At The Goatique, we believe that educating is equally important as manufacturing or selling and one of the hard questions that we face as consumers is ‘why should we pay more for handmade soap when we can buy cheaper soap at the store?’
Soap works on the body because it’s more of an attractant to dirt and grease than the skin is. The grease and dirt “prefer” the lather, and can easily be washed away with water. That is true for both handmade and commercially produced soaps.
All soaps are made from fats. Commercial soaps are usually made from sodium tallowate, which comes from rendered beef fat, but many plant oils are used in soapmaking also, such as coconut, shea, olive and palm. Various oils are chosen for their respective qualities, such as lathering ability, moisturizing, hardening, or shelf life.
The selected fats are then combined with Sodium Hydroxide (lye) or Potassium Hydroxide (potash) to harden the ingredients. The combination causes a chemical reaction between the two agents, called saponification. The lye changes state, and after the soap is cured (stored and hardened for several weeks), the lye is no longer harmful to the skin.
Glycerine is a natural by-product the saponification process. In commercial soaps, it’s sometimes removed and used in other industries, but in handmade soaps, it remains in the product. , The glycerine does not have an effect on the cleaning ability of the soap but is a beneficial emollient and moisturizer to the skin. Often in the soapmaking process, other moisturizing ingredients are added after the chemical reaction takes place, so that they, along with the glycerine, remain in the soap to nourish the skin during use. We also add Goats Milk, because it’s great for your skin and the pH of the milk is very close to the pH of your skin.
Here are some things about our soap that you should know:
We don’t need dyes. A lot of our soaps look the same, and that’s because we don’t add colorants to them. However, some of them may look different due to the saponification process which can cause interesting chemical reactions with the ingredients.
• Our essential oils are just that—the essences of the plants. Sometimes we use essential oil blends, but not harsh perfumes. We strive for a scent that is not overpowering, so we are careful not to use too much fragrance in our soap. We also do not use artificial ingredients to enhance and prolong the scent of our soap, so eventually the scent will fade. Use it before the scent is gone! If you have soap that has little or no scent remaining, the oils and glycerine will still nourish your skin quite well.
• Because of the glycerine and oil that remain in our soap after saponification, our soaps feel soft to the touch. They have a very different feel than commercial soaps. They should be stored carefully, as leaving them in a pool of water will cause them to melt prematurely. Similarly, while we use oils in our soap that naturally preserve, we do not use artificial preservatives.f you have purchased soap that you do not plan to use immediately, you should unwrap it, and store it in a cool, dry place.
• While our soaps are natural and gentle to your skin, they are not tearless.