A few months ago we were introduced to the SoapStandle by another blogger. It was love at first sight. This handy little piece of plastic is saving our family from dreaded soap goo! But the thing that drew me to this company was the fact that they too give back! For every SoapStandle sold they donate one. By working with soap donation organizations they are helping to get soap into more hands and helping it last longer.
The SoapStandle presses into the bottom of your soap. By raising your soap up and allowing air to circulate under it your soap stays dry and lasts longer. You can purchase them here on our site.
I am sure many of you are wondering what super fating is and why we are even talking about it. Let me give you a little soap making history. Traditionally soap was made from animal fat and lye, very much like we make ours today. The biggest difference was in the type of lye and the amount of fat being used. Traditional lye was made from the ashes from a fire and water. The ash was put into a tub of water and left to sit. After the ash was filtered out this left you with a lye water of sorts. The lye water was then added to fat to make the soap. The problem was it was difficult to measure the amount of lye in the water and soapers could end up with a bar that would burn skin. Today soapers can purchase lye specifically for making soap. It has a known and measurable amount of lye and when combined with a digital scale ensures that you get a safe bar of soap every time. This is where super fating comes in. Super fating creates a user error buffer. Soap recipes today are created to have 5% to 10% more fat than they need just to make sure that the bar has no chance to burn someones skin. It also ensures that there is just enough extra oils to moisturize your skin. Super fating and high quality fats and oils are one of the reasons Little Red Hen’s soaps are so great for your skin.
Great skin starts on the inside but milk soap will help you nourish your skin while you bathe. Using milk in skin care products isn’t new and that is one of the reasons we want to offer it in our products. Ingredients that have stood the test of time usually have proven reasons behind them. The pH of milk soap is very close to the natural pH of human skin. This means we can make a product that nourishes your skin without the use of chemicals and toxins. Typically even people with sensitive skin and eczema find a milk soap to be gentle enough for their skin.
All animal milk contains lactic acid. Commercial chemical peels often contain large concentrations of lactic acid. The amount of lactic acid in soap is just enough to very gently exfoliate dead skin. This gentle exfoliation leave the skin looking healthy.
Milk naturally contains milk fat, triglycerides and vitamins and minerals when it’s used in soap it helps to moisturize the skin. Milk also contains natural glycerin, another effective moisturizer, which is often removed by commercial soap manufacturers. (They can sell the glycerin as a separate product.)
Our raw milk comes from organic, grass-fed cows. The beauty of raw whole milk is that it contains all of it’s wholesome goodness with none of it removed. Grass-fed cows produce a milk higher in all of the vitamins, minerals and fats that we need with out any of the “icky” stuff. It allows us to make a high end final product.
Sea salt has been used for generations for it’s healing properties. Salt is textured and makes a great scrub. These bars are gently exfoliating. Because of it’s ability to draw toxins out of the body it is very healing for the skin. In a soap bar the salt makes a rock hard bar that lasts almost twice as long. Over time the bar becomes slick and the lather is lotion like. Sea salt, unlike typical table salt, does not go through a lot of processing so it retains the minerals. The pretty pinks you see in the salt are the minerals. Your skin is able to absorb those minerals providing yet another benefit. If you have never tried salt soap you and your skin are in for a real treat.