As more people learn about the many potentially harmful ingredients that are found in conventional soaps from a variety of brands, they are turning towards the variety of natural soap manufacturers from around the world that provide luxurious bars of soap that contain the highest quality ingredients and the most desirable fragrances. And others are even taking it upon themselves to make their own soaps at home.
If you want to know what to look for on the ingredients list of any natural soap brand at the store or online, or if you are thinking about creating your very own line of soap (and maybe even making some money selling the soaps), continue reading. Below is a list of ingredients that should make up any great bar of natural soap.
Just a Few Ingredients
One thing that differentiates natural soaps from others is the fact that they contain only a few ingredients. Without the need for a lot of artificial preservatives, colors, fragrances, and foaming agents, these soaps are purer and safer to use all over your body, and that is why they are becoming increasingly popular among people who are health-conscious and also environmentally conscious and vegan.
A Natural Oil
Rather than tallow, or animal fat, that is used in conventional bars of soap, natural soaps contain a host of healthy plant-based oils instead, such as coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil, and jojoba oil, among many others. These pure oils are great for nourishing the skin, no matter what skin type you have on your face and body.
Extra Nutrients for Your Skin
Other nutrients are then added to the already high quality oil in a natural soap. These further cleanse and protect your skin from dryness and other health complaints. Nutrients may include oatmeal, seaweed, alfalfa, and aloe vera, to name just a few. Because there is a wide range of nutrients that are added to soaps, you can pick and choose the ones that you want to incorporate into your homemade soap or that you wish to purchase from a store-bought natural soap line.
A natural bar of soap simply would not be natural at all if it relied upon artificial preservatives. Therefore, make sure that the soap you are thinking about purchasing utilizes only the best natural preservatives to keep it in the best shape possible until you use it in the shower or on your face. Three really great natural preservatives include tocopherols, grapefruit seed extract, and carrot root oil. Because of the controversy surrounding artificial preservatives and their safety, it is always best to make sure that your soap is preserved naturally.
The final addition to any great natural soap is a natural fragrance. Whether you purchase luxurious French soap or your friend makes soap at home, the fragrances should be derived from essential oils rather than artificial sources. Artificial fragrances may be allergenic to some people, and natural ones tend to have a much more pleasant scent as well.
About the Author:
Mary-Anne Holmes is a freelance health and beauty blogger who switched to natural soaps years ago. One of her good friends even started selling her own line of natural soap as well. She does not regret making the switch at all. Although natural bars are more expensive, they’re better for your health.