Soap is one of those products that interact with our skin probably a few to several times everyday. While we use it daily, most do not know about their soap and whether it suits their skin type or not. Our entire outer skin is continuously acting as a layer of protection or shield. It does the best it can to defend from any kind of external harm or intrusion. However, this defense mechanism of our skin can likely be compromised with the type of skincare products and soaps that we use. To understand whether a particular type of natural soap is suitable for your skin or not, it is important to know how it was made. Among the many soap making methods, cold process soaps is considered one of the best.
Usually, both commercial and natural soaps are made by a few various methods. However, not all methods offer the same benefits. This article discusses the major benefits of cold process soaps.
What are cold process soaps?
The cold process method of soap making involves mixing oils (such as coconut oil or olive oil) or fats with sodium hydroxide lye, to cause a chemical reaction known as saponification. Colorants, scents, and other ingredients can also be added during the saponification process. Although the name suggests no heat might be involved while making soap via the cold processing method, this isn’t true.
Depending on the basic ingredient’s quantity, heat is generated when oils are mixed with sodium hydroxide or lye. This heat generation part, also known as the gel phase, is a normal occurrence in soap-making procedures. Beyond the gel phase, no external heat is needed to neutralize the lye. Because of lack of external heat, curing in the cold processed soap making can take between 4 to 6 weeks to produce the final product.
While this does extend the overall soap-making process, the product is worth the wait. Since no outside heat is involved during the curing process, all the essential oils in the soap maintain their therapeutic nature. This is one of the best methods to maintain quality in a soap. Cold processing soaps is known to be the oldest soap-making method that is still practiced to this very day.
Archaeological findings of ancient Babylon, dating back to as early as 2800 BC, confirm the use of the cold processed natural soap-making method. Although the recipe used today combines lye with oils or fats, over the years the cold processed soap itself has continued to help our skins.
Benefits of cold process soap
One of the great benefits of the cold-process soap method it allows you to flexibly add whatever ingredient you want to your soap. This allows you to use the highest quality ingredients without degrading quality. Cold processed soaps makes it suitable for use even on sensitive skin types. Some other distinctive cold process soap benefits include:
Creamy feel and lather with deep moisturizing quality
The creamy feel and lather of the cold process soap can penetrate deep into your skin. This helps it moisturize and minimize its dryness or itchiness.
This happens because of the ingredients used in making cold-process soap. The all-natural ingredients such as butter and plant oils guarantee their deep moisturizing quality.
Strong fragrance and powerful scent
Since the cold process soap making involves curing without the use of external heat, it maintains the quality of the ingredients. Fragrant ingredients such as natural essential oils stay intact and bring together a stronger scent with less fragrance needed.
Creativity at its peaks
Natural soaps made using the cold process soap technique sometimes resemble a true piece of artistic sense and creativity. They often come in assorted color layers, are decorated with different natural ingredients, and have unique textures.
Ensuring the all-natural quality throughout
Since no outside heat is involved to cure the natural soaps made by cold processing, the all-natural quality of all the natural ingredients such as butter, fats, essential oils, and fragrances still are intact and preserved in their natural form throughout the process, from the beginning till the very moment that it reaches your hands.
Incredible lathery experience
Everyone loves a thick layer of lather on their skin when using soap. Natural soaps made through cold process techniques can create rich and thick lather.
How does ‘Art of Soaps’ utilize cold process soap with all-natural and vegan ingredients?
As mentioned earlier, the cold process soap making helps keep and preserve the all-natural glowing qualities of its natural ingredients.
Fortunately for you, Art of Soaps offers cold process soaps with no compromise on its ingredients natural attributes.
Our cold process soap consists of the best natural herbs, oils, fats, colors, fragrances, and other essential ingredients. All these together help replenish the health, freshness, and smoothness of your skin. With exceptional quality and a sensational touch to your skin with every use, our cold process soaps guarantee to offer you an unmatchable and highly indulging experience every day.