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The Science Behind Soap

In the realm of skincare, understanding the processes that determine soap's effectiveness is key. At The Little Goat Soap Company, we delve deep into the science of soap, to provide you with a comprehensive guide on how this everyday and seemingly normal item can work wonders for your skin.

The Chemistry of Soap

Formation of Soap Molecules

Soap, at its core, is a result of a chemical reaction known as saponification. During this process, triglycerides, which are fats and oils, undergo hydrolysis. This reaction yields glycerol and soap molecules, creating an effective cleansing agent that plays a pivotal role in removing impurities from the skin.

The Role of Hydrophobic and Hydrophilic Ends

The soap molecule possesses a dual nature, with one end being hydrophobic (repellent to water) and the other hydrophilic (attracted to water). This structure allows soap to break down oil and grease, enabling effective removal through water rinsing.

Mechanism of Action

Disruption of Surface Tension

Soap's ability to reduce surface tension plays a pivotal role in its cleansing abilities. By disrupting the cohesive forces that hold water molecules together, soap ensures thorough wetting and penetration, reaching even the most stubborn dirt and grime.

Emulsification of Grease

Through a process called emulsification, soap disperses oil and grease into smaller droplets, preventing them from re-agglomerating (to gather into a ball, mass, or cluster.). This mechanism facilitates the suspension of these particles in water, promoting their easy removal during rinsing.

Choosing the Right Soap for Your Skin

Understanding pH Levels

The skin's natural pH balance is vital in maintaining its health and integrity. Opting for a soap with a pH close to that of your skin helps preserve this delicate equilibrium, preventing dryness or irritation. If you are unsure of your skins natural PH levels, you can perform a variety of tests to work out your skin PH levels.

The Benefits of Natural Ingredients

At The Little Goat Soap Company, we recognize the importance of incorporating natural ingredients into our soaps. Ingredients like goat milk not only cleanse but also nourish the skin, providing a holistic skincare solution. Learn more about the many benfits of goat milk for your skin

Environmental Impact

Biodegradability of Soap

Beyond its impact on skin health, considering the environmental footprint of soap is essential. Our commitment to sustainability ensures that our soaps and packaging are biodegradable, minimizing adverse effects on ecosystems. Our most environmentally format for soap bars comes in the form of our Naked Multi-packs, these are soaps bars that are not individually wrapped and save on the amount of paper packaging we use.


In conclusion, the science behind soap is a journey into the realm of chemistry and skincare. At The Little Goat Soap Company, we strive to deliver not just a cleansing product but an experience rooted in scientific understanding, environmental responsibility, and a desire to create gentle soaps that are kind to your skin and can relieve the symptoms of Eczema and Psoriasis. Elevate your skincare routine with our hand crafted goat milk soaps.


The Little Goat Soap Company Ltd
Park Farm

01367 810346

Registered Number : 08494588
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