Werfzeep specially developed this shaving soap with sensitive skin in mind. Used with a shaving brush the soap lathers well and, thanks to the nourishing and soothing qualities of avocado, castor and borage oil, skin becomes soft and supple. Extract of horse chestnut is anti-inflammatory and astringent, and nettle purifies and stimulates blood circulation.
Werfzeep is an organic soap company based in Utrecht in the Netherlands. We like them very much because of the quality of their hand-made soaps but also because of their strong principles and values.
By making soaps in a traditional way, Werfzeep avoids using chemicals (like refined fatty acids, and additives such as foam improvers, synthetic perfumes, and preservatives) that are ultimately harmful to our skin. Instead, they use nourishing vegetable oils, together with love, and attention to make soaps that are very good for our skin.
All of their soaps are plant-based; they source their ingredients from organic producers around the world, by collecting raw materials in the Wickenburgh forest near Utrecht, and they even grow various herbs and roots in their own garden!
Just before the soap is poured into the mould, larix hydrolate is stirred through. Larix brings a cleansing, soothing quality to the soap, and has a wonderful fragrance. Coming together with the larix are scents of cedar, eucalyptus and pine oil.
Because this soap is based on nourishing saponified oils, the foam will not remain as stiff on your face as with regular shaving soap, or foam that consists mostly of stearic acid (listed as ‘sodium stearate’ on labels). Foam in these cases may remain stiff, but it also dries the skin. For a gentle, nick-free shave you need not only foam but also the thin layer of soap that allows your razor to glide, which this soap provides. This cares for the skin and softens facial hair for a smooth shave.
This shaving soap could last you for more than a year, even if used daily!
– Handmade by Werfzeep in Utrecht, The Netherlands
– 100% organic ingredients
– Wrapped in paper
– Palm oil-free
Somewhere in the 1980s or 90s, many of us switched from using bar soap to liquid soap – we were told it was more hygienic. However, we were misled! Studies (John E. Heinze and Frank Yackovich, Epidemiology and Infection Vol. 101, No. 1 (Aug. 1988), pp. 135-142) show that washing with bar soap isn’t any less hygienic, so, don’t believe the hype. Now we can once again choose from a wide range of soap bars, from a moisturizing body wash to shampoo, to shaving soap and home cleaning detergent. You can find many sorts of soap bars in most supermarkets. Hand-crafted organic bar soap is your best option: it’s good for you and your environment, highly concentrated, economical in use, plastic packaging free, and hasn’t been tested on animals.
Liquid soap is not more hygienic than bars of soap, however it is much more expensive because you buy a lot of water and a plastic bottle. If you are a fan of liquid soap anyway you can use this recipe to make safe, organic, cheap and plastic free liquid soap.
Let’s take a look at these household economics first: So one bar costs €4,70
It can make 6 x 500 ml bottles of liquid soap at 78 cents per bottle
It can refill 12 hand soap pumps at 39 cents each
It can make 15 bottles of cleaning spray at 23 cents each
I suggest to use the whole bar and make a lot, the soap will last a long time.
○ Large 4 or 5 L pan
○ Bubble Buddy or another grater
○ Enough empty bottles or a jerrycan to store 3 liter soap
○3 liter water
○100 gram cleaning soap
I suggest using the Bubble Buddy cleaning bar, it’s organic and works really well. However, all kinds of Marseille, Marsiglia, Castile and other cleanings soaps will work. Please note that some bars might be based on palm oil so check the ingredients before you buy them.
First grate the soap.
If you use a steel grate be careful with your finger tips when you approach the end of the bar.
This will take a few minutes, if you feel lazy and own a blender that can chop ice or nuts, soap will work too.
Boil for a few minutes and stir every now and then until all soap shreds are dissolved.
Turn the heat off and leave to cool down for a few hours or a night.
When the soap is completely cooled down it’s ready.
Some soaps might cause the soap to ‘gel’, in that case stir a bit more and a table spoon of baking soda.
Pour the liquid soap in the bottles with the help of a funnel.
This soap can serve many purposes:
○ multi purpose cleaning (for floors, kitchens, windows etc.)
○ dish washing soap
○ laundry detergent
This liquid soap can also be used as a base for other cleaning product recipes. My favorite recipe is to make a cleaning spray with it so I can cleaning the countertop and table in seconds.
Fill an old or refillable spray bottle with 200 ml liquid cleaning soap, 300 ml hot water and 4 tablespoons of baking soap. Shake for a few seconds and it’s ready to go.