What Is Soap? Where Does Soap Come From?
Until the early 1900’s, much of the soap used was made at home. Fats from cooking and butchering were saved until there was enough to make a batch of soap. This all changed in 1916 when a shortage of fats (a main ingredient in soap) occurred during World War I. As an alternative was needed, enterprising companies developed the first synthetic soaps called detergents.
With a wide variety of oils available today, making your own soap is once again very inexpensive, and a good choice for those concerned about quality, health related benefits, and the environment.
Successful soap making today is a result of a much better understanding of chemistry, experience, and a wider variety of ingredients to choose from. Today’s soaps are milder and better for skin thanks to the availability of vegetable and plant based oils. Chemically speaking, soap is a salt. An acid and a base react with one another and are neutralized to form a salt or soap. A more basic explanation is: oils or fats combine with Sodium Hydroxide or “Lye” in a process called saponification to produce soap.
Hand-made soap retains extra glycerin, known to soften the skin naturally. Glycerin is one of the best known humectants (attracts moisture to the skin). It is often extracted during the process of manufacturing commercially made soap, then sold as a valuable by-product. Natural ingredients are rarely used in commercially manufactured soaps.
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