The CAK Soap Story
CAK Hand Made Soap started making soap in 2008 in the basement of a home in Saginaw, Michigan. The soap was given to friends and family members and the response was overwhelming. After that we took on the challenge of making lotion. After several attempts with various recipes, we settled on three. We took our products to farmers markets, craft shows and to annual city events. We also created our own oils that make wonderful massage oils.
We have since moved to Naples, Florida and have started promoting our products in the South.
All of our products contain raw materials and packaging from vendors in the United States only.
There is no animal fat in any of our products!
Old Fashioned Lye soap is all the rage right now, but, did you know that ALL soap is lye soap? Not only does all soap contain lye, but much of it contains lard. You might be surprised to find out what exactly is in your bar of soap. Soap is basically foaming salt that is the result of mixing fat and or oil with an alkali, lye. Lye has many names such as caustic soda, sodium hydroxide or soda lye, potassium hydroxide or potash lye, and even Chamber lye also known as urine. Most liquid soaps contain potassium hydroxide while most bar soaps are produced with sodium hydroxide, but none the less, lye it is. Sometimes lye is "disguised" on your soap label as sodium tallowate. Sodium tallowate is a naturally occurring result of combining sodium hydroxide (lye) with beef tallow and it is VERY common is commercially available soap. What this means is that when you use a bar of soap containing sodium tallowate, you are not only washing your face with lye but also with beef fat.
If we look at the ingredients of "Lever 2000 Pure Rain", here is what we find: "Ingredients: Sodium tallowate, sodium cocoyl isethionate, sodium cocoate, water, sodium isethionate, stearic acid, coconut fatty acid, fragrance, titanium dioxide, sodium chloride, disodium phosphate, tetrasodium EDTA, trisodium etidronate, BHT, FD&C blue no. 1, D&C red no. 33."
Now let's take a closer look at some of these ingredients. Sodium tallowate we know is lye and beef fat, but what about Sodium cocoate? Sodium cocoate is lye and coconut oil. Stearic acid is a saturated fatty acid that comes from lard and is added to make a bar of soap harder. Tetrasodium EDTA is a man made preservative that can be irritating to the eyes and mucous membranes. For the most part, when using a commercial soap, you are washing yourself with lard, lye, and irritating chemicals. Most commercially available soaps contain the same basic ingredients but you may be hard pressed to find them listed anywhere.
The FDA does not require that all soaps have ingredients listed. If the bar is being sold only as soap and not claiming to address any medical or cosmetic issue such as anti acne, moisturizing or deodorizing, it does not need to have an ingredients list. This is possibly why we are seeing a new trend toward handmade soaps in the market place. The lack of added man made chemicals, the use of vegetable oils versus animal fats and disclosure of ingredients are just some of the things fueling the trend. Many consumers seek out handmade soaps simply as a way to avoid synthetic fragrances as essential oils are more commonly used to scent handmade soaps.