Friday, March 14, 2014

Let's Talk Soap Series

Let's Talk Soap Series

Today's question: What is soap made of anyway?

Soap is a simple chemical reaction. To make true soap you need: oils/fats + H20 (water) + Sodium Hydroxide (lye) = Soap

The chemical reaction these ingredients go through is called saponification which means "the making of soap". Rest assured when the saponification process is done there is no lye left in the soap. The reason being, today we have accurate & sophisticated weighing and measuring tools unlike our grandmothers who made soap. After a 6 week cure time you'll have a wonderfully mild soap with lots of naturally occurring glycerin. Soap cleanses our skin while glycerin moisturizes it.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Coffee Soap

Sudz n' Hunni Wet Soap!

Coffee Soap for cleaning up after food preparation, did you know coffee in soap will take away the odor of onions and other strong foods by just washing your hands with it? That's what they say 

The Coffee fragrance I used in this soap has a very low "flash point" so it needed to go in the freezer.

My hubby will appreciate the apple pie that is now in the oven baking after dinner tonight. You see, there wasn't enough room in my freezer for the soap with that frozen pie in the way...

Should I tell him what the special occasion is for pie or just keep it to myself?

Here are photos of the Coffee Soaps after they are cut and  reached their cure date.

These soaps belong in the kitchen! They are going to be great for washing up after chopping foods that have strong odors like onions or fresh caught fish. Made with extra strong coffee to neutralize odors and coffee grounds for exfoliation.

I've been using a bar of this soap at our kitchen sink and really enjoying it, the coffee grounds are very exfoliating and what I was told is true.  My hands don't smell like onions after washing up with it!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Let's Talk Soap Series

Let's Talk Soap - 

Why Use Handmade Soaps?

I've been talking with people when I'm out around town and they've been asking some great questions about my soaps.

I'm thinking maybe I should address these questions here on my blog in a series of (short) posts so here's my first one!

I can buy a multi pack of bar soaps at the local dollar or big box store for around 5 bucks why should I spend $5.50 for one bar of your handmade soap?

Great question! Commercially made soaps we buy at the store are mass produced using detergents and chemical additives. These detergents and additives can dry out our skin and cause allergic reactions. Commercial soap companies remove the glycerin from their soaps to sell to different industries. The soaps we buy at the store are actually synthetic detergents. Detergents work well for cleaning our dishes and clothes but are harsh and drying on our skin.

Handmade soap is true soap in it's purest form. True soap gently cleanses away bacteria, dirt and grime without stripping our skin of its natural oils. Glycerin is a natural by product of soap making and handmade soaps have 100% of the glycerin left in them. Handmade soaps can actually restore moisture to our skin and get us clean too, you'll be amazed by the difference!

How about a little research project?  I dare you to go read the ingredients label on your bar soap or body wash. If you're up to it, "google" some of the ingredients that you can't pronounce or aren't sure what they are.

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