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.

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