Is Using Soap Hygienic?

I am inspired to write this blog after having lunch with one of my good friends just recently. For someone who had switched from commercial personal care to organic / natural base personal care products, she just hold steadfast that using soap bar is unhygienic. I asked her why and she replied that the soap bar will be left in the open, thus attracting micro-organisms and creating a suitable environment for bacteria to breed. This notion is common among some people however please allow me to enlighten on this matter.
Soap bars are alkaline base hence the pH is usually between 8-10.5. Bacteria, mould or yeast require an environment of pH of about 5-7.5 to live and breed. Our skin’s pH is about 5-6. Skincare lotions, cream etc will have pH between 4-7 which makes is an ideal environment for bacteria to grow and breed if the skincare does not contain preservative or insufficient preservatives. So back to bar of soap, it is not possible for the bacteria to grow in soap’s environment. It is always recommended to leave the soap on a drying soap dish after use to dry the soap off. Soaps that are left to soak in water, of course will make the soap soggy and the a good environment for bacteria to grow in. So you will need to know how to manage keeping the soap while not in use as well.
Many sellers or retailers do not provide adequate information on organic or natural soaps i.e. how to use and how to keep the soap while not in use. I don’t blame them as sometimes the soaps are made by a manufacturer who sells to wholesaler who in turn sells to retailers…information can get lost along the way. I will try to address this gap of information here in my blog so that whenever you buy any organic or natural base product you will have a general idea what to do. For now, this blog is meant to address the notion that soap bar is unhygienic to use which is untrue as above. There might be question in your mind, if the soap is alkaline comparatively to our skin pH, is it safe to use? I will share more in my upcoming blogs.
Thank you for reading!
Lots of soap love,
Eliza
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Is handmade soap affordable?

Commercial soaps are easily available anywhere and they are fairly affordable given that they are produced massively. The ingredients are also chemically engineered to address the shortfall of natural resources hence it lowers the cost as well.

Handmade soaps are known for its purity in ingredients and are usually chemical free. This makes it safe for anyone to use them and more often than not restores the pH balance in their skin. Hence it is no wonder handmade soaps are becoming a favourite among the naturalists.

However there are some who missed out on the goodness of handmade soaps when the price of the handmade soaps are taken into consideration. Due to the carefully selected natural ingredients used it is understood that the acquisition cost will be factored in. A quick survey on the market price of handmade soaps ranges from RM19 per bar and above with each bar weighing from average 50 grams above.

Handmade soaps are affordable items to use if proper care is adhered. The soaps need to be placed in a drying dish after use to allow the soaps to dry for longer lasting usage.

So try one today and feel the difference on your skin. Remember prevention is always better than cure.

Happy trying!

Clay as an additive in handmade soaps

It has been a while since I updated my blog…sorry about that as I recently delivered a beautiful baby girl 🙂 How grateful I am to God for such a blessing so you can imagine the amount of time I devote to her.

I have recently made more soaps with clay as additives. This type of soap is popular for those with either dry or oily skin. Different types of clay have different functions hence it is important to read and/or research carefully before using one on yourself. The most common type of clay used in handmade soaps are bentonite and kaolin clay. Bentonite clay is good for oily skin while the latter is good for sensitive skin. While the oil absorption is good, it doesn’t dry out the skin or leave the skin feeling tout or tight. Clay is also used in handmade soaps to hold the scents better for both fragrance and essential oils. Other type of clays you may find in the market are french green clay, red clay, pink clay, yellow clay etc.

Only 1 teaspoon of clay is needed for 1 pound of oil recipe. Too much clay used may caused the saponification of the oils to change and cause the soap to have some lye left which is to be avoided at all means.

Will update with photo later as the soaps are curing and have yet to be cleaned up 🙂

Scents in Soaps

Oregano Essential Oil

We grew up with commercial soaps that are readily available almost anywhere that we can shop from. Often we would go from one bar of soap to another sniffing away trying to choose which scent appealed to us most.

Fragrances that we smell in most commercialized soaps are synthetically engineered, which means it is chemical base and man made. The production of fragrance runs into countless types and usually the scent sticks to our skin for quite a while after use. Since it is chemical base, there are often cases where people develop reaction to the product. Allergy or rash are most common symptoms that occur hence the user must be careful in scrutinizing the content of the product prior to using them.

Essential oil on the other hand, is a naturally found substance from different parts of plants such as fruit, leaf, stem, bark etc which undergoes a process of extraction. This proves to be an expensive affair as the source is limited. However, we can see the popularity of essential oil usage has increased over time with the goodness and benefits being proven with long term use. For example, rosehip essential oil is known to heal scars and has rejuvenating properties when applied. The benefits of essential oils can be found on the internet published by manufacturers and retailers.

Handmade soaps generally are known to be made from all natural products to give our skin the luxury and benefits of the natural resources which we hardly can find from commercialized soaps. Always look for the content of the soap before purchasing to know what you are actually using on your skin. It also tells you if the soap is suitable for your skin type, for example, if you are having dry skin, do avoid using soap that contains clay as it will dry out your skin further. If you are unsure, ask the soap maker to recommend a suitable soap for your use. However bear in mind, it is only a recommendation and you will need to try out for yourself in the long run.

My soaps are what I call vegan soap – only vegetable oils are used and no testing on animals. I have both scented and unscented soap lines to cater to different preferences that people have. Only essential oils are used in the scented soap line as fragrances can cause irritants to some people.

So do check what you are using today on your skin….are you being kind to your skin by feeding it with natural goodness or are you exposing your skin to chemicals daily which can be harsh and drying in the long term….

Happy discovering!

[the picture accompanying this post is not mine and is taken from the internet for illustration purposes only]

Bastille Soap

Bastille soap has a high content of olive oil ingredient which produces a moisturizing effect to those who uses it as a bath soap. Due to the high content of olive oil, it takes a longer time for the soap to be cured and for the soap bar to harden accordingly. Bastille soap usage reaches many different type of users especially those who have sensitive skin, eczema, dry and mature skin among others. These group of users eventually discovered that their skin condition improved over time.

My own personal experience is with my son, who has sensitive and eczema prone skin. Before I discovered the goodness of bastille soap, it was always numerous trips to pharmacies and doctors to get endless lotions and ‘potions’ to try to stabilize the skin, much to his agony of putting up with it.

It didn’t take long for the skin to show improvement once he started using the bastille soap. After a week he was so thrilled that his skin began to heal and eventually became smooth.There was no turning back for me and my son. I will always recommend to anyone to try out bastille soap for themselves whether you have problematic or normal skin condition. For those with normal skin condition, you will find that it moisturizes the skin and with long term usage, the skin’s youth can be maintained and prolonged as we age gracefully.

In sharing this goodness and to make it easy for you, if you are interested to try them out, email to evapuritysoap@gmail.com to place your order.

Indulge yourself in the goodness of nature’s resources and spare your skin from harsh chemical cleaning. Take care!

Bastille LoafBastille bar

Serene

Feel uplifted with Serene soap that is rich with olive oil, coconut oil, palm and castor oil. Infused with kaffir lime essential oil which is known with its uplifting aroma.

Serene was inspired by the everyday needs to feel refreshed after a long day coupled with the moisturizing effect of the carefully selected natural oils.

For further enquiries please email to evapuritysoap@gmail.com

Serene Serene1

About Me

Eliza is the owner and founder of Eva Purity Soap. She spent many years in the corporate world of financial services and decided to take a break in 2012. She indulged in her soap making hobby with a flare of passion and loves to share the goodness and benefits with you.

The benefits of natural handmade soap has reached people of all walks of life.  Follow her blog to learn more as well as her updates on her soap making venture.

Stay healthy always!

Go natural

For many years I have tried and indulge myself in luxury beauty and bath products only to switch from one brand to another in a quest to find a suitable product for my skin. That quest went on for many years and thousands of $ have been spent for it. It was mind blowing just thinking about it now that it spur me to share in this blog the natural goodness that I have discovered in handmade soaps.

The coming blogs that I’m going to post are from my own experience and also from the experience of other soap makers and users. If you are new to handmade soaps, I suggest reading more about them or you can always email me your queries. I hope you will enjoy the upcoming posts!