Soft soap = soft skin

Author: lanae scobie   Date Posted:27 November 2018 

We make our bars of soap with a blend of soft plant oils because we know how much nicer it is washing your body with a soft soap over using a hard bar on your skin. Our skin is our largest organ, and we bathe every day (or at least I hope we all do !) so let’s give it the love and care it deserves. Did you know your skin loves oil? It doesn’t want to feel stripped bare and in turn dry and irritated. It loves moisture and needs it to achieve smooth, nourished, healthy skin. As we age, it needs even more moisture as our skin doesn’t regenerate as often as it did when it was younger. Did you know what one of the best anti-aging skincare secrets is to simply keep your skin soft, hydrated and moisturised?

This is where we can help.

If there’s one product that you can easily replace in your daily skincare ritual, it's a handcrafted bar of soap. You can eliminate many toxins and chemicals by doing this and you can bring your skin back into a healthy, nourished state, the way it is meant to be. During the process of making soap (saponification), soap and glycerine are both produced. Big commercial companies extract the glycerine (as it’s worth more money when used in lotions and moisturisers) making the bar of soap actually a bar of detergent. This is why your skin feels tight and dry after washing with a commercially manufactured soap (detergent) – all the good stuff was taken out of it and then you need the lotion that they put all that lovely glycerine into !  Handcrafted soaps retain the glycerine, which is a humectant which draws moisture to you skin and protects it from dehydration. Over time, when using real hand crafted soap, you can eliminate the need for a body lotion as your skin will be soft and nourished.

Now, what’s the deal with Palm oil ?

A lot of soap commercial manufacturers use palm oil as a main ingredient in their soap bars. Palm oil is used because it is readily available and cost effective to manufacture, but unless you’ve been in a cave I’m sure you’ve heard all the controversy around palm oil and the harm it is causing the animals and the earth.  We avoid using it at all costs, and we also make sure that all of our raw ingredients are also free from palm oil. It’s a sneaky little ingredient and can be called many different names. Palm oil is also used in soap because it makes the bar hard and creates lather. The downside is it reduces the glycerine content that we were just talking about. This means the bar might last longer, because its harder, but it isn’t as soft and moisturising as it can be. That’s why our soaps contain a majority of soft plant and vegetable oils. An oil that is soft is simply an oil that is in liquid form at room temperature (such as sweet almond, macadamia nut and olive oil). An oil that is considered hard is an oil that is solid at room temperature (such as coconut, cocoa and shea). To help our bars last longer, we add some beeswax to the mix. Beeswax has so many benefits to your skin and it also helps to soften your skin.

Rest assured when you use our soap you are washing yourself with a gentle, soft and creamy, highly moisturising soap that makes the daily practise of bathing a beautiful ritual and a well-deserved treat. But first, there are some important things to remember in order to look after your soap. 

Because our soap is soft and contains a high glycerin content, it means the soap requires a place to dry out between use. You see, the glycerin attracts water and if your soap is left sitting in water it will break down very quickly which we don’t want.

The good news is that with a little extra love and care you will prolong the lifespan of your soap.

  • Keep it away from the stream of water, preferably on a soap dish with drainage holes and
  • Don’t let it sit in water or it will become mushy very quickly

That’s it ! Easy ! The hard part now is choosing from our 16 different bars.

https://www.harvestgarden.com.au/store/bath/bar-soaps

 


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