26 June 2011

A Case For Great Soap

Noun: A substance used with water for washing and cleaning, made of a compound of natural oils or fats with sodium hydroxide or another strong alkali, and typically having perfume and coloring added
What makes our soap stand out in the crowd?
1. Ingredients- we use things like:
     organic coconut oil for a bubbles and hardness
     cocoa butter for softening
     olive oil for a gentleness
     castor oil for extra bubbles and to help keep moisture on your skin (humectant)
2. Superfatting- What is that???
    OK- here's a quick low-down into how "soap" is made. When you add sodium hydroxide (lye) to water, the sodium and hydroxide ions break apart. These ions (think of them as little Lego blocks) desperately want to connect to something else. This is where the oils come into play. The Legos of lye quickly attach themselves to other Lego pieces of oil. This is how soap is made. 
    When you superfat, you add more Lego pieces of oil than Lego pieces of lye. So, after all the pieces of soap are put together, there are still some lonely pieces of luxurious oils left over to nourish your skin. This is one main reason why handmade soap is so amazingly wonderful. It is like having a little lotion left over in your soap; and, this makes your skin say, "Yay!"   
Calise Soapworks & Such- a little bit of luxury for your skin