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|Why did we begging and continue to make lye soap?
Here at Granny’s Lye Soap we decided to start making lye soap because of the attractive qualities lye soap presented to out colonial ancestors which are still present and quite appealing in many applications today! There is much misinformation about lye soap. One fact is that that unlike traditional guess and check methods, today modern science has presented an approach in which we can take the basic idea of mixing lye in water to create a solution of ideal perfect pH. This solution is then mixed with lard. The lard is slowly added to the solution in accurate, controlled, and calibrated increments to synthesize a spectacular bar of soap which is neither harsh to touch nor pungent to smell, all while retaining the soothing properties that make Granny’s Lye Soap such an extraordinary bar of soap.
Synthesizing a bar of soap from 100% lard! Is that even possible?
Yes it is possible! In fact some soap makers today utilize 100% lard to make bars of soap. Here at Granny’s Lye Soap we stick to tradition and utilize a classic handmade recipe that is very heavy on the lard but also incorporates nutritious all natural essential vegetable oils which give Granny’s Lye Soap its famous luxurious lathering properties unrivaled in the market.
Lye Soap Folklore:
• Old fashioned Lye soap like Granny’s has been claimed to cure itchy skin, acne, dandruff, psoriasis, “bed bugs,” eczema, mites, poison oak, head lice, and mosquito bites.
• Folklore also claim that settlers only stirred lye soap mixes using only sassafras sticks because it was the only variety of implement capable of stirring the mixture.
• A cousin of lye soap is called pine-tar-soap which was also synthesized using a mixture of lye with readily available pine tar. Settlers were using pine-tar-soap in many strange ways.
• Lye soap is commonly called poison ivy soap regardless of any evidence that supports the claim that old fashioned lye soap does not help the itchy situation.
• Many soap makers believed that rain water was better than creek water to create lye soap.
• In Appalachia lye soap is called the Appalachian cure all.
The Infamous Red Devil Lye Soap
For many years the home made process of making red devil lye was utilized without fail, however the process of synthesizing red devil soap has been discontinued because the original formula is no longer pure sodium hydroxide.
Old fashioned Kettle Soap
Many home owners in the old days had a black kettle in their home’s back yard which was utilized to synthesize lye soap. This tradition left lye soaps the nickname of kettle soap.
Modern Lye Soap
Today soap makers around the globe including us here at Granny’s Lye Soap offer lye soap with essential oils and herbs infused with soaps as part of their product line. This special homemade process of enriching soap bars here at Granny’s Lye Soap compliments our handmade homemade plain old fashioned soap.
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The Benefits of Natural Handmade Soap
More and more often we find shocking information about the products we consume, use for our hygiene or in our everyday life. This is much true for the soaps, too. The artificial ingredients of the soaps are sometimes even harmful for our skin. Such ingredients are the artificial colorants and antibacterial cleansers like Triclosan, as well as other ingredients like Dimethecone and Parabens. Yes, it sound more like a chemistry class, but the truth is the use of these and similar ingredients damage the skin and hasten the processes of aging and dehydration.
That’s why a lot of people use natural handmade soap. This soap has a number of benefits and, of course, you don’t need to produce it yourself, as more and more manufacturers are producing natural handmade soap with various ingredients and qualities. Let’s point out some of the best features of these soaps.
First of all, using natural handmade soap guarantees that your skin won’t touch any artificial ingredients anymore. The natural soap is created from herbs, plants, oils and butters and they all have healing and favourable effect on your skin. So you can forget about the artificial colorants and other chemically created ingredients that harm your skin, as none of them is used in the natural soap products.
There are also other benefits of natural handmade soap, one of which is the presence of natural antioxidants. You are probably aware that some plants and natural ingredients have antioxidant qualities that are beneficial for the human organism and have soothing and calming effect. When these ingredients are used to produce natural handmade soap, the antioxidant qualities are preserved and you will benefit from them every time you use the soap.
It is important to mention that you won’t need the artificial antibacterial cleansers in the commercial soap because some of the ingredients of the natural handmade soap have natural antibacterial properties. Such ingredients are obtained from plants like bamboo, aloe vera, blueberry, coconut and many others.
Another benefit of natural handmade soap is the natural aroma it has compared to the aroma of the commercial soap (yes, it is well-know and sometimes not very pleasant). Although the companies producing soap with artificial ingredients try to make it have a natural flavour, it cannot be compared to the real, live fragrance of the natural handmade soap.
What’s one of the best benefits of the natural soap is that you don’t have to worry if you have an allergy to chemicals and the artificial ingredients of the common soap. Everything in the handmade soap is 100% natural and highly unlikely to cause skin problems and allergic reactions.
To cut a long story short, natural handmade soap has a number of benefits, among which are the absence of any chemicals and artificial ingredients that may harm your skin or cause any allergic reactions. Using natural handmade soap actually means using the power of nature to make your skin look and feel better and, as a bonus, have the unique fragrance of nature around you the whole day.
Nowadays there are so many homemade crafts that it has become the passion of countless entrepreneurs to replicate ideas, by handcrafting homemade recipes into wonderful and unique thriving businesses. Grandfather’s Ice cream, homemade pizza, even Italian hotdogs from Chicago turn into delicious neighborhood restaurants. Luxurious homemade beauty items include soaps, lotions, bath salts, and more. Everyone knows that with enough passion, drive, and professionalism, homemade business projects will even turn some children into budding business titans. Here at Granny’s Lye Soap our classic, old fashioned way of making high quality soap also started out in this manner & we hope we can keep that personal neighborhood touch alive with you, our customer.
What is lye you ask?
First let’s talk about basic chemistry. An alkali is a base and the terms are used interchangeably. Bases and acids are measured using the pH scale where every number higher or lower than 7 increases in potency at an order of magnitude of 10. An acid has a pH value lower than 7, a neutral substance has a pH of 7 and a base has a pH value higher than 7. If a substance like hydrochloric acid has a pH value of 1, then it is an acid and acids will donate hydrogen molecules readily to whatever organic or inorganic molecule it reacts with. If a substance like ammonia has a pH value of 11, then it is alkali and a base this strong will remove hydrogen molecules from whatever organic or inorganic molecule it reacts with. A neutral substance like water with a pH of 7 will nether remover or donate hydrogen protons. Lye is an especially strong alkali base with a pH of 13. Lye has a molecular formula of NaOH, it is most commonly known as caustic soda, in pure form it will burn skin on contact, heat to extreme temperatures when reacting due to its exothermic properties & is recognized as the base which will readily dissolve in water. Lye is such a reactive base that it is commonly used to open drains, so special protective clothing, proper ventilation, gloves, Laboratory goggles, and precaution must be used with handling lye.