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What does “Natural” Mean to You?

Having been asked a few times whether the soap we make is natural and having heard persons refer to our soap as “natural soap”, I thought I’d find out what people think of when they think of a natural soap.

First though, what does natural mean to me in terms of soap? What is natural soap? For me a natural soap is a soap that is either unscented or scented with essential (not fragrance) oils and naturally colored, either solely by the ingredients in the soap or by a clay or something like turmeric or paprika. That said, all soap (yes ALL soap, even “natural” soap) is made with lye (aka sodium hydroxide), and while lye is a naturally occurring by-product of burning wood (ashes), the lye used for soap making and many other purposes is created by electrolysis i.e. applying electricity to salt water. So, technically speaking, there is no such thing as an all natural soap unless the lye has been produced from ashes which is not an easy process.

Although we make a few naturally colored and naturally scented or unscented soaps (more to come soon), most of our handmade soap is about 90% natural (97% if you count the lye as natural). The oils that we use, along with water, milk, aloe and other additives like oatmeal, clay are all natural additives. The other 10% would consist of the fragrance, colorants and of course the lye. Remember, all of our fragrances are body safe and phthalate free. The colorants we use, which make up about 1% of our product,  are cosmetic micas and titanium dioxide. Both mica and titanium dioxide are naturally occurring substances however cosmetic micas must be synthetically produced for safety reasons and titanium dioxide is processed to remove impurities.

Oh and in case you’re wondering, when lye combines with oil, a chemical process called saponification occurs. At the end of it all, we are left with soap and glycerin, which is contained naturally  in the soap. There is no lye in the end product.

So, what does natural mean to you?

Leave a comment and let me know.

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Our First Post

Hi all! So this is our very first blog post. I need to let you know that while this area will mainly be used to give you updates on the products we sell, because this business was born simply because God said so, this blog will also be used to share what He’s called me to share, so it’s fitting that our first post be about Him 🙂

God and sin

We tend to think of God as this huge angry man, sort of like Poseidon with his fork, stomping around the earth looking for sin to destroy and when He finds it He hurls His fork at it and goes “Aha! I’ve got you!”

But this is the way I imagine it works. God is absolutely perfect and absolutely holy and the very essence of who He is causes sin not to be able to survive in His presence. So when sin enters His presence it goes “Arg! I can’t stand it! The presence of God is too much!” … And shrivels up and dies. This is what I think happened to Uzzah (2 Samuel 6). The Ark of the Covenant represents the presence of God and David was not transporting The Ark of the Covenant correctly. He was doing it in a cart instead of on poles on the shoulders of the Levites as God had specified. The Levites would have had to have gone through the cleansing rituals before carrying the Ark and would have been made Holy before God. Uzzah wouldn’t have gone through these rituals and therefore still had sin that had not been cleansed. Sin in the presence of God will never survive.

Thank God that He had a plan and His name is Jesus. When you accept Him as your Lord and Saviour He goes “Sin? I already paid for that. Here, take my righteousness instead. You are now free to do all that He wrote in His book about you before even one of your days had come to pass, when He formed you as an intricate work of art, in the secret place.” (Ps 139)

God loves you, He is not seeking to destroy you. He loves you with an everlasting love. He says come as you are and He will fix it. Won’t you accept that love today?