Handmade Soap VS. Store Bought Soap

The primary question I am asked, and love to discuss, with individuals browsing our handmade Soaps is “Why are Handmade Natural Soaps better than Store Bought?” With brand name store bought soap companies spend millions each year on misleading advertising.  It’s understandable why a consumers question why is it worth purchasing Handmade Natural Soaps like the ones we at D&C Soap Company make. Typically, store bought soaps that may be labeled as natural are actually detergents that include chemical hardeners, foaming agents and artificial fragrances.

Our Handmade Soap Contains Vegetable Glycerin

D&C Soap Company uses Vegetable Glycerine. Vegetable Glycerin is Oil created strictly from Vegetables and it is a natural skin softener that attracts water from the surrounding air. Because of this, glycerin is highly prized in soaps, lotions and creams for maintaining moisture in the skin throughout the day. Vegetable oils contain between 7-13% of glycerin as a part of their natural chemical makeup.

During the soap making process, the oils and lye blend together to form soap while the natural glycerin maintains its integrity as glycerin and basically settles in between the soap molecules. Too much glycerin and the soap will become mushy and disintegrate quickly. Too little glycerin and the soap becomes very harsh and drying to the skin.

Typical store bought soaps use animal glycerine, which is glycerine rendered from animal fat into an oil.  The glycerine is then removed from the oils and placed into additional products such as lotions and creams. The reason is instead of buying one product that will clean and moisturize, such as handmade soap is a consumer now has to buy two products to serve the same purpose, thus, an increase in profit for the company and cost to you, the consumer. When profit is placed as a higher priority than quality of life, the consumer is the one who suffers. By removing the glycerin, store bought soap takes on a skin moisture stripping quality that will dry the skin and leave it vulnerable to cracking and flaking. 

Handmade Soaps

Our ancestors knew what they were doing. Traditional handmade soaps are made one of two ways, hot process and cold process. Cold Process soap is made by mixing sodium hydroxide with water, then blending it with oils, then adding essential oils and natural colorants, and finally, pouring it into molds. The soaps then sit inside the mold for 24 hours to saponify (become soap), are removed from the mold to dry for 24 hours, then cut into bars of soap and must then air dry or cure for 4-6 weeks. It’s quite a process. Hot process is essentially the same, but instead of placing the soap in a mold to cure, the liquid is placed in a heat source and heated until cured. Which method you use is basically your choice, though some say that cold process is the true, original form of soap making.

Store Bought Soap

Store bought soap, on the other hand is made using a continuous flow method with hundred of hands on the process. The soap base is continually being made in the same batch of soap, never to rest or relax. They then use artificial colouring, usually those referred to as the FD and C (or Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act) colourants.  These colourants are given names and a number, such as Red #40 or  Yellow #5. These are relatively inexpensive compared to natural colourants. It is then blended with filler ingredients and chemicals such as Sodium Isethionate a foam enhancer and Dipropylene Glycol which is a chemical solvent added and then it is formed into molds. Once cured, packaged and shipped to stores all over. 

Have you ever wondered why your Store Bought soaps lather a lot more than natural soaps?  This is because manufacturers add lathering agents to their skin cleansers.  This effect is purely cosmetic and does not add to the intended use of skin cleansers.  These chemicals include cocamide DEA, MEA and TEA.   SLS, besides its cleansing ability, is also used to create lather.  The cleansing agents are usually artificially made detergents.  Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS, also known as sodium laureth sulfate) is one such detergent commonly found in synthetic soaps.  The reason why manufacturers use SLS is because it is inexpensive, although it is known to be harsh on the skin and may cause irritation. 

In natural soaps, lather is formed when the sodium salts of fatty acids pick up the oils and mix in with the air around it naturally cleaning your skin, free of irritants. 

Cleansing Agent in Soaps

In natural soaps, the cleansing agent itself is the soap.  The word ‘soap’ here actually refers to the sodium salts of fatty acids.  These salts are produced when oil(or fats) are mixed with lye which then undergo a saponification reaction. The resulting product is a combination of soap and glycerin.  It is this soap that lends the natural skin cleanser its cleansing properties.

Your skin produces oil which carries dead skin cells and other pollutants, and allows bacteria to grow.  Because oil is not water-soluble, your skin can accumulate these unwanted compounds.  The sodium salts help by picking up these oils and the resulting mixture is easily washed away with water.

Harmful Chemical Contact

One of the main ways your body acquires nutrients, other than eating, is transdermally through the skin. Your skin is your largest organ 22 square feet on average and 60 percent of the substances you put on it are eventually absorbed into the bloodstream. This semipermeable membrane allows us to absorb vitamins and minerals, but, unfortunately, it absorbs harmful chemicals we put on it, too.  

Chemicals in common soaps are no joke. They can disrupt our hormones, promote allergies, lead to reproductive issues and increase risk of some cancers. With serious side effects like these, we need to be particular about what we put on our skin.

We are washing our bodies with soap that contains harmful ingredients every single day, this adds up over a lifetime to wreak havoc on our health. With minimal government testing on these chemicals, it becomes up to us, as smart consumers, to make informed decisions as to what does and doesn’t go on our skin.

Improve your overall health by choosing high quality soaps and body washes  made by D&C Soap Company. Make the switch and both your skin and your body will be thanking you.

Benefits of Using D&C Soap Company Bath Salts

D&C SOAP COMPANY BATH SALTS

The Benefits of Using D&C Soap Company Bath Salts can be summed up to the simple use of science.  Bath salts are water-soluble, pulverised minerals that are added to water to be used for bathing. They are said to improve cleaning, enhance the enjoyment of bathing, and serve as a vehicle for cosmetic agents. Bath salts have been developed to mimic the properties of a natural mineral bath or hot springs. Fragrances are added to bath salts to enhance the enjoyment of the experience.

D&C Soap Company bath salts include magnesium sulfate (Epsom salts), sodium chloride (we use Himalayan Sea salt), sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and for fragrance, we use essential oils or fragrance oil. Depending on their properties, the additives can be classified as emollient, humectant or lubricant when used in bath salts products. These minerals are easily absorbed into our pores and are known to cleanse and purify our skin on a molecular level, improving your skin’s radiance, tone, and texture. Magnesium helps us fight stress and combat fatigue. Calcium keeps water retention in check, promotes healthy bones and can help stave off osteoporosis. Potassium balances moisture levels in the skin, bromide soothes tired, sore muscles and sodium plays a significant role in managing the balance of lymphatic fluid in our bodies. Bath salts benefit not only our skin, but our entire bodies from the inside out. No artificial colors are added to our bath salts. We prefer to stay as natural as possible with all of our products.

BENEFITS

Bath salts carry many benefits beyond looking beautiful and smelling great. The benefits of bath salts are far-reaching, and after using bath salts you will feel the difference in your skin and even your mood.

Bath salts benefit your skin in more ways than one. Bath salts, when used in their natural, pure form, contain many beneficial minerals and nutrients that keep your skin smooth, soft, and supple. Some of the minerals found in bath salts include magnesium, potassium, calcium, bromide, and of course, sodium.

Another benefit of bath salts is that they help detoxify our skin. Warm water opens our pores, allowing the minerals in your bath salts to deeply cleanse our skin. While soaking in the bath, you can expect to feel your body temperature rise before finally settling back down, which should guarantee a peaceful night’s sleep. Bathing in a solution of warm water and bath salts will work to draw out impurities, pollution, oil and dirt from the skin. Bath salts can even bring you the added benefit of looking younger. Regular use of bath salts and bathing has been shown to decrease the appearance of fine lines by plumping the skin and balancing moisture.

The benefits of bath salts are not just skin deep, but bath salts harvested from the Dead Sea have been shown to effectively treat and manage symptoms of osteoarthritis and tendinitis. In recent studies, people with these conditions were given Himalayan Sea salt bath solution at levels of .5, 7.5 and 2 percent Dead Sea sea salt concentration. The condition of those who received a solution with more Himalayan Sea salt improved after just a few weeks of treatment. In various studies, patience have reaped even more benefits through the use of bath salts. Symptoms such as itchiness, insomnia and psoriasis seem to subside after bathing regularly for as little as a few weeks.

The benefits of bath salts extend way beyond your time in the tub, after your bath, you will feel calm, relaxed, and happy. Bath salts infused with essential oils such as lavender or chamomile will soothe you and prepare you for a good night’s sleep. Thanks to the abundance of magnesium in it which can make pulmonary arteries in the vascular smooth muscle to expand, increasing blood circulation to the muscles in the body and relaxing them in the process. This increased blood circulation also reduces blood pressure, resulting in reduced stress. If you take your bath first thing in the morning, bath salts infused with citrus or green tea essential oils will perk you up, so you can start the day with focus and energy.

SKIN CARE 

If you are suffering from psoriasis, Himalayan Sea salt can take care of it. Eczema is another skin condition that can be managed with the salt bath. Himalayan Sea salt is also found to have a good effect on inflammation which explains why bathing in it is considered a remedy for rheumatoid arthritis and most importantly, Himalayan Sea salt can alleviate even chronic cases of sinusitis through very effective nasal irrigation. Himalayan pink salt is rich in sodium. Using it for bath creates electrolyte balance, improves hydration and even libido, prevent muscle cramping, maintains the pH of the body, etc.

HIMALAYAN SEA SALT 

Himalayan Sea Salt, it is so mineral rich, soaking in a solution of salt and water helps to instill the skin and body with minerals. In a process known as dermal absorption, the skin soaks up minerals from the water. Sometimes even better than if we consumed the same minerals! Himalayan Sea Salt contains numerous minerals that are important for our health including calcium, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium and zinc. Himalayan pink salt is one of the best things to soak in.

IN CLOSING 

At the end of a hectic day at work, all you probably want to do is get back home and put your feet up. Here’s a better suggestion, put them in a bucket of warm water with bath salts instead. This will not just relax your body, but also promote better health and even clean the feet in the process.
Most importantly, you can enjoy the benefits of bath salts without any side effects. In addition, bath salts are safe for everyone, easy to use, and D&C Soap Company are very affordable! Thanks for reading and God Bless.

 

The Benefits of Using Goat’s Milk Soap

Many people are still washing their skin with soap made with water. Switching to soap made with raw goat milk can truly benefit your skin’s health. Goat milk soap is wonderful for people with dry or sensitive skin, or conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. It is also perfect for healthy skin that wants to stay that way. Unprocessed, raw goat milk fresh from the farm contains the following benefits.

Goat milk contains alpha-hydroxy acids such as lactic acid which help  remove dead skin cells from your skin’s surface. This leaves new cells on the surface of your skin that are smoother and younger looking. The alpha-hydroxy acids are so effective because they break down the bonds that hold the dead skin cells together. Removing dead skin cells will help many skin conditions by removing irritation. Water-based soaps may use harsh chemical acids to accomplish this, frequently with skin-damaging results.

Goat’s milk is naturally high in essential fatty acids which have a pH level that’s similar to humans. This means that it’s less irritating to our skin and is easily absorbed into our skin, hydrating and nourishing the new layers of skin that are forming underneath the top outermost layer of skin. This is the #1 main ingredient you’ll find in our goat milk soap products and we’re proud to share that there is over 15% real goat’s milk in every bar of soap we make.

Fat molecules are an important part of making good soap. The cream that is present in goat milk helps boost the moisturizing quality of goat milk soaps. Since many people suffer from dry skin, particularly in the winter months, this is an important quality for soap. Goat milk soap will not dry your skin out like many other soaps. This is important because keeping skin naturally moisturized helps keep skin healthy.

One of the benefits often listed on some websites is that of pH. Remember, your skin is your body’s largest organ and what you put on it soaks directly into your pores and bloodstream, so what you put on your skin matters.

Goat milk contains many vitamins, but is particularly high in Vitamin A, which is necessary to repair damaged skin tissue, and maintain healthy skin. There have been several medical studies showing that creams made with Vitamin A reduce lines and wrinkles, control acne, and provide some psoriasis relief. Water-based soaps can be artificially fortified with vitamins, but most aren’t.

Goat milk contains important minerals for the skin such as selenium. Selenium is believed by scientists to have an important role in preventing skin cancer. Selenium can also help prevent damage to the skin from excessive time in the sun. Although the water used in other soaps may contain minerals such as calcium, sodium, or iron (commonly found in tap water), that’s not much help when it comes to your skin.

Regardless of whether your skin is healthy or not, it will certainly benefit from using a handmade soap, made not with water, but with unprocessed, raw goat milk fresh from the farm. If you’re unsure where to begin, check out our All Natural Unscented Goat Milk Soap (if you have sensative skin) or our most popular Lavender Goat Milk Soap, and if you have any questions, feel free to contact us and we’ll be glad to help! Many of you know the story of D&C Soap Company and how we became so interested in goat milk soap, but we still get a lot of great questions from people asking if our products can be safely used on children. We’re proud to say that our goat milk soap is absolutely kid and baby friendly! They are very safe, made using natural ingredients, nourishing to the skin, free of harmful toxins and chemical dyes and are super gentle. Many first time customers tell us that they’re shocked with the rich, foamy lather that our soap produces. The lather you get from using soap is caused by the friction of rubbing the soap over your skin, (soap molecules, hydrophilic and hydrophobic, work together and attach themselves to air bubbles to create lather).

There are different things that can affect how well a soap lathers, not just ingredients, such as the type of water you have (like whether you have hard or soft water). The lather created from soap can also depend on what you’re trying to wash off your skin. For example, if you have grease, dirt, or lotion on your skin, there will not be as much friction for a lather to generate. Generally, the longer a bar of soap has cured, the more it will lather. We cure our bars of goat milk soap for 4-6 weeks which may be one reason our soap lathers up so well. We’ve found that the luscious lather comes in handy when bathing, shampooing or even shaving.

Another great benefit of Goat’s milk Soap is that it contains antibacterial properties which keep your pores clean. Natural exfoliators in goat milk remove dead skin cells which block pores and lead to acne. Dermatologists often recommend goat milk soap as a natural treatment for healthier, clear skin.

Compared to the harsh chemicals in commercial skincare products that can harm your skin and cause unwanted side effects, goat milk soap has natural ingredients that work with your skin to keep it balanced, hydrated, and clear. We’ve had a ton of customers tell us that after they made the switch from generic acne cleanser to using our goat milk soap as a face wash, they never looked back and their skin has never looked better.

We are so very proud of the quality of our products and we stand behind them and welcome you to try them for yourself Thank you for reading this post and please feel free to comment or ask any questions you like.  Thanks and God Bless.