We all ask one question while making a soap purchase, “What’s in it? or How to choose Organic Soap for skin”. Yes! We all do that and be happy after going through the label and feeling “Yes! I got it.” But do we?
Just to eradicate that question, we bring you the list of key ingredients that you should keep an eye out for. These ingredients are the foundation of any organic soap and also, make your skin better. If you don’t find them on the label, then there’s a good reason to question your purchase.
Most organic soap contains glycerin as a key ingredient. A simple brief, Glycerin is a natural byproduct of the saponification (soap-making) process. When glycerin is left in the soap bar, it acts as a humectant (a substance that attracts moisture into the skin). Two other natural humectants that are more commonly known are aloe and honey.
Know more: Benefits of using Glycerin Soaps
2. Essential oil
Essential oils are the volatile compounds in certain plants. Most essential oils that are used in the soap making process are distilled from things like citrus fruits or herbs. Commonly used essential oils include lemon essential oil and rosemary essential oil.
It is always recommended that you should never put pure essential oil on your skin directly as it is very concentrated. Doing this can also cause irritation. However, essential oil diluted with another oil is just fine and is beneficial for the skin.
3. Base oils
The base oil is one of those ingredients that are organically farmed. The majority of the soap bar is made up from these. Surprisingly, the oils used for soapmaking can also be used for cooking. So, in a nutshell, if it’s safe to eat, it’s probably also safe to put on your skin.
At Avrell soaps, those oils are coconut, olive, palm, and castor bean oil.
What About lye?
Lye is known as a purified natural substance and it does not meet the definition of “organic.” Lye does have it’s origins in wood ashes, so it is plant-based.
But it doesn’t seem like something you’d want to put on your skin. So what gives? Well, let us first differentiate between “contains lye” and “made with lye.”
Generally, Soaps are made in a chemical reaction between lye and oil. So, if executed properly, there is no lye left in the soap once the soapmaking reaction is complete.
There are only sodium ions, glycerin, fatty acids, and a bit of water. (And essential oils and whatever else you put in the bar.) If you have any more questions about how this works, simply google it!
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