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Hawkestone Soap Co.

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I love making soap. Not only is it enjoyable to do but I love the finished product. Often I have found commercial brands of soap drying to the skin. It wasn't until I learned about the soap making process that I discovered why that was.

During the process of saponification (mixing sodium hydroxide with oils to create salt aka. soap) the natural by-product of the chemical reaction is glycerin. Glycerin is the ingredient that attracts moisture and helps keep your skin feeling silky smooth. In order for the soap companies to make those gorgeous, hard shiny bars of soap, they have to remove the naturally occurring glycerin so that it won't stick to the rollers that roll out the soap flakes. They then sell off the glycerin to cosmetic companies. You end up with a bar of soap that is lovely and

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