What do I use in my natural, nature-friendly soap?
The ingredients that I use are organic and ethically sourced. In particular, it was especially important to me to have organic and responsibly sourced palm oil. You derive organic palm oil from the fruit of organic oil palm trees. It is solid, but soft at room temperature. Therefore, it has a similar consistency of a body butter, with a white colour and neutral scent.
By the way, there is a lot of negativity about the use of palm oil. Overuse of it contributed to the deforestation of rain forests, which has a huge impact on our natural world. And this is exactly what we should avoid. So, in order to be nature-friendly, I use palm oil that has been certified by the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil – certification number is 9-1737-16-000-00). Sustainable palm oil is important as the RSPO insists on international standard worker’s rights and helps to limit the impact of deforestation.
In short, we use palm oil widely in soap-making due to it’s high palmitic acid. It adds hardness to a soap. Furthermore, it will also help add longevity to the lather, especially when you combine it with coconut oil, hence the reason I have chosen to add this to my soaps.
Scents used in my handmade soap
After doing my research I decided to only concentrate on 4 different scents to add to my hand made soap. I use:
The other ingredients for the soap are predominantly:
Olive Oil, Palm Oil, Coconut Oil, Grapefruit Seed Extract or Vitamin E (this acts as a preservative), Caustic Soda.
Lastly, Caustic Soda binds all the ingredients together and saponification happens, which is a reaction between an acid and a base to form a salt. So then, in soap making, when you mix an oil or fat (this is the acid) with Lye (this is your base) you will get soap (this is your salt).
All my soaps are between 80 and 100g and lather wonderfully. It can be used at the hand basin, bath or shower.