Five myths about handmade soap

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Q1: Is soap made of coconut oil the most moisturizing?

A:Coconut oil is the major ingredient for any types of soap making. However, it is not used to contribute to moisturizing property. During the process of soap making, coconut oil is used to create foaming function, meaning more coconut oil added to soap making results in making a bar of soap with more foaming property. So is its cleaning property. But it makes the soap more drying, which is not good for the skin.

Q2: Why handmade soap is less moisturizing than liquid soap?

A: People might experience dry skin condition when they first switch from liquid soap to handmade soap. It is due to the simple and natural formula of soap making, without any artificial additives added. So it takes time for your skin to accommodate to using handmade soap. In fact, one of the properties of handmade soap is to leave your skin with glycerin after washing. Glycerin is a pure and natural agent that brings a hydrating property to your skin. It keeps your skin hydrated throughout the day and in the long run, it softens skin.

Q3: What is the major difference between handmade soap and those manufactured soap bought in health stores?

A: Handmade soaps are made with a process called cold process soap making. During the process, glycerin is produced naturally and it brings a hydrating property to your skin. For those manufactured soaps bought in health stores or supermarkets, they are made under large-scale manufacturing. Either glycerin produced during the process would be extracted to make other skin care products, or the soaps are made with a synthetic combination of a bunch of chemicals, which are harmful to your skin in a long run.

Q4: How can one tell a soap is of good quality?

A: Looking at the ingredients as it always an indicator to show the quality of soap. A high-quality soap is made without any chemical additives while the major ingredients include natural plant oil made with natural handmade processes, such as avocado oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, olive oil, coconut oil and almond oil, which are used together to create mild with smooth lather. The rich content of natural nutrients is easily absorbed by the skin and make healthier skin following long-term usage.

Q5: Handmade soap is always described as mild to skin. Does it mean it is neutral PH value?

A: When handmade soaps are initially made, it possesses a PH value at around 11 to 13. It takes at least one month of ageing to let the PH value decrease to PH 8 to 9 which is regarded as weakly alkaline which is good to be used on the skin. This weak alkaline property is most ideal for skin because this is the best PH value to clean skin and boost metabolism, while skin is able to neutralize this weak alkaline after washing. It is not possible to have a handmade soap with neutral PH value unless it is neutralized with chemicals.

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