Updated: Apr 6, 2020
At Naughtons, we are committed to making sure our bodies (and yours!) are nourished and exposed only to revitalizing beneficial ingredients. Our natural coconut soaps are made through a cold-processed soap method to ensure all of the aromatherapeutic benefits are left intact from our essential oils, minerals & clays that we've added & infused into our soaps.
These further enhance by offering medicinal properties which you won't find in a commercially made soap.
Your largest organ... your skin
Its tasked with protecting your delicate insides from the elements, is the first thing people see and is often neglected. Your skin is also highly absorbent, making it a significant gateway into the bloodstream.
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What is cold process soap?
Soap is the result of a chemical reaction called saponification that occurs between lye and a fat or oil (such as Olive Oil or Coconut Oil).
Cold-processed soap, in particular, allows the lye to be neutralized without any outside sources of heat, called “curing”. It can take 4-6 weeks for soap to become, well, soap.
To make our coconut soaps we start by mixing sodium hydroxide (lye) with water, blending it with fatty oils (coconut oil, caster oil, olive oil to name a few...), and adding essential oils and natural colorants like clays. They are then poured into molds. Once hard enough, we remove them from the mold, cut into individual bars of soap & stamped with our logo.
It’s at this point that the real action begins (although to us it just looks like bars of soap hanging out, doing nothing). Over the next 4-6 weeks, the soap “cures” as all of the lye is used up to break down the oils into their cleansing chains, and water is slowly evaporated, leaving a gentle, firm bar of soap.
On top of the oils necessary for soap making, we also plump up our soap with extra fats. The extra fat, or “superfat” remains intact, providing the moisturizing qualities that we all love in Naughtons Skincare.
What makes us different to shop bought?
To be regulated as “soap”, the product must be composed mainly of the material you get when you combine fats or oils with an alkali, such as lye.
The cleaning action must be done entirely as a result of that material.
This is why many commercial brand products avoid the word “soap” on their labels, instead they use terms like “beauty bar” or “moisturizing bar”.
The word “soap” is heavily regulated (For more information on this see EU legistlation terms)
Many conventional shop products are actually detergents. The cleaning action is done by stripping the body of all oils through synthetic chemical ingredients.
In fact, the glycerin that remains from soap processing (the same glycerin that is responsible for natural moisturizing and is great for the skin) is removed from commercial soaps.
But why would they do this?
Because they know that soon you'll be buying the matching moisturiser!
Yep! That's right, its taken from one product and put into another!
It is instead placed into the lotions and creams displayed nearby in the other grocery aisle. The shop bought soap dries out your skin, so you reach for the lotion to moisturize.
You have now purchased two items instead of just one!
Synthetic detergents, such as dish soap, liquid hand soaps, and shampoos are very good at removing oils. A little too good, as they tend to strip skin of its natural oils and could leave your skin dry and itchy.
Now you know what's in our skincare...what's in yours?