Is Natural Soap Actually Better For Your Skin?
Make a list of the things you do every single day. Unless you’re camping off the grid, it’s likely that bathing will end up somewhere on that list. So, it stands to reason that what we’re sudding-up with is fairly important. Sure, we might occasionally give the box a glance, picking up on its list of ingredients, but have you ever really done your research on just what goes into your soap? If you’re using natural soap, chances are you won’t have to worry about what goes into the making of it. But let us prove it to you.
Bye-Bye Unnatural Byproducts
For healthier skin, say bye-bye to unhealthy byproducts. The vibrant glow of a healthier exterior isn’t some magic trick. Rather, it’s the deliberate choice to be kinder to the skin. This begins with ingredients. Avoiding unnatural compounds (like detergent) can provide your skin robust nourishment.
In that same vein, avoiding artificial scents also diminished your chances of being exposed to toxic ingredients. It may seem obvious, but when we sleepily stumble into our morning shower, it’s probably not the first thought on our mind. If your soap includes ingredients like phthalates, steer clear whenever possible.
Aroma Not Fragrance
Another benefit of natural soap is in its true aroma. By this, we mean that a bar of natural soap is free of artificial scents and fragrances. At EG, we take this part of the soap-making process very seriously. You will never have to worry about lathering up with an artificially scented soap because all of our bars derive their aroma from 100% pure essential oils. No lab-crafted compounds, just simply beautiful essential oils.
Don’t Forget the Glycerin!
We’re covered a few ingredients that you should avoid in non-natural soaps, but there’s one that you do want: glycerin. Oftentimes, companies that manufacture non-natural soaps will remove the glycerin from their soaps to be used in other products they package (like lotions, creams, etc.). When left in bar soaps, this essential humectant draws out moisture deep within your skin, keeping your skin plump and hydrated. And wouldn’t you know it, all of our natural soaps contain this noteworthy ingredient!
The Importance of pH
Most natural soaps have a pH level between 9 and 10, which ends up being great for your skin. If you’re wondering why, it’s because our skin is naturally acidic, rating a 5.5 on the pH scale (you can test it yourself with a strip of litmus paper). Your skin’s acidity helps it to battle bacteria and fungi that try to cling to it. However, to give your skin a true cleanse, the soap you use should have a higher pH level. That’s where the greater pH level in natural soaps make for an exceptional skincare choice!
For Better Skin, Go Vegan...Vegan-Friendly, That Is
You don’t need to adhere to a vegan lifestyle to reap the rewards of vegan products like natural soap. While it’s misleading to say that all natural soaps are vegan, it is accurate to state that most natural soaps are. By avoiding animal byproducts in your soap, you can be sure of exactly what is going onto your body. No more having to wonder whether an animal product was pumped full of hormones before it went into your soap. For the animal lovers out there, a vegan-friendly natural soap guarantees that no animals were subjected to the testing of the product.
While you should always do your own research, it’s generally a safe bet that a natural bar soap is handcrafted. This means that you’re probably avoiding the errant byproducts floating around a large factory, while also supporting a smaller business. You get a great soap and a (typically) smaller soapmaker gets your business. It’s a win-win.