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I'll huff, and I'll puff... August 20 2014, 0 Comments

FACT FILES ON HANDMADE PURE, ORGANIC SOAP

My memory wandered further writing the blog this week about ‘safety practices in soap making’. The explanation of how caustic soda is produced, with the comparison to a salt water chlorinator, took me on a journey through past experience…and how I learnt about the process.


Is it safe? August 20 2014, 0 Comments

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Quite a few customers at the markets on the weekend, quizzed me over soap making methods and safety issues...highly unusual. The odd person occasionally asks some questions- a few...tweaked my curiosity.


Soap...it's all in the making! August 13 2014, 0 Comments

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How is soap made? Often when I’m stirring a batch of soap, I hear the words silently running through my head…”Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble.” (from Macbeth, William Shakespeare)…some words stick with you for life!


Soap...a history! August 06 2014, 0 Comments

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How was soap discovered? There are many explanations offered, but at best, they are just based on conjecture. Soap has been evidenced through history from as far back as 2800BC. As to how it came about was probably through an act of chance.


The problem with men... July 23 2014, 0 Comments

FACT FILES ON HANDMADE, PURE ORGANIC SOAP

Blokes love our organic soap! It never ceases to astound us that men are the biggest users of our organic soap range. It certainly wasn’t something that we were expecting…not by any stretch of our imagination- but there it is!


Fee, fi, fo, fum... July 16 2014, 0 Comments

FACT FILES ON HANDMADE, PURE ORGANIC SOAP

Why don’t we add fragrance to our soaps? As ilo ORGANICS is producing soaps to cater for sensitive skins, we consciously chose to omit fragrance compounds from our products. Most fragrance compounds, whether synthetically or naturally derived, are known skin irritants or allergens- yet they are used profusely in commercial products. It’s become our accepted expectation that our olfactory senses will be stimulated by every personal care product we buy. How did that happen? When and why did manufacturers begin to saturate our senses with an overload of fragrance?


Where's my suit of armour? July 09 2014, 0 Comments

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Were you thinking that your skin is an impermeable protective shield against the world? It's not- it's a semi-permeable membrane that acts as a natural barrier against infection entering the body. The skin is essentially water resistant, so that nutrients aren't washed out of the body- but the skin does absorb many substances that are applied to it. The applied substances can have just as much impact on your health as the foods you eat.


Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious... July 02 2014, 0 Comments

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...a word used to represent the longest word in English- a nonsense word used by children. Don't you ever wonder who comes up with the names of various chemicals? We can scrutinise product labels, but remain mystified as to what the ingredients might actually be...but conclude that they've got to be okay, or they wouldn't be allowed to be included in a consumable product. Some of the most circumspect chemicals are used as preservatives in personal care products


Chemical...what chemical? June 27 2014, 0 Comments

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Did you see the program on 'A Current Affair' last night (26.06.14)- "The skincare ingrediant (sic) that could harm you" ? It was referring to a sunscreen that had caused a skin reaction to a woman...an instant burning sensation on application. The ingredient suspected of causing the reaction was Methylisothiazolinone- which a suspected 16% of the population now has an allergic response to.


SOAP MAKING METHODS June 25 2014, 0 Comments

FACT FILES ON HANDMADE, PURE ORGANIC SOAP

ilo ORGANICS soaps are handcrafted using the cold process method of soap manufacture. This method ensures that the natural nutrient qualities of the selected organic plant oils used remain intact- as the ingredients are mixed by hand without the use of heat.

We have provided a brief description of the various methods used to make soap for your scrutiny. We believe that informed people make informed decisions.