Is Moon Haven soap better than olive oil soap?
This question is a bit like saying is the colour Red better than the colour Blue? But I must admit that at Moon Haven we do have a preference for a well balanced, skin conditioning soap blended from 4 diverse but nutrient rich oils (including olive oil) rather than a straight 100% olive oil soap.
Certianly Olive oil only soap( also called castille soap) is characterised by good skin conditioning properties but the lather can be quite disappointing, even slimy and stringy with small. poorly formed bubbles. The bubble/lather situation can be even more disappointing when the soap is used in hard water!
You see each base oil used in the soap making process provides different properties to the soap. Some oils help make the soap harder and long lasting, some oils produce lovely skin conditioning agents and others promote bubbles and lather.
So each soap maker must decide how they would like their soap to perform when used. This will help determine the soap recipe and base oils used in the formulation.
Soap that is gentle on the skin with great bubbles
At Moon Haven we have formulated our soap to be gentle on the skin with good skin conditioning properties, mildness and of course a good lather. We have produced a wonderful soap that can be used by people with eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis yet still be fun and bubbly as well.
How do we achieve this ..we combine four beautiful vegetable oils which each bring something special to our soap and your skin.
The oils we use and what they offer a soap are:
- Rice Bran Oil - Beautiful conditioning properites, moisturising and gentle with a stable lather
- Coconut Oil - strong, long lasting, fluffy and large bubbles
- Palm Oil from sustainable sources- bar hardness and stable bubbles
- and Olive Oil - great skin conditioning properties
You see at Moon Haven we can utilise the wonderful conditioning properties of Olive Oil while offseting the poor lathering and bubble formation by using other wonderful oils like coconut and palm oil to bring the longed for lather to your skin. It really is the best of both worlds!
For more information on the role fatty acids play in the soap making formulation please click here.