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Why Choose Solid Soap?

natural cold process soap

Ok, it’s gorgeous, yes, but why go for solid soap instead of liquid soap and/ or shower gel? First of all, it’s important to know that, unlike artisan solid soap, the industrially produced liquid soap and shower gel you find on supermarket shelves are basically detergent, made from a cocktail of chemicals rather than oils …

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Lye, no Lie

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In our articles so far we’ve talked about natural ingredients, superfat, hot and cold process soap, about the chemistry of how soap works and about where soap comes from and some interesting information about its history. Let’s go back to chemistry now for a quick word on lye. To put it shortly, there is no …

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The History of Soap

History Soap

We have discussed in our previous articles about natural ingredients, superfat, hot and cold process soap and even about the chemistry of how soap actually works. But where does it come from? Who invented it? Many of us used to watch our mothers and grandmothers make soap when we were children. When I was a …

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How Does Soap Work?

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Ok, so we’ve been getting into the chemistry of soap in our previous articles, talking about cold vs hot process, super fat and natural ingredients. But how does soap actually work? And why? You’ve probably already found out that using soap to clean our hands is better than using sanitizer and that regular soap does …

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What Is Cold Process Soap?

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We’ve been telling you that our natural, handmade artisan soap is a cold process type of soap. But what does that mean? Well, it simply means that our soap is not cooked. The oils and lye are mixed at low temperatures – 30-40 degrees Celsius or sometimes even at room temperature, a process which is …

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What Is Super Fat?

Superfat soap handmade

We were telling you in our introductory article on natural handmade soap that some artisan soaps have a super fat. Since we promised to come back on the topic, here is a very short article explaining it. So what is super fat? Well, in a nutshell, it’s fat. And it’s super! No joke, really! Super …

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