While I respect the research that has been done over the years concerning skin pH, I disagree with the way in which the research is being commercially corrupted. Natural soap has received unfair condemnation since all soaps are not created equal.
Although handmade soaps usually get better with age, we recommend using our unscented soaps within 12 months of purchase, and our scented soaps within 6-10 months for best results.
Although the soaps will not be "spoiled" after that time, you may notice that some natural colors and the scents from pure natural essential oils will fade over time.
Syndet is a blended word made by combining the words “synthetic” and “detergent.” There is a lot of hype about using syndet bars to go "soap-free." The theory is that since they are less alkaline than natural soap they will not harm the acid mantle.
When you need soap, body wash or household cleaners, do you reach for products labeled “antibacterial?” Consumers often believe that antibacterial products are more effective at preventing the spread of germs, but there is no scientific evidence that they are more effective than plain soap and water. In fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long-term.