What is cold-processed soap?
Cold processed soap is one of the common ways to manufacture soaps. The process is called as such since the whole production process takes place within 50◦C. This ensures that the oils are sufficiently heated until they are melted yet still retain all their natural goodness. The soaps retain their natural glycerin, an all-natural moisturizer for the skin. The oils are then mixed with sodium hydroxide for saponification to take place. The soaps are then left to fully saponify for 30 days.
What is hot-processed soap?
Hot processed soap is the other more commonly used method whereby the oils and lye are heated to almost 100deg. Most of the glycerin is drained off from the oils at the end of the process when the final soap is obtained. The glycerin that is drained off is often later processed and sold for use in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, make up, skin care products and food processing.
These soaps are usually more drying as they are not super-fatted. If they are, they contain many preservatives to lengthen the shelf life of the soaps, as the oils have been heated to such high temperatures
What about melt and pour “handmade” soaps?
Many “handmade” soaps are actually melt-and-pour soaps. In the manufacture of such soaps, there is no real saponification taking place. Saponification is the process which sodium hydroxide (or lye) reacts with fats or oils to produce soap. In the melt-and-pour process, ready-made soaps that are made using the hot-process method are simply further processed so that they can be melted down and poured into moulds of various designs. Usually dyes are also added to create attractive pieces of soap. However they have already lost most of the glycerin and other natural compounds during the hot process.
So how do you tell? Cold processed soaps can never be transparent (or translucent) and the colours are usually more earth-toned; they can never become bright aqua blue, unless artificial colouring is added.
What about those many brands sold in shops?
Most soaps found in the market are produced via the hot process and their colour and fragrance is obtained by adding chemicals (including lathering chemicals, stabilizers, deodorants, artificial fragrances and colours etc.) during the later manufacturing stages. These chemicals may be harmful to the skin in the long run. Many also find their skin very dry after using soaps as these soaps have very low glycerin content. Others that are less drying have added processed glycerin also during the later manufacturing stages. However, cold processed soaps have been found to have higher glycerin content than those with added glycerin from hot processed soap
What about shower gels?
Shower gels are either made from petroleum-based products, or made using the hot process. Shower gel/bodywash is an emulsion of water and a detergent base with added fragrance used as a skin cleansing agent in the shower or bath.
Read on for more details on the problem with petroleum-based products!
What are the benefits of using cold-processed soap?
As our cold-processed soap is made from all-natural ingredients, you will not be exposing your skin to any artificial chemicals. You will also reap the moisturizing benefits from the naturally occurring glycerin in the oils that we use. That is why your skin will not feel tight and squeaky after use.
On top of that, the essential oils bring a whole range of benefits not just for your skin but also help enhance you mental well-being.
As our cold-processed soap is made from natural ingredients, you will not be exposing your skin to any artificial chemicals. The presence of natural glycerin in the soap moisturises your skin while pure essential oils, with their therapeutic effects, nourish your skin and also enhance your mental well-being. Your skin should feel clean but never tight and squeaky. Spots and blemishes should slowly fade and oil secretion balanced. However all this cannot be achieved overnight but you should see improvements after your first bar.
Why is it so expensive as compared to other soaps in the market?
Our soaps are made from the natural oils and are all made by hand in small batches. On top of that, we use only the best quality oils and essential oils in the making of our soap. That is why our soaps smell heavenly, but also means that we can only make a limited amount at any point in time.
Are there preservatives?
There are no artificial preservatives used in our cold processed soaps. We do, however, use natural preservatives such as vitamin E and essential oils! These not only give the soaps their heavenly scent, provide the various therapeutic benefits but also help to extend the shelf life of your soap!
What is lye?
Lye is the chemical sodium hydroxide (NaOH). It is highly corrosive and will burn your skin on contact. It is often found in industrial grade cleaning agents. In the process of making our soaps, the lye reacts with the fatty acids in the vegetable oils to form a soap molecule. At the end of the 30-day saponification process, the lye would have completely reacted, so do not worry that there will be such harmful chemicals in your soap.
Can I customize my soap?
Definitely! You may contact us for customized soaps and we can work out a solution for you. Such customized soaps make great gifts for birthdays, festivals, corporate events and weddings.