Organic Natural Soaps are made with plant derived organic oils as a base ingredient, which needs to undergo saponification to turn the oil into soap. Saponification involves adding a strong alkaline solution to the oil which turns the oils into fatty salts. Fatty salts are surfactants which clean by breaking up oils and denaturing proteins. Conventional soaps use fatty salts that are derived from petroleum oils and plant oils. In production they use harsh chemicals in the process of saponification of the oils to converts them to fatty salts. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) are the most commonly used in cosmetics and other detergents. Bothe SLS and SLES can be a skin irritant to sensitive skin and can cause clogging of pores resulting in acne. They also add dangerous preservatives, petroleum-based lathering agents, synthetic fragrances, and harsh dyes or coloring agents to the end products. Some of the harsh chemicals found in regular soaps are Parabens, Sulfates, and Triclosan. They can trigger allergies, disrupt hormones, and even increase the risk of some cancers. Fortunately, organic soaps do not have any of these chemicals. They are made up of natural ingredients that are beneficial to their users. During the process of producing Organic Soaps, Antioxidant properties are preserved in its ingredients. Antioxidants help the skin repair itself by reducing inflammation and keeping your skin looking younger and fresh. The presence of more antioxidants on natural soaps rejuvenates the skin and helps in slowing down the aging process. Also, the pH level of organic products is between 9 and 10. It means that it is gentler on your skin and it makes the skin less prone to irritation.
How to Find QualityNatural Soap
Finding quality all natural soaps can be difficult. The cost of using quality ingredients without preservatives is not in the business model for mass production. I have not found anything store bought that meets what I consider a natural organic soap. Most advertised natural soaps have additives that are synthetically derived. Doing an online search for natural soaps you will see that many have ingredients like fragrance oils, fragrances, and citric acid. None of which are natural ingredients, they are all made synthetically. Even citric acid which is natural in fruit is made from aconitic or isocitrate/alloisocitrate calcium salts under high pressure conditions to produce citric acid. 50% of Citric Acid production is in China. The only way to naturally impart fragrance into soap is by adding essential oils. Many producers do not do this because of the cost and use trickery like adding the Latin name of a plant fragrance to make it sound like they added essential oil. If the ingredients do not say the exact phrase essential oil then assume it is synthetic fragrance. Using essential oils in skin care products adds the natural benefits the selected oils offer to the body and mind.
The best place to get a quality Organic Natural Soap is finding a local small batch producers. You can get lucky at Farmers Markets or other events with vendors selling homemade products. Again beware I have seen lots of local soap makers cut costs by adding fragrances or using oils that are not certified organic. For complete control of a quality product learning to do it yourself is the best option. The internet has many resources that can help you get started with minimal equipment purchase for small batch production.
In my home I have been making my own small batch soaps for almost a decade. We make them for family use and also sell them in my office and occasionally we will work a vendor booth at events we enjoy. I enjoy the process and love the product and do not mind making a batches for other people to enjoy. I can tell the difference in my skin since I started using natural soap, I very rarely have dry skin anymore. My favorite soap to use is a Tea Tree essential oil fragranced soap. Tea Tree oil is a natural antiseptic and I enjoy the clean smell it leaves behind. I make different essential oil soaps during the year for individual bars or can make an entire batch 50 bars custom upon request. I have made custom batches such as Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Pine, Lemon, Orange, Vanilla, and Lavender for customers. If you are interested in trying our small batch soaps go to our contact page and send me an email or stop in the office to see what we have available.