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What Are The Cleaning Ingredients in All Natural Soaps?

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Are you a big supporter of all natural soaps? That’s great! Have you ever wondered what the cleaning ingredients are? We will tell you.

Cleaning Ingredients
Cleaning Ingredients

Do All Natural Soaps Cleaning Ingredients Really Clean?

Wow that smells amazing! But does it really ‘clean?’ You would think yeah, duh, it’s soap… but then you realized you don’t actually know what the active “cleaning” ingredients are in products like this. Isn’t that crazy? We use all natural soaps because we are told they are better for us. But not many people actually do the research. So We have done it for you!

What are the ingredients that are cleaning agents as opposed to ingredients for color, consistency, or lathering factor? We have tried to break it down into easily understandable categories so you can digest all the weird chemical terms. You might be surprised how many things you thought were chemicals but are actually completely natural ingredients.

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All Natural Soaps Cleaning Ingredients: Key Points

  • There are such things as natural cleaning ingredients.
  • Be very careful when choosing your all natural soap that it does not contain harsh chemicals.
  • Natural Cleaning ingredients are better for your skin.
  • Bar soap is better for the environment and is capable of holding all natural ingredients.


  • Sodium: Also known as cocoate, rapeseedate, olivate, castorate, etc. Which is the combination of a fat. Such as coconut oil, rapeseed oil, olive oil, castor oil, etc. With an alkali to create a soap via saponification. They act as a surfactant, or something that helps get rid of dirt and other pollutants upon surface contact. Basically, they’re completely all natural cleansers. This ingredient is the cleaning agent in all of capulets soaps bars.

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  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine (CAPB): is a synthetically produced fatty acid. Primarily from coconuts so it can be present in “natural” products even though it’s not. During the process of making CAPB, there are often 2 byproducts from it that people have allergic reactions to. This is a surfactant, so it does clean away dirt and oils. It also contributes to the consistency of liquid products and the “lather.”
  • Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate (SLI): Formulated by using fatty acids combined with isethionic acid. SLI is derived from sodium bisulfite and a solution of ethylene oxide. However, ethylene oxide is classified as a mild, safe ingredient used as a surfactant, lathering agent, and considered an excellent detergent.


Mineral oxide:

a natural occurring color compound found in minerals. This natural compound is often a synthetic product. For instance, rust is a mineral oxide. But we wouldn’t want to rub rust all over our bodies because it could actually be harmful. So when companies produce “rust” synthetically, it is a pure substance and safe.

Tetrasodium EDTA:

a chemical preservative used to prevent mold and rancidity in skin care products. Institutions make these with the combination of formaldehyde, sodium cyanide, and ethylenediamine. In high doses, it may contribute to cancer and reproductive issues. In addition to being a preservative, it essentially breaks down the outer protective layer of our skin. So that the other ingredients can get in. But that can cause problems because it’s also removing some of our body’s natural defenses.

Glycerol oleate:

Is a clear or light yellow liquid derived from olive oil, peanut oil, pecan oil, or teaseed oil. It is used in skin care products to keep the skin moisturized.

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Petrolatum (aka Petroleum Jelly):

used as a moisturizing component to literally seal in moisture and not let it leave the pores. It is a by-product of the oil refinement process so it is not a sustainable product by any means. There are also varying degrees of purity. Vaseline, the long standing name brand version, has been shown to be of the highest purification standards and is considered safe. However, there are lots of other producers of petroleum jelly that have varying degrees of purity and could contain carcinogens.

Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer:

what a crazy name for essentially a chemical compound that is used as a thickening agent, an emulsifier, texture enhancer, and a film forming agent. It’s currently considered safe.


Non Toxic Bar Soap Cleaning Ingredients:

Vegetable Oil Blend (Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil), Water, Sodium Hydroxide(lye), Rare Hawaiian Sandalwood Fruit Extract, Essential Oil Blend ( Hawaiian Sandalwood Essential Oil, Indian Sandalwood Essential Oil, Patchouli Essential Oil, Myrrh Essential Oil, Cedarwood Essential Oil, Sage Essential Oil, Sandalwood Fruit Extract), Illite Clay,  Aloe Vera Base.

Generic Brand Bar Soap Cleaning Ingredients:

Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Tallowate Or Sodium Palmitate. Lauric Acid, Sodium Isethionate, Water, Sodium Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoate Or Sodium Palm Kernelate. Fragrance, Sodium Chloride (salt), Tetrasodium Edta, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).

Generic Brand Body Wash Cleaning Ingredients:

Water, Petrolatum, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Trideceth-3, Fragrance, Niacinamide, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter. Sodium Citrate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate, Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Oleate, Citric Acid. Disodium EDTA, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Yellow 5, Red 33

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IN SUMMARY: What are the Cleaning Ingredients in all Natural Soap?

There are three all natural options that will get you clean, make sure you are double checking your all natural soap. If you don’t see the three ingredients we listed safe. Do your research before using. All natural soaps are pretty great if we do say so ourselves.

The other bonus to handmade bar soap is that there is little to no packaging! What packaging there is, is almost always recyclable. And the waste from bottles and bottles of liquid body wash would stop going to the landfill if we all just switched to bar soap. So if you have been a hardcore body wash user or generic brand user. Maybe it’s time to check out Capulet Soaps!

All Natural Soaps Cleaning Ingredients: Key Takeaways

  • There are such things as natural cleaning ingredients.
  • Be very careful when choosing your all natural soap that it does not contain harsh chemicals.
  • Natural Cleaning ingredients are better for your skin.
  • Bar soap is better for the environment and is capable of holding all natural ingredients.

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