There is no denying that the demand for more holistic products in the cosmetic and beauty industry is increasing. More and more people are opting for brands who use more natural ingredients, support cruelty-free options and use more sustainable packaging. Some beauty trends are even making a comeback due to their more natural approach. Trends such as facial masks and bath oils were once a thing only our grandmothers did, but they are creeping their way back into the modern woman's beauty routine.
Though bar soap has had its bad reputation for being unsanitary, scientific evidence has debunked that myth. Bar soap is making a comeback because it is a plastic bottle alternative and it contains high amounts of glycerin. And consumers aren't just reaching for Dove and Irish Spring bars anymore, they desire more natural handmade soaps due to the transparency of natural ingredients and the better variety.
Below is a list of the top 5 reasons to make the switch today to natural handmade soaps from commercial soaps. You'll learn key benefits of natural soap and the failed promises of many commercial soap companies. We hope afterwards you'll be more cognizant of the ingredients that are in your favorite products.
1. Commercial soaps contain synthetic detergents and other chemicals that can be harmful and drying to skin.
Even commercial soap companies that claim to be natural still use ingredients that can be harmful to the skin. Below is a shortened list of standard ingredients in many commercial bar soaps. Don’t worry we can’t pronounce all the words either:
- Sodium cocoyl isethionate (synthetic detergent)
- Sodium tallowate (sodium salt derived from cows and sheep)
- Water sodium isethionate (detergent and emulsifying agent)
- Sodium stearate (emulsifier and a stabilizer in plastics)
- Sodium dodecylbenzenesulfonate (synthetic detergent)
- Trisodium EDTA (stabilizer, used in industrial cleaning products to decrease hard water, can also cause skin irritation)
- Sodium Chloride (drying effects to the skin)
- Glycol Propylene (Synthetic liquid that absorbs water, often used as antifreez)
Titanium dioxide (whitener, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) titanium is classified as a possible carcinogen to humans)
For the sake of your sanity and time in attempting to pronounce these words I don’t won't bombard you with every ingredient used but you get the picture. Natural handmade soaps are made with easy to pronounce ingredients that are good for skin and don’t dry skin out.
2. Many commercial soap companies test their products on animals.
Although humans benefit from the testing of products on animals, the pain and suffering that many animals go through aren’t worth the human benefit. This is a topic that can go into further depth but we will leave it at this; no animal should have to succumb to unusual pain and suffering for our benefit and they should not have to be exploited.
3. Marketing Spiel vs. the Truth
Some companies will spend millions of dollars to market their products but the products they sell are made with the harmful ingredients that are mentioned above. Competition is high and marketing language may hide a lot of the truth. Factory produced soaps don't care about the ingredients they use because they're cheap and easy to make but they will never to you that.
Many handmade soap companies will boast about how few ingredients they use while still being able to maintain the amazing qualities that handmade soap has to offer.
4. Natural handmade soaps are better for the environment.
Many soap makers are cautious about the ingredients they put in their products so it comes as no surprise that they care about where those ingredients come from. Many handmade soap companies even make vegan and palm-free products to promote a more eco-friendly brand.
5. Natural handmade soaps contain glycerin and other natural ingredients.
Glycerin is a naturally occuring compound derived from vegetable oils. Glycerin is a humectant, a moisturizing agent that pulls water from the environment into the deep layers of the skin. By drawing moisture to the top layer of skin, glycerine helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and keeps skin looking soft and smooth. Natural handmade soaps are packed with glycerin and the major contributors are vegetable oils. Here is a list of all the ingredients used by Adventurist Soap Co.:
- Avocado oil
- Canola oil
- Castor oil
- Coconut oil
- Distilled water
- Herbs & Clays (Coloring)
- Olive oil
- Pure essential oils (Scent)
- Shea butter
- Sodium hydroxide (Lye)*
- Sodium lactate*
*Sodium lactate is a naturally occuring sodium salt made from corn and beets, it acts as a natural preservative and hardener.
*Sodium hydroxide (Lye) is used during the saponification process to turn oil into soap. Lye does not remain in the finished product.
Time to make a switch!
As one of the largest organs of the human body, your skin is delicate and should be protected. The human skin plays an important role in regulating body temperature and signaling to the overall health of the body among other important tasks. It is important to give your skin the proper nutrients to maintain optimal health and function. The best way to care for your skin is by drinking plenty of water, taking daily vitamins and using products that provide the proper nutrients to your skin. Natural soap is gentle to the skin, it provides moisture and is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients that are essential to healthy and beautiful skin.