Showers are great, not just to get clean but to destress and make you feel better at the end of a long day. The soap you use plays a key role in how the shower plays out; the scent and texture make a world of difference in how you end up feeling after the shower.
However, have you ever checked the labels of your soap and wondered why there are so many chemicals involved in making them and how they'd affect your well-being in the long term? This is why we love organic soaps and believe that they’re definitely worthy of a try.
We're sold on them and here's why you should be too.
Why Use Organic Soap?
Besides the obvious no chemicals used, which is great for everyone, organic soaps are also kinder to those with sensitive skin and skin problems. The natural ingredients are mild on the skin and your body won’t be absorbing any nasty chemicals. Due to its natural ingredients, it's mild on your skin and you'll be letting your body only absorb the good stuff which in turn is good for your entire system in the long run.
Mind you, organic does not necessarily mean cruelty-free so look for vegan organic soaps for cruelty-free options. And if being eco-friendly is important to you, don’t forget to take note of the packaging too.
Types Of Organic Soap
When looking out for organic soaps, usually sold by artisans and small businesses, do take the time to read the labels and find out what type of method was used to produce the soapand if unsure, do ask. Pick from either hot processed or cold processed soaps as these types are the most pure as opposed to 'melt and pour'. Though the melt and pour process is also considered organic, it's not the best choice in terms of ingredients.
The hot process and the cold process are both methods used to produce high quality soaps using natural oils, fat and lye (that creates glycerine). The combination of oils and fats used are what makes the soap unique and customised to each individual preference in terms of how well it lathers, how scents stay and lasting power.
Most soap artisans create soaps only with ingredients that are natural. Do check the label for what is used, chances are you've probably heard of or even tried some of the ingredients that are used. Ingredients like coconut oil, olive oil, goat's milk and unrefined butters (shea and cocoa) are most common as they are most effective. Add-on ingredients such as flower petals, seeds and oatmeal create texture to create a scrub, making it great to slough off dead skin and smoothen your skin without causing it harm.
When it comes to colours, do check if it’s done naturally using clays and ingredients such as turmeric to produce the colours. Unnatural colouring defeats the purpose of getting organic soap. If there are bright colours and more strong tones, find out what is used to create them.
The Price Is Right
It's no secret that organic soap costs more than commercial ones, and quite rightfully so due to all its benefits. The better the quality of the product, the pricier it will be. It may cost a few dollars more, but your body is a worthy investment after all. If organic is out of your price range, then opt for vegan soaps with all-natural ingredients – this will still be kinder on your skin compared to those with chemicals.