Is natural soap actually good for you?

Conventional soap secrets

Natural bath and body products, particularly soaps, are becoming more popular each year. The interest in growing fast and number of retailers, where natural soap can be purchased increases. What is the reason?

Chemicals in personal care products

Consumer’s interest has grown in the past few years, as people have become more educated about ingredients in personal care products. Because of the information in mass media, TV shows, case studies etc. we now know that sulphates may cause cancer. We have also learned that artificial colourants, fragrances and preservatives are strong irritants and allergens. Moreover, we have discovered that some ingredients within skin care products may be harmful to the environment.

Did you know that toothpaste contains sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS)? Most personal care products and household cleaning liquids are sulphate based. They are packed with preservatives and potentially dangerous chemicals.

Even supermarket bar soap is nothing but a solid sulphate based detergent. It is not the same as handmade soap.

Natural soap reinvented

We now want to eliminate the risks and therefore have chosen a completely different approach to buying bath & body products for our families. This was the reason of ancient soap making method reinvention. First natural soap was made by Babylonians around 2800 B.C. To make soap, they combined vegetable and animal fats with ash, which contains sodium hydroxide (aka lye). Lye is required to turn fatty acids into soap. This chemical reaction is called saponification.

Modern soapmaking

The method has changed ever slightly, as we now use pure sodium hydroxide (aka lye) in soap recipes, not ash. Many soap makers don’t use animal fat anymore. Instead, they work with wonderful vegetable oils like olive, castor, rice bran, grapeseed, avocado and sweet almond. Each oil or butter contributes to a particular soap property. For example, coconut oil makes soap harder, castor oil contributes to lather density and avocado oil adds conditioning properties. Some oils even have proven therapeutic effect as they assist in healing dermatitis and eczema. One of such oils is neem oil.

Handmade soaps are often enriched with botanicals like herbal extracts, flowers and essential oils. Mineral mud, clays, honey and oatmeal are among the most popular additives. Instead of plastic exfoliating particles, which are marine pollutants, soapmakers use salt, pumice stone, walnut shell and coffee. All of the above ingredients enhance natural soap and make it even better for the skin. Most importantly, these gifts of nature give us an opportunity to avoid unnecessary artificial chemicals and as a result, potential allergies and serious skin conditions.

My story

My soap making journey started about 7 years ago when I had enough of skin dryness, irritation and redness. I developed allergy and could not use any household cleaning products without wearing rubber gloves. I started researching and discovered that my skin reacted badly to sulphates and artificial preservatives. Unfortunately, they are everywhere: in shower gels, supermarket bar soaps, shampoos and dishwashing liquid.

Light musk soap bars
Sweet pea natural soap made by Nice Soap

I made my first soap and was amazed how soft my skin felt after just a couple of uses. After a few uses, inflammation and allergy stopped. I never went back to using over-the-counter bar soap or shower gel. Mastering soap making takes years. I now can create very mild and super skin-loving soaps, which are safe to use and are actually beneficial for the skin.

You too can experience the goodness of my natural soaps. Check out Nice Soap shop and choose from a variety of soaps, including goat milk soap, silk soap, men soap and specialty soap.

So is natural soap bad or good?

Coconut lime soap
Coconut & lime soap made by Nice Soap

To sum up, natural soap is actually very good for your skin and overall health. Make sure though, handmade soap you purchase is made by a professional soapmaker like me. Otherwise, there is no guarantee of a positive effect.

Handmade soap:

  • Mildly cleanse the skin leaving it smooth and soft
  • Is non-drying and does not cause irritation
  • Assists in skin healing
  • Does not harm environment
  • Is chemical free
  • Nourishes the skin with micro-elements
  • Suitable for sensitive skin
  • Comes in a variety of unique designs
  • Safe for pregnant & breastfeeding women
  • Suitable for the whole family from kids to elderly

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