Why should you care about the soap you choose?
The word 'soap' is used for all types of skin cleansers, whether solid, liquid, or even powder, and within each category, there are different colours, scents, shapes, packaging, and claims surrounding them.
Some soaps deodorise, while others are antimicrobial, anti-ageing, moisturising and more. Soap is something that almost everyone uses, in most cases, several times a day. It is one of the most important means to prevent the transmission of some bacterial and viral diseases.
But not all soaps are equal in potency or efficacy, and not every soap is good for your skin.
There are two basic types of soap:
Handmade natural soaps and Commercially manufactured soaps
Commercially made soaps are much cheaper than handmade soaps, but there might be a good reason on why this could be the case. Let’s explore the world of natural soap and see if its benefits are worth the added cost.
“The toxins from our environment are, in large part, absorbed through our skin.”
As the largest organ of the human body and the one most in contact with the outside world, whatever we put on our skin should be a vital concern for all of us.
Soap, a substance we use daily on our skin, should be of immediate concern when we believe this reality. Once we take due care in the water we drink and the food we eat, what we expose our skin to, should be the top priority in terms of physical health. One way to reduce exposure to potentially harmful toxins is to use a bar of organic, natural soap.
What are handmade natural soaps? And how are they different from commercial ones?
Handmade natural soaps crafted by skilled soapmakers are known as those colourful, appealing, and nice-smelling wax cakes commonly sold in stalls or shops. These bars of artisanal soap are usually produced in small batches and made up of carefully selected quality natural ingredients and essential oils.
These natural soaps not only look pleasant and smell good but are also safe, functional, luxurious and gentle to the skin, which is excellent for people with skin sensitivities and skin diseases.
Unlike their commercially produced counterparts, which consist of chemical and synthetic additives that are uncomfortable and irritating to people with sensitive skin, in some cases, the prolonged use of commercial soap can lead to further skin problems for those with healthy skin. Specifically, these additives are synthetic detergents that make commercial soap very drying to our skin.
Have you ever felt that your skin is tight, and sometimes it itches or flakes?
Side effects like these are typical with detergent-based soaps because they contain many other harmful ingredients like alcohol, triclosan, and BHTs, chemicals often found in antibacterial soaps. Meanwhile, handmade soaps can nourish and hydrate your skin rather than dry it.
Some commercial soap producers claim to use natural or healthy ingredients, but they manufacture them in such insignificant quantities that they provide almost no health benefits. Sometimes manufacturers use this marketing ploy to lure consumers into using more natural and safer skin care products. If you investigate and look at product labels more closely, these commercial soaps are still created from mostly synthetic detergent ingredients.
Why is this the case? It is due to one crucial ingredient in all natural soaps, Glycerine.
Glycerin, a by-product of soap making, is a natural skin emollient that attracts water from the surrounding air. For this reason, soaps, lotions and creams containing glycerine are highly sought after, as it keeps the skin moisturised throughout the day.
Unlike commercial alternatives, handmade soap retains the glycerin produced during saponification, relieving dryness and acting like a natural lotion. Typically, substances like glycerin are removed from soaps by commercial soap manufacturers and sold to the cosmetics industry.
Other natural soap benefits include:
A commercial bar of soap is not solely harmful to the skin but to the environment as well. Other than causing damage to your body, it leaves our houses and pollutes rivers and streams. In contrast, natural soaps are as environmentally friendly as it is for your skin.
Rich in Antioxidants
Since the ingredients used in organic soaps include many natural antioxidants and the process doesn’t extract these substances for other purposes. Organic soaps can help repair the skin by reducing inflammation, keeping skin hydrated, and thus allowing the user to have young-looking, healthier skin.
The gentler pH levels of organic soaps (usually between 9 and 10) help care for your skin in the long term, keeping yourself looking and feeling clean and fresh.
Natural Antibacterial Properties
In most antibacterial soaps, triclosan, parabens, sulphates and other toxic chemicals are thought to increase the risk of some cancers, alter hormone balance and affect your reproductive system.
Organic soaps, on the other hand, do not contain these chemicals and instead use antibacterial agents such as essential oils. Not only do these help fight harmful bacteria, but they also have great scents, such as lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus and peppermint, to name a few.
PPARs Free Soap
We at Crypto PPARs offer our special handcrafted natural soap cakes, that have a special twist to them.
Our soap cakes are made from the cold process method, which allows us to customize every individual ingredient we need. We customize our soap from scratch, choosing the best oils and fragrances.
We focus on the benefits such as conditioning, moisturizing, and cleansing.
We use high-quality essential oils instead of fragrance oils. Essential oils are more expensive than perfume oil in the markets. Know the difference! Essential oil is a steam-distilled, pure plant extract used for scenting, flavouring or healing. Perfume oils are synthetic fragrances and not natural.
As we use the cold process, it takes about 4-6 weeks for the soap to cure. So it takes about six weeks for our soap to be ready for use. Well, the anticipation is worth it!
The unique thing. We decided to add Crypto PPARs extract powder to our soap. Crypto PPARs is a naturally occurring green alga that benefits your health in many ways. It is often taken as a dietary supplement in the form of powder or tablets. It nourishes our body from the inside and outside.
If you are interested on trying it you can check it out here.