Why use ekoko-handmade natural soap?
The benefits of using natural soap
We have seen the benefits of using natural soap personally and in all of our customers. The first benefit we noticed from using hand made natural soap ten years ago was that we didn't have to use lotion as often. Natural soap helps maintain the natural acid mantle of the skin which in turn helps it retain moisture and provides many other benefits.
Our customers and family and friends have seen great improvements in their skin such as a reduction in acne break-outs and blackheads. Some say it even seems to make scars less noticeable. The benefits will vary from person to person, but everyone will see an improvement in their skin.
Function and purpose of the skin
Did you know that your skin is the largest organ of your body? To protect you from overheating, it sweats and blushes. To keep you from getting cold, it can close down its blood supply, keeping your body heat inside.
Skin has two layers. The outer layer, the epidermis, is a barrier that keeps disease out and keeps the water in. The skin is sometimes called the mini-kidney. It helps push toxins out of the system and keeps the lymph system cleansed. If your skin is bombarded by the chemicals found in commercial soaps, (in addition to the pollutants in the air and water) it can’t perform its job properly. Simply put, it lets disease in and water out, causing all kinds of complications that go much more than skin deep.
How are natural soaps different from commercial soaps?
Commercial soaps are made in huge batches from detergents, surfactants (a chemically derived product that promotes foaming), synthetic fragrance and many other synthetic (chemically derived) products. They can strip the natural oils from your skin, and possibly cause skin rashes, dry, chapped skin, and many other symptoms of dermatitis.
Our natural soaps are made in small batches from vegetable oils and do not contain any animal fats. These oils contain nutrients needed to keep your skin healthy. They don’t strip the protective layer of oil that your body naturally deposits on your skin in order to keep out disease bearing bacteria and other pollutants and to protect you from the effects of sun and wind.
Natural soaps retain all the glycerin found naturally in vegetable oil in just the right amount to keep the moisture in your skin.
Some people are asked us if the process of soap making depletes the benefits of the oils used. Our answer is always; not if the soap is made properly. The oils have to be heated above 65o C in order to start degrading, and if soap is properly make the oil will not be heated above 45o C. The saponification process doesn’t destroy the properties of the oils either.
The grade of vegetable oils used is important.
Sometimes there are conflicting opinions on whether the skin absorbs anything you put on it, but from shared experiences we feel that it definitely does.
Many soap makers use the least expensive oils they can get (soap/cosmetic grade). Others prefer to use the higher quality, extra virgin or expeller pressed (food grade) oils.
The problem with the soap/cosmetic grade oils is that they are extracted with a chemical, usually hexane, and even though all possible efforts are made to remove this chemical after extraction it can’t be removed completely.
While it’s true that the minute amounts of a chemical found in one bar of soap will probably not harm most people, a life-time build-up of chemicals from external applications in addition to the chemicals added to our food to preserve it for long shelf life, our drinking water to kill harmful bacteria, and the pollutants in the air, can lead to such problems as allergies, and even life threatening diseases. Why not eliminate as many of these as we can, including the chemicals found in products we put on our skin?