So pure cleaning soap.
After we name our cleaning handmade soap ‘pure’, what we imply is that each one the elements we use to make it are pure. What’s our definition of pure? Nicely a commonsense one. If it comes from or is a plant, vegetable, mineral or animal byproduct (e.g. honey or milk) then its pure. Therefore our use of e.g. olive oil (from the olive fruit) and shea butter (from the shea nut) in our soaps.
Be aware: all our soaps are vegetarian and subsequently no precise elements of animals (e.g. lard or cochineal) are current in any of our soaps.
If one thing is artificially manipulated in a lab (ie compounds are put collectively in ways in which don’t happen on this means in nature), then this gained’t make it into our soaps.
These kinds of compounds are sometimes called ‘nature-identical’ elements and canopy so-called ‘pure’ colourants like micas, or ‘pure’ perfume oils.
Many ‘pure’ soaps include these elements, Ours don’t. If it hasn’t been extracted straight from the plant (or isn’t nonetheless a plant – e.g. seaweed or carrot powder), then it doesn’t make it into our soaps.
I eat olive oil and I can inform you, olive oil is unquestionably not cleaning soap!
In our day by day lives, we’re used to encountering (and consuming!) all kinds of oils; olive oil being a typical one.
How is it then that this liquid I eat on my salad is now stable and I can wash with it?
As nearly all of us aren’t skilled chemists, this generally is a exhausting one to get your head round.
To ensure that liquid olive oil to grow to be stable and, importantly, one thing we will wash with, then it must endure a change referred to as saponification.
Saponification is the method by which oils (or fat and butters) grow to be cleaning soap.
How do you saponify olive oil, effectively you have to use an alkali or ‘lye’.
Can we use lye to make our soaps?
Sure we do, in any other case the olive oil we despatched you within the publish wouldn’t clear you. It will simply be olive oil.
In our case, it will additionally nonetheless be liquid. (Not very useful – and fairly messy for the postman – on condition that our soaps are packaged in non-water-tight biodegradable sleeves versus bottles!).
BUT HERE’S THE IMPORTANT PART – There isn’t any lye in our cleaning soap bars.
Take a look at our elements.
As I’m positive you’ve observed, we, like each different cosmetics firm that’s doing issues proper, checklist our elements in what appears to be like like bizarre Latin.
(I do know, we don’t assume it appears to be like very pleasant both, that’s why we additionally provide a plain english model on our web site and packaging).
Why will we do that and what has this acquired to do with lye?
No lye in our formal ingredient itemizing = no lye in our cleaning soap bars
Slicing pure cleaning soap barsBy legislation we’ve to checklist all of the elements our cleaning soap accommodates in INCI format (Worldwide Nomenclature of Beauty Substances), in order that they are often understood the world over.
If there have been lye in our cleaning soap and we didn’t checklist it in our elements, then we’d be breaking the legislation.
So no lye in our ingredient itemizing means no lye in our soaps.
‘Lye’, or an alkali, IS used to saponify our olive and coconut oils (make them into cleaning soap), however none stays in our ultimate bars.
It’s because our formulation are very rigorously calculated, with our chemist, to make sure this.
I don’t converse INCI. Are you SURE the lye actually doesn’t seem in your ingredient itemizing?
Good query budding chemist! The truth that lye is used to make our cleaning soap is certainly mirrored in our ingredient itemizing.
So, in brief, Olive Oil (INCI Olea Europea), an acid, is made into cleaning soap, or ‘saponified’, by including an alkali (lye), or ‘base’, to it.
The alkali we use known as Sodium Hydroxide and subsequently what’s produced is the salt of olive oil (Sodium Olivate, or olive oil cleaning soap) plus glycerin.
Olive Oil you eat = Olea Europea.
Olive Oil you wash with = Sodium Olivate.
Cool hey! As I’m positive you’ve already labored out, the ‘Sodium Cocoate’ in our ingredient itemizing is certainly the salt (or cleaning soap) of Coconut Nucifera – coconut oil to you and me.
And the glycerin? Nicely herein lies the rub. The cleaning soap making course of naturally produces beautiful moisturising glycerin. We go away this precisely the place it belongs – in your cleaning soap bars to nourish your pores and skin. This is likely one of the causes our soaps really feel so nice to make use of.
Oh, what do many firms do? They take away the glycerin from their bars. Why? As a result of its invaluable and could be offered on to different elements of the cosmetics business.
So all cleaning soap is lye free then?
No, this isn’t essentially the case.
If a cleaning soap components is badly calculated or sloppily made then it is extremely attainable that the ultimate cleaning soap bars include lye.
Protected cleaning soap making depends on correct chemistry; and an improper understanding of the response and course of may end up in dangerous bars that include lye.
Each facet of our course of – from formulation by way of to creating and curing the cleaning soap – is professionally managed and correctly managed.
Sodium Hydroxide? I don’t just like the sound of that
Sounds scary doesn’t it. Nicely maybe, however chances are high you’ve truly eaten it! Have a fast google on olives or pretzels. So in all probability truly not that scary.
Additionally, you CANNOT make cleaning soap with out it* and people have been making cleaning soap with it in numerous varieties for 1000s of years.
And bear in mind, NONE of it stays in our ultimate cleaning soap bars.
*Be aware that liquid cleaning soap is made with potassium hydroxide.
Do you make your individual alkali/sodium hydroxide?
Historically (within the US for instance) the alkali used to make cleaning soap was created by working rain water by way of wooden ash. The focus of the answer was then estimated by putting an egg within the answer. A sinking egg signalled a weak answer, a floating egg, a stronger one. Cool hey?
After we first began making cleaning soap we requested our chemist whether or not we may use the ash-egg technique to make our personal alkali.
Not surprisingly, he mentioned no. (A very good name we reckon as its not likely all that actual!). The ash-egg technique additionally doesn’t adjust to the beauty rules our business is ruled by, so we don’t use it.
Our Sodium Hydroxide is produced for us in a really managed method in order that we all know its actual focus. Should you’re , its manufacturing technique dates again to the late 18th century, begins with salt (that you simply eat), and is the invention of the French chemist LeBlanc.
So is your cleaning soap actually pure?
Coconut Milk being readied for cleaning soap makingWhat’s your definition of pure?
Should you imply – is it naturally ocurring and does it develop on a tree? Then the reply is, after all, no.
Should you imply – is it solely made out of elements that folks would generally perceive as being pure; in different phrases those who come straight from a plant, mineral or animal byproduct? Then the reply is sure.
We’d add although that the one animal byproducts we use in our handmade soap are honey and milk (no precise animal elements are used, equivalent to lard or cochineal).
Additionally, as a result of we make all pure cleaning soap, a few of our oils have essentially undergone a saponification course of (utilizing an alkali), with a view to change them from being an oil you possibly can eat into oil that makes you clear. NONE of that alkali we use stays in our ultimate cleaning soap bars.
Our soaps are additionally free from ‘nature-identical’ elements, equivalent to micas and synthetically-produced so-called ‘pure’ colourants and fragrances.
They’re additionally produced utilizing our distinctive ‘further chilly’ technique. This entails a refusal to warmth our oils* (as nearly all of even ‘chilly course of’ cleaning soap makers do), and a concentrate on respecting and supporting the pure cleaning soap making response with minimal interference.
(For instance, we by no means attempt to ‘power treatment’ our soaps with using dehumidifiers. Our soaps merely air dry for so long as is important. Normally a minimum of four weeks, typically as much as 6).
*The one exception are tiny quantities of very cussed cocoa butter within the depths of winter, that we warmth very very slowly.
Is there any cleaning soap that does develop on a tree/is of course occurring?
Horse ChestnutYes, in a means.
Whereas no precise exhausting cleaning soap, or bottled liquid cleaning soap, grows on bushes; nature does produce plenty of vegetation that include saponins.
Whereas not ‘cleaning soap’, these plant-containing saponins can be utilized to clean with and to clean garments.
For instance, when pounded, the yucca root produces a soap-like substance that can be utilized for laundry, as do horse chestnut seeds. Historically, the latter was used to scrub fabric and even delicate tapestries within the UK.
Anybody who has cooked lentils can even have observed the bubbles they produce whenever you rinse them. Once more, that is to do with their pure saponins. In India, lentil-water continues to be utilized by some at present to clean their hair.
So naturally-occurring washing choices are on the market, however personally I’d take the comfort of a well-formulated, 100% biodegradable, pure cleaning soap bar over taking a pestle and mortar + yucca root into the tub.