Why use natural soap?
Good health is a combination of what you consume and what is applied to the body topically. Skin tissue is the largest organism and is in direct contact with environmental pollutants, dirt, bacteria and skin care products, so what is applied on our external bodies has an affect on our health, since the skin absorbs products through our pores. Therefore, what is implemented as a wash off product for cleansing purposes has an effect, which brings me to the topic of commercial soap.
Contains an abundance of synthetic chemical compounds, which can affect the health of our internal organs, as well as our skin. A small percentage of natural ingredients are used. There is speculation that the oils or butters used maybe all refined, as a result the skin will not receive sufficient nutrients.
Due to the large ratio of synthetic chemicals used in commercial soaps, which can increase skin irritation. Also commercial soap can dehydrate the skin, due to the harsh chemical formulation that strips the skin’s sebum.
Mass Produced: A high percentage of beauty bigwigs and commercial soap companies have multinational corporations (MNCs) with factories that operate in more than one country. This mass production results in copious amounts of environmental waste and degradation as well as poor living conditions for thousands of people worldwide. They often have factories in countries that are not as economically developed because labour is cheaper. Offices and headquarters tend to be located in the more developed countries. Now that we have established the importance of low costs. The next prime area is lowering ingredient costs by using a large scale of synthetic chemical compounds in soaps.
Factory Made: Commercial soaps are batch made by machines in large factories, in less than ideal conditions. The working conditions and cleanliness of the factories may vary. A manufacturer will adhere to each country's regulations, but these laws will be different in each country. For example, a European owned company, who have a factory in Asia will follow different factory regulations compared to the EU regulations.
Ingredients found in commercial soaps:
Parabens: Otherwise known as chemical preservatives, these harmful ingredients are found in the majority of commercial soap and beauty products.
Parabens are cost-effective and provide protection against micro-organisms for an extended period of time. The major downside is the potential devastating illnesses that can occur such as endocrine system effects, premature aging, male reproductive effects and pseudo-estrogen effects.
Phthalates: Known to cause cancer, this additive is often used as a ‘plasticisers’- a fancy word for an ingredient used to produce plastic. There is evidence of damage to the liver, kidneys, lungs and reproductive systems in animal studies, phthalates can be absorbed through the skin or inhaled. Phthalates can cause a number of health and reproductive effects in humans.
Petrochemicals: Made from petroleum, these chemicals should be considered unsafe for humans because little is known about the longterm effects they have on our health. Studies have demonstrated association to cancer as well as other illnesses in humans. Oral and topical application of petrochemicals in rodents resulted in anemia, kidney degeneration, and nerve damage to the brain and spinal cord.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Sodium Laureth Sulfate: Also known as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) or Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES). Can be very drying to the skin and it is a known skin irritant. It is capable of changing the information in genetic material found in cells. It has been used in studies to induce mutations in bacteria. It denatures protein, impairs proper structural formation of young eyes, creating permanent damage. SLS can damage the immune system. It can cause separation of skin layers and cause inflammation to the skin, if it interacts with other nitrogen bearing ingredients.
Diazolidinyl Urea or Iodopropynyl Butyl Carbamate: This particular preservative has been banned in Europe, after studies concluded that effects can result in: carcinogen, causes allergic reactions and contact dermatitis; headaches; irritates mucous membranes; damaging to eyes; linked to joint and chest pain; depression; headaches; fatigue; dizziness and immune dysfunction.
How natural soap is made:
Today I'm focusing on the two traditional methods of making soap, where you would create a recipe from scratch and formulate your soap. These methods are called hot process and cold process. Belle ou Beau uses the cold process technique for numerous health benefits. By using the cold process method, unrefined vegetable oils and unrefined plant based butters such as Shea butter, we allow all the vitamins, minerals to work to the maximum ability, since the oils and butters are not broken down. Creating a deeply moisturising, hydrating, neutral PH level and long lasting bar of soap for the whole family.
When the hot process method is implemented the oils and butters are heated at a high temperature, which results in decreasing the nutrients from the plant materials.
To enhance soap natural additives can be added to support the skin’s health. Belle ou Beau use organic essential oils, botanical infusions, herbs and active ingredients such as colloidal oatmeal in soap recipes.
Benefits of natural soap:
- It hydrates and soothes dry skin, providing round the clock moisturisation and nourishment
- Easily absorbed into the skin to moisturise the deeper layers without clogging up pores
- Provide essential vitamins and nutrients for healthier skin
- Reduce the appearance of scars and blemishes like aged spots
- Contribute to a more youthful complexion by smoothing out wrinkles and preventing the formation of new lines
- Moisturise even the most sensitive skin without causing irritation
- Repairs the skin
Locally Produced: Natural soaps are often locally produced with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. These local soap companies benefit small communities financially and they also have a very minimal carbon footprint.
Handmade: When buying handmade soaps, consumers have the opportunity to meet the soap maker who produced their soap and to educate themselves on the ingredients, discovering the benefits of using natural soaps for their skin’s health.
Made with Care: Soap makers make a conscious decision to better their health and help others choose a natural soap alternative, which is the main ethos. The production of natural soap-making is expensive due to high production costs for mass-producing, but soap makers are more concerned about creating awareness and helping others choose natural skin care products for their health and family’s health, through their passion for nature, organic ingredients and passion to help in communities.
Belle ou Beau offers skin loving unrefined vegetable oils like sweet almond, rapeseed oil and olive oil from Spain. African shea butter and many more moisturising ingredients rich in vitamins and minerals. Why not give a product a try.
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