Soap is a common necessity in all homes. We all need it and we all use it. Or at least the majority of people use it. Everyone has a different view of soap. I don’t mean to say that people debate whether or not soap is a necessity. That is just common sense. What I mean is, everyone has different preferences. For instance, how much they are willing to spend, what scent they prefer, bar our liquid, and what kind of ingredients are in the soap.
In the past, I never looked at the ingredients of soaps I purchased. I focused on price and smell. Maybe you are like that as well. It’s completely understandable that we want to be frugal and like to have pleasant smells when it comes to things we will be putting on our bodies. What is in soap though??
What I would like you to do is look at the ingredients of your soap. Whether it is your hand soap, or your body soap. Do you understand what all of the ingredients are? Honestly, can you even pronounce all of the ingredients? I don’t ask this to be demeaning, or imply anyone is dumb. I mention it because it really shocked me when I did this myself!
There is a constant debate on whether natural ingredients are the way to go or not. Some people feel that chemicals are necessary to clean effectively. Others love the idea of natural soap but don’t completely understand how natural ingredients work. If you are one of the latter, I completely understand. I’ve been there. That is what this blog is for. It will explain how you can have effective, and safe soap without nasty chemicals.
First, let’s look at the ingredients of one of my favorite soaps. It is DAYSPA Body Basics Earl Grey soap. Which smells amazing by the way!! Here are the ingredients: aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf, carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil, water,ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, potassium hydroxide, glycerin, and proprietary essential blend. Now let’s discuss the benefits of these ingredients:
Safflower seed oil is a natural moisturizer. It is excellent because it is mild and has skin softening and conditioning properties.
Castor seed oil creates a nice, creamy lather. It also has moisturizing qualities, and is easily absorbed by the skin.
Coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer. It helps remove dead skin cells and dirt. The oils help prevent or reduce acne. It helps firm up your skin which helps you look younger because it is rich in antioxidants.
Potassium hydroxide creates the chemical reaction to bind the oil and water molecules. None remains after saponifying oils into soap & glycerin
Glycerin naturally occurs in soap. Our soaps naturally contain 10% glycerin, then we add a little extra. Great for people who have dry or sensitive skin. It helps the skin retain its natural moisture better than most soaps.
Essential oils naturally provide delightful smells without the use of harmful synthetic fragrances.
Normally, oil and water don't mix, so they separate into two different layers. Soap breaks up the oil into smaller drops, which can mix with the water. It works because soap is made up of molecules with two very different ends. One end of soap molecules love water - they are hydrophilic. The other end of soap molecules hate water - they are hydrophobic.
Hydrophobic ends of soap molecule all attach to the oil. Hydrophilic ends stick out into the water. This causes a drop of oil to form. These drops of oil are suspended in the water. This is how soap cleans your hands - it causes drops of grease and dirt to be pulled off your hands and suspended in water. These drops are washed away when you rinse your hands.Pretty cool right??
How many soaps have such a small ingredient list? Or how many soaps have such beneficial ingredients? A lot of soaps are made with inexpensive ingredients, which normally means they are not very good for our skin. When natural ingredients are used there is no need for a huge list of ingredients, rather just a few good quality ones. Plus all of the ingredients should be safe and beneficial for our skin, that is the whole point of soap.
Next time you buy soap check out the ingredients. Why not try an all natural soap? Check out the huge variety by clicking HERE. Whether you like liquid, bar soap or foaming soap, they have it. Kiddo's LOVE the foaming soap. It is a perfect way to motivate them to wash their hands! Plus all of these soaps come in amazing scents, created by essential oils. All of these soaps are hypoallergenic - free of the top food allergens.
My youngest son and I both struggle with sensitive skin, my son especially. He has struggled with eczema since he was born. Anything I put on his skin had to be chemical free. Even big brand baby products would irritate his skin. That is why I was so happy when I tried the soap from DAYSPA Body Basics. It has been great for his sensitive skin! Ever since he was tiny I would use a small amount of soap and follow up with lotion. These are the only products I could find that would keep his skin clear and soft.
My struggle is when I have to wash my hands a lot, I get a horrible rash on my hands. Very painful, and very easy to irritate. The soap and lotion from DAYSPA Body Basics a have proven to be perfect for my condition. The soap gently cleans without stinging my hands and the lotion instantly soothes and clears up my rash after a few uses. I am so thankful for these products because I had to do a lot of trial and error before and that was miserable!
Take it from me, it is definitely worth going natural! In nature can be found many ingredients that are very effective and also gentle to your skin. Plus a variety of delightful aromas! If you choose to go natural your skin will thank you!