Dream of lush, soft, subtle, smooth, glowing, healthy, and happy skin? Is that what you are getting with your soap? Unfortunately not everyone has that experience. Some people have soap leaves their skin dry, tight, irritated, itchy, sticky, oily, and dull. If this is you, maybe it’s time for a new soap.
Because soaps are NOT all equal. There are others like: goats milk, beeswax, animal based, vegetable based, or vegan. Some can be scented or unscented, some are even labelled hypoallergenic or antibacterial. What does it all mean? Who even cares?
You should, because what’s put into your soap affects how it makes your skin feel. Ingredients can also affect how the soap performs.You may disagree with some companies who practice testing their products on animals.
Here are some things to consider when choosing a soaps.
- You should buy soaps that are labeled, or has a list of ingredients that you can see, and preferably take away with you. If you give soap as a gift, make sure that the person receiving the soap has an ingredient list as well. Why? You should know what you’re going to put onto your skin, which is your biggest organ (FYI: about 20 square feet of surface area for the average adult). In addition to the considerations of soap performance, skin feel, and morals, many people have allergies. So demand some form of labeling.
- Soap is soap, and detergent is detergent, and never to two shall meet.
Soap has been around for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Soap cleans and many of them suds up, but hard water and cold water may decrease their solubility, making it harder for them to do their jobs.
Soap is made when plant and/or animal based oils and/or fats are mixed with caustic soda (a strong base) like lye, under the right conditions. Soap is the metal salt of the acids/fats that were reacted. Soap is made from naturally occurring substances, but can vary greatly by the ingredients and how the soap is made.
Well made soap has no lye left in the bar. If a soap is improperly made it has a weird slippery feel that won’t rinse off and leaves your skin feeling tight, itchy, and/or irritated after use. A soap like this can leave your skin dry and searching for moisture.
Detergents are relatively new. They were developed during WW1, when ingredients needed to make traditional soap were in short supply. They are synthetic, man made compounds, made in a multistep process.
Like soaps, they also clean, usually suds well. They also have the advantage of staying soluble in hard and cold water, and rinse off easier. But they tend to be much harsher when used directly on the skin, and there are environmental concerns associated with many of them. Sulfates (like sodium lauryl sulfate) and sulfonates are examples of commonly used detergents.
Most commercial soap, body wash, and shampoo preparations aren’t soaps at all. They are entirely, or almost entirely, chemical detergent mixtures that strip necessary surface oils from your skin right along with the dirt and grime. They can leave your skin dry, irritated, itchy, and tight feeling. Some people have reactions to the detergents that can possibly manifest itself into severe skin issues later on such as dermatitis and eczema.
- A good hand, body, or face soap is in the formulation and expertise of the soap manufacturer. While you can make a soap using a single fat or oil, but there are greater benefits to using a blended formulation. A common bar that cleans and suds well is a coconut oil bar. Unfortunately it can be a bar that dries the skin, causing cracking that can leave your skin unsightly.
- Now that you know too much lye is irritating and can cause dryness followed by cracking. Yet, a bar with too much fat and oil becomes soft, doesn’t sud well, and the unreacted oils can go rancid. This makes using the bar unlikable as it can leave you feeling tacky, oily, and sticky. This is why you want a manufacturer with a good quality control program to ensure your soap doesn’t fall into either of these undesirable states.
- Avoid these 19 ingredients. In 2016, the FDA issued a final rule establishing that the following 19 active ingredients used in consumer antiseptic products intended for use with water are not generally recognized as safe and effective. The 19 are:
Cloflucarban, Fluorosalan, Hexachlorophene, Hexylresorcinol, Iodine complex (ammonium ether sulfate and polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate), Iodine complex (phosphate ester of alkylaryloxy polyethylene glycol), Methylbenzethonium chloride, Nonylphenoxypoly (ethyleneoxy) ethanoliodine, Phenol (greater than 1.5 percent), Phenol (less than 1.5 percent), Poloxamer-iodine complex, Povidone-iodine 5 to 10 percent, Secondary amyltricresols, Sodium oxychlorosene, Tribromsalan,Triclocarban, Triclosan, Triple dye, Undecoylium chloride iodine complex.]
See this link for more information on these 19 chemicals.
We here at More Bees have not used any of these 19 ingredients, and we never would. We also have our own high standard of quality control our own QA/QC program to give us a consistent product that gives our customer an excellent experience when using our products. Our formulation is well balanced for a long lasting bar that is gentle on the skin and helps keep your skin hydrated and healthy.