Homemade Soap Facts
many people know what soap really is? Several of the cleansing bars
that you buy at the store, for example, are detergents-and not soaps at
all. They are called syndet bars, or synthetic detergent bars. They are
made from synthesized chemicals and are usually much harsher than soap.
Detergents contain petroleum distillates rather than oil. On the other
hand, true soap is made from natural oils (such as olive, coconut and
palm) and is a gentle cleansing product more appropriate for use on skin
than is detergent.
Soaps, unlike detergents, are made by combining sodium hydroxide or lye,
oils and water in a process known as "Saponification". Some
people may question the use of lye in handcrafted soap. The fact is that
all soap is made with lye. What needs to be made clear is that once the
process of saponification is complete, the lye and oil molecules have
combined and chemically changed into soap and glycerin. There is no lye
present in the finished bars of soap.
The oils in our soaps are put there for a specific purpose. The
coconut oil creates a wonderful lather. The olive oil is used for a high
quality, long lasting bar. Sustain
ably harvested Palm oil carries nutrients to the skin, and the safflower
oil makes a creamy bar.
Glycerin is a skin soothing emollient that is a
naturally occurring by product of soap making and it adds to the goodness
of handmade soap. In commercial soaps the glycerin is removed for sale to
the cosmetic industry to sell separately, sometimes at a higher price than
the soap itself! Glycerin is important to skin care because it is a
humectant. Humectants draw moisture from the air, which in turn moisturize
your skin. A whole 1/5 of a bar of our soap is glycerin.
Soap is often made with artificial ingredients to scent or color.
Some handcrafted soap is scented with fragrance oils. These are synthetic
chemicals that are mixed together to imitate a particular scent. They have
contributed in many cases to chemical sensitivity in some people. They
also have no aromatherapy benefits. The scents in our soaps come from
essential oils, which are steamed or pressed from plants. Essential oils
are the fragrance emitting components of plants and are at the heart of
aromatherapy. Not only do they smell good; they have many beneficial
effects on the body, mind and spirit.
The coloring in our soap comes from nature as well. For instance,
the petals of Lavender and Rose flowers as well as spices are used. Earth
Pigments, which are simply finely ground rocks are used as well. This
makes the colors rich and earthy, rather than artificial looking.
Our handmade soap is kind and gentle and
richly lathered. You will appreciate how VITA-MYR soaps pamper your skin,
gently cleansing without drying, leaving even sensitive and allergy prone
skins feeling wonderfully moisturized, luxuriously soft, smooth and
Properties of each Variety
Oils of Myrrh and Clove, warming, toning & rejuvenating. Helpful for
those with acne.
Organic oatmeal and goats milk, unscented, best variety for those who have
allergies and eczema.
Oil of Lavender, Red Sandalwood, Lavender Flowers, stimulating, cleansing,
soothing & healing, mildly exfoliating. Healing and gentle for all
Oils of Rosemary and Lavender, Aloe Vera Gel, good for dry skin and burns.
Healing and antiseptic. Excellent for sunburns and dry damaged skin.
Oils of Geranium and Rosewood, Rose Petals, A creamy bar that is wonderful
for dry skin, excellent for damaged sensitive skin.
Oils of Peppermint, Tea Tree, invigorating and antibacterial. Stimulating
and complexion clearing. Men love this soap!
fresh Lemon Verbena herb softens skin with Lemon Grass for a delicate,
of Sunshine for your shower! Flecked with bright orange garden fresh
Calendula petals with
of Grapefruit and Lime refresh and uplift the spirit. Removes any
unpleasant smell from the skin.
& Honey: Both
milk and honey have a long history of use for reducing the effects of age
and keeping the skin looking radiant and beautiful. Milk & Honey are
sustaining for both the body and the soul. The warm. sweet scent comforts
the soul while the moisturizing and antioxidant properties of honey soften
and lighten the skin and help to prevent skin problems.