How does soap work?

Short and Curly's soaps are handcrafted with pride in small batches, created by mixing together oils or fats and lye (sodium hydroxide). The reaction that takes place is called saponification and the result is a combination of soap and glycerin.

Soap attracts both water and oil. That's because soap molecules are a type of surfactant, which means they have one end that's water loving, or hydrophilic, and one end that's oil loving, or hydrophobic. This combination helps wash away dirt, oils and germs.

There are many benefits to using soap in addition to just getting clean. 

Proper Hand-washing

Using soap to wash hands is more effective than using water alone because the  soap helps lift dirt and microbes from skin, and people tend to scrub hands more thoroughly when using soap. Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. 


According to a 2009 Swiss study, the carbon footprint of liquid soaps is 25 percent greater per wash than bar soaps. Liquid soaps require 5 times more energy to create and 20 times more energy to package in a plastic bottle (compared to bar soaps wrapped in paper or cardboard). Plus, we have a tendency to use more liquid soap per wash than we would if it were a bar.


Packing a bar of soap in your toiletry bag means you won't need to worry about liquid restrictions on flights or bottles leaking in your luggage. You can cut off a piece and take only what you need with you.


Whatever the reason, we hope you'll find a Short and Curly soap you'll love to use yourself or give as a gift.

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