Soapherb is a small, quality, soap and soy candle company based in Cairns, Tropical North Queensland, Australia. Our soap recipes are meticulously created from the finest ingredients.
Making natural soap requires exact weighing and accurate temperature control. The end quality is also dependent on the selection of the highest quality ingredients and the skill of being able to obtain an excellent result without the use of harmful chemicals. Simply, combining the natural process of fine ingredients, time and temperature. The result is fantastic quality soap.
Soap is an anionic (negatively charged ion) surfactant used in conjunction with water for washing and cleaning, which historically comes either in solid bars or in the form of viscous liquid. Soap consists of sodium or potassium salts of fatty acids and is obtained by reacting common oils or fats with strong alkaline solution (the base, commonly referred to as lye) in a process known as saponification. The fats are hydrolyzed by the base, yielding alkali salts of fatty acids and glycerol. Simply put the fatty acids, combined with an alkali, give a salt(being soap) as the final product.
Today soap is often replaced by other cleaning agents, such as synthetic detergents like Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide DEA, Styrene / Acrylate Copolymer. Just to name a few.
Water is another ingredient of liquid soaps and is the only recognizable ingredient for most consumers.
These synthetic detergents found in commercial liquid soaps have been manufactured for stability because they are often shipped thousands of kilometers to shops and on their journey suffer from exposure to heat, cold and light. Soapherb liquid soap is made by hot process method using only vegetable oils, rain water, essential oils and lye. Glycerin occurs naturally in this process and is retained in our soaps.
Glycerin is a very important component in high quality soaps. Glycerin attracts moisture to your skin.