soap is one of the most often used products in our lives. it can be easily called an essential item in any household. you can see soap in all kinds of varieties. and all of those varieties serve different but the same purpose – soap is there to clean. doesn’t matter what it is – your hands, your body, your dishes, your car. we think of all those cleaning agents that help us remove dirt as basically soap.
the truth is of course that all that soap is not the same. it’s not the same on a surface, has different smells, different shapes, comes in liquid, powder and hard form. but the main difference of course is inside. all those “soaps” have different chemical formula and different properties. they are manufactured differently and different ingredients are used. you wouldn’t be surprised to find out that detergent to wash your clothes is different than your hand soap bar. so the question is how natural soap bar is different from a regular commercially made bar of soap.
the truth is that soap we buy now in supermarkets is closer to powdered detergent than to traditional soap. with technological advances modern cleaning agents surpassed traditional soap in ability to remove oil and dirt. they are also less expensive to produce in large amounts. it may sound like new commercial soap being better, less expensive, more colorful and smelling better is just an improvement overall compared to traditional soap that your grandmother used to use. but it is not true. driven by profits in mass markets commercial soap industry reduces the cost of soap disregarding some of the essential aspects and effects of using soap on your skin everyday.
the benefits of using handmade soap are many: simpler ingredients, fewer chemicals, natural vegetable oils instead of animal fats.
natural soaps are made in a time-honored fashion. it involves a very simple chemical reaction between oils (or fats) and lye (sodium hydroxide for bars). all soap is made with lye, but there is no lye in the finished product. the chemical reaction converts the lye/fat mixture to glycerin. the glycerin is a natural by-product and, as such, the relationship between the soap molecule and the glycerin means you have a cleanser with abundant, luxurious lather that cleans like nothing else. as a bonus, it does not strip your skin of its natural, protective oils.
at arture, our soaps are made with our own homegrown aloe vera and a mixture of good fats – shea butter, coconut oil, olive oil, castor oil, palm oil etc.