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Grandma's Soapdish & Sundries, LLC
Making Quality Soap in Connecticut Since 1998
email: diane@grandmassoapdish.com

Brook Brook Brook

What ingredients go into every handmade batch of Grandma's soap? If you are interested to learn not only about the ingredients, but the benefits they offer to your skin, you'll do that here. Below is an individual listing of one or more of the ingredients that are lovingly made into quality cold process soaps for your enjoyment.

The fewer ingredients in soap, the better. Less truly is more when it comes to soapmaking because it's as close to pure as you can get. Grandma's soaps contain one or more of the following natural and organic ingredients, depending on the individual batch:

Grandma's soaps are primarily made from vegetable oils. Over the years, Grandma Diane has developed a favorite blend of these oils to make a quality, hard bar of soap with lots of lather. All of the soaps contain shea butter for additional skin softening support. Some of the soaps are unscented, or they contain an essential oil, fragrance oil, or a blend of both. I buy only the highest quality fragrances from leading distributors in the industry.

Vegetable oils all contain healthy & nutritious amino acids that are good for your skin. To read the details about their wonderful properties, I've listed them for you here.

Benefits of olive oil in soap:

*well documented anti-oxidant qualities and its an ability to moisturize and renew skin olive oil soap is ideal *a natural and hypoallergenic way to nourish and moisturize skin *helps the skin's surface retain moisture, which translates to younger looking skin *Regular use helps keep skin looking supple and smooth *high levels of many antioxidants, including vitamins A and E *ability to renew and repair free radical damage in skin *helps protect and reverse the damage and wrinkles caused by sun exposure, pollution *the antioxidants present stimulate skin cells, encouraging regrowth and maintenance of healthy, firm skin

Benefits of palm oil in soap:

*makes a hard bar of soap with lots of creamy lather *contains high amounts of lauric acid *the lauric acid in pko exhibits antiviral, antimicrobial, antiprotozoal and antifungal properties. It acts by disrupting the lipid membranes in organisms like fungus, bacteria and viruses, thus destroying them.

Benefits of coconut oil in soap:

*coconut oil contributes hardness to the soap, but moreso, is known for its fluffy lather *antimicrobial, antifungal, anti-bacterial, and antioxidant properties from lauric, capric and caprylic acids *fights wrinkles and signs of skin aging *helpful for psoriasis and eczema *helps to exfoliate the outer layer of dead skin cells, making the skin smoother *penetrates deeper layers of skin to strengthen the underlying tissue

Benefits of butters in soap:

*Grandma's uses primarily shea butter, and sometimes cocoa or mango butter in the soap, which are skin softening
*moisturizes without clogging pores
*gentle for using at any age
*offers natural protection from UV rays
*helps fight acne, eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis
*helps to heal scars
*soothing for burns
*helps prevent skin aging/wrinkling
*contains nutritive vitamins such as A and E

Benefits of clays in soap:

*clays are ah-mazing! They have powerful electrical properties to draw out toxins
*absorbs excess oil on skin
*releases toxins
*rich in minerals (including silica, calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, & potassium)
*natural way to cleanse skin of impurities
*has been used for thousands of years as a health support
*can be used as a clay poultice on skin conditions (poison ivy, for example)

Benefits of herbs in soap:

*herbs offer many nutritive, cleansing and antibacterial benefits that all support healthy skin

Benefits of oatmeal in soap:
*oatmeal has long been reputed to offer skin benefits
*studies have shown oatmeal to be moisturing
*works well for sensitive skin
*strengthens skin's natural moisture barrier
*phenols provide anti-inflammatory properties
*contributes to the overall pH level that matches human skin
*alleviates itchiness

Benefits of loofah in soap:

*loofah is a fruit; when it is dried it can be used in soap
*acts like a sponge; it's hard when dry and softens immediately when wet
*easily removes dead skin for a healthy glow
*enhances circulation by stimulating the skin

Benefits of fruit seeds in soap:
*offers aesthetic properties
*skin stimulant to encourage blood circulation
*mild exfoliative

Benefits of natural colorants in soap:

*micas and pigments
*high in vitamins, minerals and nutrients
*natural alpha hydroxy acid gently exfoliates
*vitamin A helps to repair skin tissue, reduce wrinkles, controls acne, and prevent brown spots
*zinc encourages strong collagen fibers and supports skin elasticity
*selenium can protect skin from sun damage
*caseins and lactic acid provides significant skin softening properties to help skin conditions

Benefits of Salt in soap:

Specialty salts have been used for thousands of years, due to their nutritive and healing properties. Grandma's Soapdish started experimenting with the addition of salts to soap in 2013; using a combination of three powerful salts. The soaps sold quickly, felt wonderful on the skin, and offer nutritive value in the proper pH for human skin.

From the pristine waters of the Mediterranean; this triple blend includes European Spa salts, as well as Dead Sea salts and mineral salts. The nutritive minerals include organic minerals such as magnesium, potassium, calcium chloride and bromides. Bathing in high quality salts helps to replenish the minerals which are critical to skin health, and studies have shown effectiveness when used for osteoarthritis, tendinitis & psoriasis. Here's a look at some of the reputed benefits of salt from nature:

*magnesium combats stress and fluid retention
*magnesium slows skin aging and calms the nervous system
*calcium helps to prevent water retention & increases circulation
*calcium strengthens bones and nails
*potassium energizes the body
*potassium helps to balance skin moisture levels
*bromides relax stiff muscles
*sodium helps with immune function and lymphatic fluid balance

Also, the salts contain small amount of Iodine and Flouride, both of which our bodies need. As a matter of fact, the salts can contain up to 84 different nutrients!

Benefits of essential oils in soap:
*they are natural, from the Earth
*they are extracted from plants, usually by steam distillation
*offers aromatherapy benefits as the scents act upon the brain (relaxing, invigorating, etc)
*contains antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral properties that can be very powerful

Benefits of fragrance oils in soap:
*fragrance oils and essential oils are two different things
*they are synthetically manufactured, not natural
*they offer a wider variety of perfume scents than are offered in the natural world
*quality fragrance oils are strictly controlled, tested and deemed safe to use in soap
*they are so concentrated that only tiny amounts are needed in soap to produce a beautiful scent

If you have any questions about Grandma's soap ingredients, just email Grandma!

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