Ever wonder what's in the soap you buy in the stores? Did you ever think you were
using animal fat to clean yourself? Well that's exactly what you're doing. I bet you are also wondering
what all of those chemicals are in the soap that you buy. If you were to look at the list of ingredients
on the back of a bar of soap, would you be able to recognize any of them and know what each chemical did? Do you know that actually you are washing yourself with a synthetic detergent, and not really a true bar of soap? WOW, think about that for a moment. A detergent, comparable to dish washing soap, or laundry soap, or even the soap you use to wash your car with. Scary huh?
This is tutorial of how soap is made and what all of those nasty chemicals can do to your skin.
Commercial soaps actually rob your body of essential oils that keep your skin soft and smooth and able to heal it self. One of the main ingredients in soap is tallow or lard. Tallow comes from the solid fat around the kidneys and loins of cattle, sheep and horses. Lard is the fat rendered from the tissue of pigs. Then there are the chemicals, these are used mainly to wash away dirt. I could list the most common chemicals used in a commercial bar of soap, but to be honest, I am still trying to figure out exactly what they do, and why they are even needed. So far in my research, I have found that the main purpose is to provide lots of suds, and prevent soap scum. Lets face it, people like sudsy soap, and who wants soap scum (ring around the tub) collecting on their bath tubs and shower doors?
Don't get me wrong, I have used commercial soap for years, never giving a thought to what was
actually in the soap. I figured as long as it cleans and smells nice, that's all that is important.
Until one day I discovered that there are alternatives, which are a lot healthier for my body and the environment.
Personally I don't enjoy knowing that the soap I use to clean myself is coming from dead animal fat.
Our soap is made using only vegetable oils, which are natural oils derived from soybeans, olives and hemp.
All of these oils have their own unique benefits in terms of being healthy for your skin.
We should begin with what all goes into making a bar of our soap. It is a fairly simple process, we will use olive oil in this example.
Making soap is basically a science, there are three main ingredients that are combined to produce the final product. Then there are the added ingredients used for scent and color. The three main ingredients are: olive oil, water, and lye. Now we all know that water and oil are pretty harmless, but lye can be extremely dangerous if not used or handled correctly. Originally lye was derived from wood ashes, passing water through the ashes produced an alkali. When that alkali is mixed with distilled water, and allowed to cool to a certain temperature, the oil is then added. The mixture is stirred until it starts to thicken, once this occurs the essential oils are added for scent. Along with the essential oils, various colors can be added to give each batch of soap its own color. After all of the ingredients are mixed together, the result is a liquid that can be poured into a rectangle mold and allowed to set for usually 24 hours. The loaf of soap is removed from the mold, and cut into bars, these bars are allowed to cure for approximately four weeks. After the four-week waiting period, the bars of soap are ready to be used.
Most of our customers all share the same concept, the concept that they will never go back to commercial detergent soap again. One of the most exciting things I have found with the herbal soaps we produce is that feeling when you step out of the shower/bath. The way my skin feels, soft and smooth like it is suppose to. When I used commercial soaps, my skin always felt tight, and was very dry after toweling off.
We can not make claims that our soap heals dry skin, or can cure athlete's foot, or even clear up a bad complexion, in doing so we would have to designate our herbal soap to be a drug or cosmetic according to the FDA. We can however state that customers of ours have reported to us that they have greatly benefited using our herbal soaps.
But don't take my word for it, try it for your self and see how well just one bar of herbal soap can benefit you. You will be glad you made the decision to at least try our soap. If for any reason you are not satisfied, then let us know. We have a comment form and love to get feedback on all of our products, good or bad. Although honestly, in the five years we have been in business, we have never received one bad comment, or customer complaint. We at Pumpkin Moon Accents pride ourselves in making sure the quality of our herbal soaps and bath items goes beyond customer expectations. We look forward to do business with you!