Grammas homeade soaps
If you would like an alternative to commercial soap look here. My hand made soap is created from only food grade products. The only chemical additives I might add are fragrance oils.
Would it surprise you to find out that most commercial soap is actually synthetic detergents? It is easier and cheaper to manufacture than soap and it contains hydrocarbons. Yes, hydrocarbons come from petroleum, the same petroleum gasoline and plastics are made from. I use only food grade oils. The same oils you would use to cook your favorite meals with. Also all herbs, spices or botanicals I use are of the same quality you would find in the spice or tea isles of your favorite grocery store. Many are grown in my own garden, completely organic, pesticide free.
I make my soap using the “cold process” method. This is the most time consuming method but in my opinion makes the finest quality soap. It takes a minimum of three weeks to produce soap using this method, some oils (like olive oil for Castile soap) can take several months to “cure” but well worth the wait for the soft, emollient rich soap it makes.
Why fragrance oils instead of essential oils? Fragrance oils are considered artificial, though most are derived from organic bases. Though I prefer to use natural botanicals to scent my soap I will occasionally use a fragrance oil to accent (or intensify) a scent that can not be concentrated sufficiently in soap with out over loading it with the botanical, lowering the quality of the soap. I use only fragrance oils thoroughly tested for safety from reliable vendors.
Why not essential oils? Essential oils have been used for hundreds of years for medicinal purposes and for good reason. Most essential oils are the bases for many medicines we use today. I am not saying that occasional use of essential oils is dangerous for most people but as many of the people I first started making my soap for are people with health problems and I was concerned that chronic exposure to many essential oils could potentially interact with the prescribed medications they are taking and pose a health threat for them. I may offer a line of essential oil soaps in the future so if that’s what you’re looking for keep checking back.
Note... I have had some people ask me if my soap contains lye. All soap is made from lye. Soap is the result of Saponification, the chemical combination of fatty acids with a caustic substance. If all ingredients are properly balanced there will be no lye left, it has all been chemically married to the fat. So no, the soap I make contains no lye in it. It has all been converted into soap. I use food grade sodium hydroxide, the same lye used to make pretzels with their distinctive taste. Lye is also used to make Lutefish, hominy, tortillas, many types of olives, and many other foods.
Yes, compared to the bars of modified hydrocarbons labeled soap at your local grocery store hand made soap is expensive. But there is an old saying “you get what you pay for”. I do try to keep costs down by buying in bulk but I refuse to compromise quality to save a dime. I use this soap and want it to be it to be the best I can make it.
My goal is to make soap that is good for the skin. Part of that is my belief that if it’s good for your insides it might be good for your outsides. So many of my soaps have ingredients you may find in your own kitchen. My favorites are teas with their anti oxidants and vegetables with their vitamins. I also think the fiber not only helps produce a wonderful creamy thick lather but also to gently exfoliate the skin. These soaps are 100% vegetable oil (no animal products) balanced to have low comedogenicity (to not clog pores) and lightly moisturizing. The natural ingredients I use have little or no scent so I sometimes add fragrance to boost or compliment the ingredients; however, they are still very lightly scented. Average bar size is 4 oz.