Saponification (a.k.a. soap) is the chemical reaction that takes place when combining a fat (i.e. coconut oil) with both water and an alkali. Saponification is an ancient practice going back to at least 2800 bc in babylon. The process hasn't changed much in nearly 5,000 years.The main difference is back then they used salts or wood ash as their alkali.
Employing these methods produced a very runny soap that would not be what we're used to seeing today. In modern times we use either food grade sodium hydroxide (for bar soap) or food grade potassium hydroxide (for liquid soap). Once the saponification process is complete, all that remains is organic soap, water, salt, and essential oils.
Our soap is a powerful cleaner because of its base of organic coconut oil, but it is also gentle for use on sensitive skin. We use it for: body cleansing, facial cleansing, shampoo, hand soap, dishes, laundry, insect repellent in the garden, household cleaning, pet care and baby care. You will find that our soap works well for anything you would use soap or other cleaning products for. One bar can replace all those bottles and containers!