Opinion

Handmade soap - how is it made?

This article is not meant to scare people, but most supermarket showergels consist of chemical junk. Violent sulphates such as SLS, which create a "delicious" lather and are also very aggressive to the skin, are found in almost all products.

There do exist cosmetics manufacturers who do not add all these chemical ingredients. Manufacturers who think about the quality of their product first, and then the financial side.

For instance, we once visited the Patounis soap factory, in Greece on the island of Corfu. There, they have been making the same soap in exactly the same way for 150 years. Completely by hand, truly beautiful to see! Each of the soaps is a real treat for the skin.

But these kinds of producers rarely reach the general public. Especially on price, they lose out to the big players in the market. Chemical ingredients are really wonderfully cheap to add. So there's a lot more money to be made there.

We at Pure Health Store do not participate in this. We just want to deliver the best product to our customers. And not otherwise. Chemical care products are sold everywhere, but not with us.

Handmade soap making

The advantage of handmade soap is often that the composition is carefully considered. The soap often consists of natural ingredients. Roughly speaking, you can make soap in two ways.

Making soap with the cold process

Making soap using the cold process involves only three ingredients: water, sodium hydroxide and vegetable oil. Because the ingredients are not otherwise heated, the active ingredients are preserved as much as possible.

Of course, there is heat involved. The whole thing becomes a temperature of 50 degrees at most. This is because when the sodium hydroxide comes into contact with the water and oil, the saponification process takes place. This is a chemical reaction that causes the whole thing to heat up.

The liquid is then poured out over a special table. After a few days, the soap can be cut. The final step is to let the soap dry, which takes about six weeks.

Evergetikon's soaps are made by the cold method.

Making soap with the hot process

At Patounis' factory, they use the hot process to make soap.

Kwa quality, the soap is not very different from soap made via the cold process. It is a matter of manufacturer preference.

The difference with the hot process is that the mixture is additionally heated during the saponification process. This is boiled for a few hours and then poured over the same table.

No artificial additives

In such handmade pieces of soap, chemical ingredients are often not added. At least not in the soaps we sell.

Because there is no water in a block of soap (in liquid form), no preservatives are needed. And yet a bar of soap stays good for years.