An Introduction to Wild Soap
The craze for all natural soap and soap making at home has led to some truly creative products. From the home soap makers who started small businesses to the many boutique soap stores that make their own natural soaps, the past few years has seen really interesting scent mixtures, truly decorative soaps that are made to look like other household objects, and some really unique sources of soap making ingredients. Of these three, it is the last that led soap makers to the development of wild soap.
It seems that along with environmentalism, society has fallen in love with everything wild, hence the recent fascination with wild soap. What is wild soap? Most agree that it is soap that uses “wild” ingredients or ingredients that are made naturally, without the help of man. For some, the concept of wild can vary. For example, tree bark soap can be considered wild because trees grow naturally. However, others can argue that man can grow trees and therefore it doesn't fit into the category.
Of the many different kinds of soap, there are two that can be considered truly wild.
1. Wild Honey Soap
Honey based soaps are a favorite among those in the soap making world. Not only do soap makers enjoy making them, but they are quite popular among consumers. Farmed honey has anti-bacterial properties and is a great moisturizer for the skin. Wild honey, on the other hand, is even better. Because the bees are free to live naturally, the honey they produce is truly unique in both its flavor and properties. This means the soap it produces is truly unique as well. One great example of wild honey soap is Manuka honey soap. Manuka honey is a very special type of honey made by bees that only harvest their nectar from Manuka or tea tree flowers. The wild tea tree flowers have very potent anti-bacterial and medicinal properties, which makes the Manuka honey soap great for wounds and for attending to acne issues.
2. Sea Salt Soap
Seal salt scrubs have long been popular among spa goers because sea salt is wonderful at exfoliating dead skin cells, stimulating the skin to produce more collagen and in doing so, retaining the elasticity of youth. There are many types of sea salt used to create soap. Of these, the more popular ones include dead sea salt and pink Himalayan sea salt. Creating a sea salt scrub is quite tricky because soap makers have to get the right balance of salt and liquid, making sure the salt doesn't dissolve. Getting this balance is one of the reasons sea salt soap is rare and sought after.
Wild soaps are specialty soaps in the purest sense of the word. They are incredibly special and are rather difficult to come by. However, they are known to have remarkable cleansing properties, caring for the skin in a way other similar “cultivated” soaps cannot. The only drawback is that it is expensive. Because the ingredients needed to make the soap are not easy to access, are sometimes seasonal, and cannot be grown in specific quantities, the soap it produces is on the expensive side, but many agree that it is more than worth it!