Keep it simple. Simple soap making. Simple, safe, clean ingredients.
"Good things, when short, are twice as good." Baltasar Gracián y Morales
Less is more.
I have to remind myself of this. With access to ingredient suppliers from all over the world, I can buy exotic ingredients from every continent and from unique sources --even caviar protein for skin benefit. What? Seriously, google it. That's the natural protein that's in fish eggs. I can believe this!
The skin is made up of protein and it seems logical that the skin could benefit from some fish eggs too. Hey, there's lots of ladies who put egg in their hair. And most of us have had egg on our faces. Humans are part of nature, and we can most often get what we need from nature--even our skin food. Healthy beauty is all about getting primitive, getting back to the basics.
Check out Caviar Repair RX Re-Texturizing Protein Cream--it's got fish egg protein added. See ladies get out and get a little fish slime on your hands. It will probably be great for our skin too. I'm not laughing. Bottled fish slime....???
Maybe that sea trout or flounder caviar I've been tossing out should be added in at the very end of the soap saponification process? It can work on my ever deepening wrinkles that I get from having so much fun catching fish.
My fishing trips to the Outer Banks can be the next place I forage for the next natural Warhorse hero ingredient. Mixing business with pleasure!
When I am in the basement kitchen with my Kitchen Aid mixer stirring and whipping, and my stainless steel pot of sunflower, coconut, and avocado oils are greeting each other at a toasty temp of 180F, I know that I need to keep the ingredient list short, clean, and recognizable. And whenever possible, fresh, whole ingredients. I've heard Tom Colicchio on Top Chef--and he hates it when the contestants over complicate their dishes--"There's just too much going on in your dish. Less is more."
I'm a soap chef, an Anthony Bourdain soap cooking fool--out and about foraging for local, grown in the USA, a hero ingredient to bring a recipe to cleaning and skin loving perfection. I just got back from Georgia and Goodness Grows there--some raw, expeller pressed deep gold sunflower oil that's chock full of nutrients. Our pet and people soap recipe has welcomed their new gold friend into the soap pot. This stuff is rich, raw, full-bodied, and beautiful and grown by family farmers.
I am not a beauty or cosmetic expert--MY best beauty tip is to stay away from the mirror--"that eye of a little god, four cornered." I don't have a degree in dermatological medicine, and I'm not an expert on micronutrients in food. I do read about skin science at the Linus Pauling Institute when I want to explore micronutrient research studies, like how sunflower oil and skin jive together, for example. I do hit the Journal of Investigative Dermatology hub to see what's going on because I want to stay abreast of plant oil studies.
I don't need to explain my relationship with dirt, grease, grime. Just believe me when I say my family, generationally, has always gotten dirty in work and play. And I do understand about the science of dirt and how soap miscelles decrease surface tension and makes it "wash away." I've personally crafted about 5,000 gallons of Warhorse cleaning soaps, and mammal cleansers over the last 8 years--my soap pot, my hot water boiler, my boat paddle or agitators. Even though we've grown to larger pots, still the same age old soap process that's used all over the world
Here's a diagram of a soap molecule:
Here's a fairly brief video on How Soap Works--from Brain Stuff:
But my "science" and expertise is mostly based on how real food is real good for wellness. It's not rocket science--whole foods, raw foods, minimally processed "natural" foods are healthier, and no one needs an advanced degree to know this. The skin is an organ. What goes on it can go in it. That's how those topical painkillers, nicotine, and birth control patches work--absorbed through the skin.
Warhorse cleans and feeds dirty people and dirty animals with simple, safe, nutritious food ingredients.
Warhorse is going to keep thinking like a chef.