Natural soap is great for the skin, the environment and understanding the ingredients that are in your skincare routine. Handmade and natural soap has been made in the same way for hundreds of years and the ingredients list is completely transparent.
Knowing the ingredients in your soap and cleansing products is especially important if you have sensitive skin or there are certain ingredients you want to avoid. Here’s what to look out for in natural soap, and how it can help your skin.
What Ingredients Should You Look For In Natural Soap?
For a skin-friendly natural soap, there are some ingredients that you should keep an eye out for. These natural ingredients are great for your skin and can seriously boost your cleansing experience, so check out the label. Not every soap will include every one, but these are some of the best ingredients in natural soap.
Shea butter hydrates and softens the skin, without causing irritation or clogging your pores. It also smells amazing and feels great on the skin. This makes it ideal for creating a nourishing, luxurious soap, which is exactly why we use it. It’s especially good for dry and rough skin.
Glycerin locks moisture into the skin, keeping it protected and hydrated, whilst still letting air get to the skin. It’s great for repairing your skin barrier and dealing with dry skin that needs help staying moisturized.
Natural oils are an essential part of soap making for fragrance, hydration and healing. Many essential oils can help with wellness or have antibacterial properties that make them wonderful for taking care of the skin.
Some of the best natural oils used in soap making are:
- Vitamin E oil
- Olive oil
- Palm oil
- Castor oil
- Coconut oil
- Avocado Oil
Each oil has different properties and benefits that can be tailored to the needs of the skin or the type of soap that’s being produced.
Aloe vera comes from the plant of the same name and is used to cool and soothe the skin. It’s a natural antiseptic and used to help with irritated or inflamed skin (such as sunburn) gently and safely. You can use aloe vera on its own or use it in a refreshing soap.
Like aloe vera, honey has natural antiseptic properties and also supports healing. It softens and smooths the skin, whilst dealing with irritation, acne and blemishes. Raw honey can also be used in soap as an defoliator to reveal new skin underneath for a vibrant glow.
Oatmeal cleans, nourishes and hydrates the skin whilst gently exfoliating. This makes it great for dry, rough or irritated skin - especially conditions like eczema or psoriasis - as it deals with rough skin without causing damage. It can be used on your face or body and has been included in skincare for thousands of years.
Looking for a natural soap with the best ingredients for the skin? Take a look at our range of all natural soaps from Wavertree & London.