Most of the bars of “soap” in the store are not really soap. They are actually detergents, and in fact, advertising campaigns have even focused on the difference, claiming that soap leaves a film on your skin that the advertised product does not. The message in the advertisement is that a soap film on the skin is a bad thing, but nothing could be further from the truth. When soap is superfatted with oils, it leaves the extra oil on your skin, which keeps skin from drying out. Before I started making my own soap, I had a bottle of liquid soap next to the sink, as well as a bottle of lotion. I needed to use lotion after washing my hands through the day because the commercial soaps dried out my skin so badly. Provided it is made with excess oil, natural soap doesn’t do that. After switching to naturally made soap, many people have found that they are able to eliminate their use of lotion. Homemade soap can be specifically formulated for hand washing, for bathing and showering and for washing your face, and, of course, problematic ingredients for those with allergies can be left out. In spite of having allergic reactions to many commercial soaps, I’m able to use a variety of essential oils in my soaps without any problems.
This is an excerpt from Ecothrifty: Cheaper, Greener Choices for a Happier, Healthier Life. Complete instructions for making soap can be found in Deborah’s books, Homegrown and Handmade and Raising Goats Naturally. If you’d rather just buy natural goat milk soap, click here to visit the Antiquity Oaks farm store.
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