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Hand Washing and Your Health

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Hand Washing and Your Health

Hey everyone!Before we get started, let me preface this by saying that this is not to be misconstrued as medical advice. We are a soap company, not a doctor's office - we ask you to use common sense when it comes to your health. This is NOT a plug for our soap. While we would appreciate you using us as your go-to soap maker, ensuring you're using *SOMETHING* is better than encouraging you to purchase our stuff. Over the past few days, we've received a plethora of messages asking about hand sanitizers, hand washing, soap, and home made hand sanitizer...

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Misbehaving Soap and How to Take Care of it.

Chemistry

Misbehaving Soap and How to Take Care of it.

The past few weeks have been interesting for making soap. Typically speaking I let my oils cool down to around 120, and I generally try to keep the oil and lye solutions within 10 degrees of each other before I mix them - now while it isn't always the case, I tend to live by this rule. The reasoning behind it is that its much easier to bring the soap to a point of gel - a heated phase where saponification happens at a rapid pace - where lye and fat are converted into glycerin and soap. To further speed...

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Foundations of Beauty: Why Buy a Handmade Soap?

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Foundations of Beauty: Why Buy a Handmade Soap?

The act of taking a shower, at a quick glance - seems like a really simple concept. Hop in the shower, lather up, feel clean, move on - but this simple daily activity sits on top of a heap of complex issues - from utilizing synthetic detergents and surfactants, energy and chemical stockpile use, to the use of animal fats in commercial bars. Not to mention, many of the synthetic detergents are petroleum based - and most of us just go along with it. To start, lets recap what soap is - animal fat and/or plant oils (which is what...

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No Lye-ing: The Truth About Lye and a Quick History

Chemistry

No Lye-ing: The Truth About Lye and a Quick History

In this blog we take a look at what real soap is versus commercial detergents, in a sea of misleading ideas and concepts surrounding soap making's most controversial chemicals, Sodium Hydroxide Lye.

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