Organic Soap

The different types of organic soap

Cleanliness is an important part of everyday life, and with all of the dirt, viruses, contaminants and toxins swirling around, you'll need a good soap to keep your skin fresh and healthy. But what makes a good soap? Conventional soaps carry all sorts of beauty claims and a wealth of pretty scents—luxuries that come at a cost to your body and the environment. Your best alternative is natural, organic bar soap, liquid soap or facial cleanser that will cleanse without stripping your skin of its healthy oils and has no toxins that can harm the environment.

Organic Soap Making

Unlike many commercial brands, organic soap bars typically use a base of natural glycerine made from vegetable oils. In the case of organic liquid soap, you'll find many brands use organic coconut or sunflower oils that have been treated with a natural alkali, along with organic glycerine and some choice essential oils to lend a natural fragrance. Organic skin care, whether soap or body lotion, won't subject your skin to the harsh chemicals that cause allergic reactions, irritation or dryness.

Handmade soap from small companies is often made from natural and organic ingredients, as it is often easier to use organic methods than fancy synthetic ingredients. The color and fragrance is courtesy of naturally-grown herbs and essential oils, and no preservatives are injected to extend shelf life into the next century. You may find that some separation occurs in the liquid versions, but this only happens with a few stubborn essential oils and you can rest assured that they won't harm your skin.

Choosing the Right Organic Soap

Some brands will label their soap as organic, though they may only include a handful of organic ingredients. In fact, soap is only truly natural if it is made wholly of natural ingredients, and organic soap must be made from natural, organically grown ingredients. The purest soaps tend to hydrate your skin better than many chemically moisturizing versions on the market, especially if they're made using a traditional method known as "cold process." By avoiding high temperatures, the natural glycerin remains intact and will retain great moisturizing abilities.

Many homemade organic soap companies use a fairly basic packaging design, but many specialty organic products, like facial cleansers, follow the packaging style of conventional beauty products. But since one of the main aims of organic production is to provide healthier products with a lower amount of environmental impact, the best organic facial cleansers will be those that avoid excess packaging. Look for recycled and recyclable packaging, and innovative container shapes without pumps or other unnecessary mechanisms.

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