Properties and applications of traditional soap

Traditional soap making has made an excellent comeback, and more and more people prefer using a conventional bar of soap than liquid hand soaps and shower gels. What is the reason for this? As in many other cases, because less is more.

Such a simple and basic product like soap cleans, cares and protects the most sensitive and delicate skins. Moreover, their composition has a minimum impact on the natural environment. In other words, it has to be true soap.

Liquid soaps for hands or shower gels are not soap despite being called “soap”. Their formulations are similar to those of detergents, their origin is synthetic, but they are used on our bodies. Even the composition of many bars of soap contains chemical ingredients of this type.

Natural conventional soap is produced by a chemical reaction, known as saponification that mixes the three key soap-making ingredients: water, oil and soda. That’s right, the recipe of the elderly who still make soap at home. This chemical reaction transforms these three ingredients by converting them all into natural soap free of chemicals and toxins, to which other extracts, oils or aromas can be added later. If the soaps we use are of good quality (preferably made with coconut and olive oils), the result is excellent healthy soap for cosmetic use. If its ingredients come from organic farming, then soap is the height of healthy soap.

Despite being produced with a large amount of oil, soaps do not present comedogenic properties; that is, they do not over-grease or clog pores. More specific properties like antioxidant, astringent or regenerating soaps, for example, depend mainly on the extracts added to each soap type at the end of each process. So it is important that soap is cold-produced and to not heat ingredients so that the properties of these oils last for as long as possible in the finished soap.

In any case, using traditional organic soap avoids or minimises skin irritations on atopic or more sensitive skin, and prevents allergies to chemical ingredients or to synthetic perfumes. Another important fact is that using traditional bars of soaps does away with the need to throw away plastics and large packagings. And all this without denying excellent cleaning and abundant creamy lather while washing (especially if soap is made with coconut oil).

Therefore, a bar of soap is ideal for not only washing our hands, but for cleaning our body and face, and as bathroom soap that looks after and nourishes our skin, and to remove make-up that cleans and eliminates impurities. All in one.  Less is more. And it also lasts a long time. Another application of soap is that it is an excellent supplement to aesthetic treatments because having well-cleaned skin is a previous essential step to efficiently follow any treatment type because skin is more receptive and healthy.

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