What is Soap Scum?

Soap scum is a white or gray filmy layer that covers the surfaces around our showers, bathtubs, and sinks. Soap scum is actually formed thanks to minerals in your water that combine with the wonderful oil and moisturizing elements in your soaps.  Get rid of those minerals and you get rid of the scum.  Soap is getting a bad wrap.  It shouldn’t be called soap scum at all should it?  Maybe water scum is a better name.  Let’s just call it what it is.

Those with mineral filled hard water are much more likely to have water scum. This effect arises because the chemical makeup of those hard water minerals react with the properties of the soap by forming a solid precipitate (the scum). The soap is not your problem it is your water.  Hard water filled with minerals can also reduce the amount of creamy soft suds you can form with your soap bar.

Wherever water hardness is a concern, water softening is commonly used to reduce hard water’s adverse effects. If you have hard water you may use a water softener to do this.  Salt is mixed with water. The chemical properties from the salt replace the chemical properties of the minerals, eliminating the reaction to the soap properties and ending the scum problems. Don’t attempt to fix the symptom by sacrificing the health of your skin and using store bought detergent bars!  When you use commercial soaps, you may have found your skin feeling dry and stretched.  Those bars aren’t soap at all!  With the natural ingredients in handcrafted soap, you will find your skin feeling smooth and fresh, without any itchy feeling.  Address the root of the problem, your water source.  

ImageThe benefits of a good bar of handcrafted soap made from natural ingredients are several especially that they help in maintaining healthy and beautiful skin.

  • Handcrafted soap made from coconut, olive oil or palm oil, is rich in vitamins that helps people with sensitive skin and those who suffer from skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, eczema, and other dry skin problems.
  • Handcrafted soap is made in small batches to better manage quality and consistency.
  • Handcrafted soap contains glycerin that is a necessary moisturizing agent found in lotions and other skin creams.
  • The natural oils in handcrafted soap, such as jojoba oil help in balancing the skin complexion.
  • Natural handcrafted soaps do not contain synthetic fragrances or colors and this helps you avoid ingredients that can be harmful to your skin or cause reactions on sensitive skin
  • Natural handcrafted soap is completely environment friendly and thus, by using it you are actually doing a favor to the environment.
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One Soap, Two Uses

 

Do you love your natural handcrafted soap bar in the shower for the silkiest skin ever?  How about as a shampoo? A natural handcrafted soap bar can definitely be used to shampoo your hair!  The soap will typically contain an excess of oils added to the mixture that provides two benefits:

  • The excess oils act as “superfatting” agents which contribute to the mildness and an overall luxurious feel to the soap.  The final product is extra mild and doesn’t irritate skin or damage hair.
  • These oils act as moisturizing and conditioning agents, much as they would in a regular shampoo or conditioner.
ImageShea butter is prized for being an excellent moisturizer, and soaps with this ingredient included can leave the hair and skin feeling softer than ever!  If your water is “hard” water you’ll want to be sure to take the extra step of using a “rinse” on your hair to prevent the build up that can happen when the things in your “hard” water chases after and binds to those good things in your soap.  What can we say, “hard” water loves the great things in you soap to!
 
Rinsing with a mildly acidic solution will help dissolve the hard water deposit from your hair, shrink the hair shaft diameter, flatten the cuticle and increase the shine and smoothness of your hair. White or apple cider vinegar, dissolved citric acid or vitamin C (ascorbic acid) all have sufficiently low pH to help rinse the deposits away and return your hair to its preferred pH. Below is a simple recipe you can try.
 
VINEGAR RINSE
If you are worried that the vinegar will leave a smell on your hair, don’t worry it will disappear after you rinse and dry your hair.  Plus the vinegar will soften and clarify your hair.  It is also acidic and after shampooing it will restore your hair’s normal pH.  I prefer apple cider vinegar but white will work as well.  Make your rinse from ingredients right in your kitchen.  As you get to know your hair you can adjust your vinegar up or down to meet your needs:
  • 2 Tablespoon of vinegar (apple cider or white)
  • 2-3 cups of water
Pour this mixture over hour hair letting is soak into all strands.  Leave it sit for a few minutes then rinse.  I like to leave it in for 10-15 minutes. The more you use it you will learn what works best for you.  
 
So give shampoo bars a try, people love it.  Our Natural Shea bar will lead you that silky skin and hair you want, take a look athttp://www.bathedbynatue.com and start a Shampoo Bar craze!  Our products are handcrafted from the heart to nourish the soul.
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