Saturday, February 22, 2020

Plant Based Animal Product Free Bar Soap
Vegan bar soaps made with natural ingredients that moisturize and do not irritate your skin. Costa Californica manufactures quadruple milled bar soaps that utilize the finest ingredients. Looking for a refreshing clean that leaves skin feeling healthy and hydrated? Add Harmony Garden comfort to your body and face washing regimen! These soaps are uniquely formulated for all skin types.

A little trivia: Where did we get our name from? Californica is the Latin word used to describe many native Californian plants. Our favorite is Eschscholzia californica, our state flower the poppy. This species of flowering plant in the Papaveraceae family, native to the California and Mexico, much like Costa Californica's founders.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Things About Bar Soaps You Never Knew

According to historians, an excavation of ancient Babylon revealed proof that Babylonians were making soap around 2800 B.C., and were the first people to master the art of soap making. They made soap from fats boiled with ashes from hard woods that consume the potassium and other minerals from the earth that ultimately when burnt and leached with water, it created potassium hydroxide. Soap was used in cleaning wool and cotton used in textile manufacture and was used medicinally for at least 5000 years.

Around 600BC, early Romans made soaps in the first century A.D. from urine and soap was widely known in the Roman Empire
The Celts made their soap from animal fat and plant ashes and they named the product saipo, from which the word soap is derived.  However, the first concrete evidence we have of soap-like substance is dated around 2800 BC., the first soap makers were Babylonians, Mesopotamia's, Egyptians, as well as the ancient Greeks and Romans. All of them made soap by mixing fat oils melted down. It is said that soap wasn't actually used as much for bathing and personal hygiene but was rather produced for cleaning cooking utensils or goods.

Soap from Aleppo in present day Syria has been used since as far as can be remembered. However, in the 7th and 8th centuries  soap factories began to spring up in Aleppo. Aleppo soap is at the origin of the first hard soaps in the world. Its original manufacturing process is based on abundant local products such as olive oil and laurel oil that is found in this region. 

Learn about new vegan soaps being produced in California!

Monday, August 5, 2019

Is Bar Soap Wasteful Compared to Liquid Soap?
Recently Vice put out an article called "Keep Your Disgusting Bar Soap Away From Me and My Body Wash." They came up with the idea that there are only two reasons a person could have for using bar soap, which were "that it’s cheaper than liquid" and "there’s no plastic involved, and that’s important to you as someone who cares about the environment." While these points are true, there are not the only other reasons, not to mention sulfates that are common in bottled body wash. Part of their gripe was surrounding whether a house guest would be grossed out at the prospect of bathing with a bar that contained a lonely curly hair stuck on it. First of all any host knows it is proper to give their potential house guest a brand new bar for their disposal. Furthermore, curly or straight hairs can be found anywhere in a bathroom whether the bather uses bottles or bar soaps, this is common.

According to some studies we spend more on liquid soap, shower gels and body wash than on bar soaps. Some consumers believe that when they pump the liquid soap while washing their hands or body they waste more product.  While it seems that they save more with a bar soap.

For every wash, the average person uses 0.35 grams of bar soap, compared to 2.3 grams of liquid. ... Bar soap is over 3.5 times cheaper than liquid (numbers based on this specific price comparison and may fluctuate, depending on cost and brands)

Because cost is an important factor in our economy consumers prefer bar soaps versus liquid soaps.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Natural Soaps And Body Products That Last
Lately people have been asking about what to do about the last little piece of bar soap. Some people like to meld the old sliver to the new bar by smashing them into two. This should never be a deterrent from buying a quadruple milled bar soap that will last longer than the average liquid soap. It is so easy to squeeze out more soap than you need, therefore, wasting it when it washes down the drain.

Costa Californica began carrying exfoliating soap sleeves that allow for the bather to simply slip a new bar into the sleeve to pair with the old using all the soap through. Most liquid body washes are made of petroleum, while many traditional bar soaps are made of saponified plant oils or animal fat. Liquid soaps need the addition of emulsifying agents and stabilizers to maintain their consistency, further adding to the chemical factor.

It is safe to say that you can save money on soap and take a more natural approach when using handmade or quadruple milled bars soaps. However, milled soap are sure to last much longer. Quadruple Milled Soaps contain less water and more actual soap creating a long-lasting hard soap. How many times have you picked up your soap from its dish, only to find a messy blob? This will never happen with Quadruple Milled Soaps. Look forward to less goop and richer lather!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Costa Californica Hotel Bar Soap
Costa Californica Hotel, is all those little soaps in one that we collect and smell from the hotels we visit! The inspiration behind this bar is the California nostalgia when we listen to music like the Eagles and enjoy the
quintessential sunsets and aromas of our coastal breezes and desert trees.

Collect no more, after lathering with this lightly fragrant yet soothing bar of soap. Bring the upscale hotel/spa to your home. This bar is made with fresh butter milk and other fine ingredients to moisturize your skin, so it feels soft to touch. "On a dark desert highway, feel cool wind in your hair." California's finest bar soap!

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Are Handmade Natural Soaps Affordable

In most cases soap bars purchased from general stores, have most likely been mass-produced, and normally do not contain glycerin and can leave your skin feeling dry and irritated. They can also contain detergents which strip skin of its natural oils. Lathering agents like ammonium lauryl sulfate,  can make for dry and  irritation to people who have sensitive skin.

When soap is made traditionally, glycerin which hydrate can naturally occur making the skin soft.  Therefore, soap without glycerin is harsh and drying and can lead to excessively dry, itchy and ashy skin. Handmade soaps retain their natural glycerin, therefore providing a key ingredient needed to prevent dry skin.

At Costa Californica they use a saponification process like handmade soap then process the soap through a triple milling process much like the French milled process. This refines the soap and makes it last longer, while offering a non drying lathering experience.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Ditching Plastic Bottles But Does Bar Soap Carry Bacteria?

Costa Californica's goal is to eliminate one plastic bottle at a time when possible. However, there are claims against the alternative replacements for plastic bottled body wash. There is this belief that bar soap carry bacteria from one person to the next, since at times people share the same bar of soap. According to recent studies, bacteria levels on previously used bar soaps are slightly higher than on unused soaps, however, there have been no detectable levels of bacteria left on the skin's surface after using the soap used by others [1]. Bar soap users who are still worried about spreading germs can always make sure that each person has his or her own soap. 

After careful thought, we have concluded that bar soap remains a greener choice than liquid soap. Because bar soap is typically packaged in paper or cardboard, its packaging materials are not only recyclable, but they also break down more easily in landfills than the plastic packaging liquid soaps, and don't require as large of a carbon footprint and extra polymers to recycle [2].

At the end of the day, using liquid soap or bar soap is truly a personal choice. More than the method of delivery, the most important thing for you to be aware of is how you react to certain additives, such as fragrances and moisturizers. All of our soaps are made with vegetable oils and do not contain detergents that dry skin. We only recommend to "wash away the day" and not to forget behind the ears!

1. Washing with Contaminated Bar Soap Is Unlikely To Transfer Bacteria
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2. The Paper Recycling Process. (2017). [video] CANADA: Domtar.

Plant Based Animal Product Free Bar Soap

Vegan bar soaps made with natural ingredients that moisturize and do not irritate your skin. Costa Californica manufactures quadruple mill...