We seldom think about why we started manufacturing soap or why we set out to produce the greatest soap in soap boxes we could. That’s not to say we didn’t consider it. We merely made a choice a long time ago and have been sticking to it ever since. The following article should provide you with some further knowledge.
An Overview of the Advantages of Organic Soap
What is the most important advantage of using organic soap? Simply said, organic soap is healthier for your skin. It comprises plant-derived base oils, glycerin, and essential oils, all of which are natural. Synthetic, mass-market soap, on the other hand, contains petroleum-based lathering chemicals, synthetic perfumes, harsh colors, and hazardous preservatives. It’s hardly a surprise, therefore, that many of our clients claim their skin feels better after using organic soap and that it may occasionally assist in alleviating skin disorders like eczema and acne rather than causing more discomfort.
Organic soap is not only healthier for you, but it is also better for others. It’s better for the environment. It is because the components available to make it have a lower environmental effect. Also, those ingredients break down readily and create fewer difficulties once you flesh them. It’s better for animals since its components are truly safe for our earth, so there is no need for animal testing. Finally, organic soap is healthier for the economy. It is because small, local makers are working on it, so your money stays in the community.
What exactly do I mean by organic soap?
Most of the time, when I speak about organic soap, I’m referring to natural and organic soap. Organic soap also has the extra advantage of being created from components grown using organic agricultural techniques, which means no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers are used. So organic soap is a natural soap, but it goes a step beyond.
Have better-for-your-skin components.
Organic soap is what you can make from natural materials that are, in most instances, also organically available. The bulk of the soap bar is available in basic oils. Some of the same basic oils that you may use for cooking are available for soapmaking. If it’s okay to consume, it’s usually safe to apply to your skin. Coconut, olive, and castor bean oil are the oils that you can use in our most recent recipe.
The essential oil
Essential oil is another element in our soap that we see in soap boxes. The volatile or aromatic chemicals available in some plants are popular as essential oils. The majority of essential oils are what you can get from foods that you would consume, such as citrus fruit or plants. Pure essential oil, according to experts, you should never apply to the skin since it is very concentrated and it may cause irritation. However, an essential oil that has been diluted with another oil is perfectly safe.
It is also available in most organic soaps. Glycerin is a byproduct of the soapmaking process. Many mass-market soapmakers and some small-batch soapmakers remove the glycerin to make the soap bar last longer or to sell the glycerin for use in other cosmetic items. Aloe and honey are two more natural humectants.
So, what about lye?
Lye is a refined natural material that does not fall under the category of “organic.” Lye is derived from wood ashes; hence it is plant-based. However, it does not seem to be anything you would want to apply to your skin. So what’s the deal? According to one soapmaker, there is a distinction between “contains lye” and “produced with lye.” Soap is created by the chemical interaction of lye and oil. As a result, after the soapmaking process is complete, there is no lye remaining in the soap. Along with essential oils and anything else you decide to add to the bar.
Cooking and soapmaking
A friend acquired a home a few years ago, and her father came to visit to assist her with a few carpentry chores before she moved in. One night, we were all enjoying dinner, and he was saying something that resonated with me. You’ll probably end up with a very decent meal if you start with the finest components and mix them with a little bit of talent. This makes a lot of sense when you think about it.
Imagine being able to purchase a salmon directly from the boat, like I did when I was growing up on the Oregon Coast. Consider bringing the fish home and grilling it over an open fire in your backyard—exceptional ingredients. And, yes, cooking fish over a fire requires some talent. Consider fish sticks from the freezer area of the grocery store. Consider all of the technological procedures and technology required to produce fish sticks. Which one tastes better now? Soapmaking, in my experience, works in the same manner.
What organic soaps don’t have
Now that we’ve discussed some of the benefits of organic soap let’s look at some of the drawbacks of mass-market commercial soap. Surfactants, parabens, and artificial fragrances are the three ingredients I’ll look into.
They are the compounds that are responsible for a product’s cleaning effects. Also, they are composed of long molecules with opposing ends. The molecule’s one end adheres to water, while the other adheres to dirt and grease. Surfactants, as a class, aren’t always harmful to you. Soap is a kind of surfactant. However, you must exercise caution while applying surfactants to your skin. Sodium lauryl sulfate is a popular surfactant used in personal cleansers and shampoos. SLS, or sodium lauryl sulfate, is what you can get from coconuts. However, it is polluted with hazardous byproducts throughout the manufacturing process.
They especially inhibit the development of mold and germs. Paraben is an abbreviation for “Para hydroxybenzoate.” Parabens should be avoided since they mimic estrogen in the body. Excess estrogen may cause breast cancer and reproductive problems. When reading cosmetic product labels, search for the three most prevalent parabens: butylparaben, methylparaben, and propyl paraben. You may also go with a basic, natural product like organic soap, available in soap boxes!