Steps to Reduce Your Exposure
Research the safety and become aware of health risks from ingredients in the products you use. Our first rule of thumb is: "if there are no ingredients listed, don't use it."
You should be able to pronounce the ingredients and the list should not be too long. Ingredients that are all capitalized are usually short for chemicals. Almost all household toxins and chemicals included in personal care products are derived from petroleum.
The second rule of thumb to keep in mind is "if you don't know what the ingredients are don't use it."
The toxic chemicals in personal care products and health risks associated with those chemicals is huge. You may decide to simple write down the list of ingredients in the products you use and compare that list to the chemicals list on the What's in the Soap we use page. View the List
Choose Safer Alternatives
When choosing to switch from commercially produced personal care products to handmade products one still needs to know what is in the handmade products and how they are produced (all handmade products are not made the same). Many handmade soaps and supposed organic products may still have preservatives and chemical thickners. A good habit is to always check the ingredient list.
When deciding to make switch to handmade soap, factors you may want to consider might include: if you can make your own liquid soap and body wash from the bar soap; if you can review additional information about the ingredients plus if the manufacture provides the method that the soap was made. Learn about Fornya Natural Moistruizing Premium Handmade Soap
Note: Under the Cosmetic Regulations all cosmetics (including personal care products) must be notified to the Cosmetics Program of Health Canda within the first 10 days a cosmetic is available for sale. The Cosmetics Notification Form provides specific information to Health Canada including; the addresss and contact information of the manufacturer, distributor and associated companies, the purpose of the product, the form of the product, the ingredients and the concentration of the ingredients. The law states a list of ingredients is mandatory on the product label and must be listed based upon the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) dictionary. Ingredients must be listed in Latin on the label.
Fornya Canada has completed the Health Canada Cosmetics Program Cosmetic Notification for products for personal care which includes bar soap. The ingredients labelled on Fonya Products are listed first in Latin followed with English.
Fornya Premium Handmade Soap ingredients are Premium Olive Oil (Spain), Premium Coconut Oil (Philippines), Organic Shea Butter (South Africa), Premium Soybean Oil (USA), Premium Corn Oil (USA), Lye, Water, Essential Oils or Fragrances, natural or food grade colorants and natural exfoliators. Read More
Methods for Making Handmade Soap
There are three methods used for making handmade soap; the "old traditional method" referred to as "cold processed", the hot processed method, and the melt & pour method.
Fornya Premium Handmade Soap is cold processed made in the "old tradional method".
The cold process method ("old traditional method")
The "old traditional method" cold process method takes the most time, but is undoubtedly the best method for producing the truest, highest quality soaps. Cold processing uses only low temperatures (oils are merely warmed to 90-100 degrees Farenheit) and only for a short amount of time. The chemical reaction from the mixing of the ingredients process is the only heat in this method causing saponification to take place over several weeks during its curing time. This process maintains the highest levels of natural skin nourishment essences of each ingredient. The user recieves all of the beneficial properties of the ingredients. Learn More About Fornya Soap
The hot process method is utilized by many as a soap maker can speed soap production. The oils are cooked and or boiled at high temperatures to force the saponification process. We believe making handmade soap is comparable to cooking vegetables. With vegetables the higher the temperature and the longer the cook time, the more nutritional elements of the vegetables disappear. We question how the delicate precious fatty acids in the oils can possibly remain intack due to the extreme temperatures utilized in the hot process method.
The Melt & Pour Method
A good percentage of handmade soap are made the the quickest and easiest way possible from melt & pour bases. Companies making handmade soap form melt and pour bases simply melt the soap base, add colorants, essential oil or fragrances, possibly exfoliants and then pour them into molds. This method of making handmade soap has the soap ready to remove from the molds and sell within a day.
Melt and pour kits containing noodles or blocks of the soap base, and usually a mix of palm oil, coconut oil and animal fats. The melt and pour soap base product is usually comprised 50% soap and 50% chemicals
. Common chemicals found in melt & pour soap base include: Sodium Laureth Sulfate (banned in many countries due to being carginogenic), Prpylene Glycol (antifreeze), Sodium Laurate, Sodium Myristate, Sodium Sterate, Triethanolamine and more.
Our opinion is that handmade soaps made from melt & pour soap bases are not much better than the synthetic soap (detergent) deodorizing, beauty and moisturizing bars sold as handsoap in the stores as your skin is still exposed to many dangerous chemicals.