Hello Beautiful Soul…I hope you are caring for yourself today,
Soap is the topic of conversation of my journaling today…a little history and how it is made here at Belle Lumiere Australia. We like to do things traditionally and our soap making journey started many years back with a good old-fashioned recipe that I found…so off I went on my sudsy journey to discover the joy of soap making! What a love this has become to create something from natural ingredients and then use it daily in the shower and get the gorgeous moisturising skin and aromatherapy benefits -pure bliss to end your day!
How was soap discovered?- Sapo Latin for soap takes its name from the ancient Roman times.
No one knows for sure when soap was first invented, although it appears to have been around since the dawn of civilization. One of the reasons it’s so hard to pin down soap’s first appearance is that it can be made with a few, simple ingredients; in fact, just an alkali mixed with fat or oil can make soap. Although there is no proof of it, an old Roman wives’ tale holds that women who lived near Mount Sapo, where animals were sacrificed, discovered soap when rain washed a combination of wood ashes and animal fat (tallow) into the clay soil by the Tiber River where they were doing laundry and they found this mixture made their wash much cleaner without much effort.
What is cold process soap?
Cold Process soapmaking is the act of mixing fixed oils (common oils include Olive and Coconut) with an alkali (Lye). The result is a chemical process called saponification, where the composition of the oils changes with the help of the lye to create a bar of soap. One of the main benefits of cold process soapmaking is having complete control over ingredients. What is soap? As far as we are concerned soap is magic! It is intriguing, fascinating, can be frustrating, and always interesting! The chemistry involved in this process is:
An alkali plus an acid, together with water as the catalyst, creates the manufacture of a salt and glycerine. That is soap, pure and simple.
We make our soap at Belle Lumiere Australia using this same traditional method of mixing oils and an alkali, colouring, adding additional skin loving ingredients and fragrancing with essential oils to create our gorgeous natural soap bars. We use glorious skin loving oils of olive, coconut, sunflower and rice bran to produce our gorgeous hard longlasting bars. Currently, at the time of writing, we have two bars curing on our racks at the moment (soap needs to cure after being made for at least 4 – 6 weeks) a long process. which will be available online soon.
Activated Charcoal and lavender is an all-time favourite of ours and our customers. This bar includes all of the 4 moisturising oils as well as activated charcoal for drawing and cleansing the skin and is especially good for oily or acne-prone skin. Mixed with soothing and calming lavender essential oil this bar of soap is just blissful.
Our Pink Himalayan Salt Soap Bars are infused with pink Himalayan salt, known as one of the purest salts on the earth. Rich in nourishing olive oil and coconut oil not only because it provides a glorious fluffy lather, but it also brings additional moisturizing and skin-softening properties. Our long lasting Himalayan Salt Soap bar cleanses and detoxifies skin, leaving it smooth soft and re-mineralized. They’re packed with essential trace minerals, many of which can act as potential treatments against a myriad of skin conditions.
These bars are currently curing and will be available soon.
Have a great week everyone and remember to care for yourself too!
Sandy G x