Our skins come into contact with soap every single day. It’s one of the bare essentials to clean living and it’s important that the soap we use is good to our skin. There are some chemicals that are used in commercially available soaps that can actually be quite harmful, causing skin to feel dry and stripping away the natural oils present. Commercially available soaps can contain chemicals such as paragons and SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate), which started is used as an industrial degreasant and garage floor cleaner. When applied to human skin, it has the effect of stripping off the oil layer and irritating and eroding the skin, leaving skin feeling coarse and stretched. Of course there are healthy and natural alternatives, such as handmade, natural soaps, which are great for the skin and use all natural ingredients like natural essential oils as compared to the commercial High Street Soaps which use more chemicals.
These natural soaps offer a healthier alternative and are made using a blend of organic vegetable oils. These oils can include, but aren’t limited to: avocado (rich in vitamins and proteins), coconut (prevents dryness of skin and flaking) and olive oil (provides a great moisturizing effect). Of course, these soaps can be made from a range of natural ingredients and the sellers are always happy to give in-depth information about the beneficial aspects of each of these organic ingredients.
A lot of organic soaps are made by small business owners and are homemade using a process called cold press. The cold press process means that the oils used in the organic soaps are never heated above a 100 degrees centigrade which in turn means that all the natural goodness contained isn’t degraded due to overheating. Other products that can be cold pressed are coffee and oils that are used in cooking, all of which result in a better product overall. Using the cold press process lessens the impact on the environment, making it very sustainable for the planet we all inhabit, because there’s less energy used in making the organic soaps. Also, since the organic soaps are made by local businesses, the carbon footprint is considerably less than mass-produced soaps and you’re also supporting local, ethical businesses that are sustainable to the environment.
Organic soaps come in many different scents, aromas and compositions because of the variety of ingredients that can be used. Some can focus mainly on exfoliating, some for moisturizing, while others are made specifically to use instead of shaving cream. Because of the variety of natural ingredients used, the organic soaps also help alleviate the annoyance of skin conditions like razor rash that are caused by shaving soaps.