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Wednesday, January 10, 2024

The Oily Truth Behind Your Bubbly Bar of Soap

We all love a good lather. Those fluffy mountains of bubbles sliding down our hands, the satisfying sound of rushing water – it's a sensory experience that signals cleanliness and pure indulgence. But have you ever wondered, what's the science behind this sudsy spectacle? It turns out, soap lather is more than just pretty bubbles; it's a captivating dance of chemistry and physics that makes cleaning a whole lot more effective.

Let's step into the microscopic world of soap. Each soap molecule is a fascinating double
act: one end loves water (hydrophilic) and the other shuns it like the plague (hydrophobic).
When you mix soap with water, these molecules line up at the water's surface, the

hydrophilic heads happily mingling with the water, while the hydrophobic tails huddle

together, feeling ostracized. This creates a tension on the surface, like a microscopic


Now, enter friction. That satisfying rub-a-dub-dub you give your hands and the loofah

isn't just for show. It's actually trapping air between the soap molecules, forming tiny air

pockets. The hydrophobic tails, desperate to avoid water, latch onto these air pockets,

creating a bubble-like sphere, with the hydrophilic heads facing outwards, happily

immersed in the water.

Voila! You've just witnessed the birth of a soap bubble. But lather needs more than just a

few lone bubbles. That's where the physics steps in. As you rinse and rub, the bubbles

collide and merge, forming a tangled network of suds. The air trapped inside is stabilized

by the soap molecules, creating a light and fluffy lather that coats your skin.

Each ingredient added to a bar of soap brings with it it's own lather and skin softening

abilities. This is where the art side of soap making comes in. The experimenting with

different ingredients to best curate that perfect bar of soap. Let's dive into some of those

ingredients used in Lora's Beauty soaps and how they affect lather.

The Leading Lady: Coconut Oil

Think big, bold, and bountiful. Coconut oil, the queen of lather, crafts voluminous bubbles

that cling tenaciously, blanketing your skin in a cloud of cleansing foam. These aren't

fleeting wisps. Coconut oil bubbles hold their own, resisting the urge to pop prematurely,

thanks to its high lauric acid content.

All Lora's soaps contain coconut oil except

the Coconut Oil Free Lavender Eucalyptus


The Gentle Giant: Shea Butter

Shea butter lathers gently, offering a luxurious, moisturizing experience.

Shea butter lathers hold their composure, but don't expect the same long-lasting

performance as coconut oil.

Unscented bais made with shea

The Balancing Act: Olive Oil

A fine balance, olive oil creates a moderate lather, neither too shy nor overly exuberant. It

strikes a harmonious chord between cleansing power and skin nourishment. These

bubbles find their middle ground, lasting longer than shea butter's gentle dance but not

matching coconut oil's marathon performance.

All Lora's
body soaps and shampoos contain olive oil.

The Enigmatic Duo: Cocoa Butter and Tussah Silk

While coconut oil and olive oil steal the spotlight in the arena of lather-defining oils, cocoa

butter and tussah silk offer a more nuanced performance, adding texture, richness, and a

touch of the exotic to your soapy symphony.

Cocoa Butter:

Cocoa butter adds a creamy richness to the lather without significantly boosting its volume.

Expect fine, dense bubbles that cling gently to your skin, offering a luxurious and

moisturizing bathing experience. These bubbles, though not record-breaking in their

persistence, resist popping quite well, thanks to cocoa butter's high stearic acid content.

All Lora's body soapcontain cocoa butter
except the Unscented bar.

Tussah Silk:

Don't expect a dramatic increase in bubble volume with tussah silk. Instead, it softens the

lather, making it smoother and airier. Imagine delicate snowflakes swirling in your hand

rather than boisterous beach balls. While not known for extending the life of your lather,

tussah silk adds a unique "slip" and conditioning effect, leaving your skin feeling soft and

silky long after the bubbles have faded.

All Lora's
body soaps and shampoos contain cruelty free tussah silk.

So, the next time you indulge in a luxurious lather, remember this: it's not just a fleeting

sensory experience; it's a testament to the amazing power of science and art working

their magic to keep you clean and happy.

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