NATURAL COLD PROCESS SOAPS
Cold Process soapmaking is the act of mixing fixed oils ( like Olive oil, Coconut and Palm oil) with an alkali (Sodium Hydroxide or Lye). The result is a chemical process called saponification, where the composition of the oils change with the help of the lye to create a bar of soap.
Cold-process soaps melt into the skin for optimum moisturization, unlike other types of soap that can be hard, scratchy or drying. All the oils that are used in cold process soap making are luxurious natural ingredients that are completely preserved through the cold process. Also, cold process soap is cured for between four and six weeks, intensifying the scent of the essential oils which are used in it for theurapeutic reasons.
Handmade cold process soap offers you glycerine. Glycerine is created by the chemical process that happens during the soap making process. Most Commercial soaps actually extract the glycerine out of the soap and sell it as a seperate product. The Glycerine in soap acts as a hemectant. Meaning it attracts moisture to the skin. Commercial soaps available in store today are not really soap at all, but detergents. Detergents are petroleum based products, which leaves your skin feeling dry, itchy, and tight.
Soap has natural moisturizing qualities which have been stripped from modern factory soaps. While soap is used as a “cleanser”, factory soap is more like a “detergent” and will dry and irritate our skin. The reason why factory soaps do this to our skin and handmade soaps don’t is due to removal of glycerin (a natural bi-product of oil) by commercial soap makers for use in expensive moisturizers and other skin care products. The use of synthetic, harmful chemicals in factory soap has been scientifically proven to cause harm to the skin over long periods of time. Handmade soaps used all time by our ancestors due to their health benefits. Handmade soaps contain the natural glycerin (a humectant in nature) and draws moisture to our skin keeping it healthy and nourished. Handmade soaps have always been known for the effective cleaning power but scientific studies have shown the benefits of handmade soap to be incredible. It’s always been speculated that the handmade soap has built-in healing properties. People suffering from skin disorders like eczema, or have excessively sensitive skin, have found relief through the use of handmade soap.
Compared to the factory produced soaps, handmade soaps are much more mild and skin friendly.
Activated Charcoal: Activated charcoal means the carbon is infused with oxygen and is prepared for human ingestion (in the case of poisoning or detox) and skincare products. This oxygenation creates a super porous surface, increasing its ability to absorb matter and toxins. Possibly the most absorbent cosmetic ingredient out there, activated charcoal is said to have the ability to absorb thousands of times its own weight. This super absorbency, plus antibacterial properties, makes activated charcoal an ideal ingredient for oily and acne prone skin types. It is used in acne products to draw out impurities, heal pimples, and prevent further breakouts. Also an anti-aging ingredient, activated charcoal is said to tighten pores and smooth the skin. It also reduces inflammation, which is significant in preventing premature aging. Frankincense essential oil is a powerful astringent, meaning it helps protect skin cells. It can be used to help reduce acne blemishes, the appearance of large pores and wrinkles.
Frankincense has the ability to strengthen skin and improve its tone, elasticity, defense mechanisms against bacteria or blemishes, and appearance as someone ages. Studies have shown that it helps tone and lift skin, reduces appearance of scars and acne, and heals wounds. It can also be beneficial for fading of stretchmarks, surgery scars or marks associated with pregnancy, and for healing dry or cracked skin.
Ideal for sensitive or dry/mature skin
Pink Clay is a very gentle clay known for drawing out impurities without drying your skin. This is a truly beautifying and skin softening face and body soap. Pink Clay Soap is refreshing with its citrus and floral scent, and has a silky smooth texture. This soap is especially suited to sensitive or dry skin types but also works well as a face and body soap for most skin types. Pink Clay: Pink Clay is for cell renewal, skin rejuvenation, and improving elasticity. It is very good for mature skin. It is high in Iron Oxide and Silica which help to regenerate skin tissue. Geranium Essential Oil: A natural anti-inflammatory, beneficial in balancing both dry and oily skin types. Sweet Orange Essential Oil: A natural detoxifier that is very good for maintaining healthy, smooth skin.
Exfoliation bar soap ideal for all skin types.
Oatmeal (Genus Species name, Avena sativa L) is finely ground oatmeal. Oatmeal and its natural oil coat, moisturize, protect and gently cleanse, while correcting the pH of itchy or inflamed skin back to normal. Colloidal oatmeal’s scientific qualities are due to its many natural chemicals. Saponins (a form of natural detergent) comprise its cleaning ability. It also has a high level of starch and beta-glucan (a polysaccharide with inhibiting abilities), which is primarily responsible for its moisture-retentive properties. Colloidal oatmeal also contains phenols (a form of antiseptic), which encompass its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and ultraviolet absorbing properties. It can also be used as a gentle exfoliating agent. These healing qualities can all be transmitted to skin via soap. The avenacins in colloidal oatmeal provide an antifungal, soap-like quality.
Colloidal oatmeal’s moisturizing properties enhance skin’s barrier function, which tends to be impaired in patients with rosacea (a chronic disease comprising facial redness, bumpiness and broken blood vessels). Its anti-inflammatory qualities could be used to reduce rosacea’s accompanying redness.