The Truth About Soap
(French Milled) Soap is considered a luxury, high-quality soap. The soap is passed through a milling machine of smooth stainless steel rollers 3 times. After the initial milling, additives such as herbs, natural fragrance, natural pigments, etc. are added to be evenly and thoroughly distributed during subsequent milling procedures. The triple milling process also removes extra moisture and air which results in a beautiful, vividly colored, uniform bar of soap that is very hard, glossy and smooth.
The base formula for all soap is the same, mix a fat or oil with an alkali salt and a chemical reaction occurs called saponification – resulting in soap! The beauty of triple Milled soap (both literally and figuratively) is that it contains less water and more actual soap creating a long-lasting hard soap. Have you ever picked up your soap from the dish and found a mushy, wet blob? That was likely a non-milled soap. This doesn’t happen with triple milled soap, instead you’ll experience a long lasting soap, with a rich lather and goop free!
What is soap and what is detergent?:
Many of the commercial bars on the market are actually detergents camouflaged as soaps using terms such as: “beauty bar” and “cleansing bar”. If you see chemicals like sodium lauryl sulfate or Cocamidopropyl Betaine, this is not a true soap. Detergent bars usually have free alkali in them, which lowers the pH level. This is good for shelf life and increases lather, but it’s very drying for skin. It will zap every last bit of natural oil in your skin. Look instead for bars with ingredients: oil (saponified oil) and glycerin.
The inside track on pH level:
True soaps have a pH of between 9 and 10, which is alkaline on the pH scale (0=most acidic, 14=most alkaline), and are “effective” cleansers because of their pH. Oils and dirt are removed from the surface of the skin while leaving the layers of skin beneath alone.
A true soap will always have a high pH level and have a healthy free fatty acid and triglyceride content. Studies show that free fatty acids help skin recover its natural pH balance faster. To say that a bar soap or cleanser must have a pH level that matches human skin is not correct. Commercial brand name soap companies spend millions on misleading advertising. A common advertising ploy has lead consumers to believe that cleansers are automatically better if they are pH-balanced. pH-Balanced cleansers match the pH of the skin, which is slightly acidic. But because they match the pH of the skin, solvents and grease strippers are used to achieve the cleaning action which strips the skin’s natural oils from the upper layer of skin and many layers below. Stripping the natural oils from layers deep beneath the surface of the skin can cause the body to produce a much greater amount of natural oil to make up the difference, causing skin breakouts. True soap does not trigger this reaction.
If you’ve experienced the tight, itchy feeling after cleansing your skin, you likely used a detergent (beauty bar or cleansing bar), and not a true soap. Usually the first thing you reach for after cleansing with a detergent is something to moisturize your skin, such as lotion, which is often made by the same manufacturers that dried your skin with detergent. And so the cycle continues.
It’s time to break free from the cycle by taking care of your skin naturally. Mass producers of detergent based cleansers claim that the high pH is hard on the skin, but results speak for themselves. For most people the improvement in ‘skin feel’ is noticeable after a couple of days of using a true natural soap, depending on how much damage the skin must repair first. They have switched from their so called “pH balanced” synthetic soap or body wash and are finally free from itching, dry skin, eczema and other skin problems. Skin allergies can improve, as it’s also well known that harsh cleansers, synthetic fragrances and coloring agents found in many commercial brands cause allergic reactions.