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6 Reasons Why Natural Bar Soap Beats Liquid Soap Every Time

Posted on January 30 2017

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Switching Back To Natural Bar Soap

More and more consumers are switching back to good old-fashioned bar soap. When people think of traditional soap it brings back memories of using mass produced detergent based soaps purchased from the local grocery store. More and more people are discovering the overall difference that natural ingredients make and realize they are much further ahead using cold process soap rather than commercial liquid detergent on their skin.


6 Reasons You Should Switch To Bar Soap:

1. Solid soap is luxurious

The rich history of bar soap adds appeal that liquid soap can never match; used for thousands of years and perfected over time, bar soap has become something of a luxury after years of honing and tweaking. Liquid soap may seem equal to cold process soap in terms of fragrance, but the scent alone can be decieving. Check the label and see if you would rather put artificial fragrances on your body or pure essential oils. Most natural bar soap is made from olive oil, coconut oil, hemp oil, shea butter and a blend of essential oils, layered, and infused with herbs and salts for a tactile experience.

2. The cleanest feeling

Nothing beats that clean, fresh post-shower feeling, and nothing achieves the same sense of accomplishment quite like solid soap. With bar soap, you gain the satisfaction of scrubbing away dirt and dead skin cells – a feeling that can’t be matched by smoothing shower gel or liquid soap over your skin. What’s more, bar soaps are often infused with smoothing particles like ground oats or other natural exfoliators that you can really feel working to refresh and revitalize your skin. Many people started using body wash because their soap left their skin dry and itchy. Using an olive oil soap with shea butter always keep your skin soft, smooth and younger looking.

3. Environmentally conscious

The environment is a key issue at the forefront of modern society’s collective mind and almost everyone accepts that they need to do their bit to care for the planet. Commercial soap and liquid body wash use a variety of chemicals & preservatives that can hurt the environment. Read the label and see what you are washing down the drain every day. Compare the amount of packaging used for liquid soap and you’ll notice that most natural handmade soap uses much less packaging. Many artisans try to use recycled materials and minimal packaging. It’s easier to recyclable most handmade soap containers rather than plastic bottles.

4. Unrivalled choice

Bar soap comes in all shapes and sizes, scents and textures, creating enormous, unrivaled appeal. Handmade soaps are great for gifts, and many are colourful or incorporate novelty elements to delight and amuse. With artisan bar soaps, you can know exactly what’s in the product you pay for and choose scents to suit you. There is such a wide range to choose from, such as clear soaps, hot or cold process soaps and aromatherapy soaps, that you’ll never feel restricted by choice.

5.  Solid soap is pretty perfect

When it comes to liquid soap, there is little that can be done to add aesthetic appeal, other than to perhaps incorporate shimmering flecks or beads in the soap. With solid soap, there are all kinds of ways to make products easy on the eyes. Layering different colors or fragrances, pressing in raw ingredients to the top layer, creating swirls and even whipping into a mousse – solid soap is so much more versatile with regards to aesthetics.

6. A thoughtful gift

What do you buy for someone who has everything? A bar of handmade soap needn’t break the bank but it can be a thoughtful gift, especially if you know what sort of scents and colors the recipient likes. Handing over a bottle of liquid soap doesn’t quite stack up in the same way; solid bar soap can be beautiful, sublimely scented and used in a variety of ways, such as to fragrance linen in drawers or as a welcoming treat in your guest bathroom.

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Now that you know why solid soap beats liquid soap hands down, why not have a go at whipping up your own homemade soap? For a truly indulgent, good-enough-to-eat cold process soap, take a look at our recipe below. Alternatively, visit our Scent Store and feast your eyes on our Mint Chocolate Indulgence natural soap.

Minty Milk Chocolate Cold Process Soap Recipe

Ingredients

  • 22 oz olive oil
  • 8 oz coconut oil
  • 1 oz castor oil
  • 12 oz milk (any you choose)
  • 4.3 oz lye
  • 3 tbsp peppermint essential oil
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder

Equipment

  • Rubber gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Large stainless steel or enamel pot
  • Wooden or plastic soap mold
  • Weighing scales
  • Hand stick blender
  • Two 3 qt size plastic pitchers
  • Two thermometers
  • Two wooden spoons
  • Measuring cup, 2 or 3-cup size
  • Freezer paper
  • An old blanket or large rag
  • Piece of cardboard cut to fit the mold as a lid

Method

1. When making milk-based soap, the milk needs to be as cold as possible – it’s best to measure out the milk and put it in the freezer the day before you plan to make the soap.

2. When the milk is cold, take it out of the freezer and tip into one of your pitchers, gather your other ingredients together and line your soap mold with freezer paper.

3. Put on your protective gloves and goggles and weigh out the lye into one of your pitchers. Bit by bit, add it to the milk, stirring continuously until dissolved. Set the mixture to one side.

4. Measure out the coconut oil, castor oil and olive oil and reserve a couple of teaspoons to mix with the cocoa powder separately.

5. Pour the remaining oils into your enamel pot and combine. Slowly add the lye mixture and stir with your stick blender. Alternate with the motor on and off to prevent air bubbles.

6. When you reach trace, which is when the mixture starts leaving tracks, add the peppermint oil and stir for a minute longer.

7. Next, mix the cocoa powder with the reserved oil and swirl in. You can either mix completely for a solid light brown shade or stir in and leave the swirl tracks for effect.

8. Pour the soap batter into the lined mold and cover with the cardboard lid and blanket. Leave to stand for about 18 hours.

9. Remove the blanket and lid and let the soaps air on an open drying rack for between four and six weeks.

For more information about natural soap tips, tricks, recipes and insights visit our website www.soap.club or visit the Scent Store to purchase from over 70 different scents.

Please Note: Every week, Soap.Club receives incredible recipes from our members and guest soapers. Due to volume and time restraints, Soap.Club is not able to test each recipe. All recipes are to be used  strictly as a guideline. Since the recipe requires lye, it is very important to make sure you check you lye measurements.

Soap.Club cannot guarantee the results and we strongly recommend that you stick to small batches at first. Please give us your feedback. We would love to hear for you. Inspired by Jan’s recipe at http://thenerdyfarmwife.com/milk-chocolate-mint-soap-recipe/.

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