Glycerine in Soap – Naturally
Soap making is a truly magical process. Here at Moon Haven in the heart of the Margaret River Wine Region, we take four superbly nurturing oils, and combine it with caustic soda as the basis for all of our soap.
Caustic Soda in Soap:
Yes Caustic soda is what you use to clean your drains…and it is this same powerful action which can break down the fatty acid chains in our sumptuous oils to make soap. You can’t make soap without using it somewhere along the line.
Don’t worry there is no Caustic soda in the finished soap – the caustic is totally consumed in the soapmaking process to produce two main components – beneficial, moisturising glycerine and soap (a sodium salt) .
The benefits of Glycerine
In natural soapmaking, glycerine is present at around 12% of the total product. Glycerine is a natural wonder of the cosmetic world. In Moon Haven’s natural soap it moisturises and nurtures the skin.
“Glycerine Soaps” vs Natural Cold Process Soap
Now we have all seen so-called glycerine soaps… You know the ones, all transparent and usually very arty. They are called Melt & Pour soaps (M&P). While they can be fantastic to look at, they are not as beneficial for your skin as the natural cold process soaps that we make at Moon Haven.
Here is a list of some of the ingredients in M&P soap: Propylene Glycol, Sodium Stearate, Glycerine Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sorbitol, Sodium Myristate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Triethanolamine, Titanium Dioxide .
Which do you think would be gentler on your skin, M&P soap or a natural cold process soap? The choice, as always is yours.