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 Some questions you have and some questions we hope you ask!

  • Can you make soap without lye?
    No. All soap is the result of a chemical reaction between lye, sodium hydroxide, and oil. The result is a combination of salts of the various oils. The lye is used up in the process and is not present in the finished product.
  • Doesn’t Bar Soap dry the skin?
    Not necessarily! A true “soap” does not have detergents which dissolve the natural oils on the skin. Mass Market “soap” usually has detergents (like Sodium Laurel Sulfate, SLS, and Sodium Laureth Sulfate, SLES), which can leave the skin feeling dry and tight.
  • What’s the difference between Sanibel Soap Co. and what I buy at the store?
    Mass produced “cleansing bars”, “beauty bars” and “Body Washes” all have detergents (SLS and SLES), solvents (propylene glycol) and many contain petroleum products (petrolatum and mineral oil). These ingredients aren’t skin friendly, and can lead to dryness, itching cracking and even harmful chemicals.

  • Do I need a deodorant soap?
    Society has evolved into a common practice of daily or every other day bathing. The use of underarm deodorant is almost universal in the modern world. Deodorant soap may be beneficial to athletes and others involved in activities that involve heavy sweating, but the need for deodorant soap is not necessary for typical daily life.
  • Don’t I need to use an antibacterial cleanser?
    The use of antibacterial cleansing products has led to the evolution of resistant microbes. While antibacterial ingredients are found in 76% of liquid soaps and 29% of bar soaps, there is limited documentary evidence of their effectiveness. (American Journal of Infection Control, October 2001).

  • Why should I use Sanibel Body Wash as opposed to "regular" Body Wash?
    Mass market “Body Wash” and “soap” contain detergents. They are formulated to strip the natural oils from your skin. Those natural oils protect your skin from inflammation, bacteria and other harmful pollutants in the air.
  • Why would I use Glycerin soap?
    Glycerin soap attracts moisture to the skin. Using a soap with high glycerin amounts can help with surface dryness and appearance.

  • What is Triple Milled Soap?
    Triple Milled Soap has had the natural glycerin squeezed out of it by the use of pressure. As glycerin is a natural product of the soap making process and is beneficial to the moisture balance of the skin, we think having glycerin in soap is a good idea.
  • What about Parabens?
    Parabens are used to preserve products. As reported in the Journal of Applied Toxicology  (January 2004), Parabens were found in a small sample of breast cancer tumors. While our purpose here is not to deep dive into how they got there, we believe avoiding parabens is prudent to maintaining healthy skin and body, and they are not used in any Sanibel Soap Co. product.
  • What is Shea Butter?
    Shea Butter is extracted from the nuts of the Shea tree, found in Africa. It is a tree nut, so if you are allergic to tree nuts, you should be aware of the potential for allergic reactions. Shea Butter is available in unprocessed, refined and ultra-refined  forms. Refining processes remove the “earthy” odor present in the primary form of shea butter.
  • Why am I seeing Shea Butter in all kinds of skin products?
    The main reason for this growing interest has been the recognition by the cosmetics industry (and its consumers) of shea butter’s therapeutic benefits—ultra-violet light protection, anti-inflammatory, moisturizing, regenerative, anti-eczema and anti-wrinkle properties.
  • Should I exfoliate my skin?
    Exfoliation removes the dead skin cells and lets the live skin cells show. Usually this gives an improved appearance to the skin. It also helps the skin to absorb any additional emollient or nourishing components of the skin exfoliator to readily penetrate the epidermis. Sanibel Soap Co. Polish has sugar to gently exfoliate and glycerin and avocado oil to increase the health of the skin.

  • Why is Avocado oil beneficial?
    We are very excited to have products with Avocado oil. Don’t just rely on our word, here’s what The Naked Chemist has to say:

Anti Inflammatory: Avocado oil is lovely for a sensitive, irritated skin, it contains potent Phytosterols that help to take the fire out of an itch.

Anti Aging: Studies have found, that the oil can mobilize and increase collagen in connective tissue, helping to keep skin soft and mobile, this is why one of Avocado Oil benefits, is to help protect against ageing.

Cellular regeneration: The oil is also great for a thin, fragile skin, it’s restructuring properties is due to its high Sterol content, which is around 10%.

Research has found that repeated massage with avocado oil, gives significant hydration to the epidermis and significantly improves the skins elasticity.

This combined with its Anti Ageing properties, is why it is an ingredient of choice for a dry, mature skin type.

High Nutritive Value: Avocado is rich in Vitamins A, B1, B2, B5, lecithin, squalane and skin loving Fatty Acids, which is why it is such an important oil.

Hydrating: The oil is extremely rich in Oleic Acid. A wonderful moisturising and regenerating fatty acid, that is naturally found in human sebum (oil).

 One of the Avocado oil benefits is that it permeates the skin quite deeply, it has one of the highest penetration rates amongst other similar oils.

Avocado naturally contains Lecithin and squalane, together they have powerful skin healing properties, which is why we combine them in our formulas to maximize effectiveness. (


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