ancient C [...]
Best Soap for Sensitive Skin
There are as many different types of soap as there are people. There are oils, beans, extracts, exfoliates, moisturizers, and fragrance a plenty to choose from. And these soaps can be fun as long as they work for your skin. But what if you are one of the millions that have sensitive skin and the regular soaps irritate your skin? What is the best soap for sensitive skin? [...]