Why Our Products?

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Why Our Products?

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ALL of OMSC’s products are made by hand with natural, moisturizing ingredients and pure essential oils that have been previously used as insect deterrents by various cultures around the world. In fact, every essential oil in every OMSC product has insect repelling properties! And even some of its base ingredients, like neem, avocado, almond and castor oils, have properties that chase away those bothersome pests, including mosquitoes, ticks and chiggers.

So when you look at the label—in particular, the ingredients—on either a bar or bottle of mass produced, commercial soap, do you know what each ingredient is? Can you pronounce the name of each ingredient? Better yet, do you know what the side effects are of each of those ingredients?

Well, when you look at OM’s ingredient lists, you know exactly what each ingredient is! They are from our natural world. You won’t find any synthetic fragrances or preservatives, dyes, detergents, DEET, petrochemicals, parbens, phthalates, sulfates, talc, formaldehyde or triclosan.

And, the essential oils in OMSC’s products (yes, every single one with insect repelling properties—that’s certainly worth repeating!) offer wonderful benefits—as well, some, like tea tree, lavender, rose geranium, clove, rosemary and eucalyptus, have antibacterial properties and even serve as natural preservatives!

After all, your skin is your largest organ, and what you put on it is absolutely absorbed by your body. If a healthy diet is already important to you, then this certainly is something to consider the next time you scrub behind your ears!

And beyond handcrafted, insect-deterring products made with plant-based ingredients, our passion at OMSC is the great outdoors! For each bar of soap sold, OMSC will donate 5 percent of the profit to the National Park Foundation.

Soap vs. Detergent

Did you know that in order for a product to be soap, that product has to contain lye? (Scientific name: sodium hydroxide)

If you use commercially produced ‘soap,’ check your label. If the words, ‘lye’ or ‘sodium hydroxide’ or ‘saponified’ or ‘saponification’ are missing from the ingredients, then the product is not a soap. It is a detergent.

And the different between soap and detergent? Well, soap is made from natural materials (vegetable and/or animal fats and lye), while detergent is manufactured from petroleum materials and other synthetically produced substances.

Should you worry about lye in your soap? Well, if the soap has completely gone through the entire saponification process, then there won’t be any lye left in the final product. But the lye is needed to saponify with a fat (whether from a vegetable or animal) to produce soap. Old Mountain Soap Co. has chosen to use moisturizing oils, including olive, coconut, avocado, apricot kernel, castor and neem, as well as cocoa butter, to create a nourishing, vegan bar.

Another benefit of the saponification process is glycerin, which results naturally when lye is combined with a fat. Glycerin is known to prevent dry skin through its moisturizing properties. In fact, it’s so wonderful that some commercially made soap—that’s really a soap and not a detergent—has had its glycerin removed by its respective company and sold or used to manufacture higher-end products.

And if you’re wondering, OMSC does not remove the glycerin from its soaps.

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