Once we name our cleaning soap ‘pure’, what we imply is that every one the substances we use to make it are pure. What’s our definition of pure? Properly 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.
Notice: all our soaps are vegetarian and due to this fact no precise components 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 types of compounds are sometimes called ‘nature-identical’ substances and canopy so-called ‘pure’ colourants like micas, or ‘pure’ perfume oils.
Many ‘pure’ soaps comprise these substances, Ours don’t. If it hasn’t been extracted instantly 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 every day lives, we’re used to encountering (and consuming!) all types of oils; olive oil being a standard one.
How is it then that this liquid I eat on my salad is now strong and I can wash with it?
As nearly all of us aren’t educated chemists, this generally is a onerous one to get your head round.
To ensure that liquid olive oil to turn into strong and, importantly, one thing we will wash with, then it must bear a change referred to as saponification.
Saponification is the method by which oils (or fat and butters) turn into cleaning soap.
How do you saponify olive oil, properly it’s worthwhile 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 might additionally nonetheless be liquid. (Not very useful – and fairly messy for the postman – provided that our soaps are packaged in non-water-tight biodegradable sleeves versus bottles!).
BUT HERE’S THE IMPORTANT PART – There is no such thing as a lye in our cleaning soap bars.
Take a look at our substances.
As I’m certain you’ve seen, we, like each different cosmetics firm that’s doing issues proper, record our substances in what appears like bizarre Latin.
(I do know, we don’t assume it appears very pleasant both, that’s why we additionally supply a plain english model on our web site and packaging).
Why can we do that and what has this received to do with lye?
No lye in our formal ingredient itemizing = no lye in our cleaning soap bars
Chopping pure cleaning soap barsBy regulation we’ve to record all of the substances our cleaning soap incorporates 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 record it in our substances, then we’d be breaking the regulation.
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 remaining bars.
It is because our formulation are very rigorously calculated, with our chemist, to make sure this.
I don’t communicate 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 is known as Sodium Hydroxide and due to this fact 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 certain 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? Properly herein lies the rub. The cleaning soap making course of naturally produces beautiful moisturising glycerin. We depart this precisely the place it belongs – in your cleaning soap bars to nourish your pores and skin. This is without doubt 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 priceless and could be bought on to different components of the cosmetics trade.
So all cleaning soap is lye free then?
No, this isn’t essentially the case.
If a cleaning soap method is badly calculated or sloppily made then it is extremely potential that the ultimate cleaning soap bars comprise lye.
Secure cleaning soap making depends on correct chemistry; and an improper understanding of the response and course of can lead to dangerous bars that comprise lye.
Each side of our course of – from formulation by means 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. Properly maybe, however likelihood is you’ve really eaten it! Have a fast google on olives or pretzels. So in all probability really not that scary.
Additionally, you CANNOT make cleaning soap with out it* and people have been making cleaning soap with it in varied types for 1000s of years.
And bear in mind, NONE of it stays in our remaining cleaning soap bars.
*Notice 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 means of wooden ash. The focus of the answer was then estimated by inserting an egg within the resolution. A sinking egg signalled a weak resolution, a floating egg, a stronger one. Cool hey?
Once we first began making cleaning soap we requested our chemist whether or not we might use the ash-egg technique to make our personal alkali.
Not surprisingly, he mentioned no. (A great name we reckon as its probably not all that actual!). The ash-egg technique additionally doesn’t adjust to the beauty rules our trade 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. For those who’re , its manufacturing technique dates again to the late 18th century, begins with salt (that you just 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?
For those who imply – is it naturally ocurring and does it develop on a tree? Then the reply is, in fact, no.
For those who imply – is it solely created from substances that folks would generally perceive as being pure; in different phrases those who come instantly 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 soaps are honey and milk (no precise animal components 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), as a way to change them from being an oil you’ll be able to eat into oil that makes you clear. NONE of that alkali we use stays in our remaining cleaning soap bars.
Our soaps are additionally free from ‘nature-identical’ substances, 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 ‘pressure treatment’ our soaps with the usage of dehumidifiers. Our soaps merely air dry for so long as is critical. Normally at the least four weeks, usually 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 onerous cleaning soap, or bottled liquid cleaning soap, grows on bushes; nature does produce quite a few crops that comprise 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 wash fabric and even delicate tapestries within the UK.
Anybody who has cooked lentils will even have seen the bubbles they produce if you rinse them. Once more, that is to do with their pure saponins. In India, lentil-water remains to be utilized by some immediately 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.