Whether it is a skincare product or food; most of us are now moving towards chemical-free products or organic products. Nowadays, people have become aware of the risk of using chemical-based products. These chemical-based products do not have an immediate effect on our health, but after some time, due to the toxins absorbed by our skin, we may face some severe skin and health problems.
Let’s have a deep insight into the concept of organic soap.
What are organic soaps?
Organic soaps are in trend now. These soaps are made of natural or organic materials. They contain little or no artificial ingredients. These soaps have a delightful aroma and mild texture.
Organic soap works well for all skin types; whether you have oily skin, dry skin, normal skin or sensitive skin. If you’re planning to switch from your regular soap to organic soap, then stop thinking much and say a big yes.
What are the benefits of organic soap?
Organic soaps are made of natural ingredients and contain no chemicals. They have healing properties. They work not only as a cleansing soap but also as a remedy for treating eczema, acne, skin irritation and other skin conditions.
Organic soaps are better for the environment because they contain plant-based ingredients that are grown without pesticides or chemical-based fertilisers. These reduce water, air and soil pollution; hence, they are eco friendly.
Cruelty-free and animal-friendly
These soaps do not contain any animal fat and are not tested on animals. That’s why they are considered as cruelty-free and animal-friendly soaps. Organic soaps have botanical extracts and herbs making it an ideal choice for vegans.
Loaded with glycerin
Glycerine (glycerol) is used as a major ingredient in organic soaps. It works as a great moisturising agent for your skin. Cleansing properties of glycerin provide a soft touch to your skin along with retaining moisture. It improves the texture of your skin and its gentle and soothing qualities are best for sensitive skin.
Easily disposed of
Since organic soaps don’t contain any chemical-based preservatives or toxins, they break down easily after they are washed down the drain. Hence these are good for our habitat, marine life and ultimately for our ecosystem.
Anti-bacterial and full of antioxidants
Organic soaps contain various essential oils and other natural ingredients. Along with adding aroma in these soap bars, these ingredients also add antioxidants and anti-bacterial properties in organic soaps.
Helpful to the Economy
Independent producers in the local market manufacture organic soaps. Supporting these local producers is beneficial to the economy because the majority of the money circulates within the same community. A consumer can easily access the manufacturer directly at a local craft or a farm market.
What are organic soaps made of?
After knowing the benefits of organic soap let’s check out its key ingredients –
Organic soaps are made from organically cultivated ingredients. Most of the soap bars are made from base oils. These base oils are coconut oil, olive oil and castor bean oil. Some brands also use cooking oil; If it’s safe to eat then obviously, it’s safe for our skin too.
It’s a common ingredient in most organic soaps. Glycerin is a natural byproduct of the soap making process (saponification). Soapmakers take out glycerin from soap to make the soap bar last longer and they also use that to sell in the market. The leftover glycerin in the soap bar act as a humectant. A humectant is a substance that attracts moisture from the air into the upper layer of your skin.
Another key ingredient in organic soaps is essential oil. Essential oils are compound extracts or essence of plants. They have everything that your skin needs. Essential oils are rich in vitamins and antioxidants and can treat various skin problems. These also have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
Lye is a plant-based substance. It doesn’t meet the definition of ‘organic’. It is something you’d not want to put on your skin. Then what is the use of lye in organic soap bars? Let’s clear this doubt.
There is a difference between ‘contain lye’ and ‘made with lye’. Soaps are formed by a chemical reaction between lye and oil. When the reaction occurs properly, no fats and lye remain in the soap. In this way, lye doesn’t cause any harm to your skin.
After knowing this quick guide on organic soaps, I don’t think there is any reason to think twice before buying organic soap. If you’re someone who is looking for some organic skincare products, then switch your chemical-based soap first.
Also, I would like to know which organic soap do you use and what are some other benefits of using it. Tell me in the comment section.