Banana Bread Buffalo Milk Soap - *NEW* (Don't worry -- it's gluten free!)
Organic bananas, buffalo milk, and sudsy tucuma butter make for a luscious, silky shower time treat! Available in Unscented (smells faintly of banana bread) and Scented with litsea essential oil (think lemongrass). This bar also works well as a body shaving soap by providing enough slip for a razor while helping to prevent razor burn. We are also delighted to find that it also makes a moisturizing shampoo bar - ideal for dry or thick hair.
We make it so pure and basic -- free of artificial ingredients, harsh surfactants, dyes, and detergents. Your great grandmother would approve!
Our soap bars last longest when kept on a soap saver.
Natural Ingredients for Skincare
Litsea Essential Oil in the Scented Version
About Soap Making
Curious about the chemistry behind soap making? "Saponification" refers to the chemical reaction between fat and lye that results in the formation of glycerin and soap. Saponification occurs when, first, three molecules of sodium hydroxide (NaOH) are dissolved in water (H2O) and are split apart, which results in three sodium ions (Na) and three hydroxyl groups (OH). Second, a triglyceride (fat) molecule (C3H5(COOR)3) is split apart through hydrolysis, which results in a free glycerol (C3H5) and three fatty acid tails (COOR). Third, the hydroxyl groups all bond to the free glycerol to form a molecule of glycerin. Fourth, the three fatty acids each bond with one of the three sodium ions to form three molecules of soap (3NaCOOR). When the ingredients have completed the saponification process, one molecule of glycerin will be present for each three molecules of soap; no molecules of lye (sodium hydroxide) remain in the soap—they have all been split apart and used to form the soap molecules and glycerin.
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