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August 28, 2020
It has been many years since I started making soap, but I still remember the first time I tried it. It blew me away. It was made with super simple ingredients - olive oil, coconut oil, lye (needed to make any soap) and lavender essential oil. That was it. But the result was a whole new level of gentleness and moisturising sudsyness.
Bar soap is having a bit of a revival after years of liquid soap ruling the roost. So what makes artisan soap so special? Here are 3 of my reasons;
1. The difference between handmade vs commercial bar soap2. The more environmentally friendly alternative3. The gentler option
I must first stress that all soap bars are not created equally. If you were to try a commercial bar of soap and then try an artisan bar, you will probably notice a massive difference.
Consumers have become much more aware of the environmental impact of their purchases, and the use of plastic is being seriously challenged.
There has consequently been a switch away from plastic pumps that dispense liquid soap and a move towards the humble bar, often wrapped in recycled and recyclable card (as Mallow + White soaps are)
This is where the quality of the ingredients come into play. In my experience of almost 15 years of soapmaking, might I suggest that handmade soaps almost always use ingredients you can recognise and hopefully trust.
If I show you the ingredients of a commercial bar marketed for sensitive skin and then compare the ingredients for our simple soap, you might see what I mean.
"XXXXX" commercial brand;Ingredients: Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Tallowate, Sodium Palmate, Lauric Acid, Sodium Isethionate, Water, Sodium Stearate, cocamidopropyl betaine, Sodium Cocoate or Sodium Palm Kernelate, Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium Edta, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Maltol, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891)
Mallow + White simple unscented soap;Ingredients: Saponified oils of olive, coconut, palm, castor, shea butter, (and byproduct glycerin).
If you haven't tried an artisan bar of soap before, may I encourage you to try. You won't look back.
Find out more at www.MallowandWhite.co.uk
April 11, 2022
Despite our best efforts, stress is often a normal part of our everyday life. While it is something that most of us have simply learned to tolerate, it's impact on our physical and mental wellbeing is often far greater than we realise.
This guide offers 10 Tips to help move you from stress to de-stress and maintain a healthier, more balanced life that is better for you and those around you.
February 21, 2022
So many of us have been brought up to believe that we need to take care of everyone else first and foremost and that our own needs come last. This is seen as a virtue and praised as being 'kind', 'right' and 'self-less'.
However, as we have seen many times over, ignoring or putting our needs last on our list inevitably leads to burnout, ill health and often a lot of resentment.
January 21, 2022
Self-care is any activity that we intentionally do in order to take care of ourselves! Simple as the really. Our health and wellbeing is made up of our mental, physical, emotional and even spiritual needs.