How do you choose a soap when there are soooo many soaps out there? What is the difference between EB’s Naturals handmade soap and store bought soap? Why is natural soap more expensive than store-bought soap? . . . . We get asked these three questions a lot.
Cold process soap is the most basic way of making soap. Simply put, you mix fatty acids and sodium hydroxide (oil & lye). All soap starts with these two ingredients. When you mix the oil and the lye, it triggers the saponification process which is when the magic (chemistry) happens and the two totally different ingredients begin turning into soap as we know it. The cold process method of making soap is the way our grandparents and great-grandparents made their soap–only more controlled thanks to science.
Most people fall into one of the following two categories of people: You’re either a person who likes to try a variety of things, or you find something you like and tend to stick to the ole trusty. For those of us who like variety, it’s important to choose good, wholesome soap; after all, you are slathering it on your body’s largest organ (your skin). For those of us who stick to our favorites, it’s important to know all the information before you make your decision–even for something as simple as soap. With so many soaps out there, you need to look for soap that is:
1. Natural (All-natural is best.)
2. Chemical/Synthetic free; not a detergent
3. Cleanses & nourishes the skin
Rest assured, EB’s Naturals, meets all three criteria. (Be on the look out for part two!)