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Milk Soap Benefits

The Health Benefits of Coconut Milk Soap

“Great for all skin type!”

For many years, coconut milk soap has been used as a natural treatment for slight external and internal disorders. But applying coconut milk soap externally can also increase health benefits by penetrating into the skin and counteracting elements that are detrimental to the body’s exterior.


Coconut milk is in found in facial cleansers, containing high levels of fatty acids, it helps to eliminate dirt, dead skin and other blemishing issues. The substance does not over-dry the skin and the rich milk contaminant cleans the skin gently without irritating it. Coconut milk soaps are also an ideal choice for anyone with vulnerable skin because of their relaxing properties.

Vitamin Incentive

Coconut milk soap is high in vitamin E, which is well regarded for bringing benefits to dry skin, small cuts, burns and rashes. If used on a daily basis, coconut milk soap can restore your skin to a soft and smooth condition.

Moisturized Skin

Coconut milk has large fat content and includes fatty acids that are beneficial for the skin. The existence of fatty acids in soap results in intense hydration. Coconut milk soap is ideal for dry skin and, besides offering a deep clean, it does not strip away the natural oils in the skin. Instead, it acts to moisturize the skin, keeping it replenished and well hydrated. When taking a hot bath or shower, you should spend no more than 15 minutes and use lukewarm water. Extended durations of hot water to the skin increase the likelihood of dryness, therefore significantly reducing the benefits of coconut milk soap.

Milk Soap Benefits

You may think skin care starts after you bathe, but if you choose milk soap you can care for your skin while you bathe. There’s a long history of using milk-based soaps for skin care. In fact, TLC Farms notes that milk products have been used cosmetically since ancient times. Milk soaps, especially artisanal brands, are very kind to your skin.


The pH of milk soaps is very close to the natural pH of human skin, resulting in a naturally gentle product that cleans without the addition of harsh chemical additives. Milk soaps, especially those with goat milk, are made with a gentle balance of ingredients that clean without being harsh or irritating to the skin. According to New England Grown, a maker of goat milk products, even people with sensitive skin and eczema find milk soap is far less harsh and drying than most ordinary soap products.


All milk contains lactic acid. In high concentrations, lactic acid is used in chemical peels. In lower concentrations, such as those found in milk soap, lactic acid is a natural exfoliating agent, helping the skin shed dry skin cells. Gentle exfoliation results in healthier looking skin.


  • Milk soap naturally contains milk fats, triglycerides and vitamins and minerals which help moisturize the skin. Goat milk soap also contains capric-capryllic triglyceride, a known moisturizer. Milk soap also contains natural glycerin, an effective moisturizer, which is usually removed by most commercial soap manufacturers and sold as a separate product.
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Happy New Year’s Eve!!

Who is ready for this evening? We are staying in and ringing in the New Year with our kiddo. Will be a fun time.  We have a finger food menu planned and some Champagne Strawberry Jello Bites for just us parents.

All simple and easy recipes. Prepping the Jello right now. Have go let it sit in time for the Ball Drop Tonight 😉

What is on YOUR menu and agenda tonight?





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Handmade vs. Store bought

Many customers have various, interesting, and thoughtful questions when it comes to the benefits of Handmade soap.

“Is it better than store bought soap? and why?”

“Why is handmade soap more expensive?”

and “Why would I buy a $7 bar of soap when I can get one from the store for $2?”

These are great questions!

First off, Handmade Soap is allowed to be called “Soap” because it truly is! Meaning, the word “Soap” is not allowed to be used on any bodily cleansing product UNLESS it was actually handcrafted. Have you notice the so-called ‘soaps’ at stores are not called soap? Rather, they are labeled as “beauty bars” or “Moisturizing bars”. That’s because these imposter soaps are not soaps at all! They are in fact synthetic Detergents stripped of all their lavish oils. Detergents! You might as well be washing yourself with Tide or Gain!

Detergent as body soap? not cool 😦

Second, these imposter soaps (detergents) contain NO glycerin within them. Glycerin is a natural concoction that moisturizes skin. WHY don’t these fake soaps have this important ingredient known as glycerin? Because not only is it an expensive ingredient, the glycerin is stripped from these fake soaps and put into lotion, there by forcing the customer to buy a fake soap that dries out skin only to have to buy a lotion to moisturize it, when in the end, all one has to do is buy a REAL soap that has glycerin still in it. Problem solved!

And third, your skin absorbs a high percentage of what you put on it (60% and up!), so you want to make sure what you put on your skin is healthy and natural! Handmade soaps are made with nourishing oils that moisturize and soothe skin while “imposter soaps” (aka beauty bars) are made with many lab made chemicals. Lots of Handmade soap makers(such as Soaps By Handmade In A Jar) infuse lots of natural skin nourishing remedies to help with the appearance, brightness, and overall wellness of the skin. It’s hard to find (if any) a ‘fake soap’ that can work wonders like that!

Although chemicals in ‘fake soap’ are not harmful to everyone, many don’t know how their skin and body will react to said chemicals until your skin absorbs it. Either the body will filter out these bad chemicals, or cause a bad reaction. Handmade soaps are not toxic and anything absorbed from them is pure skin loving goodness.

Another plus: Handmade soaps are biodegradable! Which is something ‘imposter soap/detergents’ are not, these chemicals are being washed down the drain of showers and who knows where it ends up and what kind of harm it may do.

So, next time you pick up a slice of elegantly crafted, sweet smelling handmade soap, remember all the benefits you can receive by scrubbing your body with something all natural and skin nourishing!

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Homemade Flubber For Kids

Some water, glue, borax, and food coloring is all you need. mix the glue, water, and food coloring in one bowl. in a separate bowl, mix hot water and borax. when you mix the two together, a magical thing happens – it turns into this smooth elastic-y substance that i can’t quite describe. Are you curious to know for yourself what this stuff is like?! Try it yourself – your kids will love it!! Here’s the recipe!

what you need:

3/4 cup cold water

1 cup Elmer’s glue

liquid food coloring

1/2 cup hot water

1 teaspoon borax (you can find this in a box in the laundry aisle)


step 1: in bowl 1 – mix together the cold water, glue, and food coloring. set aside.

step 2: in bowl 2 – mix together the hot water and borax, until the borax is completely dissolved.

step 3: slowly add glue mixture to borax mixture. mix well. pour off excess water.


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Please stop using antibacterial soaps!!

This article is a great I’ve borrowed from a fellow soapmaker. I’ve linked the original post at the bottom of the page. PLEASE, PLEASE STOP USING ANTIBACTERIAL SOAPS!!!

Even though I prefer bar soap to liquid soap every day of the year, I get why a lot of people (especially families with children) like to use liquid soap over bar soap. And I also get why people would be more likely to choose a soap that’s labelled “ANTIBACTERIAL” over one that’s not. We’re all trying to protect ourselves and our families from sicknesses – but sometimes what we think is protecting us, can actually be harming us.

For years, I’ve been hearing about the dangers of ingredients like TRICLOSAN, the most common active ingredient in “antibacterial” liquid soaps (body washes and hand washes). Whenever I visit friends and family (or even neighbors) and use their restroom, I literally cringe when I see such soaps in their bathrooms. It actually crosses my mind that it might be better to skip my hand washing at that very moment and instead quickly search for another sink nearby in the hopes that it might have a non-“antibacterial” soap option. (Perhaps one of the handmade bar soaps that I’ve been giving them for the holidays nearly every year since I started making soap??)

I have brought it up over the years, trying not to sound self-serving or judgy, but I’ve found that people (even my dearest loved ones) tend to believe a “trusted” manufacturer more than a homemade soap maker who they know & love. I guess it seems logical that a plastic bottle filled with a synthetic mixture of soap-like substance with a promise of “antibacterial” slapped on the label is safer and more trustworthy than a bar of soap made (like they did in the ol’ days) in my kitchen.

Well, I’m thrilled to help spread the wonderful news that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has FINALLY decided once and for all that “antibacterial” soaps are not safe or effective and is banning 19 common, yet harmful antimicrobial soap ingredients. One year ago, the U.S. FDA issued a news release and a final rule establishing that “over-the-counter (OTC) consumer antiseptic wash products containing certain active ingredients can no longer be marketed. Companies will no longer be able to market antibacterial washes with these ingredients because manufacturers did not demonstrate that the ingredients are both safe for long-term daily use and more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of certain infections. Some manufacturers have already started removing these ingredients from their products.” This final rule does not affect consumer hand “sanitizers” or wipes, or antibacterial products used in a health care settings.

Manufacturers had a whole year to comply with the new rules by removing the banned antibacterial active ingredients from their products and/or reformulating. But friends & family – there is no reason for you to wait to protect yourselves – please stop buying & using these harmful products now.

In case you don’t know, the FDA is the agency within the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services whose function is “to protect the public health by helping to ensure the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for helping to ensure the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, and products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.”

Now, anyone who has watched any one of the awesome tell-all food documentaries on Netflix knows that the FDA doesn’t always have our best interests as their top priority (and that’s a topic too big for me to tackle here), but this time they finally got it right. Insert golf claps & standing ovation here.

“Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs, but we have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). “In fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long-term.”

“The agency issued a proposed rule in 2013 after some data suggested that long-term exposure to certain active ingredients used in antibacterial products — for example, triclosan (liquid soaps) and triclocarban (bar soaps) — could pose health risks, such as bacterial resistance or hormonal effects. Under the proposed rule, manufacturers were required to provide the agency with additional data on the safety and effectiveness of certain ingredients used in over-the-counter consumer antibacterial washes if they wanted to continue marketing antibacterial products containing those ingredients.”

“Washing with plain soap (aka Handmade Soap) and running water remains one of the most important steps consumers can take to avoid getting sick and to prevent spreading germs to others. If soap and water are not available and a consumer uses hand sanitizer instead, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that it be an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.”

PLEASE share this post with your friends & family. It’s important that we keep each other informed and when we know better, we can do better. Okay… I’m getting off my soap box now.

Please Stop Using “Antibacterial Soaps” (New FDA Ruling)

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Love of handmade soap

I love handmade soap. I often wondered, before I began my soap making journey, why my skin was so dry when I got out of the shower. After all, I had just been in the shower. I talked to several of my friends who had used handmade soap and they raved about it. So, I found a soap maker on etsy and ordered. After the 1st use, I was hooked. I swore I would never use store bought soap again, and thus began my soap journey.

Turns out, our skin needs glycerin to stay soft, moisturized and healthy. That I knew. What I didn’t know is that, commercial ‘soap’ isn’t actually soap, but more a detergent that has the glycerin removed to use in other products. No wonder I felt dried out after using this detergent. I also found out that it is full of surfactants, which can be a skin irritant, and chemical hardeners.

I have also found that the little bumps on the tops of my arms are a reaction to the surfactants in these detergents. Since using my handmade soaps, they have diminished greatly. Most people are sensitive to the detergents and surfactants. Myself and my son are two such people. Yay! (NOT)

So, what does that mean? No chemical or artificial hardliners in our soaps, no surfactants, soap naturally will create bubbles. Glycerin is a byproduct of the soap making process. I don’t know how to remove it, and wouldn’t even if I knew how. Our skin needs it.

So, I no longer HAVE to slather myself with lotion or body butter when I get out of the shower, although sometimes I still do because I live in the South. We get very hot down here 9 months out if the year. Winter months are especially hard on my skin, so I do use it during the drier, cooler months. We get dried out quickly down here when the humidity levels drop drastically.


What was your introduction to handmade soaps? I’d love to know what you think of them compared to commercial soap (detergent).

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The Story Of Lye

At our last market, I was asked numerous times “Do you use lye?” The answer is yes. Soap cannot be made without lye, whether it is handmade or commercially made, it was made using lye. Most of the people I talked to understood the process as I explained it to them, but I had a few that just didn’t “get it”, which prompted me to find a way to spell it out as an explanation  for EVERYONE. I found this article on I’ve linked the original author of the article at the bottom of this page. She wrote it perfectly.


All soap is made with the chemical reaction between a base and alkali. Now, you might say, “I don’t want to wash with anything that has lye in it!” Well, me either. That’s why I don’t. That’s why I would never expect my customers to.

When the soap is cured, the base and alkali turns into a salt leaving no trace of lye (or sodium hydroxide) in the final bar.

When someone says “Here is a recipe for lye-free soap…” the recipe calls for already made soap (such as glycerine soap) which has been made using lye in the first place!

Confused? Here is a fun, informative illustration about how REAL soap is made:



Let’s say you have a great big grassy field. On one side of the field are lurking a bunch of hungry wolves. The middle of the field is filled with soft, fluffy bunnies, and of course, the hungry wolves want to eat them.

So the wolves run into the field and start eating bunnies.

But an interesting thing happens. Every time a wolf eats five bunnies –*Pop!* – he changes into an energetic busy Border Collie and some peaceful, soothing sheep! So, if there had been 500 bunnies in the field to  begin with, and 100 hungry wolves, all the wolves would eat all the bunnies and you’d be left with a field full of busy Border Collies and soothing sheep but no more bunnies or wolves!

This is what happens when you pour the lye solution into the oils – the lye “consumes” the oils and the resulting chemical reaction produces saponified oils (soap) and glycerin. This is the process called “Saponification”.



And what if there had been only 450 bunnies in the field to begin with?
Well, then the 100 hungry wolves would have eaten all the bunnies and most of them would be transformed into useful Border Collies and soothing Sheep. But there would still also be 10 hungry wolves left over with no bunnies left to eat, and you’d probably get bitten. Not good! This is a lye heavy soap! Good to shred and use for laundry as it is very cleansing but not too good on your skin, It leaves it dry and provides no glycerin to naturally moisturize.



This is why it is so important to make sure you have always calculated and measured your recipe carefully. You don’t want to end up with any “leftover lye” when you’re finished!

On the other hand, maybe you really like having a few soft, fluffy
bunnies around. So you make sure that there are five hundred AND FIVE bunnies in the field before you let the 100 hungry wolves in.

NOW after all the wolves have eaten their share of bunnies and been transformed into useful Border Collies and soothing Sheep you will still have five soft, fluffy bunnies left over and NO hungry wolves. This is a balanced soap.

This is “Superfatting”. Superfatting is when you deliberately add more oil to your recipe than the lye can consume. In addition to saponified oils and glycerine, a superfatted soap will also contain some oils which have been left unchanged by the saponification process and still have their original properties.

So having leftover bunnies is a good thing, right? And if 5 leftover bunnies is a good thing, then 10 leftover bunnies would be even better, right? Or 15 leftover bunnies? Or more? The more leftover bunnies the better, right?



Well, maybe, and maybe not. If you have too MANY leftover bunnies, they’ll get in the way of the Border Collies who are trying to do their job and distract them. Or the bunnies might eat all the grass in the field and then the field is no good for sheep or anything else. So while having leftover bunnies is certainly better than having leftover wolves, you still need to know just how many leftover bunnies you can have before you start getting too much of a good thing!

Remember this when you decide to superfat a soap recipe. A superfatted recipe can give you a nice mild soap with the added bonus of insurance against having any leftover lye. But if you have too much “leftover oil”, then your soap won’t be a very useful soap any more!



What it all comes down to is you gotta know your bunnies! And you don’t want to have any wolves lurking around!

So now you know. All soap is made with lye. Good Balanced Soap has No Lye! and that is No Lie!


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Why Should You Buy Handmade?

The question comes up frequently of, “Why should I buy from you, and pay double the price at [insert store name here]?” There are a whole slew of answers to this question, so I have put together a little list of my favorite reason to buy/sell/make handmade.

1. You embrace and encourage creativity – an essential part of human nature.

When you buy handmade, you are buying from a person who is creating in a style they love and are passionate about. It is more unique than those big box stores that are just trying to predict what the hottest new trend is. Makers don’t have the pressure to create designs to be approved by their higher-up; they go with their gut and what they think is beautiful. Without the barricades of expectations, the passion of the maker is visible in every piece that comes from a handcrafter’s studio. There’s no better way to get the creative juices flowing than making something you’re passionate about!. Lastly, but most important: you support a real person, with a real dream!

2. No two items are ever the same.

Large commercial factories strive to create consistent product, but that’s boring! When you buy handmade, no two pieces are ever identical and that only makes them all the better. In our case, every time you buy a bar of soap it is unique from the last, so you and your guests will never tire of seeing or using it. In the case of other types of makers, it only makes the product more valuable knowing that it can never be 100% recreated.

3. The possibilities are endless.

When you buy handmade you are speaking directly with the maker (or if you’re buying from a retail store, it’s often not hard to get the maker’s info!), so the opportunities to customize your order are limitless. Us makers typically have a whole room (or house, or garage, really any space we can use without our spouses complaining constantly about our “junk” all over the place) of materials, ingredients, and components with which we will do our best to accommodate custom requests.

To prove it, if you think two of our soap scents would be great combined (my personal favorite is the Lemongrass and Citrus combination) we will always be happy to make you a custom soap (cure time required)!

4. Commercial production and handcrafted are two completely different realms.

It’s like comparing apples and oranges! As stated above, large companies are concerned with consistency and predictability – which is a nice trait sometimes. But you also sacrifice other aspects when you buy commercial: quality, integrity, and care. Commercial companies are concerned with finding the lowest prices – so they can make the highest profit. When you buy handmade, the maker carefully combs through different suppliers (or sometimes even gathers materials themselves!) never looking for what is cheapest. Although price may play a factor, it’s about quality with handcrafted products. For example, here at Soaps By Handmade In A Jar we only buy the highest quality, food grade oils that we can find from certified suppliers. Sure, it’d be cheaper to go to the grocery store and pluck oils off the shelf, but with all the controversy lately over misleading food labels, it’s well worth the money to order from a reputable supplier.

“Most food fraud cases involve the substitution of a high-value product with a less expensive or lower quality alternative. Such cases include cheaper products mislabeled as extra virgin olive oil…” the list continues, but if you’d like to really become knowledgeable on food fraud I encourage you to skim through this Congressional Research Service article:

5. Customer service like no other!

Without corporate overlords to report to, small business owners are free to treat customers with the kindness and generosity they deserve. Often times, we sacrifice our profit in order to ensure the customer’s satisfaction with their purchase and we’re able to do this because at the end of the day we don’t have anyone to answer to other than ourselves. It’s well worth it in order to create a great experience for our customers!

6. Lastly, but most important: you support a real person, with a real dream!

When you buy handmade, you’re dealing directly with the owner/creator/packer/designer/mom/dad/spouse/sibling, you name it! There is a direct link between the money you spend and the food on the table, the gas in the car, boots on the children’s feet as they splash around in puddles on a rainy morning while waiting for the school bus. Your money doesn’t go to a large corporation where the big boss reaps all the rewards and pays the hard-working employees minimum wage.

As a maker, I can say one thing is for sure: we are grateful for every order that we receive and the ability to do what we love (while supporting our families!) and we owe it all to YOU!