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8 Reasons Why to Use a Soap Bar

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8 Reasons Why to Use a Soap Bar

I always say natural soap bars are the biggest game-changers you can implement to your skincare rituals. Soaps are one of the cosmetic (and cleaning) products we use the most. That is why it is important to pay more attention on what kind of soap we use. The origin of soap bars dates back to 2800 BC but in the last years the liquid version of synthetic surfactants (foamers) took over soap bars. 

I started to use soap bars only for my face and body about 7 years ago and I can’t imagine washing with liquid shower gels again. My skin was finally never dry and itchy again.  I will try to explain why I love soap bars so much and hope everyone would give a try to a high-quality fresh natural soap bar. 

1. NATURAL SOAP IS THE REAL SOAP

You should learn to distinguish between real soap and synthetic foamers. There is only one real soap and it is made of oils, butter and lye (sodium hydroxide or caustic soda) that are natural ingredients resulting in saponification when mixed. You can easily read the soap labels and search for these ingredients. Search the terms like Sodium Cocoate, Sodium Olivate and similar which means it is a saponified version of natural oils. 

2. NATURAL SOAP LASTS A LONG TIME

Natural soap bars go through a curing process of around 4-6 weeks so it can assure you of a long-lasting high-quality soap bar. It should last you at least a month in your shower. The important thing is to store it properly, keeping it dry between uses and never soaking in water. Store it in a well-drained soap dish or try to keep it standing vertical if possible to keep it out of water. 

3. NATURAL SOAPS ARE ZERO-WASTE

Soap bars are a perfect solution to reduce waste in your home. They can be packed in paper only and are safe for the environment leaving zero waste after using them. 

4. ALL THOSE MAGICAL INGREDIENTS IN ONE BAR OF SOAP

It is one of the best parts of soap bars, you can easily choose the soap bar of your preference depending on the oils used to make it, botanicals, scents and benefits those combinations can give you. And after just one wash you will be able to notice the quality of ingredients used. 

Each soap bar botanical and scent infusion makes it unique and special, it is often a hard choice to make but you can easily switch through different bars for a different experience they bring. There are also soaps with added herbs for exfoliation, to be more nourishing, or to bring you a long-lasting velvety skin feel but they for sure will all leave you with clean, soft and moisturized skin

5. NATURAL SOAPS ARE MOISTURIZING BECAUSE OF SUPERFAT

Natural soaps are superfatted which means they are formulated to contain an extra amount of oils and butter. To bring it closer to you, the extra oils and butters stay unsaponified in a process of soapmaking and are part of the finished soap bar. That means soap bars are perfectly moisturizing for your skin

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Magical botanicals in soap bars
6. NATURAL SOAPS ARE EXTRA MOISTURIZING BECAUSE OF GLYCERINE

Naturally, the process of saponification results in freeing glycerine from oils leaving a finished soap bar full of that magical ingredient. Glycerine is a perfect emollient and humectant which means it draws moisture from the air creating a layer on the skin. 

7. NATURAL SOAPS ARE PERFECT FOR ALL SKIN TYPES

There is no type of skin that natural soap would be harsh to. It is due to their formulation and all the magical ingredients every skin type can benefit from. Just choose what suits you best with your preferences and your skin condition. Natural soap will provide nourishing treatment each time you use it. 

8. ART OF SOAPMAKING IS PURE LOVE

This art is around 2800y old and still, there are so many soapmaking fans around the world. Due to its delicate process, natural soap bars are made in smaller batches and with a lot of care, they are mixed and formulated with the best ingredients because of the saponification process they need to go through. The result of this art is that each natural soap bar will be unique in some details but you will each time get a full bar of love. 

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