Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Handmade Natural Goat Milk Soap

About Handcrafted Soap

The concepts of "handcrafted", "soap" and "soap maker" frequently mean different things to different people.


"Soap" has several definitions, depending on how exact you want to get.
The technical definition of soap is "the result of a chemical reaction between a fatty acid and an alkali solution." Fatty acids are the actual fat content of animal or vegetable oils; there are many different fatty acids which combine to make up different oils. The alkali solution is commonly known as lye and is usually sodium or potassium hydroxide. By this definition, soap must be made from animal or vegetable fats/oils and lye. However, note that in the finished product there is no free lye - it is all combined into the resulting soap.
In the 1940's chemists discovered how to change the molecular structure of some naturally occurring substances and also how to synthesize necessary components. What they discovered was called "detergent" (to differentiate it from soap). The big advantage to detergents then and now is that they work well in cold or hard water and can be formulated to clean specific types of dirt and stains.
Modern detergents (known as synthetic detergents) have become quite sophisticated and are seen in many, many forms. In fact, the majority of the cleaning products on the market are actually detergents of some type or another. Even commercial bar soaps commonly contain all or part detergents.
As a result of these developments, a common definition of soap has emerged. The common definition of soap refers to any product that bubbles and cleans, particularly if it is in a bar form.

Cold and Hot Process Soaps

Cold and hot process soaps are made by mixing oils, lye and water. "Melt and Pour" soap is made by the use of a commercially produced soap base which may or may not contain detergents.
For additional clarification, products that are technically soap (a blend of fatty acids and alkali) may also be referred to as "natural soap" or "soap from scratch".
A "soap maker" within the HSMG is one who takes bulk ingredients and produces a unique and individualized soap. The ingredients can be oils and lye or commercial soap base; both are considered "bulk ingredients".
The process of making and selling soap is complex and involves many steps. These include creating the recipe; measuring and mixing the soap; adding scent and color; creating the shape by molding, cutting and/or trimming; designing and creating packaging; and finally marketing, displaying and selling the final product. Depending on the methodology of the individual, some of these steps are done "by hand" and with creative and artistic involvement and some are done automatically or mechanically.

About L. & T. A. Frank Goat Milk Soap

Our soap is completely handmade using the fresh whole goat’s milk from our lovely family goats. We use the cold process method and use only natural ingredients. We care about the environment and the health of our customers. It is only right for a Shaman and the Shamans family to produce high quality natural body care products.

Our Goat Milk Soap Ingredients

Our soaps are made from the following saponified ingredients.

Goat Milk- The benefits of goat milk are legendary. It has been used for centuries as a luxurious beauty aid. The low pH level of goat milk is close to our skin's pH, making it a very gentle cleanser. Goat milk also contains alphahydroxyl acids, which are known for their restorative and rejuvenating qualities.

Olive Oil- Every bar is rich in olive oil, which has so many benefits for your skin. It is an emollient, which softens and soothes. Olive oil produces nourishing hard, mild, high quality bars.

Soybean Oil - Soybean oil is a good moisturizer that adds firmness to our soaps.

Safflower and Canola Oils - Safflower and Canola oil is moisturizing and gives our soaps a beautiful creamy lather.

Coconut Oil - Coconut oil is a good moisturizing oil that makes lots of large bubbles in our soaps lather.

We don't use any sulfates, pork products, or any preservatives in our soaps. We do not do any animal testing what so ever. We use natural honey, herbs and natural cosmetic grade minerals (to color soaps).Our pure and simple line has no scents and no colors. It is pure soap and depending on which one you choose may have honey, ground natural herbs, natural aloe vera gel, and sometimes extra cream added.

If you have any other questions about our products, please email us at info@navajosoap.com

You can see all the kinds of soaps we have by clicking the soap link. Soap Link

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