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.

破解手工皂五大迷思

Q1: 以椰子油製作的手工皂是最滋潤的嗎?

A: 椰子油是製作手工皂必需的材料,但它並不是為了提供滋潤作用。在手工皂製作過程中,椰子油會轉化成為起泡的功能,即是手工皂成份中越多椰子油,泡沬會越多,清潔力也越高和相對令皮膚較為乾燥。

Q2: 為何使用手工皂好像比沐浴露乾燥呢?

A: 很多人在初期轉用手工皂也有這種感覺,因為手工皂的成份簡單天然,沒有添加的人造護膚成份,皮膚需要時間適應。而手工皂在用後會於肌膚上留有甘油(glycerin),這是純天然的保濕元素,可以整天為皮膚提供保濕效果,長期使用可使肌膚變得幼嫩。

Q3: 一般市面上的肥皂跟手工皂最大的分別是甚麼呢?

A: 手工皂是以冷製方式製作,過程中會產生甘油(glycerin),能為肌膚帶來保濕作用。一般市面上的肥皂是經由大型工業生產,在生產中甘油會被抽走(用來製作護膚品)或以非天然的原料合成方式生產,因此用後皮膚會較繃緊乾燥,長期使用對皮膚亦無益。

Q4: 怎樣分辨優質的手工皂呢?

A: 還是要看成份。優質的手工皂絕無化學添加成份,主要以天然植物油經手工製作而成,例如牛油果油、乳木果脂、可可脂、橄欖油、椰子油和甜杏仁油等等,溫和及泡沫細膩,含豐富的天然養分,皮膚易於吸收,長期使用讓肌膚變得更健康。

Q5: 說手工皂溫和,是中性酸鹼度的意思嗎?

A: 天然手工皂剛製作完成屬強鹼性PH11~13,必須經熟成最少一個月以上當酸鹼度轉為PH8~9才可使用,因此手工皂是屬於弱鹼性。而這種弱鹼性是最理想,因為具有效的清潔力及加速身陳代謝的同時,也讓肌膚在潔膚後有能力自動中和這種弱鹼性。天然手工皂是不可能屬中性,除非是添加化學物來中和它。