Why Choose Camaleta's Soap Bars?
It’s Real Soap
For a cleanser to be considered soap, it has to be made of fats and oils, or fatty acids. Non-soap cleansers, also called synthetic detergents, or syndets for short, consist either partially or entirely of synthetic ingredients instead. Syndet bars cannot be called soap and therefore you can spot them easily as they are called beauty bars, cleansing bars or similar.
A bi-product of creating soap is glycerin which is naturally moisturizing. The glycerin is usually removed by commercial soap producers and sold to the cosmetics industry. However, the glycerin is retained in my handmade soap as it is kind to skin and helps to keep it moisturized.
Your skin will benefit from using soap that is created with natural oils and butters instead of one made with a concoction of synthetic chemicals and detergents. After using handmade soap your skin should feel soft and supple, not dry and tight as is often the case after using commercial soaps.
What is Cold Pressed Soap?
Cold Process soap making is the act of mixing fixed oils (common oils include Olive, Coconut and Palm) with an alkali (Sodium Hydroxide or Lye). The result is a chemical process called saponification, where the composition of the oils change with the help of the lye to create a bar of soap. Cold process soap takes 4-6 weeks to completely saponify and be ready to use.
Is Lye Harmful?
While soap is made with lye, it doesn’t contain lye
All REAL soap is made with lye (sodium hydroxide mixed with liquid). Any skin or hair cleansing product made without sodium hydroxide is not soap, it is detergent. The chemical reaction of making soap, called saponification, is complete, the lye and oil molecules have combined and chemically changed into soap and glycerin. If the soap is made properly, the lye is used up in the saponification process to turn oil into soap. There is no lye present in the finished bars of soap. While all real soap must be made with lye, no lye remains in our finished product after saponification. It is not harmful.
Handmade vs Commercial Soap
Natural soaps are handmade in small batches. Most soap makers use the traditional cold process method of making soap. Each recipe is hand prepared, hand cut, inspected and packaged individually. This attention to detail means that each bar of soap is of the highest quality possible. The recipes contain only the best natural and organic ingredients including olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter, essential oils and natural fragrances. The ingredients are chosen for their benefits and natural healing abilities. That is why natural soap is so good for your skin
Much commercial soap is made using the cold process method. However, instead of pouring the liquid into molds once it thickens, they add salt to the mixture. The salt causes the liquid to curdle. The curdled soap floats to the top and is skimmed off the liquid to put into molds. The remaining liquid is mainly glycerin which is distilled and sold to pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies to make a profit.
By removing the glycerin from the soap, the bar soap is more like a detergent. A detergent is a surfactant that helps water and oil to combine instead of separating. This allows a surface to be cleaned with water even if the surface contains oil. Skin contains oil which is removed when a detergent is used. Therefore, commercial bar soap dries out the skin because it remove the skins natural oils that provide the body protection from weather, viruses, bacteria and other disease causing substances.