Good hand soap makes a difference

Dry hands? 

 Using hand soap is best. Would you be having a good day if your hands had soft skin instead of chapped skin? In a world inundated with alcohol based hand sanitizers (and hydrogen peroxide hand sanitizers), problems have been introduced into your life unnecessarily.

Does antibacterial soap kill viruses?

Anything you wash your hands with goes into your waste water system, whether it's privately owned or a public utility. From there is goes back to the earth through that system. Soap with antibiotics in it, will go there also. Unfortunately, bacteria adapt to anti-biotics and become resistant.

Natural effective soap is 2 things:

It has a ph above 8 which will kill bacteria. Any soap saying it has a "0 ph" or a "neutral ph" is completely ineffective and you should stop using it. 

Each soap molecule has a special shape that punctures virus membranes

Natural soap is naturally antibacterial and antiviral, without added drugs.

Why I started making soap

I was simply tired of using natural soap that irritated my skin and my sense of smell. Many soaps' aromas are so toxic, I would get headaches or a sore throat.

The word natural is liberally used and abused when it comes to personal care. Fragrance in our world means synthetic perfumes, usually made from coal tar and petroleum byproducts. Natural perfumes are made from plant distillates in a category broadly called essential oils

Waterless Hand Soap

Here's how Waterless Hand Soap works:

Spray a generous amount of the soap onto your hands. Then rub your hands together for 20 seconds to produce a lather. The lather collects excess oil and dirt, punctures and kills any virus and bacteria. It does so by by breaking down the outer virus and bacteria membrane, which exposes it to the alkaline environment, causing the disease to die. Ingredients: Saponified organic coconut oil.

Think about it: how many times have you touched your face today?Research shows that we touch our faces 23 times an hour. Every time we do, germs can get into our skin, our eyes, noses, or mouths. With our Waterless Hand Soap though, it's easy to clean your hands on the go. It's completely organic, alcohol free and safe to use on skin and surfaces without leaving streaks behind. Swap out your hand sanitizer and feel the difference.

By changing to a non-toxic hand soap, your hands and hand washing experience will be more comfortable and you will be ready to deal with life's daily challenges. Clean hands, in waterless situations, is possible. Help your hands-and your mood- by changing what you wash them with. It's easier than it sounds. Comfort is your goal. Simply add good soap to your life. It's easy. 

For large volume purchases of Waterless Hand Soap visit 

Check out what the CDC has to say about handwashing here:

Bar Soap for the whole body

I started using natural soap when I was 10 years old. I was finished with detergents turning my nice skin into sandpaper. Even though the natural soap I used back then was caustic, it was much better than the lesser quality soap I had been using. As a grown-up, I discovered a fabulous organic coconut oil soap, which I loved. Not that long after I fell in love with that soap, the company went out of business. As someone who makes things, that's when I decided if I was ever going to get the best soap, I had to make it.

Visit Ithaca Soap bar soap collection to learn more. 

Liquid Soap Refill

I use liquid soap to wash my dishes, just like everyone else. I am acutely aware of plastic bottles, and how they impact our world. Plastic is an amazing invention that changed how food is stored, how long it lasts, and what other things we can buy, like liquid soap, that is transported in plastic. What if you could get good, natural soap and reuse a plastic bottle you already have? 

Read about Ithaca Soap's Liquid Soap Refill and the liquid hand soap refill instructions here. Just add water.

Olive Oil Shampoo Bar

In the years leading up to my 1st batch of soap making, I got into the hemp soap revolution. This was somewhere around 1997-1998. I wrote personal care product reviews for The Hemp Times, an offshoot of High Times. I received lots of samples; soaps, shampoos, lip balms, shoes, fabrics. It was fun, but also trying. I got 2 shoes, in the mail, to write a review for. They were not a pair and were different sizes, neither of which fit me. All I could do was look at them. Not so useful if you're supposed to write a favorable review. 

What does all of this have to do with an olive oil shampoo bar?

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essential oils

Essential oils come from plants. They are obtained through a distillation process of many pounds of plant material to collect and separate out the essence of what makes that particular plant special. There are thousands of plants that have an aroma, pleasing or otherwise. Only several hundred have essential oil pockets that can be distilled and captured..  

Read more about that here

interesting fact

In 1979, I paid $5.00 for 1 dram of Damask Rose Otto Concrete, that I bought in a NYC West Village apothecary. It was so potent, I could touch the rim of the bottle and it was more than I needed to be fully perfumed for weeks. In 1999 that dram cost $80.00, which was approximately $1360.00 an oz. Inflation…

Skin Care

You've no doubt heard that your skin is your largest organ.  It's your 1st line of defense in a world full of pollutants and disease. If you take good car of it, it take good care of you. 

Love your body. Know your ingredients

Using premier soap can be cost effective, with high quality ingredients. Feeling good is a key part of personal care. Ithaca Soap and LiXTiK Beeswax Lip Balm, is an environmentally conscious and socially responsible company located in the heart of the Finger Lakes in New Your State. All of our ingredients are recognizable and good for you. Many companies mask the bulk of their lesser quality ingredients, with tiny percentages of popular key word ingredients to catch your attention. As an Ithaca based soap company, we actually make and use the soap we talk about. 

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soap and money

How much soap money does a shower cost you?

Let's say you spend $3.00 on a bar of soap and it lasts for 7 days of showers. That's $.43 per shower. 

For your next bar of soap, you spend $8.50. That seems like a lot of money, except it lasts for 8 weeks or 56 showers. That's $.15 cents per shower. F.Y.I.: One bar lasts me and Andy 6 weeks of daily showers - 84 showers.

Good soap is cost effective. More

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