• Soap was first used as a medicinal agent.
• The Egyptians regularly bathed, using a soap made by combining animal fats with wood ash.
• Real soap is created by combining a strong alkali (lye) with oils and fats.
• Real soap made with natural ingredients often has a healing effect on acne, eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions.
• The soapmaking process, called “saponification,” separates the oils’ fatty acid bonds and combines them with molecules in the lye to form a salt. This salt is what we refer to as “soap.” (Yes, some salts are soft.)
• Most commercial soaps are not true soap, but are a combination of chemical detergents, artificial lathering agents and toxic chemicals.
• After a perfectly balanced saponification process finishes, the soap no longer contains lye or fat. Both are “consumed” during the saponification process.
• The best soapmakers add extra oils to their recipes. Doing so means some of the oils do not saponify and remain in the soap. This is called “superfatting” and creates a very moisturizing, nourishing bar of soap. Natural Handmade Soap.
• Glycerin, a natural moisturizer, is a natural product created during the soapmaking process. Commercial soap manufacturers remove the glycerin, replacing it with artificial detergents and other chemicals. This creates a soap that is very drying to the skin. Real, homemade soap retains the glycerin.
• A single bar of commercial bar soap may contain over 20 toxic ingredients, many of which have been connected to cancer, endocrine issues, skin problems and more.
• The lather, hardness and moisturizing qualities of a soap are dependent on the various oils used in the recipe.
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