How to Choose Your Solid Soap?
Every bottle of shower gel is destined to be thrown away when it's done. Most of these bottles are made of plastic. No need to draw, you understand, if you want to avoid bathroom waste, you shouldn't use shower gel or choose bulk buying. Today we're going to talk about solid soaps, those soap bars you find everywhere in markets, hotels, etc.
What are the important criteria for choosing a solid soap?
• Is your soap saponified when it's cold?
Basically, making soap is quite simple. Soap is a mixture of vegetable matter and caustic soda (nothing to do with soda crystals). In simple terms, vegetable matter and caustic soda come together to form two new materials: soap and glycerin. And, as in any good equation, if there's more vegetable/fatty matter, the soap will be "surgras" (extra fat), and if there's more caustic soda, the soap will be "caustic." This process is called cold saponification.
A soap saponified at cold (known as SAF) is a guarantee that the raw materials used have been preserved. They retain their properties.
• Is your soap "surgras"?
If you have sensitive or stretched skin, it's worth noting the % of excess fat in your soap. A "surgras" soap is ideal when it has excess fat from 3% to 8%. Furthermore, it's quite useless (except for the use of specific vegetable oils).
As explained above, a fatty soap is a soap composed of more vegetable oils and fats rather than caustic soda. So, it's nourishing for the skin.
• What oils and fats are used?
Is your soap made from vegetable oils and fats.
Many manufacturers produce soaps made from animal fat. Animal fat is cheaper than vegetable fat. But it does nothing for the skin.
The vegetable oils and fats used in soaps maintain the same properties as when you use them on the skin.
Here's a little recap, according to the vegetable oils used in the soaps offered in our online store:
• Coconut oil: nourishing and disinfectant
• Olive oil: antioxidant (prevents signs of aging)
• Shea butter: moisturizing and repairing
• Beeswax: prevents dehydration of the skin, forming a protective film
• Rapeseed oil: nourishing
• Sweet almond oil: ultra-nourishing
• Nigella oil: disinfectant and antibacterial
• Use the soap as an exfoliant
Some soap makers add powders to their soaps. SAF soaps turn into exfoliants. The powder gently scrapes the surface of the skin to remove impurities and dead skin. The skin becomes soft and flexible.
There are many ways to make an exfoliating soap. Note that, in large retailers, many products are made from plastic microbeads to provide that exfoliating touch. Which is completely unnecessary, as nature has given us everything we need.
• coffee grains
• lavender flowers
• nettle powder
• citrus peel powder
In addition to all these criteria, don't forget to take into account the fragrance, even if it's personalized, the use of solid soap should remain a moment of pleasure.