Sunday, February 28, 2010

Handmade Fine Soap Since 1900s -2010

Santa Lucia Murari Borba was a farmer's daughter from Murari's Borba, born in Italy 1904. She moved to Brazil in 1917 from her home in Toscany where she had to learn to make soap from scratch and essential oils from the plants out of necessity.

After years of making soap for her 13 children, her family finally convinced her to open a small soap shop in Sao Paulo Brazil where she made soaps with her family for 25 years, those soap recipes found there way to North Carolina last year when I went back to Brazil for Christmas and asked grandmother for food recipes to bring back to NC. While looking through boxes of recipes we came across all her old soap and essential oil recipes.
Here is some of our soaps made from Grandma's batches.

Brazilian Copaiba with Shea Butter - Brazilian Almond Oil and Eucalyptus Leaves Soap

Rainforest Copaiba is known among indigenous tribes for its soothing and calming properties on the skin and against all kind of skin- disorders. CopaĆ­ba oil is an oily resin that is extracted from the Amazonian tree. Copaiba is the secret of brazilians for beautiful young and healtly skin. Copaiba is an all-natural, gentle ingredient, it should be suitable for all skin types.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

*Goat 's Milk Soap Your skin will certainly FEEL the difference!

Two wonderful handmade decorative soaps, one in the shape of a rose, the other a small bar, both made a Pure goats milk.

Our goat milk soaps are famous for their high-quality natural ingredients and its 100% fresh goat's milk, not dried powder milk. This soap is made from pure whole fresh goat milk and is left unscented to enjoy the pure natural scent of goats milk .

There is no comparison between Nice Touch handmade goat milk soap and the "melt and
pour" products that are offered in today's market, knowingly or unknowingly described as
"natural," "homemade," or "handcrafted." Unlike commercially-manufactured products that contain
cheap fillers, detergents and preservatives, you can easily understand the superior
ingredients, on the Nice Touch label. In fact, I will personally answer any questions you may
have that will help you understand the difference. Your skin will certainly FEEL the difference!
You'll instantly notice the quality by the moisture-rich, penetrating lather that leaves your skin feeling soft,
silky and pampered.
You are going love our goat milk soap. The generously-sized,. bars are handmade using our own recipes and made from small Grandma's old fashined style. Not only do these goat milk soaps look good - they are great skin cleansers. The rich lather that they produce is remarkably gentle on your skin, and they smell fantastic on top of all of that! Many people with eczema, psoriasis, acne, extra dry skin, oily skin, combination skin, or sensitive skin find using goat milk soap beneficial.
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Monday, February 8, 2010

Handmade Soap: What you should know about it !

I hope this information about why handmade soap is so good for your skin

What's wrong with the stuff I can find at my local grocery store?
If you buy the soaps you'll find in the grocery store and read the ingredients you'll find things like etidronate potassium chloride or how about cetyltrimethylamoniumbromide (what a mouthful!). Do you really want to use that on your skin?

Many of the commerically available bars are not even soap, they are detergents. Detergents are great cleaners for your laundry, or your dishes, but not for your skin (Not so good for the environment either). The reason is that detergents clean by stripping away the oils which hold the dirt, and therefore they are very drying to skin.

What's right with the handmade stuff?
Most handmade soap is made with vegetable oils like olive oil, coconut oil, and palm oil. It has extra oil added which stays on your skin to moisturize it after the soap is rinsed away. It also conatins glycerin, a byproduct of the chemical reaction that produces soap. Glycerin attracts moisture and holds it so your skin can absorb it. The large manufacturers that do make real soap usually separate out the glycerin and sell it seperately to make the lotions and creams you'll need after drying out your skin with detergents.

Goats Milk
Goats milk has vitamins and minerals to nourish your skin and it has lipids that help seal in moisture. Goats milk soaps are close to the same pH level as our skin and are therefore more gentle.

Why goats and not cows milk?
All kinds of milk can be used in soapmaking, but goats milk has more vitamins and minerals than cows milk, which is great, but the reason it's better for soapmaking is the structure of it's fatty acids (complicated chemistry stuff). Simply put, it combines more smoothly to make a creamier soap which produces a rich, thick lather. If you like great lather a goats milk soap is the one for you!

Oatmeal has been known as a skincare star since ancient times. Not strait from the carton though. You need to grind it very fine. Ground oatmeal actually binds to the skin and holds moisture there, helping the skin absorb the water.

If you have skin problems (dry, red, itchy, scaly,etc) a 100% natural, perhaps unscented soap with ground oatmeal is a good choice.

Fragrance Oil or Essential Oil
Scent is the most important ingredient for some soap buyers. I've had people buy soap just to make their bathroom smell good. That's great but they need to use it in the bath or shower too. Soap can be scented with either a natural essential oil or a fragrance oil.

Essential oils are concentrated liquids extracted (usually by distillation) from a plant. Fragrance oils are blended synthetic aroma compounds or natural essential oils or a combination of both.

For a soap to be labeled Natural it will usually be scented only with essential oils. But just because it's natural doesn't always mean it's safer than fragrance oil. Some essential oils come with safety warnings. And some essential oils are just too expensive to use in soapmaking. A half an ounce of sanalwood can cost around $100. Or rose, which is a very popular scent can run you $400. (Yips!) So many soapmakers will use both essential oils and fragrance oils in their different selections.

If you are not sensitive to fragrances, choose whatever smells nice to you. But if you have problems with fragrances you should read the ingredients carefully and make an informed decision. All good soapmakers will list their ingredients on the soap labels and on their websites.

Someone needs to invent a way for us to smell things on the internet!

Natural and Synthetic
Color makes soap prettier, but doesn't contribute any skin care benefits. Powdered material from plants can be used to color soap, dyes can be used, or ground mineral pigments can also be used.

Honey is vitamin rich. It has vitamin B,C,D, and E. Also, it's thought to have a
slight natural anti-bacterial benefit.

It adds a light, warm, sweet scent, a bit of extra lathering, and is a humectant (a substance that draws moisture from the air).

Clays have been used since ancient times for masks and skin therapy. They have a slight exfoliating effect and they draw oils and impurities from the skin. A clay mask can unclog the pores and stimulate blood circulation. In soapmaking clays are most often added to facial and shaving soaps. Except for Koalin, sometimes called white clay, they are slightly astringent since they do take oil away from the skin.

A soap with french green clay added would be a good choice for oily skin.
Herbs are added for color, for healing properties, and just for added decorative interest. There are too many herbs that can be used in soap to list here. If you are interested in a particular one I suggest the website on herbs in the links section.
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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Best Kept Secrets for Shiny, Beautiful Skin

Natural Handcrafted Soap announces the launch of a new skin gift set care package consisting of two best selling soaps. The Rich lavender jasmine soap for mothers and the Light goat's milk with coconut for Baby sensitive skin or babies and children. And for fathers the Lemongrass Soap.

Rich moisturizer body and face soap has a luxurious .Every bar begins with a high percentage of cold pressed olive oil to which we add organic coconut, palm and castor, avocado, brazilian nut, almond and hazelnut , tea tree, and copaiba oils for a rich creamy lather that nourishes as it moisturizes.
Next we add botanicals, butters, and cleansing earth clays for their exceptional skin care benefits. Finally, we scent our fragrant soaps with only pure essential oils extracted from plants It’s enhanced with powerhouse antioxidant vitamins from grapefruit, carrot, cucumber and avocado to nurture and protect the skin.
Rich Moisturizer helps maintain beautiful radiant skin and repairs extra dry skin. Natural plant extracts and organic oils smooth away dull rough skin surfaces.

Fresh grassy-citrus scent with an Earthy undertone is refreshing, stimulating and soothing. Lemongrass (Cymbopogen citratus) is a grass in the same family as citronella. Most people recognize its lemony scent and flavor from experiencing those delicious spicy hot Thai soups. Our Lemongrass soap is hand made from a blend of olive, coconut vegetable, palm oils. We use an imported lemongrass essential oil from Thailand to scent this soap, we also add dried lemongrass for a mild exfoliant. Lemongrass soap is sure to become one of your favorites. Wonderful for all skin types, especially oily skin. Locally grown organic lemongrass leaves are added to this refreshing soap.
Made with mostly olive oil and hand selected Thai lemongrass essential oil and enhanced with dried Thai lemongrass and cocoa butter.