I can't believe it has been over a month since I have updated the blog. My apologies. The Farm Store has been busy with customers and creating products for my Christmas Open House which is right around the corner (November 18 starting at 5 p.m. and November 19 starting at 10 a.m.). There are many new items in the shop for your healthy Christmas giving.
Glycerin is a natural humectant. It draws water to the skin and helps it to retain moisture. It's almost as if the soap has lotion built right in. Do all soaps have glycerin?
The answer to that question is, "No". Glycerin is a naturally occurring byproduct in the soap making process. When mixing the lye and oils both glycerin and a detergent are created. In the commercial soap making arena glycerin is removed from the soap and sold to other industries where is might be used in pharmaceuticals, foods and cosmetics. Sometimes it makes the "glycerin bar" you see when you shop which appears as a clear soap.
So, reading between the lines you understand that once glycerin is removed from the soap you are left only with the detergent....a harsher alternative. When soaps are handmade the glycerin remains and the soap is cleansing and also softening and mild.
The best part is that as a handmade soap maker I know exactly what is in every bar of soap. It's locally made with as many locally grown ingredients as I can get my hands on. And, did I mention that I strive for organic?
Buy handmade soap. Buy local. Be healthier.
My name is, Polly J. Huenink-Schellinger. I am a Registered Nurse, Board Certified Holistic Nurse, Reflexologist, Clinical Aromatherapist, Parish Nurse, Certified Healing Touch Practitioner and Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster Facilitator.