What makes our soap special?
The best thing about our soap bars is that they aren't just soap! We've calculated our soap contains around 23% of ingredients that are not soap, (compared to only 3% in milled soap, most of which is fragrance). So what are these extra ingredients and why do they matter?
Glycerin makes up about 9% of our soap bars by weight. We don't add this. It is created during the chemical reaction that creates the soap. Glycerin is a humectant. It draws moisture to itself and holds it there. It enhances the water holding capacity of your skin and can substitute for your skins own natural moisturising factors. Glycerin is grippy and isn't easily washed away. It is responsible for the dewey soft feeling after your shower.
Extra oils, (in our recipe about 6%) known to soapmakers as superfats, are added to create a safety margin in the soap making process. This ensures there is enough oil available so that all the sodium hydroxide is used up and is no longer present in the final soap. But when it comes to your skin these extra oils are more than just a safety feature. Those oils that survive the washing process remain on your skin to help soften it and to further reduce water loss through the skin.
The real quality of a soap bar is in the oils used to make the recipe. High quality, fresh, food grade and minimally refined oils all contain higher levels of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, triterpenes, tocopherols, squalene and so on. Refining processes like de-waxing, using older oils and overheating or microwaving oils can all reduce the quantity of these "unsaponifiables". In regular milled soap bars this good stuff is all washed away, to be reclaimed later on and sold separately but with a cold process soap they remain in the bar. We've chosen our oils to give us the maximum amount of these extra goodies, and we've added more ingredients to some ranges, like goat milk, aloe vera or coconut milk, to give us even more.
Our recipe is;
- designed to rinse easily to reduce irritation from residues
- low in oleic acid to reduce the sticky afterfeel
- low in coconut oil to reduce irritation
- high in cushiony oils to reduce stretching your skin while washing
- high in hard oils to help it last longer