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Palm oil is one of the most widely used ingredients in the world. According to the World Wildlife Fund over half of all packaged goods contain palm oil.

It can be found everywhere from lipstick, ice cream, chocolates and soaps. It’s neutral in taste, has a high smoke point and it’s inexpensive, which is the reason why palm oil is heavily used.

So, let us tell you why we don’t use it.

Large areas of tropical forest have been cut and burned to make way for palm oil plantations. This has resulted in the devastating loss of habitat for millions of animal and plant species.

The most affected being the orangutan. The great ape is highly intelligent and one of our closest living relatives. The word ‘orangutan’ is derived from Indonesian and Malay words meaning ‘Person of the forest’. They are essential to tropical ecosystems. Orangutans eat and disperse plant seeds throughout the forest, acting like ‘Gardeners of the Jungle’.  Over the last 25 years palm oil plantations have destroyed over 80% of the orangutan habitat, resulting in the death of 50% of the orangutan population. Researchers have warned that if these trends continue we might see the extinction of the orangutan within the next two decades. Not only are orangutans suffering but humans as well. Amnesty International investigated palm oil plantations in Indonesia and found workers that were being paid approximately $2.50 a day. It was also discovered that children were forced to work on these plantations and were exposed to harmful chemicals including the herbicide paraquat. The EPA ranked paraquat as a ‘Category I’ chemical, indicating the highest level of toxicity.

It is clear that these methods of agriculture and production are not sustainable. That is why at Savage Soaps we don’t use palm oil. Each bar is made with a blend of sustainably sourced olive and coconut oil. Instead of settling for cheaper oils we have invested in ingredients that are great for you and for the environment. Just like the Orangutans’ we are ‘people of the forest’, focused on working with nature, not against it. Now that’s Savage!

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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.

 

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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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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, whose headquarters are located in Frederick, MD, launched a direct to consumer ad campaign today highlighting ‘Goodfellas’, one of their more popular handcrafted soaps for men. The commercial was produced and filmed in Burbank, CA by Grant Morningstar. The campaign will focus on different Savage Soaps products and those upcoming commercials are already in the works and due out later in 2019.

Savage Soaps handcrafts over 50 natural olive oil soaps. The soaps are made in small quality controlled batches with superior oils and essentials. They are palm oil free, color free, and vegan. The packaging is also eco-friendly and compostable.

“A large percentage of our clientele have skin issues, such as dry itchy skin, red bumps, acne, psoriasis, and eczema. Our soaps have been shown to help them overcome these issues. Grant and I are proud to be helping people around the world who suffer from all sorts of skin related problems,” stated Misti Morningstar, owner/founder.

 

 

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See the latest review of Power Shield™, by Linda Norris-Waldt on GREEN FREDERICK Organization’s blog.

https://greenfrederick.org/natural-and-local-source-of-mosquito-repellent/

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As Seen on ABC Steve Harvey’s Funderdome!

4th of JULY SALE 20% OFF – Tues.-Thurs.

Celebrate YOUR Independence with your favorite Savage Soaps! Exploding with beneficial natural goodness for your entire body!  Look up our site  or visit our store to see the full range of products we have for you. Gourmet Salt Scrubs to exfoliate or soak in. Natural handcrafted soaps such as, Shirley’s Spearmint, Power Shield, Vajingo, Beach Bum, Heavenly Gardenia, and Jazzmine! Bath Bombs for fun fizzy soaks! And Massage Oils to complement your sparkling festivities. 

We’ve got everything for you to create your perfect in-home
Summer 4th of July Spa experience!
All Savage Soaps products are infused with LOVE • PEACE • LIGHT 

Use promo code: Savage4th at checkout.
Tues., July 3 – Thurs. July 5, 2018 – ONLY!
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        We appreciate you & Happy 4th of July,
        Misti & Grant Morningstar, and the Savage Soaps crew!

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