Some Soap is Not Really Soap

Did you know that soaps are not created equal?  Some soap is not really soap.

All Noir Naturals soaps are made from scratch with natural ingredients. Our Scarlet Goat’s Milk Soap has the fragrance of black raspberry and vanilla.

When you buy Noir Naturals‘ soap, you get real, old school soap.  We use the cold process method.  That means we take time to mix oils, lye, and goat’s milk or coconut milk until the mix is  almost ready, then add fragrance, natural colorants, and any additional ingredients to help soften and soothe the skin.  When you buy a soap made from a melt and pour soap base, you’re buying soap made from glycerin that’s removed from commercially processed soap, a byproduct.  While it is natural, it’s a little scary.

Glycerin occurs naturally during the soapmaking process. In natural soaps (like all of Noir Naturals’ goat’s milk and coconut milk vegan soaps), the glycerin remains in the final product.  A glycerin soap base is the glycerin removed from the commercial soap making process with added ingredients.  After the oils, lye, and liquids blend and before colors or fragrance is added, salt is blended with the mix.  The soap solids curdle and the liquid left behind is glycerin.  Think of it like Little Miss Muffet’s curds and whey.  The curds are the soap and the whey is glycerin – glycerin and salt that is.  The glycerin is processed to remove the salt and repackaged for processing in other products.

Glycerin itself is pretty versatile.  It’s used in food as a sweetener or thickener, added to commercially manufactured soaps and lotions as an additional moisturizing agent, in antifreeze, and used to make nitroglycerin. Nitroglycerin is both and explosive and a treatment for angina. It’s a little disconcerting that an explosive is also used for the heart, but that’s another story.

Glycerin soaps are made from the byproduct of the commercial soapmaking process. Pretty, yes, but not natural soap.

Since it is added back into soap as a moisturizer, why remove it from the soap in the first place? When we say our soaps are natural, we mean it.  The glycerin made during the soapmaking process remains in the finished product.  We don’t use a manufactured soap base nor any byproducts in our soaps.  We make each batch of soap by hand, just like it was back in the day.

What it comes down to is this:  do you want soap with natural ingredients and minimal processing or do you want a soap made from a heavily processed byproduct?

To learn more about Noir Naturals and our ingredients, visit us at


About Noir Naturals

The idea behind Noir Naturals stems from the good ole days as some would say it. We often sit back and remember the days when we were children playing outside all day. Dusk would be approaching and our mothers and grandmothers would call us inside. When inside an old black and white classic of Andy Griffith would be playing on television. Granny would tell us to run out to the garden, get a tomato and bring it in. She’d slice it up and we’d have it for dinner. The memories of those days still permeate our minds and it symbolizes a simple, safe, natural time in our lives. In those days one could leave the doors unlocked at night without worry. Our great grandmothers churned butter, made and cut soap for use at home. That was the norm back then. While Netflix and others do a great job of listing Noir movies for us to relive some of the ole days, we wanted to continue those days in more of a practical way today. In the ole days things were natural and not made with chemicals. We therefore wanted to go back to those times and make products that are not only good for your skin and body, but are also pure, natural, simple and safe, just as the ole days were. Our products are paraben free, not tested on animals and do not contain any artificial dyes or pigments. We invite you to go back in times with us to those good ole days, with our Noir Naturals products, to experience Yesterday Once More. To learn more about Noir Naturals, visit or give us a call at 1-985-590-5461. View all posts by Noir Naturals

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