Natural glycerine in soap is naturally produced during soap making and is a very valuable product in the pharmaceutical and cosmeceutical industry. Before we delve more on glycerine let us look at the definition of soap first. A search in Dictionary.com defines soap as “a substance used for washing and cleansing purposes, usually made by treating a fat with an alkali, as sodium or potassium hydroxide, and consisting chiefly of the sodium or potassium salts of the acids contained in the fat.”
Ingredients In Commercial Soap
Now, let’s look at the picture below, these are the ingredients for a well-known commercial soap. There are SLS, fragrance, colouring, preservatives and many others. This particular chemical: Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate is a suspected gastrointestinal and liver toxin. Isn’t that alarming?
Then, we shall look into why we call commercial soap as “soap” when it doesn’t have any of the materials used in producing soap as stated in a dictionary. Commercial soap generally has hardening agents, detergents and foaming agents. These ingredients can cause irritation and also drying to the skin. Now, do you still consider these as “soap”? On the other hand, handmade soap moisturises the skin and does not contain harsh chemicals. Having said that, as a consumer, you also need to look at the ingredients properly. Some soap makers make handmade soap that contains synthetic detergents so that their products are foamier. Some believe that a foamier soap is more cleansing than a less foaming soap, which is a myth.
The moisturising glycerine is a naturally occurring substance in handmade soap. It is not removed and remains in the soap. Glycerine is a humectant that draws moisture from the air onto the soap. Handmade soap made with oils and liquid is skin loving and does not cause irritation. You can read more on the process of soap making here. Audamus Naturals cold processed soap has a naturally high content of glycerine, without any harsh chemicals in the soap.
What Is Glycerine Soap?
A lot of people refer the transparent gel-like soap as glycerine soap. It is mostly used by soap makers as a soap base. These are made by heating soap batter with sugar, alcohol, and glycerine to get the clear, transparent consistency. A pure glycerine soap will not have any foaming and cleansing properties unless it is added with synthetic lathering or cleansing agents.
Now that you know what a natural glycerine soap is and the difference between commercial and handmade soap, what else is holding you back from using a naturally made soap? We are used to associating a brand marketed by big companies as value for money, but in fact, you are actually paying for cheap materials that inflame the skin which is of little to no value. On top of that, you are paying for hefty shop rentals and advertisements for these companies. On the contrary, buying and using handmade soap are not only beneficial for you, but you are also supporting a family. Don’t you think that it’s much worth it to buy a soap priced at MYR10 than to get a cup of branded coffee? Make a lifestyle change today, save the money to buy a bar of handmade soap for yourself or a loved one.