Friday, December 26, 2008
Natural Bar Soap VS Body Wash
You've tried cold process bar soaps and you love what they do for your skin, but do you prefer a liquid soap? Is there any such thing as a natural body wash?
You absolutely can get the same wonderful benefits from a natural liquid soap! Making a liquid soap is basically the same process as making bar soap, the difference is a different type of lye. Sodium hydroxide produces a firm bar soap, potassium hydroxide produces a sticky paste that the soapmaker mixes with water to make liquid soap. If you want a gel you use less water in the paste, if you want a liquid you add more water. The same wonderful base oils are used and the glycerin stays in the finished soap, leaving skin nice and soft.
When you're looking for a natural liquid soap, read the labels to make sure you're getting a soap that is made from scratch, not a pre-made base. If the ingredients are not listed, or if you see ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate, cocamidopropyl betaine, disodium laureth sulfosuccinate or tetrasodium EDTA, it is most likely a commercial base, not a natural product. I'll use our ingredients as a reference point for you.
Ingredients: Olive, coconut and palm oil, cocoa butter, distilled water, potassium hydroxide, essential or fragrance oils, natural colorants if used.
If you're not sure if a soapmaker makes the product or uses a base, ask them. Ask for the ingredients and a basic explanation of how the soap is made. If they can't or won't tell you, move on.
Body washes that are made from scratch may have to be shaken every so often, don't be alarmed if they separate with non use. A good shake is the perfect alternative to chemical emulsifiers. Soaps may be clear or opaque, either is fine. Our body wash gets more opaque in cold temperatures and clearer in warm, this is normal and doesn't affect product quality.
You won't see as many natural liquids for sale because liquid soaps are more labor intensive to make. They're also heavier to ship with the water content, and more expensive because they have to be packaged in plastic. We offer large refill sizes on our website, www.showertreatsoap.com to help cut down on packaging expenses.
Here are a few Etsy sellers that sell a made from scratch natural liquid soap:
Try a natural liquid hand soap or body wash, you won't be disappointed!