The beauty industry worldwide markets soaps labeled as “natural” or “herbal”, but make no mistake about them. These are just marketing gimmicks. Do not get duped by them, adding one or two natural ingredients do not make a bath soap natural. The chemicals infused in them make them chemical preparations. Chemicals cause allergies.
The rising popularity of the natural soaps can be owed to the absence of artificial scents, preservatives and additive chemicals. These are loaded with fats such as oils and a fundamental ingredient, lye or soda ash. Essential oils and pulverized spices are often used for fragrance.
The conditioning and moisturizing abilities make it such a wonderful ingredient of the natural soaps. It adds moisturizing qualities to the soap in addition to producing lathe-adds thickness and big bubbles in soap bars. Ideally only 3-8% should be used in the soap preparation.
I can give you plenty of reasons to pick up a natural soap containing coconut oil as an ingredient. Coconut oil is known to nurture the skin making it soft and supple. It cleanses the skin efficiently, averts dryness and premature aging. This light and non-greasy oil gives the skin a luminous, youthful and glowing look. When used inside soap, it produces lather. It moisturizes the skin when used in moderation. Too much coconut oil converts it into a drying product. For mild soap use only 20%coconut oil. It produces a hard soap with fluffy lather.
A natural soap prepared from olive oil supplies same benefits as the oil itself. Olive oil is a rich source of antioxidants, Vitamin E and beta carotene. It encourages new cell formation, slows down the ageing signs like wrinkles and fine lines and gives a younger looking skin. Practiced for centuries, this ingredient has healing properties which add to the beautification of the skin. as a soap ingredient it adds to its hardness.
Palm oil is found all over the world from Latin America to central Asia to Southeast Asia. A portion of coconut oil is frequently substituted with palm oil as too much coconut oil can be drying for the skin. even palm oil alone can be dehydrating, therefore the two are used together to cancel out the effect of each other. Conventionally, all soaps carried animal fat—tallow from cattle and lard from pigs. But these days many people prefer vegan ingredients. So, Vegetable oils are the rule.
In soaps, palm oil adds color to the soap bar. Unrefined red palm oil is deep orange in color it changes the color of the soap drastically. Low percentage of unrefined oil produces lemon to orange hue. Refined palm oil produces a white bar.
Turmeric can be used to give peachy yellow color to a natural soap. It gives golden brown to amber color. Turmeric is skin friendly spice—antibacterial and removes blemishes giving a natural glow to the skin. These benefits are worthy of consideration to make it an ingredient of natural soaps.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil, extracted from the leaves of tea tree, a native of Australia is commonly used in soaps—face wash (especially acne face wash), luxury soap or liquid hand wash. Tea tree oil soap is marked as aromatherapy soap. Tea tree oil has antibacterial properties and a natural soap prepared from this can be termed as the best antibacterial soap. The oil combats body odor. Tea tree oil can be used in the range–3 to .5 ounce per pound of soap making oils.
French green clay
French green clay originated in France but some varieties come from Wyoming, Montana, China and some European countries. It removes impurities and nourishes the skin when added to cold process and melt and pour soap recipes. It exfoliates and cleanses too. It adds a natural green color to the soap bars.
Grape seed extract
Grape seed extract has anti-bacterial properties. It acts as a natural preservative and should be used in combination with other broad-spectrum preservatives to cause effect. Intrinsic properties against potentially harmful microbes make it an excellent purifier. The soap prepared is non-toxic and highly safe for all skin types. These qualities make it a perfect ingredient of natural soaps.
In aromatherapy, when eucalyptus oil is added to the bath water it rejuvenates the senses. The oil has antiviral and antibacterial properties which clear germs and viruses. As the oil blends well with lavender, lemon, tea tree, basil and some other it is added in natural soap preparation. An antibacterial body soap made by adding eucalyptus is just ideal for the overall health of your skin.
Natural soaps containing turmeric, tea tree and eucalyptus make best antibacterial soaps.
P.S. Always read the ingredients before making a buyout. You can find these at online herb stores, holistic herb stores and small boutiques. They sell both 100% natural and partially natural bath soap. Chemicals do furnish an attractive color and a pleasing smell but they are really harsh on your skin, use natural soaps.