About Glycerin Soap
Our liquid glycerin soap is made from the byproduct of the process of making biodiesel fuel from waste vegetable oil. The waste oil we use is heated to ~140 degrees F before it is made into biodiesel. During this process the oil is mixed with an alcohol and lye to split the glycerin from the oil molecules which then form biodiesel. Biodiesel is a biodegradable substitute for petroleum diesel and home heating oil.
The glycerin byproduct is then distilled to remove excess alcohol. Liquid soap is made by saponifying a fat or oil with an alkali (lye). Potassium Hydroxide (KOH) known as "Caustic Potash" is used as lye in our liquid soap process making it very ECO friendly, biodegradable and plant friendly.
A fat or oil is a "triglyceride," which means that three fatty acids of various carbon lengths are attached to the glycerine chain. The saponification process is a simple reaction. The glycerine is split off from the fatty acids, the fatty acids combine with the potassium to form soap, and the hydroxide forms water. The result is soap, glycerin and water: a pure and natural product.
Most manufacturers then distill out all or a portion of the glycerin to be sold separately in hand lotions & body creams. We leave all the glycerin in our soap creating a very high glycerin product with unique moisturizing and grease cutting properties. Our soap retains a rich, brown color due to the vegetable oil having been heated to a high temperature. We add the mild orange scent using only essential oil. There are absolutely no added chemicals, detergents, phosphates or artificial additives.