Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Why I Began Making Cold Pressed Soap
I have been making soaps for only a few months now, and really love it. The worst part about cold processed soap making is waiting for the soap to cure! Sometimes I can be really patient, but with a new soap it is nearly impossible for me not to want to try it!
I refuse to use palm oil, as it promotes killing of orangutans for palm oil development! I don't even feel comfortable using the sustainable palm oil.
I love to use the same bases and then I add different fragrances and sometimes clays, or a special oil. I also want to try to make goat's milk, I'll save that soap for another post though...
I actually started making my own soaps cause of my own skin problems. I had really bad acne. I started to develop acne in my 20's! It seemed to skip my teen years only to horrify me later on in life. I tried many beauty products for acne skin, but none of them worked. Eventually I gave up, so sick of spending such an enormous amount on my beauty routine!
Then a few years ago I started to really examine what I was eating and using on my skin. I was horrified by the amount of unpronounceable items in everything that I used! So I began my mission of reading labels. I say mission cause it takes forever to go shopping from scratch. Reading every label to know what I put in my mouth as well as on my skin.
I discovered a wonderful natural product called Carley's Clear and Smooth, it is made in the USA, just for problem skin. Again it wasn't cheap. It cost me more to ship the product than the actual product. Through further investigation I read that the soaps were cold pressed soaps. And knew I could make this myself at home!
From that moment on, my obsession with soap started. I began researching products, what they did, and why. Trying to find a formula for my problem skin. I ended up with a wonderful soap that not only helped to clear my skin, but I can use it for a shampoo, and recently discovered it is gentle enough to wash my dog, and great for babies too! I still get the occasional breakout but it is no where near as bad as it used to be.
Posted by Leah at 1:19 PM