All Natural, Nearly Natural and Goats Milk Soaps. An Explanation of terms from Shiloh Soaps.
Why do we call some soaps all natural? Why not Organic? What's the difference between all natural and nearly natural? These are great questions!
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All natural soaps are just that - all natural. That means they contain no "artificial" or man made ingredients. The only things we put in our all natural soaps come from the earth itself. The oils used in making the soap are naturally pressed to extract the oil. The colors obtained in the soap come from naturally derived products, sometimes clays, sometimes natural herbs and roots. And finally the fragrances. These are what are called essential oils. Essential oils are prepared from herbs and flowers either by steam distillation or by cold pressing (squeezing) oil. Essential oils are all natural and are thought to have both mental and physical therapeutic effects. We do not label these soaps as "organic" because that word has a strict and legal definition. To be called organic means that the products put into the the soap must not only be certified organic but the final product itself must be tested and certified as organic. This is a costly and time consuming process so beware of companies labeling their products as organic! At Shiloh Soaps, we will be completely honest and forthright about what are products are!
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Goats Milk Soap. This is the product that started it all at Shiloh Soaps. Why would a person want to use soap made from goats milk? Soap with goats milk as its base can truly benefit you skins health. Goat milk soap is wonderful for people with dry or sensitive skin, or conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. It is also perfect for healthy skin that wants to stay that way! Unprocessed, fresh goats milk from our farm contains many benefits. Alpha-hydroxy acids such as lactic acid help remove dead skin cells from your skin's surface. this leaves new cells on the surface of your skin that are smoother and younger looking. The alpha-hydroxy acids are so effective because they break down the bonds that holds the dead skin cells together. Removing dead skin cells will help many skin conditions by removing irritation. Water based soaps commercial soaps use harsh, synthetic chemicals to accomplish this, frequently with skin-damaging results.
Goats milk also contains many vitamins, but is particularly high in Vitamin A which is necessary to repair damaged skin tissue and maintain healthy skin. there have been several studies showing that creams and soaps made with Vitamin A reduce lines and wrinkles, control acne and provide some relief from psoriasis. Water-based commercial soaps can be artifically fortified with vitamins, but most aren't and the glycerin extracted from cemmercial soaps leaves the skin vulnerable no matter what additives are put back in. The cream that is present in goats milk helps boost the moisturizing quality of goats milk soaps. Since most people suffer from dry skin, particularly in the winter months, this is an important quality for soaps. Goat milk soap will not dry your skin like so many other and nearly ALL commercial soaps!
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Nearly natural soaps are made with many of the same ingredients as our all natural soaps. The same oils and sometimes even the same essential oils. The differences are that nearly natural soaps may contain fragrance oils instead of essential oils. What are fragrance oils? A fragrance oil is a mix of various chemical components, some natural (from plants or even animals), and some synthetic. They are carefully formulated and/or blended to the exact specifications of a perfumer whose goal is to design a scent. Fragrance oils, and especially the constituents that make up fragrance oils, are guided by the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials (RIFM) which generates, evaluates and distributes scientific data on the safety assessment of fragrance raw materials found in perfumes, cosmetics, shampoos, creams, detergents, air fresheners, candles and other personal and household products. Perfumers and fragrance oil blenders are also guided by IFRA, the International Fragrance Association, which is the official representative body of the fragrance industry worldwide. Its main purpose is to ensure the safety of fragrance materials through a dedicated science program. They focus on fragrance safety both as it relates to the consumer and to the environment. At Shiloh Soaps, we only use fragrance oils that have been rigorously tested and found to be completely safe! No worries here!