Soap is Soap, Right?

Soap is soap, right? Wrong. Not all soaps are made the same way. We make soap using the cold process method. This method allows us to choose the plant-based oils and butters that we want in our soap. We combine these oils and butters with lye (sodium hydroxide) and a chemical reaction known as saponification takes place.

Once the soap has gone through saponification, there is NO LYE left in the final product. Through saponification, the lye and oils create glycerin. Glycerin is a wonderful humectant for the skin and a major benefit to the cold process method of making soap.

In the commercial soap making process, glycerin is removed and replaced with synthetic ingredients. Most commercial soaps are actually detergents with synthetic lathering agents, preservatives and other chemical additives. Detergents can strip the skin of natural oils and as a result can be more drying to the skin and may even be irritating for some people. 

Natural handcrafted soap made with the cold process method retains glycerin which is nourishing for the skin. These soaps need to cure for 4-8 weeks before they are ready to use but once the soap has cured it will be longer lasting especially if the bar is allowed to dry between uses.

Since we make small batches, we are able to choose quality ingredients with beneficial properties for the skin. We are especially proud of the natural soaps we make and enjoy creating soaps that we feel are more nourishing to the skin. We enjoy including special oils we infuse with particular plants we forage or herbs we grow as well as adding essential oils that give our soaps aromatic benefits. We choose these ingredients with intention and consider the benefits they may lend to skin and hair health.

Why we choose not to use palm oil

Greenhouse Fusion has chosen not to use palm oil in any of our products. Palm oil is a popular ingredient in many handcrafted cold process soaps. Palm oil comes from the fruit of palm trees. It is popular in many beauty products because it is easy to produce, has a long shelf life and has hydrating and nourishing properties. Unfortunately, it is harvested from tropical rainforests resulting in habitat loss to the detriment of many indigenous human populations and species including orangutans.

Fortunately, there are excellent alternatives to using palm oil and that is why we choose to use shea butter and coconut oil in our handcrafted soaps. 

 
We are doing our best to be sustainable and environmentally friendly. This includes our approach to packaging which we will discuss further in our next post. Stay tuned!