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Why use The Expedition Soap Companies all natural & vegan soap?
– Because You Will Notice the Difference!
Our soaps are free from petroleum-based chemicals. In fact, there are no harsh chemicals, no surfactants, and no preservatives. Our soaps are completely biodegradable and the ingredients are found in nature (Even our lye is from slaked lime, which is formed when calcium oxide is mixed with water. Calcium oxide comes from limestone or seashells). We offer soaps for all skin types, and they’re handcrafted gently with a blended base of 5 oils – coconut, olive, corn, soybean, and sunflower oils, along with organic shea butter, water, fragrances, and/or essential oils. Some have further natural additives, such as activated charcoal, pine tar, silica sand, clay, ground mint leaves, oatmeal, tea tree oil, rose petals, sea salt, dead sea salt… just to name a few. Our soaps are carefully pH balanced so they won’t dry your skin. Our soaps are safe for your entire family and the environment.
Try our soaps and you may find that you love our soaps just as much as we love providing you with the best true soap there is. We took our Expedition to bring you these luxurious soaps, now you need to join us in our mission of inspiring clean bodies with non-toxic soaps.
Our soaps have: NO Preservatives, NO Animal Products (except for our popular Goat's Milk bars & Greek Yogurt bars), NO Petroleum Products, NO Parabens, NO Lauryl Sulfates!
Our body butter have: NO Formaldehyde, NO Parabens, NO Animal Products, NO Petroleum Products, NO Lauryl Sulfates
Our bath bombs have: NO Preservatives, NO Animal Products, NO Petroleum Products, NO Parabens, NO Lauryl Sulfates, NO Formaldehyde!
Here is a fabulous article for you need to read:
Why You Should Pamper Yourself with Artisan Soap
Ditch harsh cleansers and discover the health benefits of ARTISAN SOAPS
For most people, "soap" is a 4 letter word meaning a cleanser that leaves your skin feeling dry and tight. The soap of our ancestors was used to clean far more than the skin: pots, pans, hides, plus clothes laden with grime and grease. The soap was strong — and needed to be. If your skin did not feel drawn after a washing, the soap had not done its job removing oil and dirt. That feeling was ingeniously marketed as “squeaky clean."
The history of soap
Historically speaking, moisturizing and conditioning products for the skin were not part of the psyche. Daily survival was the focus, and the soap had one definitive purpose only: to clean.
In 1916, a young German scientist named Fritz Gunther developed the first detergent. The shortage of fats during World War 1 motivated him to find an alternative material that could be used as a cleanser instead of fat and lye-based soaps. Fat shortages continued during World War II, which further supported detergent development.
The marketing and use of detergents soared. They were inexpensive to produce and found their way into every industry, including skin care. Early detergents could not be broken down by bacteria and created foams in rivers and streams. The addition of phosphates solved this problem while simultaneously improving the cleansing power. The dark side arose when it was discovered that phosphates over-fertilized plants — namely algae, which polluted rivers and streams, consuming oxygen and decimating fish populations.
Detergents continued their evolution and are now found in the majority of commercial brands of body washes, hand soap and beauty bars marketed today.
The problem with harsh skin cleansers
Today, we know more about our own skin, its purpose, and its needs. Medical science allows us to understand the structure of the skin. It is multi-purpose, and we now know what it needs to function properly.
Our skin is made of epithelial tissue which protects us from the harmful rays of the sun and certain chemicals. Epithelial tissue protects underlying tissues, acts as a cushion, absorbs nutrients and excretes waste, such as sweat. The top epidermis layer is comprised of epithelial tissue.
Dermatology research has shown that the drying effect of commercial detergent based soap actually damages the stratum corneum layer in the first level of the skin. Detergents remove all the natural lipids in this layer, including the glycerin and all nourishing triglycerides. The stratum corneum is meant to be your shield against the environment, defending you daily from microbes, viruses, and bacteria. It is your first layer of defense against injury and illness. This layer also stretches, expands, bends and flexes in a myriad of ways.
We actually strip the skin of moisturizing nutrients by using products containing copious amounts of detergents, salts, artificial surfactants and degreasers. The skin begins to thin and weaken. It may crack or split, opening the door to inflammation, which then allows recurrent skin conditions to develop. With that, dryness, itching, flaking and peeling find a new home.
Finding soap that works with your skin's needs
Properly made, handcrafted artisan bars of soap offer consumers a healthier option for bathing and overall skin care. Premium natural soaps are made from a variety of highly nutritious oils (olive, almond, castor) and butter (shea, cocoa, mango), botanicals (blueberries, pumpkin, teas) and skin-loving ingredients like undiluted honey and naturally-occurring glycerin.
Cold process soap making preserves the vitamins, minerals, lipoproteins, and enzymes from the soap's premium ingredients. Soap is cured, like cheese, allowing the water to evaporate naturally.
Some handcrafted soap is produced by the hot-process method, which uses many of the same premium ingredients. This soap is cooked, and the applied heat assists a rapid cure time of a couple of days, so the soap is ready for market. Heat has been proven to destroy nutrients, so I believe in the superiority of cold-process soap in terms of skin loving benefits.
Your skin is worth a premium, handcrafted bar that protects your barrier layer of the epidermis. Make the move away from detergent-based, commercial soap and actually start feeding your skin. Isn't your skin worth a few extra dollars each month?