Soap Tips & Tricks
How long does a bar soap last?
How long your natural soap bar lasts depends on several factors: the quality of the ingredients used to make the soap, cure time (minimum 6-8wks), the size of the bar, and number of uses or users and drying time.
Below are a few techniques to help extend the life of your natural soap:
Let your soap dry out! Refrain from allowing your soap to stand in a puddle of water or storing your soap bars in areas of direct water flow. Instead, consider investing in a draining soap dish that permits air to circulate around the soap bar. Letting your soap bar fully dry and re-harden between uses significantly extends the life of your soap.
Like fine wine, soap gets better as it ages. Buy your soap in bulk and cut the bars into halves or quarters. Store the unused portion of your soap bar in a cool dry place. The longer your soap bar sits on the shelf, the longer it has a chance to cure, making for a really hard soap bar. The harder the bar, the longer it will last.
Remember: Keep it high and keep it dry.
Commercial body care products vs. handcrafted body care products
Ever been overwhelmed by the mile long list of ingredients on the back of a bottle of manufactured body lotion? You are not alone! Trying to decipher the code names for list of ingredients on commercial body products can be extremely overwhelming, not to mention shocking! Mass produced body care products available today have added chemicals that can harm your skin such as artificial ingredients, parabens, harsh chemicals and preservatives. Synthetics found in mass produced products are the most common cause of today’s skin allergies and irritations’.
Sadly, manufactures utilize these ingredients because they cheaper to make and add bulk to the products without the added costs. Cheaper ingredients = bigger profits!
Handcrafted body care products are customizable, produce less waste, and are safer for your skin and easier on mother earth. Best of all, handcrafted products give you complete control over the ingredients that go into your products, great for those who have sensitive skin! The end result is a product that feels good on your skin and you feel good about using it!
Best of all, handcrafted products are never tested on animals, only humans!
Fragrance Oils vs. Essential Oils
Fragrance Oils vs. Essential Oils. What’s the difference? Essential Oils are derived from a based source and will scent a product as well as provide therapeutic benefits. Like essential oils, Fragrance oils will add scent a product, but without the added benefits. Fragrance oils can be a mix of various chemical components both natural and synthetic.
Here at Bare Naked Soap Company, we use both essential and fragrance oils in our products. Even though fragrance oils do not provide therapeutic effect like essential oils, they still have many benefits. Fragrance oils are great substitute when pure essence is not available. For example, there is no essential oil scent for vanilla sugar or clean cotton; therefore fragrance oil can be used to produce the scent.
It is important to remember that all though they are natural, essential oils are not for everyone. Some essential oils may cause skin irritations as well as skin reactions in certain individuals if not applied properly.
The best advice we can give our customers is to do a bit research before you buy and make your purchases based on facts rather than opinions.
Did you know?
Two of the most common oils that we use in our products have naturally occurring SPF!
Coconut Oil = SPF 4,
Shea Butter = SPF 6,
Protection from the sun while keeping your skin moisturized!