Does handmade soap will last long just like the commercial style bars of soaps?
Well, that depends on the types of oils that being used to make a bar of soap. Oils such as Palm, Coconut, Tallow, Shea Butter and Cocoa butter produce very hard bars of soap. Oils such as Olive, Rice Bran, Macadamia, Sweet Almond, Grapeseed, Apricot Kernel, Jojoba and Castor oil tend to make softer style soaps. Commercial soap bars are predominantly made with Palm Oil, Coconut Oil and Tallow, so they are hard. The truth is that, a hard bar of soap with ingredients of dominated by hard oils is not going to be the best choice for your skin.
Commercial soaps are a machine’s cold pressed noodle soaps, so the finished products are pretty hard in comparing to handmade soaps that are naturally poured into molds are not that hard. Their soap’s price range are very cheap, how can it be? It’s because they are using cheap typed of oils like Palm Oil, Coconut Oil, Tallow, and Lard. Unlike handmade soaps, Artisan soap makers usually tend to balance their formulas to achieve the right mix of hardness and gentleness of their soap products. We used soft oils, it’s because it is emollient, soothe, condition, soften and leave the skin feeling more moisturized. Although soap is still a soap, that when contacted to the water in the shower it will melt, so it depends on how you use it.
Pearl Reflections Soaps are made of all plant-based oils and we do not use animal oils such as beef tallows. Usually, majorities of the commercial bath soaps in the stores are made of Lard and or Beef Tallows. Lard means hard fat comes from the back fat of the pig, while beef tallows are deer, cow, buffalo, kangaroo, and horses. At Pearl Reflections products, we do not wish to include those animal fats such as lard and tallow and other engineered type of oils, these are called synthetic oils that commercial soaps used these as the main surfactant of their soap. We are purely using all plant-based oils, fruit and vegetables extracts and purees. All naturals, we do not have those harsh chemicals added to our soaps, bath and body products, and or in our cosmetics.