People often ask me why I use certain oils in soap. I always explain that there are qualities of the oils that are desirable (or undesirable). Selecting oils is a balancing act for sure in order. Oils are selected based on which soap I am creating. For example I add certain oils for a strong hand cleansing bar that I might not use in a daily bar of soap. The hand bar wouldn't hurt the skin of the body but there are oils which are more adventitious for more tender skin. Coconut oil is by far the most versatile of all of the oils and can be found in the majority of soaps made on the farm.
Coconut oil offers a superior cleansing action and a fluffy lather. It quickly combines with other oils to create a smooth consistency. It doesn't separate or get lumpy. It creates a hard bar so it lasts longer in your shower. The creaminess of the soap made with coconut is unmatched. The bubbles last forever with the coconut bar. Are there any downsides? Yes! If you make a soap with solely coconut oil and don't add other oils the resulting bar might be drying and hard on the skin. Thankfully, this is a well documented fact and additional oils are always added to every bar of soap on the Farm.
Check out the wonderful bars on the Farm. You'll be glad you did.
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.