begins with soap.
- The Galveston Daily News
What soap is to the body,
laughter is to the soul.
Glycerin Soap Benefits:
Glycerin is nature's best moisturizer. It is a "humectant," meaning that it draws moisture to itself. When used on your skin, it draws moisture to you, cutting down on dry skin. Glycerin is such a valuable moisturizer, that commercial soap companies remove the naturally occurring glycerin from their soap, and sell it as a byproduct to other industries. Then, they add synthetic moisturizers in its place. (Lots of waxes, parabens and petroleum-based chemicals.) Crazy?
Many people with oily skin resort to overly-drying cleaning regimens. Your skin will just work to produce more oil to counteract that dryness. Don't allow yourself to fall into this trap. Dry pores aren't good or healthy; they are stiff and unpliable. Healthy pores are soft and stretchy so oils don't get trapped and lead to acne. Glycerin soap enables you to wash often if you choose to, without drying your skin and pores. In fact, it helps to make your skin more supple and elastic by increasing the moisture your skin retains - without greasy moisturizers. Thoroughly clean, and well hydrated... that's the smart recipe for clear skin.
Eczema, Psoriasis and Burns:
Without the addition of harsh chemicals, fragrances, and colorants, the hydrating properties of glycerin soap can really work their magic on damaged and ultra-sensitive skin. Soft, pliable skin is the goal and plenty of natural hydration is the best road.
Fragrance and Color Sensitivity:
Handcrafted, clear glycerin soap is really as pure and unadulterated as it can get. Sodium Laureth Sulphate, alcohol dyes and high- basicity lye soaps can wreak havoc on some people's skin. Even natural ingredients like essential oils can irritate skin that's prone to "break outs" or inflamation.
AKD's Glycerin Soap Ingredients:
Glycerin, Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Purified Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Sorbitol, Sorbitan Oleate, Soy Protein – Yep, that’s it!
Titanium Dioxide is added to make the soap opaque. Some bars can include essential oils, natural butters and various botanicals. Those would be mentioned on the individual bars.
- All of our soap is SLS free. Our soap contains no Sodium Laureth Sulphate.
What is "traditional soap":
It's the bar of Ivory that floats in the tub. It's the Castile soap your grandmother used. It's the "lye soap" your great-great-grandmother made herself. I'll try to keep the chemistry lesson simple... but soap is very much science!
In chemistry, soap is a salt of a fatty acid. It is known as a surfacant. Meaning, it will lower the surface tension between liquids and a solids. That's what helps the dirt come off of whatever it's sticking to.
Soap is created when you combine oils and fats with a strong alkaline solution. This creates a a chemical reaction known as saponification. In this reaction, the triglyceride fats become free fatty acids, and then these combine with the alkali to form crude soap, excess fat or alkali, water, and liberated glycerol. ("Liberated glycol" is the glycerin that commercial manufacturers remove to resell and replace with less expensive 'crud'.)
The alkaline solution is lye, or caustic soda. Its chemical name is Sodium Hydroxide. (Potassium Hydroxide (potash) is used to make liquid soaps.)
Tallow (which is rendered beef fat) is the most available and least expensive triglyceride. Its saponified product is called sodium tallowate. You will find this ingredient in nearly all commercially-produced soaps. - Its NOT in ours! -
AKD's Traditional Soap Ingredients:
Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Canola Oil, Water and Sodium Hydroxide.
- Aside from scents, colors and/or botanicals that may be added, these are the ONLY ingredients used in making AKD's Traditional Soap.
- There are no animal products used, the finished bars are completely pH balanced, and the beneficial glycol that forms is left in the soap.
We've taken an old, but popular, laundry soap recipe and made it our own through hours of research and untold loads of laundry.
Why? - Because, most commercial laundry detergents are absolutely terrible for the environment. They contain phosphates, which when introduced into your local waters, can cause explosive algae blooms (eutrophication) robbing the critters that are meant to live there of what they need to survive. Thay also have sulfonates, which biodegrade very slowly and are toxic to plants, animals and us! Part of the challenge in buying commercial detergents like Tide or Downy is that these companies are not even required to list their chemical ingredients. That's scary.
Is AKD's different? - YES! It's better! It works magnificently and leaves your clothes smelling fresh and clean without a strong perfume-ish scent. It doesn't suds up from added foaming agents, it doesn't promote fading with overly harsh chemicals, and it works well in any temperature. It's completely safe for your septic system and your high efficiency washing machine. Several companies have created phosphate-free, biodegradable detergents somewhat similar to ours, but it seems like they forgot... with fewer, and simpler ingredients, they should maybe charge less - not more.
Speaking of prices... - Have you noticed the number of loads declared on the commercial soap containers? It's hogwash! For instance: Arm & Hammer (6.61 lb box) states it does 100 loads right on the box. Yet, when you fill the included scoop to level, there are only 17 scoops in that box. Seventeen! To get a 100 loads, you would need to fill the scoop only an eigth of an inch deep. Who's doing that?! At 17 scoops, the $8.50 box runs about 50¢ per load. If you check the others: Tide is 46¢ and Tide HE is 62¢ per load. Cheer works out to be 39¢ and Gain is 48¢. Even Walmart's Great Value brand comes out at 22¢ per load.
With our laundry soap - You only need 1-2 tablespoons per load. (There are 32 tablespoons in a pint.) That means that little pint jar will do about 25 loads for you! At $4.50 per jar, thats 18¢ per load! What's not to love?
Laundry Product Ingredients:
Sodium Borate, Sodium Carbonate, AKD Traditional Soap, Liquid Glycerin, Essential Oil (scent), Yellow Oxide
Want to know more?
• Sodium Borate (or borax) is a water-softening agent. It occurs naturally, by the evaporation of seasonal lakes. You can find it in many laundry boosters, some hand soaps and even toothpaste. Borax is commonly used as a fungicide, herbicide and disinfectant. Part of its cleaning power can be attributed to its converting some water molecules to hydrogen peroxide. The bulk of its power, though, comes from its pH being around 9.5, so it produces a basic solution in water, increasing the effectiveness of bleach and other cleaners.
• Sodium Carbonate (or soda ash) is highly alkaline as well, which helps it act as a solvent to remove a range of stains, and unlike bleach, Sodium Carbonate does not stain. Even though some manufacturers have dubbed it "washing soda", this ingredient does not suds.
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