Why should I buy handmade soap
instead of commercially made soap?
Usually the soaps you find at the
grocery stores are not actually soap.
Most are made of synthetic detergents.
Detergents are great for washing dishes, but not so good
on your skin. Have
you ever used soap and gotten that tight, dry, itchy feeling?
Chances are that was because it was actually a
detergent and not a soap.
Read the labels.
If they call themselves a Beauty Bar, or a Bath Bar, then
it is a detergent.
If they are detergents, then they can’t legally call themselves
Some of the soaps in the grocery store
are actually soaps, and can list Soap on their label.
But there is still a big difference between those soaps
and a handmade soap.
One major brand of soap advertises that it is very pure.
This brand is soap, but still very different from a handmade
soap. With a handmade soap, the oils, lye, and water are
combined to make soap. Natural glycerin is also created in
the process. It is a natural by-product of the saponification
process. Glycerin is very beneficial for your skin.
But instead of leaving it in the soap for your skin's benefit,
the commercial soap companies strip it off and sell it to be
used in other cosmetic or
pharmaceutical products. A handmade soap retains all the
skin loving glycerin from the
Other commercial bars are a combination
of soaps, and synthetic detergents.
Here are the ingredients of a leading bar made for
Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (Synthetic
detergent), Stearic Acid (fatty acid), Sodium Tallowate (soap) , Water, Sodium
Isethionate(Synthetic detergent) , Coconut Acid, Sodium Stearate
(Synthetic detergent), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Synthetic
detergent), Sodium Cocoate (Soap)
or Sodium Palm Kernelate (soap), Sodium Chloride (table salt), Titanium Dioxide (natural
whitener), Sweet Almond Oil, Rosewood Oil (essential oil),
Tetrasodium EDTA (water softener), Trisodium
Etidronate(preservative), BHT (preservative), Cedarwood Oil
(essential oil), Rose Oil (essential oil), Disodium
Cocamido-MEA-Sulfosuccinate (synthetic detergent), Cetyl Alcohol
(alcohol derived from fats), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E).
After you look at that list of
ingredients, compare it to the ingredients in Sego Lily soaps.
What is in your handmade soap?
Soaps are made with food grade vegetable and animal oils and luxury butters. We
use a high percentage of olive oil and coconut oil in every
batch. And then we use a mixture of food grade oils such as
Sunflower oil or Safflower oil. Most batches contain Shea
Butter or Cocoa Butter or some other kind of luxury oil. A
few batches we formulate without the luxury butters. These
are still made with a high percentage of olive oil and coconut
oil. These more simple soaps are still very high quality
due to the lovely qualities the Olive, coconut oil and tallows
add to our soap. We are able to charge less for those
soaps, making them a great value. The tallows we use are
high quality, clean and make great soaps. We
use natural essential oils and skin safe fragrance oils to add
fun fragrances to our soap. A few bars are left unscented.
Some soaps are colored with natural colorants and skin safe dyes
for a colorful and pretty touch. The oils we use are
carefully chosen to give a well-balanced bar. A well
balanced bar is hard, cleans the
skin gently, has fluffy bubbles, creamy lather, has a great
texture and feel, and leaves the skin soft.
We have a few all vegetable soaps in
our line, but most of our
soaps are made with a blend of animal oils, and vegetable oils.
I have found that a traditional cold process soap made with a
combination of animal and vegetable oils makes a top quality and
well rounded soap. There are certain qualities that only
animal fats can add to the finished product. These qualities
just can't be duplicated in an all vegetable soap. Most of
our soaps contain beef tallow or lard (pig tallow) and a lucky
few contain deer tallow or other exotic tallows from domestic
A soap made with a blend of animal and vegetable
oils make a superior soap when compared to an all vegetable oil
soap. If you don't believe me, try them side by side.
There are many soapmakers available that make all vegetable
soaps. I would never criticize other handmade soap
companies. There are many great companies and good people
making handmade soaps. I would encourage you to compare
Sego Lily Soap to other soap's made with all vegetable oils.
Try our soaps side by side and then decide.
For a more detailed explanation on why I choose to use
animal oils in my soaps go to my
Benefits of Tallow in Soap
Does your soap contain lye?
Lye is a necessary ingredient for any
soap. Lye is a chemical
compound also known as Sodium Hydroxide. It is what make
the oils used in a soap batch actually change to soap.
Without lye there would be no soap.
But rest assured, there is no lye in a properly made bar
of soap. The oils
in the soap are chemically an acid, and the lye is chemically a
base. When you mix
an acid and a base together, they create a chemical reaction.
In this case the chemical reaction is called
Saponification. The oils and lye combine together at a
molecular level. The molecules of the oil and the
molecules of the lye combine together to make a brand new
molecule, a soap molecule.
The lye is no longer lye, and the oils are no longer oils.
They are transformed into a brand new substance, soap, which is
chemically a salt. All the lye is used up in the
saponification process, and what is left is a wonderfully gentle soap.
How do I care for a handmade
Handmade soaps should last a long time,
so long as it is properly cared for.
Be sure to store it on a well-draining soap dish, out of
the spray of the shower.
If you are using the standard soap dish that comes in
most showers and bath tubs, you will probably not see as long of
a life for your soap.
Find a soap dish that holds the soap up and allows air to
circulate around your soap.
I have sensitive skin, and can’t use soap.
Can I use yours?
Yes, you will most likely be able to use our soaps because they
are incredibly mild and gentle. Most people who think they
can't use soap have never tried a real soap. They have
used store bought commercial soaps, which are not good for
sensitive skin. Most commercial soaps contain detergents,
chemical lather boosters, preservatives and other harsh
ingredients. A handmade soap is completely different than
store bought soap. And handmade soap is perfect for anyone
with sensitive skin.
I also used to think I could not use soap.
It made me dry and itchy, and sometimes gave me little
bumps. It also
aggravated my psoriasis.
I have very sensitive skin, and so do some of my
children. Then I
discovered the difference between a store bought “soap” and a
real soap. Now I use
real handmade soap and my skin loves it.
I have had other people tell me they can’t use soap.
After I recommend a handmade soap for them, they discover
that a handmade soap is good for their skin.
How should I store handmade soaps?
The best place to store a handmade soap before use is in a cool
dry place. A linen
closet or a drawer will work just fine.
I sometimes store them in a paper bag, so the soaps stay
clean, but air can still get to them.
If you allow air to get to your handmade soap, they will
continue to get harder which will help your soap last even
longer. As a soap
ages it continues to get even more mild, and the lather also
increases. So an
older bar actually makes for an even better soap.
I do recommend using the soap within 6-9 months.
Occasionally a fragrance or color can fade over time. But a
properly made bar of soap should last for years.
What is the white powder on some handmade soaps?
you may see a
white powder on the top of some bars of soap. This is a
harmless. It forms on soap during the soapmaking process.
This powder is called “soda ash”. It forms when air
reaches a batch of soap when it is wet in the first couple of
days. I try to avoid this just because in my opinion, it
is not as pretty as I would like.
But if it does form on a bar, it will wash off the first
time you use it.
I am allergic to fragrances, can I use your soaps?
We stock a few unscented soaps, which
are very lovely to use. They are creamy with lots of
fluffy lather. They clean very gently and rinse cleanly.
However, if you'd like a fragrance in your soap even though you are
allergic to them, look for soaps scented with essential
oils instead of fragrance oils. Essential oils are natural
and do not usually bother people with fragrance allergies.
I myself am allergic to many fragrances. But I have found
that I can tolerate all of the fragrances we use because they
are very high quality. If
you try a fragrance that is not working for you, you can contact
us and we will work something out. We want you to be happy
with your purchase and love using what you buy from us.
Do you guarantee your products?
We want you to be completely satisfied
with your purchase. If you are not happy with a purchase,
email us or call us and we will work something out.