The Clue is in the Name
There are any number of Artisan Soapmakers appearing at present, so I wanted to tell you why I consider mine amongst the top of the list. And yes, the clue is in the name - Artisan Pure Soaps! #puresoaps
I decided right at the outset of this Soap Journey that my soaps (and my balms, oils and lotions) would be as pure as I can make them. So I use only nature's own fruit and vegetable oils (no animal fats), with pure essential oils for fragrance and associated benefits.The only colouring I use is a French Pink Natural Clay for my "Cottage Garden" and activated charcoal for my "Charcoal Scrub" soaps.
The oils are few and are Olive Oil (exactly what you use for cooking), Coconut Oil, Shea Butter and Castor Oil.
Olive Oil is used for its antioxidant properties and Vitamin E content, which are renowned for nourishing, cleansing, moisturising and protecting skin against the signs of ageing.
Shea Butter is such a rich and effective moisturiser, and is also high in skin nourishing vitamins, namely vitamins E, A and C, all of which act as antioxidants to stop the negative effects of harmful free radicals.
Coconut Oil contains Lauric, Capric, and Caprylic Acid – These fatty acids from the coconut are antimicrobial agents. In ‘plain English’ this means that they help fight against nasty things like viruses, bacteria, fungi, and yeast.
Castor Oil is known for its natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties and is high in Vitamin E, minerals, proteins, and Omega 6 and 9 beneficial fatty acids. Its unusually high ricinoleic acid ratio makes it beneficial to skin and hair. It also helps produce wonderful lather.
So you see, just the four oils above together with natural soap making methods using sodium hydroxide and distilled water, they produce a moisturising, '#goodforyourskin' soap.
Watch out for my next blog on the Essential Oils I use.