29 Sep, 2014
The Benefits of Natural Organic Soap
By Soap Blogger
When you next take a trip to your local supermarket and bask in the glorious scents of the soap aisle, you might want to take the time to stop and smell the roses…so to speak. Halt your stroll for long enough to take a good look at the packaging of these so-called soaps and chances are you’ll get the message pretty quick. Not only are the vast majority anything but soaps, but you’ll find it difficult to come across a single example that’s not loaded with dozens of chemicals you can’t even pronounce. And just like that, in the blink of an eye, that seemingly natural smell that was formerly a joy to breathe in takes on a rather sinister new guise.
The simple fact of the matter is that when you see, buy or use a soap that’s not really a soap, it’s a detergent you’re using. What’s the difference? Well, it all comes down to the way in which is can be much cheaper and easier for the manufacturers to take a good chunk of the beneficial stuff out of the recipe and replace it with harsher chemicals and all manner of synthetic nasties.
Cheap for them, bad for you. And it’s not as if it’s only yourself and your own skin you’re doing damage to with these products – some can be quite hideous for the environment.
Are They Really So Bad?
Like most things in life, the quality issues come down to simple profiteering on the part of the soap manufacturers. During the soap making process – aka saponification – a substance is produced called glycerine. Not a problem at all as glycerine can work wonders for your skin, but such is its value that most manufacturers do all they can to extract every last shred of the stuff and sell it on to the highest bidder. It’s then replaced with bits and pieces that aren’t nearly as good for the buyer’s skin, which can end up dry, chapped and generally unpleasant after using the harsh soap.
Ironically, chances are you’ll then go out and buy the moisturisers of the very brands that bought the glycerine from the soap maker in the first place!
The simple fact of the matter is that when you take a look at the average store shelf, almost every standard bar you see will be loaded with artificial colours, synthetic lathering agents and so many chemicals the likes of which you wouldn’t normally choose to bathe in. Despite having been outed as a potential cancer catalyst, there are even certain bars that still contain triclosan.
So you cover your skin in chemicals, wash them off and send them back in the environment – But as this is the way of things these days, is it really worth bothering with the alternative?
If you care about your body, your health and the world as a whole, the answer is yes – very much so!
A Preferable Choice
Natural, organic soaps produced by genuinely responsible manufacturers may be slightly more costly than the conventional, but at least you know what you’re putting on your skin.
Standard bars on the shelves these days are designed to get the job done and to hell with the consequences – one of which being the health of your skin.
Handmade soaps are a completely different product and deliver a totally different experience each and every time they’re used – one try and you’ll be hooked.
Here’s a quick overview of five reasons why conventional bars just cannot hold a candle to natural, organic soaps:
1 – All Natural Ingredients Used with No Harsh Chemicals
Parabens, Sodium Laureth Sulphate, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate…Tallow (animal fat) it doesn’t exactly read like a list of ingredients you’d ideally like to lather your skin in, does it? Nonetheless, these are exactly the kinds of chemicals that are found in so many standard bars these days and generally slip under the radar, despite doing your skin’s health no good at all. As such, it’s really no wonder that cheaper bars can leave your skin feeling dry and tired, even right after a wash. By contrast, organic soaps are crafted from all-natural ingredients that are 100% healthy for use on all skin types and designed to lock in moisture.
And just for the record, you’ll never come across an organic product in our range that’s been tested on animals.
2 – Powerful Skin Treatment Properties
Loaded with all manner of good stuff from Mother Nature, natural soaps often go far beyond simple cleaning of the skin and can actually serve as powerful supplementary treatments. From eczema to acne and a variety of other skin conditions, to switch to a wholly natural and wonderfully safe alternative really can make all the difference in the world.
3 – Antioxidant Content
The skin is the body’s most important natural defence when it comes to a wide variety of harmful agents, substances and external influences. With a glorious list of natural ingredients, essential oils and nourishing natural extracts, natural soaps deliver a rich dose of antioxidants in order to ensure the skin is as capable and well-protected as it can possibly be.
4 – It’s Better For the Environment
Even when a low-end bar has finished drying out your skin and generally leaving you feeling underwhelmed, its negative effects aren’t quite finished yet. Instead, it then heads out of your home and once again works its magic on the environment, polluting rivers and streams. By contrast, natural and organic soaps are as kind to the environment as they are to your skin. "in harmony with you and the environment."
5 – It’s Just a Gorgeous Product
Last but not least, take a look at the soaps on offer and you’ll see in an instant the difference. Organic, natural soaps can be nothing less than a work of art and are the kind of thing that’s a pleasure to buy and a real joy to use. And as for the fragrance…let’s just say you’ll never look at a conventional bar the same way again!