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Why soap?

I like my pretty things to be functional.

Hmm, I’m not sure.  But It seems to incorporate everything I like. Creativity, happiness, cleanliness, and it helps people. Soap can help everyone and washing with soap has been one of the greatest discoveries in medicine. Why not fight illness with something functional and creative?!

I also like to learn new things and I have always enjoyed chemistry, but never to its fullest. Now I understand things so much more. Detergents vs no detergents. How can I get oil and water to mix?! Scented vs non scented. Essential oils vs Fragrance oils. What can I use as a binding agent?

Growing up I almost never used soap to clean my body. I always seemed to experience more acne and never knew why. I’m 41 years old now and I finally know why. I have a sensitivity to Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, a commonly used detergent in soap, shampoos, cleaners, and laundry detergents. Is there anything wrong with Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). . . No. Unless it causes you are problem.

Did you know there is more than one type of soap?! There is water soluble and non-water soluble. Non water soluble is commonly made by Cold or Hot process and can take days to weeks before it can be used for cleaning the body. While Cold process CAN be purely vegan, it most commonly involves using animal fat (Tallow). So yes, you may be rubbing your body with animal lard every time you bath. There is NOTHING wrong with cleaning yourself with animal fat. I personally am of the mind that if an animal is to be killed (food), then the ENTIRE animal should be used. No, Im not a part of PETA but I do have a tender heart for animals.

Most of the soaps I work with are water soluble and do not involve tallow. Though, sometimes I dabble. I will say for the most part, I do not want to wait more than a week to use a bar of soap.

Lavender. . . everyone loves lavender. I have always had such a headache with this smell. Why? How can that be? Isn’t it supposed to be calming? Well- essential oils come from the oil of the actual flower or herb, while fragrances are artificial. However, essential oils can actually cause more nasal and skin allergies, simply because it comes from the oils of nature. There are some flowers that we can not extract the oil from and we are forced to use an artificial Fragrance in order to replicate the scent we enjoy.

At some point I will be posting a little cheat sheet of what nature has given us to help us in this world- None of which will be medical advice. I can make no claims that any of the ingredients in soaps can treat an ailment. As nothing has been fully evaluated by the FDA.