Soap Bars vs Cleansing Bars
There is a confusion about solid products being all made out of soap.Here is the difference.
“Soap” is the magical result of mixing various oils or fats with sodium hydroxide (lye). These have huge popularity, but the downsides of those are that they take 3-4 weeks to cure as lye needs to evaporate before these soaps could be used as they cause irritation. Another downfall is pH of those bars cannot be changed and is usually around 9-11. Ph level of our skin is 5.5, so that’s why these bars create a “squeaky clean” feel and some people love it, but some hate it.
These bars are made using blends of surfactants (mainly synthetic ones on the market) and formulated and produced differently to traditional natural soap bars. Surfactants help increase the wetting properties of a liquid and are usually derived from oils, fats, or petroleum products that are processed in a wide range of chemical processes other than traditional saponification. Surfactants (like SLS) usually get bar reputation as historically they are highly irritant for skin and synthetically derived, but due to ongoing consumer demand for natural solutions, there are many natural surfactants on the market today, but due to higher cost, lots of companies still refuse to use them in their products. Most gentle surfactants are derived from coconut and are approved by various bodies to be used even on baby skin.
We only use green, mild, biodegradable surfactants which are all plant derived.