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The basic structure of all soaps stay relatively the same despite the differing ingredients. This consists of a hydrophobic hydrocarbon tail (detracts water) and a hydrophilic anionic head (attracts water). 

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The type of fat or oil can result in a different length of the hydrocarbon but all in all the hydrophobic tail remains long. The carboxylate head is usually balanced by either using potassium + or sodium + . When making soap, triglycerides in fats and oils are heated with a strong alkali base like that of sodium hydroxide (lye). This produces three molecules of soap for every molecule of glycerol. 

This process is called saponification (illustrated below)

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Soaps are surface active substances also referred to as surfactants. This means they make water clean surfaces better. Water has very high surface tension, which means when you pour water on a table, it sticks together. Surfactants make it easier for water molecules to wet surfaces and increase the ability of dissolving dirt, and oil stains. 

The general rule for how soap works is ‘like dissolves like’. The nonpolar hydrophobic tails of soap attract the grease and oils that help dirt and stains adhere to surfaces. The hydrophilic heads remain surrounded by the water molecules which they are attracted to. As more soap molecules embed into a stain they surround and isolate little particles of the stain called micelles. The micelle has tails of soap molecules facing toward the grease with the head facing outward into water, which results in an emulsion of soap mixed with grease in water. Soap molecules partially dissolve the stain to form the emulsion that is kept in the water until the soap is rinsed with more water. 

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Soaps don’t clean everything perfectly, like with water containing calcium or magnesium ions. Calcium and magnesium salts are insoluble which causes soaps to dirty surfaces because the soap binds to the calcium or magnesium. 

Soaps have since been replaced by synthetic detergents that have sulfonate instead of carboxylate head because sulfonates don’t precipitate with calcium or magnesium ions and have better solubility with water. But this doesn’t mean that synthetic detergents are necessarily better for the skin. Detergents are made for cleaning surfaces, clothes, dishes and other things that aren’t related to the skin. 

 

Bibliography

Brady, James E.; Russell, Joel W.; and Holum, John R. (2000). Chemistry: Matter and Its Changes, 3rd edition. New York: Wiley.

 

Dear Dads,

We appreciate all that you do, even though we might not show it all the time. It can be hard to feel appreciated when Mother’s Day gets most of the hype. That’s why Savage Soaps wants to celebrate all the special Dads out there, with our Father’s Day Gift Boxes. Our customizable gift boxes give you the freedom to choose and combine any of our Savage products.

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One of our most popular gifts for ‘him’ are our all-natural ‘Beard Oils’ made with a blend of rice bran and olive oil. It does more than nourish hair, rice bran oil is high in Vitamin E which helps restore, repair, and hydrate skin tissue. A solution for scratchy and unruly beards everywhere.

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Treat the Don with our ‘Goodfellas’ beard oil and unleash his savage masculinity. Remind him of his inner cowboy with ‘Kentucky Bourbon’, rugged and warm with notes of leather. Let him explore the Siberian tundra with ‘Hunt’, infused with woodsy cedar and invigorating Siberian Fir. Perhaps, the smooth, rich tone of ‘Spiced Sandalwood’ is more up his alley.

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But if Dad doesn’t have a beard, he doesn’t have to miss out on the fun. We offer an array of beer and spirit infused bars such as ‘Beersud’, ‘O Honey Stout Sud’ and ‘Joust’. And for the guy who likes a bit of subtle fresh masculinity to linger on his skin, we’ve got ‘Goodfellas’, ‘Dude’, ‘Destiny’, and ‘Hunt’ in our natural handmade bar soaps.

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The lack of self-care products for men can make them feel neglected. So make his Father’s Day special with one of our customizable gift boxes, because Dads deserve to be pampered too. Shop Savage Soaps now and get FREE SHIPPING for orders $50+. Get wet with Savage!

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ARE THERE GERMS ON BAR SOAPS?

Of course there are some germs on a bar of soap, there’s germs on all sorts of things in our environment (even your liquid soap bottles), but there are even more germs living on your skin, ‘naturally’. 

DOES THAT MEAN BAR SOAP IS UNSANITARY?

NOT AT ALL. Doctors even recommend bar soap and water to disinfect the hands and body from all sorts of viruses and bacteria, (even COVID-19). Savage Soaps are great for handwashing and keep your hands from drying out because they’re loaded with moisture-rich natural oils.  

The majority of germs that accumulate on your bar soap are from your own skin. As soap is met with the skin and water, either the high acidity, or the neutralizing elements remove dirt from your skin. It’s proven that bar soap is healthy and is not prone to cause illness. 

Bacteria? Ewww! 

Less than 1% of bacteria in the world actually makes people sick. Half of the cells of the human body are bacteria. The bottom line is that it’s not bad for your bar of soap to hold some of the microorganisms of the skin. It’s actually beneficial and boosts the immune system.

Soaps that claim to be antibacterial have been proven by the CDC to render no health benefits and are also dangerous to the environment. Natural Savage Soaps, handmade with superior oils, are really effective in getting rid of the bad germs while keeping the good germs.

How do I avoid bacteria using bar soap?

When plain soap and water come together, compounds in the soap called surfactants create an open carbon molecule that connects with bacteria and dirt. When you wash with a bar of soap, the soap and bacteria wash right down the drain. 

If you want to ensure you’re staying as germ-free as possible you can follow these simple steps:

  1. Use soap and water directly on the skin. (Avoid washing with loofahs and washcloths.)
  2. Wash your bar soap off for 15 seconds with water to wash away dirt and microorganisms. 
  3. Keep your bar soap dry between uses by using a soap dish

But, I like my loofah!

If you happen to use loofahs and/or washcloths, doctors recommend cleaning and replacing them daily. Washcloths stay wet for longer periods than bar soap, therefore they can accumulate higher amounts of bacteria.

Having trouble knowing what Bar Soap most benefits you? Check out HOW TO CHOOSE

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“Doctors: Bar Soap Fights off COVID-19 Better than Liquid Soap, Hand Sanitizer.” 

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‘SAVAGE TIMES CALL FOR SAVAGE MEASURES’

They’ve finally graduated! A milestone that most parents have had in mind since little Jimmy was running around in his diapers. Unfortunately, it seems that the excitement of this occasion has been dampened by the current pandemic crisis. The adult world is an uncertain place and, for many graduates, this period has become even more uncertain. Now big Jimmy is back at home and that ‘philosophy’ degree isn’t helping as much as he thought it would. It’s always great to have Jimmy back home! However, it’s not too long before the water bills begin increasing and the pantry snacks begin decreasing. 

Which begs the question that has plagued millions of parents over centuries:

“How can mom and dad help?”

We don’t want to keep raising big Jimmy, like we used to (that’s why we sent him to college in the first place!). We want to see Jimmy successful, more importantly we don’t want to see that ‘philosophy’ major go to waste. That is why we want to do whatever is possible to help Jimmy land that job and conquer the adult world. Nothing says, “It’s time to get your life together” like a superior handcrafted bar of Savage Soaps. 

With job interviews around the corner, it’s time for Jimmy to get spiffy and make a lasting impression. Savage Soaps offers gift boxes that include a wide variety of soaps, body butters, shower gels and more. Each gift box can be customized with any ‘Savage’ product to create a unique experience for any individual.

Skip past the “What’s your plan?” question, and give a gift that will help them become the best versions of themselves.

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Savage times call for savage measures! Give big Jimmy that boost of confidence so that he can go out into the big world and hopefully off your couch!

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Super Power Spray™ is powered by organic essential oils that help to kill viruses and bacteria. May also be used as a hand sanitizer! Get yours now and protect yourself and your family!

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If you’ve got finicky people to buy gifts for this season, try giving them a Savage Soaps Gift Certificate! Then they can shop on our website and pick out whatever they like!!

It’s easy… Log onto SavageSoaps.com, click the upper right menu: GIFT CERTIFICATES, and personalize! You can email it right to your recipient. OR, if you want to give it directly to the recipient, just simply email it to yourself and print it out.

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Savage Soaps Kentucky Bourbon Beard Oil was named as one of “7 Cool Beauty Products Made in DC,” published in Washingtonian‘s December 2019 issue.
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Weddings are in abundance now and it’s pretty neat to get something cool as a Wedding Favor. One of our customers decided to made her own Wedding Shower Gifts using Savage Soaps! We provided the soaps (assorted scents) cut to her specifications, and then she purchased the bags, and decorative inserts. She did her creative magic and Voila! A decadent soap gift that anyone would love.

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