Organic soap is one of the latest all-natural alternative products that's getting a lot of attention. But what is organic soap, and what are some of its benefits?
Organic Soap Contains All-Natural Products
Organic soap is a soap that is made with only organic materials. A lot of the time organic and natural are used interchangeably and, for many, an all-natural soap is a great alternative. But if you want to truly use an environmentally-friendly soap, then organic is the way to go.
Since it's impossible to make soap without lye, and lye is far from organic, there is really no such thing as a truly 100% organic soap. But, with that being said, making sure all your other soap ingredients are organic not only helps the environment, but helps your skin and body as well.
Why Organic Soap Contains Lye
In order to take your raw ingredients and turn them into an organic soap, you need to have a chemical reaction. This is where lye comes in. In its natural state it can be dangerous, so it needs to be handled carefully, but once it is mixed in with the other ingredients, and the soap is made, it isn’t dangerous at all.
Traditional Soaps Contain Additives
A lot of the additives that are in conventional soap are not only unnecessary, but can be dangerous. Sodium laurel sulfate, a main ingredient in manufactuered soap, was originally intended to clean the grease from car engines. SLS and other surfactants can be extremely drying and irritating, causing skin problems such as itchiness and rashes. Conventional soaps also have a slew of other chemicals in them that can cause irritation and allergic reactions.
Making Organic Soap
Depending on what recipe you use, there are very precise measurements needed for the chemical reaction to take place.
Organic Soap and Allergies
Organic soaps by their very nature are gentler on the skin than soaps made with unnecessary chemicals. With that being said, if you have an allergy to almonds, you will need to stay away from any organic soap made with almonds. But if the soap doesn’t have any ingredients in it that are known allergens to you, then you will be fine.
Cleaning Power of Organic Soap
Organic soaps clean just as well as their chemical full counter parts. But what about in comparison to antibacterial soaps?
Triclosan, which is the most commonly used ingredient for making a soap antibacterial, is believed to be harmful. But adding certain essential oils to organic soaps can increase their cleaning power and make them antibacterial without having to use harmful chemicals. Tea tree oil is a great antibacterial, as well as lavender and lemon.
Whether purchasing your organic soap from a soap-maker or taking on the task of making it yourself, you won’t be disappointed. The more you control what you put on your body, the healthier you will be.