- Jan 12, 2014
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Actually, TEG (and all the others), are correct. Soap cannot moisturize as it is against the nature of the product - soap cleans. Some soaps clean extremely well, thus stripping the skin of its oils and making us feel dry. Other soaps don't clean as well and leave some oils to remain on the skin.Certainly hardness is not the only criterion for my soap. I judge it on moisturizing ability (and yes, soap does moisturize and it is important that it does otherwise we wouldnt superfat), lather, and how long it lasts in the shower.
Superfat has nothing to do with this in its purpose, as superfatting is there to ensure that the soap is safe to use and has no lye excess. Plus, it's a lot easier and makes a much better soap than the old salting out method.
I think you are describing yourself very well here, as most of the members who are responding to you have at least double your experience in soapmaking. You are being very stubborn in your point of view and unwilling to see it from the other side of the fence..I find it slightly amusing that you are so firmly rooted in your opinions that you cannot handle someone else's opinion.
As the minions say whaaaaaa?? I didn't know the ancient Mayan had Walmart stores! Just learned something newI think it all boils down to our worldview. See, I don't believe in the hunter-gatherer theory.... So the point you made about the hunter-gatherers is meaningless to me because I don't hold to that theory.
Oh yes, you certainly could get lard soap at the store, but then it is not a handcrafted soap and likely isn't soap at all. We could all just go buy soap at the store and not make it anymore and most of us would save a bit of money. But we all got into this hobby because we wanted something better for our skin than the crap at the supermarket. The lard soaps at the store cannot hold a candle to a quality handmade lard soap - and this is coming from a veggie soaper!If I wanted lard soap, I could get some at the store. Unfortunately soaping has gotten me into the habit of reading soap labels. But high-quality vegetable soap? uh-huh. Maybe you just don't know how to made vegetable soap correctly. It's pretty awesome stuff.
I personally don't care for lard soaps, but I at least tried it before I ruled it out of my recipe. I would highly suggest you do as well because lard is much, much closer to the makeup of human skin than any vegetable oil will ever be.