is so special about coconut milk?
contains a very special medium chain fatty acid called lauric acid.
This fat is rarely found in nature. Well over 40% of the fat in
coconut milk is lauric acid and the only other known source of it at
these levels is human breast milk. Cows milk contain a little over 2%
and goats milk contains a little over 4% of lauric acid.
What is so
special about lauric acid?
All soap is made from some type of
fat and the fat used has everything to do with how that soap performs
and it's complexity. Lauric acid's unique molecular structure
allows it to deep clean into the skin and pores. It deep cleans so
well in fact that many manufactures add it to their shampoo for that
reason. This can be very beneficial to people suffering with skin
problems that are not caused by nutritional deficiencies. This deep
cleaning provides a mild exfoliation of dead skin cells on the
surface which can be helpful with smoothing out the skin and clearing
out obstructed pores.
naturally produces lauric acid in the sebaceous gland just below the
surface of the skin in what is called sebum. It is everywhere except
the palms of our hands and the bottoms of our feet It's there
for hydration and to help protect itself from invaders.
production and you have oily skin, too little and you have dry skin.
As we age we rapidly loose the ability to produce abundant amounts of
lauric acid. Lauric acid which is an MCT, or a medium chain
triglyceride leaves the skin in a slightly acidic state which is
exactly what you want for healthy skin. Addition of theses very
special oils from coconut to the skin creates the balance the
skin needs so it's not too oily or too dry.
Lauric acid also
has a natural broad spectrum antimicrobial effect designed by
nature. All plants have built in defense mechanisms, after all they
can't just get up and run or move into shade for a while. Coconuts
grow in regions of the world where the climate is ripe for
microorganisms to thrive. Nature provided a perfect formula for
defense against these invaders with lauric acid and it works great
for the coconut, and it works this same way on our skin too.
of high levels of lauric acid, a superb fatty acid, soaps made
from them produce rich luxurious, long lasting lather not found in
other natural milk soaps.
What is so
special about Sun Grown Soaps coconut milk soap?
All coconuts are
created equal by nature but what happens after that really matters.
Some who make soaps using coconut oils use a highly refined and
highly processed oil. Why? Convenience. They like using an oil that
remains liquid at lower temperatures and an oil that is more
resistant to oxidation. This is only accomplished by means of
completely rearranging the oil structure to something not really
resembling the original oil as nature intended it to be. It
retains the lathering and cleaning properties but it looses all the
many other benefits. This holds true for the milk we use to. The less
processed and refinements made to it the closer it resembles what
nature had intended for it.
Our coconut milk
formulation is a little different compared to many of the other soaps
in our product line in that the first ingredient of oils is coconut
followed closely by olive oil. We used coconut oil first for the
attributes described above and followed it closely with olive oil for
it's incredible moisturizing properties.
The coconut milk we use is the finest we could find. It is a pure, unprocessed milk from the coconut. The brand we use is the most creamy and velvety available. It is a food grade brand. Here is a link to the brand we use. Yes, it's expensive, but like everything else you get what you pay for.
chemical fragrances are added for two reason to many so-called soaps.
One is to provide an enticing aroma to the soap and the other is to
cover up the unpleasant smell of detergents. We make natural plant
based soap which does not have an odor to cover up. Don't expect this coconut milk soap to smell anything like coconuts. If you like coconut smell in soaps then they would have to be using a synthetic petrol chemical fragrance oil as there is no such thing as a coconut essential oil. All soaps that smell of coconut are loaded with chemicals. Our unscented soap has the aroma of pure soap only.
We sell our
coconut milk soap in 3 varieties. Unscented or scented with
peppermint & wintergreen mint or Eucalyptus & Tea Tree oil. These
essential oils do more than just smell nice, they also have many
other qualities about them. The Eucalyptus/Tea Tree is a ratio of 60/40 (60% Eucalyptus, 40% Tea Tree) of the total essential oils and the Peppermint/Wintergreen is at a ratio of 75/25% (75% Peppermint, 25% Wintergreen).
Our Coconut milk soap
is loaded with vitamin E and when used on a regular basis
can help with chapped or cracked skin and helps to restore it to a
smooth, hydrated condition. We then add extra real vitamin E to it
after * Saponification for two reasons. One to protect the oils in
the soap from oxidation and the two, to help protect your skin from
oxidation and free radicals damaging effects..
We use only quality
organic coconut oils and coconut milks. Coconut milk provides a superior fatty acid
compared to animal based milk soaps. This provides a gentle and
better moisturizing soap. Unlike goats milk soap, the coconut milk is
added AFTER the saponification*
process. Milk soaps are now a very popular type of soap due to their
wonderful attributes. Coconut milk and coconut oil containing lauric
acid is known for it's great skin nourishing properties and
benefits. Supper-fatted at 6% coconut oil for skin loving effects.
* Saponification is the reaction that occurs when a
vegetable oil or animal fat is mixed with a strong alkali. The
products of the reaction are both soap and glycerin.
Made from Coconut, Olive, renewable palm and Castor oil. Raw Coconut milk, R.O. water, Shea butter. Natural
d-alpha-tocopherol Vitamin E added.