It has been around for thousands of years. We use it every day. We trust it with our health and the health of our family. Of course, we are talking about soap and like most other things, it is the simplest soaps which serve us the best. This means with soap, it is time we get rid of the extra hype and get back to the basics.
“Created from the numerous variations of ingredients, all soaps have two main ingredients – animal or vegetable oils/fats and an alkaline solution that enables the process of saponification.” In ancient Babylon soap was made from boiling animal fat with water and ash. If the process really so simple, what exactly is the list of ingredients on the back of those big commercial brands? Big name brand soap companies think they need to add chemicals to make the soap lather more or last longer. And, the result is an entirely different product than what we started out with.
The best choice in soap is a product of natural ingredients, handmade. All natural soaps return to the simple way of making it right without chemical add ins. It gives us clean, healthy skin without the toxic trade off which comes with commercial soaps.
When it comes to soaps, most of us fall into one of two categories: bar people and liquid people. Sometimes we find one is just better for the, "job at hand". When you start looking into natural soaps, mostly what we find tends to be bars, but let’s face it, sometimes a liquid would be a nice convenient alternative. The solution is as simple as a pot and a bottle!
You can easily transform your favorite natural bar into a liquid alternative with just a few simple steps. “In a liquid soap world, bar soap just feels so wrong sometimes! “ It takes 8-10 cups of water, a bar of your favorite soap, a grater, whisk, beater, and some patience. In almost no time, you’ll have a liquid version of the pure, natural soap you love.
This method allows you to transform any bar you like into the “body wash or hand soap” that you’ll love. It also allows you the versatility to choose your favorite natural soaps to nourish your skin while still giving you the convenience of liquid soap you desire. It lets your skin and your luffa fall in love with your soap again. It's a win any way you wash it.
PHOTO: Martin Waugh – Liquid Sculpture http://www.liquidsculpture.com/