“It must be your skin, I'm sinking in. It must be for real, 'cause now I can feel.” Music lovers from the 90’s sing in harmony…”Don't let the days go by…Glycerine”. It is such a strange title for a love song. Then again it was the 90’s and the whole world was a little strange.
Let’s talk about your skin and glycerine. First, what is glycerine? Glycerine is a compound derived from fats and oils. Glycerine is a natural byproduct of handmade soap. Glycerine is a humectant. Humectants work to retain moisture by drawing water from the surface of your skin down into the deeper skin layers. Glycerine is your skin’s best friend. In commercial or industrial soap-making, the glycerin is usually separated from the soap to be resold and used in a wide variety of areas such as high end lotion, creams, and serums.
I hear the same story time and time again. Store bought soap makes my skin feel tight and itchy, but your handmade soap doesn’t do that. That is due, in part, to the glycerine. When that store bought soap feels drying to your skin you are going to buy some lotion or cream to moisturize. That is where the soap industry traps you in an endless cycle of soaps that feel drying leading the buyer to purchase additional products. They created a need that doesn’t have to exist and that explains why the skincare industry sits at about $2 billion.
At Anthologie Soap Co. we only use the best oils and butters in our soap recipe. We don’t have to add glycerine because it’s already in each and every bar we create. Soap artists are like accidental alchemists. We are creating a usable skincare product that is fun and functional. Simply put, handmade soap is just better for your skin.
So there is glycerin IN our soap and then there is our glycerine soap. Glycerine soap is slightly different than the cold processed soap we usually make. Sometimes also referred to as melt and pour, glycerine soap is an already made base that can be used in a variety of ways. The saponification process, or chemical reaction that results in soap, has already occurred. Glycerin soap doesn’t require a period of curing before it can be used. Generally glycerine soap appears clear and translucent but opaque glycerin soap is also acceptable. Glycerine soap can be crafted into a wide selection of scents, colors, and designs. Typically we use glycerin soap to make a lot of the embeds and embellishments you see. This month we highlight the benefits of glycerine soap. We also wanted to showcase the artisanal capability of glycerine soap. Check out the September soap release on 9/3/22 for a collection of strictly glycerin soap designs.
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