I am now making and selling natural soaps!

natural soaps
Variants of soap from left to right: mangosteen, neem, local cherry leaf powder, cinnamon, activated charcoal, annatto, lemongrass leaf powder, turmeric root powder, cocoa, moringa, organic coffee grinds

The big news is that I am now making soaps and selling them. I now introduce to you Leafy Lather soaps which are all-natural, handmade, unscented soaps that are of 11 variants (as of now that is, as more are coming).

Each bar weighs about 60g+/- 2g and sells for a retail price of PhP 40. My introductory offer is FREE SHIPPING for orders of 10 bars worth PhP 400 — this will give you 10 different variants of soaps that are guaranteed to be free of harmful chemicals. My guess is that a family of 5 will use these soaps up in 3 months’ time. 

My final soap packaging is still in the works though, but I’ve already been selling to close family and friends the past weeks. This early, I am also open to discussing wholesale pricing for those who are interested to be resellers. Please drop me an email at michelle.a.mabalod@gmail.com if you want to be a reseller or if you just want to buy in bulk at discounted prices.

DIY-ing toiletries has always been a hobby of mine, having made my own all-natural deodorant (which I am still using) as well as toothpaste (which needs a lot of improvement yet) and oil pulling chewables — but making soaps is so much more comforting simply because it is used for the whole body which of course covers a large surface area — nearly all of the exterior of our bodies in fact.

 
I’ll spare you the history of how I came about wearing my new hat of a soapmaker, though I might recount that in the next few blog posts. For now, I just thought I’d share with you the content of the leaflet insert that I will be slipping into each soap package that I will be selling. Rest assured that I have immersed myself in the science and math behind natural soapmaking the past few months, and I’ve come up more sure than ever that my soaps are natural and good.
cold-processed soaps


Soap leaflet insert content:

Long ago, in Rome, at the foot of a hill where animal sacrifices were made, a substance was found to have excellent uses for washing off dirt and grease from bodies and laundry. The people then found out that fats from the slain animals trickled down the hill and mixed with wood ash to form that curious material that was so good a material for bathing. Thus came about the discovery of soap. In fact, my family has been using these soaps for a month now, and with good results.


The goodness of natural soaps

Saponification or the process of making soap is thus a natural phenomenon that occurs when fats and oils react with lye, a derivative of wood ash. This process is as natural as photosynthesis or lacto-fermentation. All the ancient soaps were made this way, using natural fats from animals or oils from plants which were then mixed with lye from wood ash.


Natural soap is an efficient cleansing agent as it lathers well, effectively washing out dirt, dust, grime and grease. Saponification also creates soaps which are inherently rich in glycerin which captures moisture from the air and seals it into our skin. What’s more, natural soaps leave behind nourishing substances courtesy of the natural oils and the added herbs they contain.

In short, natural soaps are everything you would want soaps to be — cleansing, moisturizing and nourishing.


The problem with modern soaps

Industrialization however, has messed up this natural saponification process by substituting synthetic or man-made substances in place of the natural ones for the sake of greater profits.

Mineral or white oil is used instead of natural animal fats or plant oils. Mineral oil is a waste product of the petroleum industry. It is a petroleum derivative that has been bleached to make oil. Being a waste product, it is much cheaper than animal fats or plant oils. Mineral oil is harmful, does not contain nutrients and should not even come into contact with human skin.


Synthetic fragrances — also called perfume, parfum or fragrances — are used instead of aromatic plant essential oils. Again, fragrances are much cheaper but are devoid of nutrients. Fragrances are now found to contain phthalates which have been linked with endocrine dysfunction and metabolic problems, including cancer.


Artificial colors or food dyes — the ones which say FD&C #3, 5, etc — are laboratory concoctions once again. Food dyes can be readily found at low prices and are being used widely in our foods, toiletries and even supplements. Artificial food colors are linked with bladder problems.


Synthetic preservatives prolong shelf life of soaps but have negative effects on health. Most soaps contain two or more kinds of parabens and EDTA which are known toxins.


So then the soaps that we often see in our grocery aisles are unnatural. These are what they usually contain:
  • petroleum-derived oils
  • synthetic surfactants
  • artificial fragrances
  • artificial colors
  • chemical hardeners
  • chemical lathering agents such as SLS or sodium lauryl and laureth sulfates
  • synthetic preservatives such as parabens and EDTA
  • triclosan and other antibacterial substances which kill the good bacteria on our skin and can cause cancer

Just think of this:

About 60% of what we apply on our skin gets absorbed by our pores. Remember, the skin is the largest organ of the body and so if you use toxin-laden soaps on a daily basis, you are introducing into your bodies a host of harmful substances that can soon take its toll on your health, causing premature aging, skin allergies and worse, cancer. What’s more, harmful chemicals when washed out into our seas also harm animal life.


We make natural soaps the old way.

We make Leafy Lather soaps using the ancient and natural cold-process saponification method. Natural, food-grade plant oils are mixed with lye to start off the saponification process which yields natural, cleansing, moisturizing and nourishing soaps. Our soaps are unscented as we do not use artificial fragrances. The scents, colors and textures they may have are simply due to the different plant extracts that we add.
For a more elaborate explanation of the ingredients in my soaps, please click Ingredients in Leafy Lather cold-processed soaps.

You will find these soaps amazing. They have a soft luxurious lather and they can clean off grease and grime so well. They are safe and effective cleansers that are moisturizing and nourishing as well — just what nature designed soaps to be.

Here are the steps if you want to buy Leafy Lather soaps:

A. Each 60-gram soap bar sells for PhP40. My introductory offer is FREE SHIPPING NATIONWIDE  if you buy 10 assorted soaps.Choose 10 soaps, any variant, any combination. Send the list to me via michelle.a.mabalod@gmail.com Here are the variants:

1 Turmeric

2 Annatto

3 Moringa

4 Mangosteen

5 Coffee

6 Cherry leaves (bignay)

7 Lemongrass

8 Neem

9 Activated charcoal

10 Cinnamon

11 Papaya leaves

12 Milk

13 Lemon (calamansi)

14 Guava

15 Oats

B. Pay via any of these avenues: bank deposit (BPI or BDO), via money senders such as LBC, Palawan, etc., or via PayPal.

If via bank deposit, deposit to BPI SA#9219-1752-37 (account name: Michelle Asuncion Mabalod).

If you pay via money senders, please contact me via email or via my mobile nos. above so I can give you the address.

If you pay via PayPal, send to michelle.a.mabalod@gmail.com

C. Send me your proof of payment — screenshot of bank deposit or photo of payment slip.

D. Send me your full name, complete mailing address and mobile number so I can ship the soaps ASAP.

References:
naturalnews.com
mercola.com

Watson A. Price Foundation website


(By the way, Google indexes each article that goes live in the web and credits it to the original writer every single time without fail. This simply means that Google catches every single plagiarized item, with or without copyscape. Of course anyone on the web can choose to plagiarize, but behind it all, Google will credit — by way of better page rank or revenue — the source author. At the very same time, Google penalizes the plagiarist. This content, just like the rest of my blog posts, is mine. The general ideas may have been gleaned from many sources, but they are not copied in tutu. I hope that by making this point clear, it would deter those who might want to steal this copy or any other blog post in this site.)

 

11 thoughts on “I am now making and selling natural soaps!

  1. Hi! I'm very interested to try your soaps. It would be nice though if you could mention the benefits of each kind of soap seeing that you have 11 variants. Please do let me know how I can order.

  2. Hi Eeza! Thank you so much for your interest in my soaps. I have yet to make a blog post that will give an overview on the different benefits of each ingredient that my soaps contain. Please stay posted for that. But to give you one-liner summaries of each variant, here they go: turmeric is an antimicrobial, antioxidant and an exfoliator, annatto is an antioxidant and antiseptic, moringa is loaded with nutrients that deeply nourish skin, coffee is a detoxifier which also helps manage excess water retention (eyebags for example), mangosteen is of course the super-antioxidant which is thus an anti-ager, local cherry leaves are rich in phytochemicals similar to grapes, lemongrass is an antimicrobial and detoxifier also, neem is popular in India (along with turmeric) as an all-around cure for most skin problems, cocoa is rich in phytochemicals and if it's not dutch-processed, contains a little cocoa butterfat which is good for the skin, charcoal is a powerful detoxifier, deodorant and skin brightener. I intend to come up with other variants soon such as lemon rind, papaya leaves and guava. You can place your order by commenting here. Just indicate the number and variants of soaps you want. You can pay by depositing to my BPI bank account number. Or better yet, for privacy reasons, email me at michelle.a.mabalod@gmail.com so we can correspond there. Thanks again, Eeza!

  3. I know it’s too early to leave a review, but I want to say I love the cinnamon soap early on. I love the smell! The grains of the cinnamon soap are too abrasive though so I just work up a lather and use on my face. I’m using 3 bars right (moringa, turmeric, and cinnamon) and none of them are drying. I use the cinnamon for my face because I read about how it plumps the skin and effectively smooths fine lines. I use the moringa and turmerica interchangeably for the body. I love it so far.

    1. Hi Eeza. Thank you ever so much for taking the time to give a glowing feedback on the soaps. Yes, my soaps are non-drying because they are cold-processed which means that the chemical reaction between oils and lye produces glycerin which is what captures moisture from the environment and seals it into our skin. You know what, glycerin is being stripped from cold-processed soaps and sold to cosmetic companies at a price. Conscientious soapmakers (like me) do not submit their soaps to such a procedure because we want our soaps to retain the glycerin which is so beneficial for the skin. Also, I superfat my soaps which means I put in more oils than the lye could churn into soap. Bottomline, a little unsaponified oil (oil that has not turned into soap) remains, making the soaps naturally moisturizing.

  4. I’m new to the zero waste movement and your natural soaps catch my attention. I didn’t know that mineral oil is a waste product and I didn’t know also what else there is in our soaps. Thank you for shedding some light on this matter and I’m pretty sure that not only I but all my colleagues will be interested in your product once I show it. Keep up the good work!

    1. Thanks for dropping by, Ruby! Yes, it’s eerie what harmful chemicals are lurking in most of the body products we use. By the way, good site you have there. Mineral oil, white oil, petroleum jelly, paraffin — these are all petroleum waste products that should be used as machine lubricants and not skin oils or toiletry ingredients.

  5. Hello! I’m interested to try your natural soaps. I’m looking at trying your package of 10 at P400 and see later which one will be my favorite (the rest I can probably give away for Christmas and order some more!) Meantime, kindly let me know how to proceed with the order – how/where to pay, delivery terms, etc.

    My shipping details are as follows:
    LUDEE T KUDERA
    8995-D Aranga Street, San Antonio Village, Makati City

    Thanks & looking forward to your reply!

    Ludee

    1. Hi Ludee. Thank you so much for your interest in my soaps and for dropping by my blog. I have just updated this blog post to include the steps for payment. Please scroll up to the blog post for reference. But for your convenience, I am copying and pasting it here:
      1. Contact me via email — michelle.a.mabalod@gmail.com, or via my mobile nos. 0906-497-3281, or 0925-8749-769
      2. Pay via any of these avenues: bank deposit or via money senders such as Palawan express, Lhuillier, RD, etc.
      If via bank deposit, deposit to BPI account number 1094-5151-1190 (account name Michelle Asuncion Mabalod).
      3. Send me your proof of payment — screenshot of bank deposit if you’re doing online banking or an attached photo if you’re paying via money senders.
      4. Send me your full name, mobile number and complete mailing address so I can ship the soap package right away.

      Thanks again and looking forward to hearing from you!

  6. Hi Ludee. Thank you so much for your interest in my soaps and for dropping by my blog. I have just updated this blog post to include the steps for payment. Please scroll up to the blog post for reference. But for your convenience, I am copying and pasting it here:
    1. Contact me via email — michelle.a.mabalod@gmail.com, or via my mobile nos. 0906-497-3281, or 0925-8749-769
    2. Pay via any of these avenues: bank deposit or via money senders such as Palawan express, Lhuillier, RD, etc.
    If via bank deposit, deposit to BPI account number 1094-5151-1190 (account name Michelle Asuncion Mabalod).
    3. Send me your proof of payment — screenshot of bank deposit if you’re doing online banking or an attached photo if you’re paying via money senders.
    4. Send me your full name, mobile number and complete mailing address so I can ship the soap package right away.

    Thanks again and looking forward to hearing from you!

  7. Hi ma’am. This is just a suggestion. Can you make a description of what are the best uses of each soap variants and what are the effects on the skin? So that buyers can easily know what soap they can use for their skin condition. 🙂 Thank you. 🙂

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