Why Use Handmade Soap?
What is so good about handmade soap? We think it is the lack of harsh artificial chemicals (that many synthetic detergent/soap bars contain) and the retention of the good stuff like glycerine and the free fatty acids that nourish and benefit the skin, is what makes handmade soap so good. A lot of people who find commercial soap bars too harsh to use find that they can use handmade soap without itchy irritated skin as a result. Handmade soap is mild enough that people with skin conditions and even small children can use it.
Personally, we love it because of how it makes our skin feel, and we will never go back to using commercial soap. We will be making soap until we're in our dottage!
Storing and Using Handmade Soap
Handmade soap is best stored in a cool, dry place until it's ready to be used. Linen closets, clothes drawers, wardrobes etc, are perfect places to store your soap. Plus you get the added benefit of nice smelling linen and clothes.
When using handmade soap never leave it sitting under running water or sitting in a pool of water. It will make the soap wear away quickly or go mushy and horrid.
Do you have hard water? You'll get more froth and bubbles from your soap if you use a washer or a shower pouf, rather than the soap direct to the skin.
About Handmade Soap
According to Wikipedia: The earliest recorded evidence of the production of soap-like materials dates back to around 2800 BC in Ancient Babylon. A formula for soap consisting of water, alkali and cassia oil was written on a Babylonian clay tablet around 2200 BC. The next recorded usage of soap was the Ebers papyrus (Egypt 1550 BC) which indicates that ancient Egyptians bathed regularly and combined animal and vegetable oils with alkaline salts to create a soap-like substance. Egyptian documents mention that a soap-like substance was used in the preparation of wool for weaving.
The Romans and Muslims in the medieval Islamic world also produced soaps. In fact handmade soap as we know it today are descendants of historical Arabian soaps.
Until the industrial revolution soapmaking production has been quite small scale. But with industrial revolution came advances in technologies and the invention of synthetic ingredients and what was known as true soap became less common to make. The advent of the handmade soap industry, a world wide cottage industry which grows more popular each year, has seen a move away from industrial style soapmaking and a return to more traditional soapmaking.
The Aromatic Outback's soaps are made using a modernised version of the traditional cold process method - combining the best of the past with the best of the present - to ensure that the nourishing qualities of all ingredients used remains. This method of soapmaking also results in a glycerine rich soap, which helps to moisturise and revitalise your skin.
Our range of handcrafted natural vegetable soaps are made with such oils as olive oil, palm oil and coconut oil. This base recipe has been specially designed to create a long lasting, high quality soap which nourishes the skin and is gentle for all to use, including babies and those with sensitive skins.
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