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Preserving soap

Written by Jacqui on September 28th, 2012.      0 comments

A very interesting enquiry this morning - What can be added to soap to preserve it?
The answer goes to the heart of what Go Native is all about!
The fascinating thing about real soap is that it keeps for ages, just as it is.

Soap has been made for a very long time: Wikipedia says, "A formula for soap consisting of water, alkali, and cassia oil was written on a Babylonian clay tablet around 2200 BC." Over four thousand years ago...

We are bombarded with media messages about what to put on our skin, and the idea of washing sensitive skin with soap has been given a hard time. But pure cold-process soap and hot-process liquid soap are very gentle on skin, in spite of having a pH that is to the alkaline side of neutral. Strangely, sensitive skin often copes better with a little soapy lather than it does with complex concoctions...

What do you think? What is your experience of using pure soap?