Why Use Our Handcrafted Soaps?
Why Use Our Handcrafted Soaps?
Once you have experienced how your skin feels using handcrafted soap made similar to the way they have been for thousands of years but, with a modern twist, you will also want to have.......
A Quick Abbreviated History of Soap.
Seems that soap has been around for at least since 2800 BC.
Let's see, 2800 BC + 2020 AD = 4820 years total. That's a long time! (I love learning history.)
Soap was used in its beginnings for cleaning utensils and during the manufacturing (making) of wool and textiles. (Does that mean doing laundry too?) Then, not much later soap was use medicinally.
Fun Fact: Did you know that the word soap is derived from the Latin word sopa?
How did our fore parents so many generations ago make soap?
Well, I am glad you asked.....
In the 1800's, often soap was made from these three basic ingredients: animal fat or plant oils, lye and water.
The fat called tallow was rendered or separated from the other parts of the animal with heat and water.
The wooden ashes from the fire place or fire pit were soaked in water. The water solution was poured off and combined with the fats or oils in a big pot over heat outside. This mixture was stirred most of the day until it became thick.
Below, I am all protective geared up and with exhaust fans while stirring a small tester batch of soap. There are fumes from the lye-water chemical reaction and a caustic nature.
Usually I make big batches of soap, but when I am developing new recipes, I start off with a small batch as you can see here in this photo.
When we add the lye-water mixture to the oils and/or fats there is another chemical reaction that results to make soap with glycerin. This is called saponification. (I now can appreciate my chemistry classes.)
In about 48 hours, the full saponification process Is complete and I will not need to wear gloves or other protective gear.
Next, they poured the thick mixture into different wooden or clay molds which were left to sit until the mixture was hard enough to cut into chunks.
Below you can see I also use handmade wooden molds that are lined with paper (to easily remove the soap) to pour my soap mixture into until it hardens enough to cut into bars.
At this point in the process, the soap can be used. But the soap will get harder and last longer if the cut bars are put in a warm, dry environment with good air flow to assist the curing of the soaps. Curing is the evaporation of the majority of the water that was used in the soap making process.
Below are our soaps in our temperature controlled curing room before they are available to sell.
Our artisan soap today contains the much desired glycerin and soap from the saponification that makers of soap have kept in their soaps for thousand of years.
Soap is for cleaning. Glycerin is a humectant which may help retain and reduce the loss of moisture wherever we use it. We love that for our skin, our hands and our feet.
The glycerin part of soap in the mid 1900's was removed and sold separately by many manufacturers because of its desirable qualities of attracting water molecules for moisture.
Hmmmm, perhaps the commercial soap you are using could have the glycerin removed?
We looked for & tested natural ingredients that provide the qualities for our soaps that we desired for our families, our friends and now for you.
Enjoy them and the rest of our products as much as we do.
Well, that's the end today for the first part of the series entitled, "Why Use Our Handcrafted Natural Soap?
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