About Natural Soap

Sometimes customers ask me if I make glycerin soap. This is a tricky question because natural soap ALWAYS contains glycerin.  A natural byproduct of the process of saponification used in cold process soap making  (mixing sodium hydroxide with oil) is glycerin. Commercial soaps remove glycerin from their soap products and sell it to commercial lotion companies for a greater profit. Therefore commercial soap winds up being drying. Sometimes the glycerin that is removed is reformulated using alcohol and other substances to make a clear gylcerin soap. Glycerin soap cannot be clear without the use of alcohol.

Glycerin is a humectant; it attracts moisture to your skin. It is also hygroscopic, which means it attracts moisture from the air. Therefore, in humid weather, a natural bar of soap may develop beads of water on it. If you order natural soap in the summer months, it may arrive to you in a damp state, and its wrapper may be moist and wrinkled. This is not a problem as this is the workings of glycerin doing its thing. There is nothing wrong with the soap and it will dry out once the weather gets less humid. In the meantime, it is perfectly fine to use and will function beautifully.