natürliche neurodermitis behandlung
Soap making history goes back many thousands years. Babylonians were the first to discover that plant and wood ashes mixed with oil and lard creates a fat-dissolving lye. A formula for soap was written on a Babylonian clay tablet around 2200 BC. One believes that the word alkali has it's origin here: al-quali means as much as plant ashes.
This initial soap was used for cleaning wool and cotton used in textile manufacture and for medicinal purposes for at least 5000 years.
Back then soap wasn't made and used for personal hygiene. Only centuries later, the the Romans discovered the cleaning properties for sanitary measures. From then on it was used almost solely for this purpose.
The process remains relatively unchanged although nowadays one uses vegetable and seed-based oils and butters rather than animal fats.
And the ash has been replaced with a substance called ‘lye’.
Handmade soaps vs. commercially produced soaps
There are different methods of making soap. However, the one I believe creates the best quality bar of soap is called the cold process method. This method creates gentle and mild soaps which cure over several weeks.
Real handmade soap contains raw ingredients that include butters, fat or oil, and lye.
Most mass-produced bars we buy in the supermarkets have nothing in common with “real” soap as they contain synthetic ingredients such as harsh detergents, hardening agents, artificial fragrances and colours. These strip your skin of it's natural oils and can leave it dry and irritated.
Bad for you, good for the industry. Instead of purchasing one product which cleans and moisturises you will have to buy two or more products to serve the same purpose.
But here comes the good news:
Handmade soap contains glycerine which is a natural by-product of the soap making process. Glycerin is a natural skin emollient (a preparation that softens the skin) that attracts water from the surrounding air and maintains moisture in the skin throughout the day.
Natural oils contain between 7-13% of glycerine as a part of their natural chemical compound.
For better understanding what we put in and on our bodies we should always read the labels on the back carefully.
Commercially Produced Soap
Rapeseed Oil, Coconut Oil, unrefined Shea Butter, Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Beeswax, Honey.
Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Palmitate, Lauric Acid, Aqua, Sodium Isethionate, Sodium Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Parfum, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Sodium Chloride, Zinc Oxide, Glycerin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Alumina, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, CI 77891.
I only use high quality, cold pressed and raw, plant based oils and butters to produce my soaps. Not only does this create an incredibly gentle cleansing product, that supports the natural function of your skin. It also gives it a delicate and natural scent- without having to add any fragrances.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this soap. It smells beautifully natural, mild and gentle. You can literally feel that it's made with pure oils and ingredients. It leaves my skin super soft, without drying it like a regular soap does. I use it for my hands and my skin, and I don't need to moisturize as much as I used to.
-a happy customer from Finland
The quoted weight, it is always the fresh weight. During its "curing period" it loses water, which causes the soaps to become harder and therefore longer lasting. Another positive effect is that handmade soaps, like good wine, becomes milder and more gentle the longer they cure. The loss of fluid is usually about 10-15% and is completely natural.
My personal advice
To make your soap last longer, I recommend cutting it into two pieces. This way you use a smaller surface of your soap and therefore it will last a little longer. Plus, smaller pieces are more unlikely to break in the middle when becoming thinner.
The soap piece you are not currently using can go back into the packaging, where it can be stored in a dry and cool place.
During excavatons in the ruins of Pompeii the remains of a soap factory were found including a batch of soap.
See book by Johannes Overbeck "Inside Pompeii's buildings, antiquities and works of art".
Frequently Asked Questions
Does artisan soap dry out my skin and leave it itchy?
Absolutely not! It's quite the opposite as it helps to rebuild the skins protective barrier. In combination with natural oils as aftercare your skin will feel soft, smooth and deeply nourished.
Will my skin go through a transition phase when changing to 100% natural cosmetics?
Most probably yes. In my case it took around 4 weeks. The first signs of improvement occurred after approximately 2 weeks. Due to the 28 day renewal cycle of our skin, I would give it at least 4 weeks of trial.
I did this step 9 years ago and my only regret is that I didn't change my beauty products earlier. In almost 10 years, I haven't missed the commercial products one buys in supermarkets a single day.
What is the transition phase like?
My skin was totally addicted to the chemicals in common skin care products. I used shower gels, shampoo and moisturizers packed with micro plastic, preservatives, synthetic colours and fragrances. In the beginning it was weird for me, because I was used to putting lotion and cream on all day long, as they never seemed to actually last long. In the beginning it felt like my skin was craving the chemical ingredients and didn't recall how to build up it's protective barrier by itself. It appeared a little flaky almost like during the transition phase from summer to winter. In my 4 week test run I stuck to the plan and didn't use a drop of commercial products. Then week by week my skins health returned, to the point where I didn't need any moisturizer at all, after showering with natural soap. Ten years ago that was unthinkable.
If you do decide to use artisan soap, I recommend using 100% natural aftercare products as well. As there is no point in avoiding micro plastic and other chemical substances in your cleansing routine, if you reapply them again with your moisturizing lotion. It's always good to double check the ingredients list, because words like "natural" aren't always regulated by law and don't give us any further conclusions regarding the quality of the ingredients.