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Knowing exactly what is going onto and into your body can be comforting, or it can be pretty scary. Have you ever looked at the ingredient list on a typical bar of soap? You might find something like this: COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, SODIUM DODECYLBENZENESULFONATE, TETRASODIUM EDTA, SODIUM TALLOWATE, TRISODIUM ETIDRONATE, SODIUM STEARATE, STEARIC ACID, SODIUM COCOYL ISETHIONATE, SODIUM PALM KERNELATE, SODIUM ISETHIONATE, SODIUM COCOATE, COCONUT ACID… Actually, most of the bars that line the soap aisles of our big box stores are not even technically soap. If you take a closer look, you’ll notice that most of the labels say “beauty bar” or “body bar.” That’s because commercial production strips away the valuable glycerin during the soap-making process. Glycerin is the moisturizing goodness that results from the chemical reaction during soap-making (called saponification), and without glycerin, the product is technically not soap. It’s detergent.
Detergent is fine for laundry and dishes, but our skin needs moisture! The glycerin that is stripped away is very valuable, so it’s sold and used in other products like lotions, shampoos, and moisturizers. Synthetic fillers and chemical additives then take the place of the missing glycerin. What you are left with is a bar of soap, or rather, a bar of detergent, that leaves your skin feeling like sandpaper. That’s no good.
So how is the Goat Milk Soap that is Made On Acorn Hill different? We are passionate about using only simple, natural ingredients to make safe products the old-fashioned way. We use naturally good-for-your-skin olive oil, coconut oil, and palm oil. These three nutrient-rich oils are all extremely moisturizing, and each has a specific purpose. The olive oil adds mild, unbeatable moisture, the coconut oil helps create a bubbly lather, and the palm oil ensures that the bar is hard and long-lasting. Together, they form the perfect oil trifecta!
On top of that, where most handmade soap recipes use water, we use goat milk instead for added richness and moisture. Milk that is not watered down. Not dried and powdered. Just pure milk straight from our very own goats that we raise ourselves.
We use an old-fashioned method to make our soap called Cold Process soap making, and we probably love it so much because it’s a little like cooking from scratch, a little like a science experiment, and even a little like painting and art. Lye is used in the process, so we wear gloves and goggles (now you can see the science experiment reference), and lye is the agent used to cause the chemical reaction called saponification, which transforms the 4 simple ingredients into a very special soap. During saponification, the natural glycerin is produced, and unlike large commercial soap producers, we leave all the glycerin in to nourish and soften your skin. Most commercial products and even many handmade soaps use synthetic fragrance oils, but we’re committed to keeping it all natural on Acorn Hill, so we use only pure essential oils to scent our soaps. Colors from nature (from minerals, herbs, spices, plants, and roots) are added to craft unique hues and swirls to treat your senses and your skin.
Once poured into our handmade molds, we cut the soap by hand, creating one-of-a-kind bars that then cure for 4-6 weeks. During this cure time, the bars dry out, the lye dissipates, and the soap gets mild, gentle, and ready to be used and loved. The soap Made On Acorn Hill is crafted in small batches, 60 bars at a time, by two girls who really love making soap, and it’s definitely not your typical bar of detergent.
It’s all natural, it’s good for your skin, and it’s actually, technically SOAP!