1. How is soap made?

Fats + Sodium hydroxide + Water = Soap + Glycerine

2. Why is handmade soap better than common soap?

Natural handmade soap bars keep all the good stuff including glycerin and nonsaponified oils to moisturize your skin naturally. There are also no other harsh chemicals or chemical preservatives added to create colors, smell and longevity. You wouldn't find such things as parabens (linked to Breast cancer), sodium lauryl sulfate (skin irritant) in natural soap. But you would find them in almost all soap bars commercially produced.

3. How does soap cleanse the skin?

The oleophylic base lifts the oil and grime off your skin while the hydrophilic base washes away the grime with water. 

4. Won’t the sodium hydroxide in the soap harm the skin?

Yuan Soap uses sodium hydroxide that is derived from sea salt instead of commercially produced ones. Although sodium hydroxide is a strong alkali that damages the skin, however, once saponified with fats and water, it turns from sodium hydroxide to soap and glycerine and no residue is left over.

5. How do you know when the saponification is completed?

When the soap has a PH value of below 10, it is saponified.

6. How do you get the colours in the handmade soap?

Colours extracted from nature, such as flower tea, beta carotene, chlorella, natural mineral mud, green tea powder and chocolate.

7. How do you get the scent in the soap?

The natural essential oils with mild scents are mixed with the faint scent of olive oil. 

8. Does neutral soap work best for the skin?

Although neutral soap is gentler, its cleansing ability is comparatively poor.

9. Are the weak acidic cleansers sold in the market better for the skin?

Are products that are added with preservatives and bactericides to make them last longer and bacteria-free better for the human body? I beg to differ!

10. Handmade natural soap must be made with natural ingredients, but NaOH is used here, so is this still considered a natural soap?

A soap added with plant fats is a natural product and there is no doubt about that (unless you want to use composite oil). NaOH is a product of salt which comes from a natural source (it exists naturally in the nature).

11. Can handmade soap be used to wash the face?

YUAN Soap does not contain chemical properties. It cleanses and moisturises completely, you can definitely wash your face with it!

12. Is common transparent soap a better wash?

In order to get that transparent look, the soap must be added with alcohol, solvents and other additives in the process of soap-making. 

13. Can pure plant oil achieve the transparent effect?

There is no way unless alcohol and other chemical ingredients are added. 

14. What is the difference between Yuan Soap and the common ones sold in the market?

A-Yuan Soap is made with the most basic edible oil, as well as sodium hydroxide from the electrolysis of sea salt, and also the fresh grass of Taiwan and natural essential oils.

15. What are those white specks on Yuan Soap?

Those are the crystals formed when the essential oil meets the cold air. In overseas, the purity of natural properties in handmade soap is judged by the crystallisation.

16. In the process of making handmade soap, what is the difference between high-pressure and condensation methods?

The process of soap-making can be shortened by the use of high pressure but it will result in the loss of glycerine, simultaneously the evaporation of the essential oil and organic molecules in the grass will also be affected. Hence A-Yuan Soap insists on using condensation to allow the nutrients of the grass’ organic molecules to pervade the soap.

17. Why does some handmade soap leave a stinging sensation on the skin after wash?

This is because of the citrus tangerine ingredient. It has the effect of killing bacteria and cleaning. It can also remove the dirt on your skin. Please put your mind at ease.

18. How do we preserve handmade soap?

Handmade soap contains lots of glycerine and moisturising fats that is not yet saponified, thus place the soap in a cool and dry place at all times so that the moisturising properties in the soap can be kept fresh. To extend the life of the soap, keep the soap dry after use and do not soak it in water.

19. When making handmade soap, when do you add the natural preservatives such as Vitamin E?

Vitamin E is an anti-oxidant, it is not a preservative. If you want to add it in the handmade soap, it should be added into the formula oil at the start of the process. Chemical composite preservatives may lead to sensitive skin, rashes, itchiness and other symptoms. I’m sure you do not want the products you use every day to hurt your precious skin! Please try to use non-preservative or low-preservative beauty products to truly care for your skin

20. How do we choose the best piece of handmade soap?

The differences in the functions depend on the original natural ingredients. The essential oil, Chinese herbs and so on that are added to the formula do not have much impact on the soap’s performance. Regarding the choice of cleanser, pick those that best suit your skin condition. When using handmade soap, you must know if it suits your skin condition, in other words “high prices do not necessarily translate to better quality”. Those that suit you are “the best”.

21. Why does handmade soap have less foam?

Although handmade soap foam less easily, it cleans just as well as other soaps. This is because some soaps and shower cream are added with foaming agent in the making process. It gives consumers the impression of thorough cleansing during showers. On the contrary, the more you wash, the more residues are left on your skin. This is because the foaming agent is a chemical product that will harm your skin when used frequently, regardless of laundry detergent, dish washing detergent, shower cream or facial cleansing cream.

22. The skin feels smooth after washing with shower cream. If I don’t rinse myself well, is it bad for my body?

Strictly speaking, that smooth feel is the result of not rinsing thoroughly. By that, it does not mean that you have not washed away the dirt but there are chemical residues left behind by the shower cream. Do not think that the smooth touch is part of the moisturising effect because it is the triethylhexanoin that misleads you to believe it is moisturising. In fact, your skin is still dry after wash. This is just a misconception. Such chemical residues will have an effect on your skin, especially those with skin allergies.

True moisturising is a clear feeling of cleanliness after wash. It feels like a layer of protection and that is just what a good bar of handmade soap will give you. This is because it contains glycerine and excess fats that cleanse your skin, and simultaneously retain the moisture with glycerine and prevent the loss of moisture with the fats ingredients. Therefore you should feel very clean after your shower and feel a protective layer on the skin.

Although handmade soap retains moisture, a bit of oil is also needed to prevent itchiness because of the dry climate. It is hereby suggested to apply plant fats, such as golden jojoba oil or sweet almond oil and other base oils, to the skin. This will avoid the damage from chemical properties and at the same time keep your skin healthy.

23. Soap and shower cream, which is better for the skin?

Soap is better, but it depends on which one.

Reason: Shower cream is a complete composition of chemical properties with coupling active agent as the key ingredient. It is said to contain moisturising cream or vitamins, but to maintain these nutrients in the liquid, preservatives, anti-oxidants and bactericides must be added to preserve it for as long as three years. On top of that, in order to give the consumers that “moisturising smoothness”, ingredients like phenyl trimethicone (dimethicone falls under this category) is added. Hence after washing off the shower cream, if you still feel the smoothness, you have better be careful. The cheap bars of natural soap sold in the market have had the glycerine removed so they are only useful for cleaning.

24. Shower cream is more convenient than soap

Most people use shower cream for the convenience it brings; nonetheless, being convenient does not mean it is healthy. Profit is the ultimate goal from this convenience which is created to stimulate production, thereafter profits will start rolling in. To the manufacturers, the importance of gains outweighs the health of the consumers. Therefore, although the invention of shower cream brings convenience to the consumers and profits to the manufacturers in what seems to be a win-win situation, the consumers are always at the losing end!