The benefits of natural soap & things you must know before using It
Why is natural soap on the rise? What are the benefits? Why buy it? You asked us so we are going to spill the beans.
You find yourself browsing through a store and get sidetracked by a huge section of natural soap bars. All types of colors, sizes, designs, and scents. With all these options you may ask yourself, which one you should buy? Or whether it is a wise thing to switch to handmade soaps?
There are a lot of soap bars on the market that make a thousand claims of being natural with things like honey, milk, oils, and whatnot. BUT you must know that everything that glitters is not gold.
So today, we will list all the things you need to look for when it comes to buying soap.
Look for these 10 benefits of natural soap before buying handmade soap.
You certainly shouldn’t pick up just about any soap that looks good or smells great. Here are a number of things you should consider before you buy one.All Natural Coffee Scrub & Olive Oil Soap
Let’s see if you knew about some of these?
1. Choose all-natural
Going all-natural comes with many benefits, one of them is that you’ll spend less money on other skincare products. A great organic soap can replace many skin care products like; cleansers, acne care, and even exfoliators. So, make sure the ingredients within your soap are pure and free of synthetic preservatives.
These synthetic components are used mostly for texture, color, and fragrance. But why compromise on the 5% when there are soaps that are 100% natural and offer the best form of cleansing and moisturizing?
As for fragrance, we are very keen on letting our customers know that fragrance is the worst thing you can do to your skin and respiratory system. So, be aware that the purest of bars will never have attractively bright colors or a strong scent. And, that is because they use natural colors and essential oils.
2. Palm Oil Free
For those customers who support organic and ecology with all their hearts, they know what using palm oil means. Sadly, it is a highly popular oil when it comes to soaps and beauty products.
The creation of soap recipes is just like cooking: your options are limitless! The combination of various oils yield a different type of bar. Palm oil in soap recipes creates a hard, stable bar of soap that lathers very well. It is also a very inexpensive ingredient used profusely in commercial soaps. But in large quantities, palm oil can be excessively drying on your skin.
Saying no to palm oil has been a big part of that commitment right from the start, we chose not to include palm oil in our recipes for a more environmentally conscious reason. Consumption of palm oil has increased dramatically in the past decade. Though you may not realize it, however, you most likely have products in your home with palm oil in the ingredients list. You can find it in chocolate, margarine, cookies, crackers, snacks, and cosmetics (soaps, lipsticks).
3. Cold-Process or Hot-process?
Now, this is a bit technical but worth paying attention to. There are primarily two methods of making soap – melt and pour; hot process, and cold-process soap. This first method, i.e. melt and pour is one that most cosmetic soaps are made by. And, there is all likelihood that you will have one with palm oil as an active ingredient.
Soaps made this way are also likely to contain animal fat. So, do check how your all natural soap was made.
Hot process is great; cold pressed however, is equally great if not better. The Soaps at SanBe Beauty have always been palm oil-free and Vegan no matter if hot or cold-process. In 2019 we started transitioning to only cold-process soaps in order to be able to customize our soap recipes and to be more sustainable. SanBe’s Soaps are made of organic ingredients without any synthetic additives, colors or fragrances. We use natural ingredients as mother nature gave them to us.
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4. How long will my soap last?
Have you ever thought why organic soaps deplete so quickly? Since natural products like these do not have synthetic preservatives in them, they are bound to melt and evaporate faster than cosmetic soap bars. No hardening agents, means quick evaporation when exposed to water and moisture. This is why it is advised to store them in dry places or on a wooden soap block.
So, you must expect a shorter shelf life, mostly up to a year.
If you see soaps with years of shelf life, you probably need to take a thorough look at its composition. You might just discover that your bar is not so natural.
Here are some handy tips to use your all-natural soaps optimally:
Store your soap in a refrigerator or even freeze them.
Cut your soap into two halves, so that the entire bar doesn’t evaporate in one go.
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5. Vegan or NOT, WHATS THE DIFFERENCE?
If you are a vegan, you sure want to check on vegan ingredients. All the goat’s milk, tallow and honey is luxurious, but these ingredients are certainly not animal friendly.
Tallow for instance is made by rendering suet which is the fat of cattle or sheep, typically the fat that surrounds the animals organs. The process of rendering involves gently heating suet to separate the fat from any remaining muscle or connective tissue. The result is a pure fat that once cooled, is solid at room temperature.
Here at SanBe we say “No Thank you” to any type of animal cruelty.
6. Natural Antiseptic is a must have
If you’ve been facing skin issues and infections, then you’d love some natural antiseptic. Yes, soaps which contain tee tree oil, coconut oil, or eucalyptus oil are naturally laden with antiseptic, anti-fungal, and antibacterial qualities. These oils are equipped to combat fungi, viruses and infection-causing bacteria that can harm your skin even if you keep it clean.
So, if you see these ingredients, it is always a plus.
7. Get your glycerin
One of the natural byproducts of the process of making soap is glycerin. In general, glycerin is a great skin moisturizer, a humectant because it draws moisture to it and emollient that softens the skin. When made traditionally, these soaps contain glycerin which hydrates your skin while bathing. However, the Store-bought or commercially-produced soaps are usually processed to remove the glycerin.
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8. Aloe Vera the queen of all
You may have heard of aloe vera and its healing properties. This amazing plant also has impeccable moisturizing abilities and can heal broken and sunburnt skin. Our favorite Aloe Vera Soap has all those skin-soothing properties, but we took it a step further and added additional herbs like; calendula and nettle leaf powder to soften skin, reduce inflammation, and to treat acne.
It even helps heal skin lesions and extremely dry skin. It is very popular in gel form, but hey, if your all-natural soap has this ingredient, please consider buying it.
Another plus that aloe vera soaps will give you is that of maintaining the pH balance of your skin. Well, most natural bars will do that but there is no moisturizing agent better than aloe vera.
While cosmetic soap bars sheer moisture off your skin with its harsh chemicals and disturb the pH balance, these natural alternatives are your saviors.
9. Is there such thing as too much soap?
In general using too much alcohol-based hand soaps that are filled with synthetics, like; fragrances and dyes can backfire. Over-washing can cause hands to dry out, crack and bleed, which allows germs to enter the body. Combat dryness by using a natural soap that is made with only pure ingredients and by applying a moisturizing cream or lotion to damp skin.
10. Quality over quantity
The underlying process that goes into making natural soaps is quite different from store-bought soaps. It is not the quantity that matters, but the quality when making natural soaps. Of course, there’s no better way to flood your senses using aromatherapy, moisturize your skin, and also embrace life’s uniqueness, then by using some wonderfully simple natural soaps.
Don’t go overboard by how fancy a natural soap bar looks. It’s not a case of the fancier the better. Most come in simple yet elegant packaging.
Go for smaller sizes. Remember that it melts away easily. So, take convenient small sizes. Or cut your bar in half and store the rest in the fridge.
The shelf life of natural soap is within 12 months of purchase.
They are not necessarily costlier then cosmetic soaps. It actually depends from brand to brand how expensive or reasonable the pricing is (apart from the ingredients, of course)
I hope we cleared up all questions you may have had about natural soap, but if you still have questions please comment below and we will get back to you with an answer.
xo Betty J.