Recipes Information

Handmade Soap Facts


How 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. Canola and Palm oil carry nutrients to the skin, and the safflower oil make a creamy bar.

 

Glycerin is a skin soothing emollient that 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.

 

Most soaps have 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 should come only 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 should come from nature as well. The petals of Lavender and Rose can be used. Earth Pigments can also be used, which are simply finely ground rocks. This makes the colors rich and earthy, rather than artificial looking.

About the Author

Yvonne Takhtalian, C.N.H.P, H.I. spent the past 10 years developing and improving Vita-Myr Natural Products helping thousands like you heal gum disease and gingivitis. She just released a new line of 100% Natural Vita-Myr Soaps to compliment her Vita-Myr Mouthwash & Toothpaste. Find out more about effective natural relief of gum disease at http://www.vitamyr.com/ or email questions/comments to Yvonne at mailto:vitamyr@mindspring.com Copyright © 2004 Vita-Myr® International Inc All rights reserved. Natural Products For Healthy Living ®


MORE RESOURCES:
This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news


New York Times

Recipes for a Day Off
New York Times
Many more recipes to cook today, this week, whenever you like are on NYT Cooking. Go look around and see what grabs your interest, then save the recipes to your recipe box, and organize them into folders as you like. You can share them and rate them ...



CBS New York

Hearty, Healthy Recipes To Get You Through The Final Weeks Of ...
CBS New York
Although temperatures are expected to hit the high 60s later this week, we still have a few more weeks of winter left.

and more »


Kid's Favorite Cookie Contest: Sweet recipes at Home Show
STLtoday.com
When it comes to cookies, kids – of all ages – know what they like! Share it with the world in the Kid's Favorite Cookie Recipe Contest. A dozen finalists will be chosen to bring their cookies ready for judges to sample at the 14th Annual Builders St ...



New York Times

Our 10 Most Popular Recipes Right Now
New York Times
From creamy polenta with mushrooms (above) to chocolate cookies with white chocolate and cherries, here are the recipes you need to cook. Continue reading the main story. We're interested in your feedback on this page. Tell us what you think. Related ...



The Week Magazine

7 recipes that celebrate the humble potato
The Week Magazine
The potato is a staple on just about every table the whole world over. And it's not hard to see why: The so-called humble ingredient is inexpensive, endlessly versatile, and keeps well. Potatoes' savory goodness make them supremely satisfying ...



Stir Fried Noodles
Napa Valley Register
This recipe can wear many different hats because you can change the protein and vegetables according to what you have on hand. Since my kids have opposite food aversions, I sometimes make the noodles and sauce first , then stir-fry the protein and ...

and more »


Longevity LIVE

Ground Turmeric Breakfast Recipes To Fight Inflammation
Longevity LIVE
These three ground turmeric recipes are a delicious and gluten-free way to start the day. 1. Ground Turmeric & Chia Breakfast Bircher Muesli. Ingredients. 1/4 cup gluten-free oats; 1/4 cup chia seeds; 2cm grated fresh turmeric or 1 tbsp (15ml) ground ...



WFMY News 2

Our State February Recipes: Breakfast Delights!
WFMY News 2
The up-and-down winter weather has all of us craving some warm comfort foods. How about breakfast...for breakfast, lunch and dinner? Our State Magazine recipe creator Chef Lynn Wells stops by the Good Morning Show this week to help spice up and sweeten ...



Indianapolis Star

Retro Recipes: Why some Hoosiers put spaghetti in chili
Indianapolis Star
Chili with spaghetti gets a bad rap. It divides families. It earns disdain at chili cookoffs. Traditionalists say chili only includes beef, tomatoes and heat — absolutely nothing else. But in Indiana, we add beans, sometimes V-8 and spaghetti to ...



New York Times

Gold Medal Recipes
New York Times
Good morning. These are hard commutes some of us are taking these days, after long nights watching the Olympics, cheering the giant slalom, trying to understand curling, digging the slopestyle, eating a lot of fried chicken on the couch. The hard slap ...


Google News

home | site map
© 2006