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Natural Soap: The Best Ingredients In The World

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At Capulet Soaps we specialise in handmade all natural soap. We take a look here at how MOST soap is made and how our soap differs.

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What’s really in your soap?

Soap simply isn’t what it used to be. Many so-called soaps on supermarket shelves share more in common with washing powder than actual soap. Disagree? Let’s ask the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), who unequivocally proclaim,

“Today there are very few true soaps on the market. Most body cleansers, both liquid and solid, are actually synthetic detergent products.”

Undoubtedly, we found this surprising. If you agree, let’s take a closer look at what the difference between these two is and why it matters.

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All Natural Soap: Key Points

  • Natural soap won’t dry out your skin or cause any other skin irritation. Because all of the ingredients are gentle and skin safe.
  • All natural soap is made from ingredients that are safe for the earth.
  • Soaps that use harsh chemicals can have adverse health effects if used too often.
  • All natural soap is more gentle on the skin than other kinds of chemical soaps.
  • See Also: Why Shouldn’t You Be Using Human Soap On Your Dog?

So, why use All Natural Soap?

Here are our top 3 reasons:

  • Natural soap won’t dry out your skin or cause any other skin irritation. Because all of the ingredients are gentle and skin safe.
  • Accordingly, our All Natural soap doesn’t contain any synthetic ingredients.
  • Absortion by the skin (the body’s largest organ) and bloodstream can sometimes cause problems.

All Natural Soap Scents are more subtle and refreshing

If you’re looking to try out a natural soap, Capulet Soaps contains natural ingredients and no harsh chemicals, with a selection of nine different blends and masculine scents. According to the wise words of our appreciative customers, these real soaps smell great and feel great. Don’t believe us? Listen to them then…

Two Very Different Soaps

To make true soap you mix together oils or fats and lye. Saponification is the reaction that takes place and the result is a combination of soap and glycerin. Using olive oil will leave elements of olives, using coconut oil will leave elements of coconut, and so on. Add other natural ingredients if you desire, like Shea butter for skin nourishment or oatmeal for exfoliant properties. You don’t need to remove anything. As well, you don’t need synthetic chemicals, this true soap is just fine as it is.

On the other hand we have mass-produced detergent products, let’s call them synthetic soaps. Robbing these of their most valuable ingredient, glycerin, straight after the saponification process. A natural humectant, glycerin attracts moisture to your skin. It is one of the best soothing emollients. Unscrupulous soap manufacturers separate the glycerin from the soap to sell or use in other more expensive products. They then often add synthetic ingredients, detergents, foaming agents and chemical fragrances to the glycerin lacking soap. This is to simulate the properties of what soap making removes.

From Traditional to Trash

There was once a time when all soap was handmade. The traditional way to create it was, and still is, called the cold process. After preparing the soap mixture it’s poured into molds to saponify for a day, taken out to dry for a day, and then cut into bars of soap and left to cure for a month or more. It’s as natural as soap gets, and that’s exactly how we make our natural soap here at Capulet Soaps. At the turn of the 19th century, when it was discovered that glycerin could be extracted from soap, everything changed.

With the growth of industrial manufacturing, the small handmade soap makers were pushed out by bigger companies who capitalized on being able to extract valuable glycerin, which could be sold or used in other more lucrative products. For example, glycerin is an essential ingredient for nitroglycerin, the explosive used in dynamite, and there was much demand for it at the beginning of 20th century. The glycerin-free soap became a by-product, was mixed with cheap synthetic ingredients to imitate true soap, and was sold much cheaper than traditional handmade soap makers could compete with.

Exactly What You Don’t Need

Just take a look at the list of ingredients for an average bar of soap in your local store. It could contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), an anionic surfactant used in laundry detergent that will dry out and irritate your skin. It may also have sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), a cheap foaming agent that can become contaminated with the suspected carcinogen Dioxane while being manufactured.

If it’s labeled as antibacterial then it probably contains triclosan. This chemical is classified as a pesticide by the Environmental Protection Agency. Three quarters of antibacterial liquid soaps and a third of antibacterial bar soaps contain triclosan, which is thought to be contributing to increasing bacterial resistance across the world.

This chemical finds its way into our waterways, disrupting the photosynthesis of algae, building up in the fatty tissue of fish and carrying on up the food chain. A 2008 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found triclosan in the urine of 75% of the people surveyed. To add insult to injury, over 40 years of FDA research has concluded that antibacterial soaps are really no better than just washing with real soap.

Just another day at the big soap factory

The scary thing is that even if it says soap on the packaging that doesn’t not mean it is real soap. There are no laws that stop manufacturers from describing their product as soap even when it is just a cheap chemical-laden imitation of real soap. It’s up to you to check the label and make sure it contains only natural ingredients, just as real soap should.

Exactly What You Do Need, Naturally

You can use so many natural oils, butters, plant extracts and exfoliants in real soap. Ingredients that are genuinely good for your skin and overall health. Take coconut oil, with it’s moisturizing and disinfectant properties combined with a dose of vitamin E, essential for heathy skin. Then there’s Shea butter, with its skin healing properties that have been held in high regard since the time of the Pharaohs in Ancient Egypt. Eucalyptus has Natural antibacterial and antifungal properties. Peppermint leaves can act as a decongestant and create a fresh invigorating scent. Real soaps don’t have to just clean you, they can make you healthier and make you feel a whole lot better too.

Why All Natural Soap?

Did you know most commercially produced soap bars contain synthetic lathering agents, artificial colors and flavors, and a slew of chemicals to save money?

They might be called beauty bars, moisturizing bars, or body bars, but notice that they are not called “soap.” That’s because these bars aren’t actually soap, they’re detergents. The manufacturers have removed most of the “good stuff” that occurs in the soap making process, and replace it with synthetic lathering agents and harsh chemicals that are harmful for your skin, and body.

Always remember that your skin is porous and absorbent. It absorbs whatever it comes in contact with, much the same as eating. Chronic use of chemical laden products will cause the body to store the chemicals in the body fat or even in the brain. With enough accumulations of toxins in the body, illness can occur. One report I read said that the government allows these products because they are below a certain percentage in the soap considered “safe.” All natural handmade soap bars generally cost more than the detergent bars you’ll find at the grocery store, but the difference is all natural bars of soap are actually good for your skin, and body.

Learn More About Us: ABOUT CAPULET SOAPS

Why Handmade all natural soap?

With handmade soaps, just like with commercially manufactured bars, you need to read the labels. We intentionally use only pure, all natural, oils or fats. We avoid the use of artificial colors or fragrances because these are synthetic chemicals and you don’t want them on your skin. For our colored or scented soap bars, we infuse essential oils and all natural colorants.

To sum it up, the best soap for your skin and body is a handmade, all natural cold process soap bar. Once you try one of our all natural soap bars, you’ll never again be happy with store-bought bars.

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Why do I need different all natural soaps?

In truth, the short answer is you don’t. A soap may always be able to do double-duty for everything, or at least, it should be able to. A shampoo for the body and a body soap for hair. At Capulet Soaps, our soaps lathery mixture is great for both.

Oils and fats have special properties. For example, some have a drying effect on the hair, but have little or no effect on the skin. That’s why we always choose the oils and fats carefully and mix them to give better effects to the hair or skin. Of course you could also create a universal soap. But that would only be half as good as a specialized one

List of Ingredients we DO NOT USE:

  • Paraffin
  • Isoparaffin
  • Vaseline
  • Petrolat
  • formaldehyde
  • Bronidox
  • Bronopol
  • Glycol Parabene
  • Diazolidinyl
  • Triclosan
  • Urea
  • Climbazol
  • Antifungizid
  • Propylene

If you don’t use Synthetic Ingredients, then why the price?

We always use natural bio oils. Our herbs are organic only. And when shopping, we make sure that our raw materials come from the Fairtrade vendors.

Finally, head over to the shop and pick up a few bars today: Shop Now

All Natural Soap: Key Takeaways

  • Natural soap won’t dry out your skin or cause any other skin irritation. Because all of the ingredients are gentle and skin safe.
  • All natural soap is made from ingredients that are safe for the earth.
  • Soaps that use harsh chemicals can have adverse health effects if used too often.
  • All natural soap is more gentle on the skin than other kinds of chemical soaps.
  • See Also: Why Shouldn’t You Be Using Human Soap On Your Dog?

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