Soap Is...What!?

Soap Is...What!?

What if I told you that when you use a bar of soap, you are technically washing with a block of salt? Well, sort of...mostly...kind of. Did you know that on a chemical level bar soap actually IS a bar of salt. When fat and sodium hydroxide lye are combined in the process called saponification, a salt is created. The resulting soap is a combination of salts formed from the reaction of a specific fat and the lye. 

Here are a few examples:

sodium tallowate tallow (animal fat) + lye
sodium cocoate coconut oil + lye
sodium palmate palm oil + lye
sodium palm kernelate palm kernel oil + lye
sodium olivate olive oil + lye

When the newly formed soap is now combined with your bath water and oils on your skin it emulsifies them to better be washed from your body.

Back to blog

Leave a comment