What's the deal with CP or cold process soap? Well if you don't know let me tell you... soap was created in 2800 B.C. by the Babylon's. This was created using animal and vegetable fats along with ashes from clays. Moving along to the 1800's a gentleman by the name of William Shepphard created and patented the first cold process liquid soap. So there was a choice between a liquid and a bar.
The real question is how is soap made? Do I know someone reputable to make CP soaps safely?
Here is the break down. Soap is made from butters, oil, animal fats(most companies no longer use this) and sodium hydroxide, which is also known as lye. Back then they didn't have the proper measurements for the lye to oil ratio so people ended up with burned skin. With time technology changes everything. In present day we have the proper formulation and lye calculators so that never happens again. Once you have had your correct formulation you will need to blend the butters, oil, essential and fragrance oils together. Blending used to be done by hand, but they have emersion blenders now. Once the soap has reached the proper trace it is placed in a mold for 24 hours to 4 days to harden. When the soap is released from the mold it is cut and allowed to saponify or cure for 4 to 6 weeks. (At Deame's Bettah Buttahs we cure for 8 weeks). After the 6 week mark no traces of lye remain in the soap. All CP soaps will have a list of ingredients in them.
What's the difference between CP soap and the soap I purchase from the store?
Most of the commercial brands contain sulfates that can strip your skin of its natural moisture barrier making it difficult to moisturize. Other contain different forms of silicones that can make your skin feel smooth but blocks the normal body function of sweating. It is best to go with the natural items.
Will my skin feel different?
The answer is yes. When transferring from a product that contains harmful ingredients to the skin, there is a process to take. Once you use the natural product you will notice that your skin is drier than normal. This is normal. The natural soap is takin the coating that the detergent based soaps left on off. Follow up with a natural moisturizer like shea butter or a coconut oil. Many lotions contain the same silicones that the store brand soaps have. You should see a difference in your skin within the first two weeks.
Will the soap break me out?
If you are not allergic to tree nuts, grass and flowers or fragrance then you should not have a problem with CP soap usage. If you normally buy fragrance free soap then castle soap would be best for you. Anyone that you purchase CP soap from will let you know which one will be best for your skin.
Is it safe for the face?
Most definitely! Due to its pure composition it is safe for face, skin and even hair. No it will not straiten your hair, remember no traces of lye remain in the finished soap.
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