Glycerine in Soap - Naturally
Soap making is a truly magical process. At Moon-Haven we take six superbly nurturing oils, and combine it with caustic soda . I hear the rapid intake of breath at the mention of Caustic Soda.
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 glycerine and soap (a sodium salt) .
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.
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.
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