Soaps have a magic ingredient that keeps skin moist, glowy and balanced. This ingredient is, however, removed from most commercial soaps and cleaners...
Natural soaps are made from high-quality oils like coconut, bran and rice, scented with essential oils. A simple process called saponification combines heat, oil and lye to produce soap—and a byproduct called glycerine, which is removed from most commercial products. The all-natural soaps we carry though, get to keep all their glycerine.
Glycerine isn’t sexy the way Korean sheet masks currently are. It’s quiet and hard-working, responsible for making our skin feel and look amazing. Why does it matters so much?
/ It's moisturising: Glycerine helps the skin retain moisture, which keeps it soft and supple. It creates more magic by attracting moisture from the air and into our skin. It’s much more than surface hydration though, as this goes several layers in.
/ It's glow-promoting: Well-hydrated skin is happy skin—and it shows! You’re likely to notice fewer patches and unevenness in the texture of your skin and an even healthy glow.
/ It's non-aggressive: Each person's skin has a unique pH balance. Glycerine adapts to this, rather than attacking or removing the skin’s acid mantle, which means more balance all around, and fewer lines, pimples or breakouts.
So—why is it missing in most commercial soaps? Glycerine is a humectant, which is a complicated word for a simple property: it attracts water. This is why leaving a bar of soap in a puddle of water could cause it to swell up—something commercial soap manufacturers want to avoid and why most will remove glycerine from their bars. Which means, unfortunately, that there’s not much good left inside for you.
Our all-natural handmade soaps have none of their natural glycerine removed, and each is enhanced with a particular ingredient that supports the skin in a specific way—for example, activated charcoal to balance and detoxify, lemongrass to open and detoxify pores, vetiver to comfort and refresh. They’re gently scented, lather richly, and a single bar goes a long way. Store them in a soap dish with enough drainage and that’s all they need to keep giving their goodness.
Images: Vatsala Murthy