Whether you buy certified organic soap, or use homemade soap recipes to make your own the key is to be aware of the soap contents. Some things to avoid when looking for healthy homemade soap recipes are petroleum based recipes. Hydrogenated tallow acid, or animal fat is also not needed in any good organic homemade soap recipe. Hydrogenated Tallow Acid is a mixture of saturated fatty acids which are produced from animal fat by hydrolysis and then treated by hydrogen at high temperature and pressure in a presence of special catalysts. Butylated hydroxytoluene is another chemical to avoid, it clogs pores and irritates the skin. Butylated hydroxytoluene is often found as a preservative in commercial non-organic soaps. Triclocarban or triclosa which is found as an antibacterial in commercial soaps is very detrimental to skin’s symbiotic “good bacteria”. This good bacteria help to create a protective barrier to pathogens on the surface of your skin.
Great Homemade Soap Recipes
One of the secrets to making a fantastic soap is a perfect amount of lather. When you are looking for organic soap or homemade soap recipes make sure that they have a good balance of fatty acids from oils such as sunflower and coconut. When the process in homemade soap recipes is preformed correctly the perfect amount of lather can be achieved. Conventional soaps mostly achieve this using man made surfactant chemicals combined with tallow from beef fats, very little coconut or palm oil is used.
When looking for good handmade soap recipes make sure you do your research on both the recipe and the process of soap-making. If making your own soap is to much work, check out the all natural certified organic soap line by Rain Victoria.