I’m sitting here with all the windows and doors open, in Colorado, in the middle of December, at 4:30 p.m. after the sun has gone down. Why? Because I just preformed the “grand soap experiment” and my whole house smells like an industrial explosion has occurred.
Let me back up:
This past year I started making soap. Well, actually, before I apply all my ingredients, I use a soap base made by a company that is committed to health. It melts down to a cream, dreamy consistency (and the goat milk just adds to the creaminess), and keeps that quality when it firms up as usable soap.
Being so impressed with this soap, (after all, when I make it I am tempted to lick the spoon!) but being so impressed, I decided to melt down a couple of store-bought soap bars I had around the house, a popular bar of “soap for sensitive skin”, and a bar of Lavender “beauty soap,” also a popular brand, to see if they too would melted into creamy wonderfulness.
So first I melted down the soap I make. Luxuriously creamy. Wonderfully fragrant with natural essential oils, in this case, lavender.
Then I melted down the sensitive skin store soap bar. Well, I should say, I tried to melt it down! It wouldn’t melt, but kind of exploded into a powder-like substance that smelled like an industrial chemical plant and if it were just a little drier, would greatly resemble laundry detergent. And that’s supposed to be one of the most gentle soaps for skin! Then I tried the lavender beauty bar soap. But after it was in the microwave for about a minute, it smoked so badly that I stopped it half way, fearing that something really bad might happen if I left it in there.
So why didn’t the store-bought bars melt? They didn’t melt because, technically, they aren’t really soap! Here’s an excerpt from an article from More Than Enough blog:
Here’s the scoop. Commercially made beauty bars are made with synthetic detergents and the precious glycerin is stripped out. Manufacturers sell the glycerin, or use it in higher price point items. Think fancy moisturizers and serums. The resulting soap bar is a harsh bar of detergent. It strips skin of its precious moisture and oils, creating dry skin. Now you have to use lotion to help soothe and restore the moisture balance of your skin. What a vicious cycle! These bars will often crack as they dry out (another indication of the effects they have on your skin!) and often will not last as long as a natural soap bar.
Why apply harsh detergent to our skin, which in many cases is already dry, when creamy, moisture-giving soaps are available?
If you are looking for real beauty soaps, try genuine soaps that contain glycerin. Glycerin literally grabs moisture out of the air, and when it is applied to our skin, does the same…makes our skin full of moisture. It is glycerin and the wonderful oils found in good soaps that make it fit for humans, as opposed to fit for a basket full of laundry!
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(FYI. Cold process soaps, that is, soaps made entirely from scratch, also contain glycerin and also melt, although in a little different way than melt and pour soaps.)