Why People Love Natural Soap vs Commercial Soap
Posted on November 11 2015
Why are so many people switching to natural soap?
Soap is an everyday essential for many households, and picking up a bar of soap at the superstore without a second thought can quickly become habit. From time to time, however, it’s worth stopping to consider: how does this commercially-sold bar compare with natural soap?
You might be surprised to discover the sheer number of differences between commercial soaps and those made by hand with natural ingredients. Often, the first thing you might notice is the price; natural soap is typically more expensive than commercial alternatives.
The old adage of ‘you get what you pay for’ tends to ring true when it comes to soap – the cheaper the bar, the lower the quality, generally speaking.
Natural soap is more expensive for a number of reasons: the ingredients are often top quality and non-artificial, many soaps are made by hand, take longer to produce and tend to be sold by smaller firms or sole traders as opposed to multinational brands.
Natural Soap vs Commercial Soap:
How is natural soap made?
There are different ways of producing natural soap but many artisan soap makers use the methods known as hot process or cold process. At Soap.Club, we favor the cold process soap making technique – this is because the method produces a gentle, long-lasting soap of the highest quality.
Artisanal soap makers produce soap in small batches, rather than mass manufacturing a production line like the big firms. This means that every bar receives our undivided attention and is produced by hand as opposed to being machine manufactured.
Natural soaps sold by Soap.Club are made with all-natural, organic ingredients, sourced ethically through sustainable partnerships. Our soaps contain no artificial ingredients or harsh additives and typically have a base of olive oil, coconut oil and organic shea butter which is a renowned natural nourishers for deep moisturization. The fantastic scents we produce are the result of natural fragrances and essential oils, and the artistic finishes are produced by hand.
Benefits of natural soap
Using natural soap rather than a commercially produced alternative can bring about a wide range of benefits. Made with natural ingredients, artisan soap may:
- Hydrate and soothe dry skin, providing round-the-clock moisturization and nourishment
- Sink into the skin to moisturize the deeper layers without clogging up pores
- Provide essential vitamins and nutrients for healthier skin
- Reduce the appearance of scars and blemishes like age spots
- Contribute to a more youthful complexion by smoothing out wrinkles and preventing the formation of new lines
- Moisturize even the most sensitive skin without causing irritation
5 Reasons To Love 100% Natural Soap
How is natural soap better than commercial soap?
Purchasing commercial soap is convenient and often cheaper than investing in a natural alternative but if you’re looking after your family’s health and wellbeing while working to an ethos of sustainability then natural is the way to go.
Check the ingredients list on the next bar of soap you pick up and consider how many of the terms are familiar to you and how many aren’t. Commercial soap typically includes various additives and preservatives essentially artificial ingredients and chemicals that make the soap go further and last longer. However, these ingredients can irritate the skin, especially of young children or family members with sensitive skin.
It may be cheaper to buy mass-manufactured soap but what you may be paying for is the brand name on the packaging, not the soap itself. In fact, soap from the same manufacturer can differ from bar to bar.
Handmade soaps are made with care and attention to set recipes and often provide better value for money because they tend to be larger than high-street alternatives and use higher quality ingredients.
Natural oils and plant butters are chosen for their gentles cleansing properties and rich moisturization, as well as the associated health benefits. Did you know that olive oil contains powerful antioxidants in the form of vitamins A and E?
These essential nutrients help fight the free radicals responsible for breakouts while also reducing the signs of aging. Coconut oil, meanwhile, is a natural remedy for skin conditions like eczema, athlete’s foot and fungal nail infections, fighting off bacteria and nourishing very dry skin.
When is natural soap not natural soap?
The shift in public preferences towards more natural products means that many of the larger soap manufacturers are adding to their product lines with new soaps that promise to impart the powers of nature. You may be paying more for these organic ingredients but just how natural are they?
Bath and body products are increasingly advertised as containing natural ingredients and extracts, but it can be hard to know what sort of quantity and quality of ingredient has been used. For example, if your soap contains olive oil, check for Olive Pomace Oil as a listed ingredient – this is the lowest grade and the oil is extracted using solvents, which can be retained within the end product.
A natural by-product of soapmaking is glycerin – a humectant that helps the skin retain moisture. In handmade soaps, the glycerin is retained within the soap but many big manufacturers remove the glycerin to use in their more expensive products like creams or lotions. This results in a harder, drying soap that is essentially little more than a detergent.
At Soap.Club, we source the best-quality ingredients for our natural soaps; there are no artificial colorants, no chemicals or preservatives in our handmade soaps. We encourage everyone to spend some time checking the labels on soaps and other bath and body products. You'll find with a little research you can learn more about what you’re putting on your skin and the effects.
Make the switch to natural soap Your skin is your body’s largest organ and it protects you from the elements; at the same time, you can protect your skin by feeding it the nutrients that will keep it nourished and healthy for the years to come.
Whether you have sensitive skin or not, natural soap is packed with skin-kind goodness for smoother, supple skin and deep moisturization. Suitable for all skin types, natural soap is available in all kinds of fantastic fragrances for all the family, from apple pie and spring flowers to sea breeze.
At Soap.Club, we’re confident in our all-natural, nourishing product range; shop over 70 scents or join as a subscriber and receive your favorite fragrances every month. Click here to visit our online store or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.