We do this....because everything is connected
The making of soap is a natural, chemical process. We choose to use whole natural ingredients rather than synthesized scents and isolated fatty acids and petrochemical by-products. Our soaps and creams are made using the plants that have been here for billions of years.
The natural process of "saponification" results in a soap rich in glycerine, a chemical that attracts moisture. Natural soap-making keeps the glycerine in the soap providing your skin with moisturizing benefits. Modern chemical soap-makers remove the glycerine (which is one reason your skin gets dry and itchy using their products). But wait! Then they add it to the lotions you have to buy to calm your inflamed skin. Pretty smart on their part.
Except that the lotion they sell you is full of chemical preservatives, some linked to cancer and others - well, haven't been tested yet. Guess who's the guinea pig!
Science provides us with marvelous insights about how our natural world works. We have learned how to break plants down into the teeniest parts, isolate the molecules and then pinpoint the purpose of each chemical in the plant. Then, in labs, scientists mix bits of this and bits of that to recreate a scent, a color, a fatty acid chain. Or they find ways to synthesize the plant's chemicals, often turning to petrochemicals, so they can do away with the plant entirely.
Soap is a conglomeration of fatty acid chains that form naturally when fats -from plant fruits- are mixed with sodium hydroxide -from wood ash- and water...
Read our label. Read a commercial soap label.
Billions of years ago, way before humans walked this planet, the plants were here: turning the atmosphere from noxious poison to life-giving oxygen; creating habitats beyond the primordial oceans; feeding trilobites and fishes, reptiles and insects; laying down their lives to become the fossil fuel we have built our societies around; providing humans with food, shelter, fire, clothing; becoming the passive subjects of human study and, especially today, exploitation.
But for some of us, plants have become our partners.
Our soaps and creams are made using plants, and the whole plant doesn't have to be killed to press its fruits for oil, harvest its seeds and grains, dry its leaves and flowers for powders, or extract its essential scents. Sustainable harvest means we take the parts we need and leave the parts that regenerate to continue to grow so they are there for the next harvest. The more often we harvest, the more the plant produces in many cases.
In our give-and-take relationship with plants, we don't have to drill and disturb habitat and kill entire species to feed an appetite for cheap petrochemicals, harsh soaps, preservative-laden lotions and fake fragrances. In our relationship with plants, the plants live with us, helping us make what we need, what you need: safe, natural, healing soaps and creams. We take care of plants to help them stay healthy, productive and connected - to the sun, the rain, the soil, and their care-givers, us.
In our case at Herb Garden Naturals, the plants in our soaps, creams, lip balms and herbal remedies connect us to a rich and ancient relationship between plants and planet.
Like it's always been. Well, for billions of years, at least.