Guide to Bar Soap | Eric Bandholz

—Eric Bandholz

This week I dive down into soaps. How they are made, what advantages each style has, and some pretty cool new technology. Soaps are typically water, lye, and oil and can be produced by cold pressed processes or milled processes. The cold pressed soaps are typically referred to as "natural" soaps and take longer to cure, only heat up to about 100 degrees during curing, and won't damage the benefits of essential oils when used.

Milled soaps are a manufactured soap that is created with very expensive equipment by essentially squishing together soap pellets. This will be done multiple times to produce a very consistent and dense bar. A milled soap can be produced with natural ingredients or with synthetic ingredients. The higher temperature it is milled at can affect the glycerin in the product. Glycerin is great for moisturizing the skin.

Because of the production process for milled soap, they will last longer and typically be less expensive.

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