Natural Handmade Soap in South Africa

Written by Heaven Soaps

A bit more about Cold Process Soap-making 

Why choose natural handmade soap?

At Heaven Soaps we make our cold process soap with natural products. We aim to stay clear of synthetic ingredients to make mild nourishing soap, free of synthetics. Because we don’t mass produce this soap, it enables us to carefully select what oils to use and how long to cure our soaps. The end result is a unique pure quality artisan soap. Each batch is individually made, cut and cured by us in our soap family business.  

What is the main difference between soap and detergent?

Mass-produced commercial soap is often not a true soap but rather a detergent.  It also cleans the skin, but its synthetic ingredients can strip the skin of its natural oils and sometimes leave you with dry skin, a rash or skin irritation.  Mass-produced soap has easily accessible synthetic ingredients that are quite economical compared to natural handmade soaps, but once your skin has been nourished and cleansed by artisan soap it is difficult to use anything but handmade soap.

How do I make homemade soap?

Soap making is a fairly simple process, however, the chemical reaction of soap making is complex. Soap making can be compared to baking instead of cooking meaning it is a precise science, and not as with cooking a pinch of this and a dab of that.

Is all bar soap made with lye?

Soap is made by combining lye, vegetable oils and water in a process called saponification. Cold process soap making is a method of creating handmade soap at low temperature. In cold handmade soap making, saponification takes a day or two to complete, whereas glycerine takes a natural by-product of saponification. It remains in the soap and acts as a natural emollient (softening or soothing the skin). This contributes to the gentleness of the soap.

In comparison, detergents contain petroleum distillates instead of oils and glycerine is removed from the soap and sold as a secondary product.

Why does soap sweat?

Glycerine is a humectant, meaning that it is moisturizing because it attracts and holds moisture. Cold-process soap retains the glycerine created during the soap-making process to make it a more moisturizing bar, but the same glycerine that balances the skin’s moisture content is also a magnet for any moisture in the air. Humid conditions always cause small beads of condensation. They are a nuisance, but soap that sweats is a tell-tale sign of the purity of soap.

Is activated charcoal soap good for skin?

Activated charcoal with its natural anti-bacterial properties removes impurities from the skin and acts as a natural exfoliant. We use activated charcoal as a natural ingredient that adds to the variety and quality of our soap range.

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