Natural soap bars have been building up a lot of momentum in recent years. And it’s no surprise, natural soap bars are pretty darn fantastic and have several brilliant benefits over liquid soaps and shower gels.
How are natural soap bars made?
Natural soaps are made using natural ingredients such as oils, fats, and butters that are mixed with lye (a mixture of sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide and water). The ingredients undergo the process of saponification (aka they are all mixed together under heat, converting the oils into what we recognise as soap). This process is exothermic (heat producing), and the amount of heat used to produce the soap determines whether it’s a hot or cold process soap. As the name might suggest, cold process soaps are made under much cooler temperatures, and end up with a fresh, cleaner appearance. Hot process soaps are made at a higher temperature and have slightly more rustic, but equally charming, look. A truly natural soap should also be coloured and fragranced naturally too (which of course ours at KiteNest are).
What are the benefits of using natural soap on your skin?
If you’ve never used a natural soap before, you’re seriously missing out! These wonderful bars of loveliness have a lot to offer:
- Hydrating ingredients: Natural soap bars naturally contain a superstar ingredient called glycerin, which is renowned for its moisturising and hydrating abilities. It’s a humectant, meaning it draws water into the outer layer of the skin from deeper levels of the skin, and even from the air. As such, natural soap bars will help to keep your skin beautifully soft and well-nourished.
Solid vs liquid soap
Even if your liquid soap is moisturising, doesn’t irritate your skin and smells great, the humble soap bar still trumps it in lots of other ways:
- Longer-lasting: If you’re on a tight budget, you might think that a £1.00 bottle of liquid soap from the supermarket is your best bet. But how long does that bottle actually last you? As long as it has a chance to dry properly between uses, a good quality bar of natural soap will last you a really long time. In fact, we’re talking up to six weeks longer than a bottle of liquid soap. A natural soap bar might cost you a bit more upfront, but in the long-run, it works out much better value for money.
How to care for your lovely new soap bar
So we’ve convinced you to ditch your liquid soaps for a natural soap bar? Wonderful news! Now here’s how to care for it:
In order to avoid any excess humidity keeping your soap bar damp, be sure to open up the bathroom window after you’ve finished bathing or showering.
If you’re looking to be kinder to your skin and the environment this year, then getting yourself a natural soap bar is an easy first step to take. Soaps bars will help you to wave goodbye to plastic waste and nasty ingredients, maintain silken-soft skin, and potentially save you money on liquid soaps that are mostly just water anyway. It’s really no wonder that the humble natural soap bar is quickly becoming a widespread bathroom favourite.