The skincare industry has experienced massive growth in demand for natural products as consumers become more conscious of the impact their products have on their bodies and the environment as a whole.
While it's evident how natural soaps are safer to use on the skin and offer a wide range of benefits, many people are still hesitant to replace their commercial products with organic alternatives. This is most likely due to the common misconceptions surrounding the topic.
This article aims to debunk popular myths about organic soap to help people make the right decision when shopping for soap.
MYTH 1: They’re not as effective as commercial soaps
The primary purpose of soap is to clean and rinse bacteria from any surface. However, many people make the mistake of confusing the effectiveness of the soap with its lathering effect. In other words, they believe that if soap doesn't lather, it doesn't work properly.
On the contrary, the usual lather and foam you find in commercial soaps are caused by added chemicals and parabens, which ultimately can be harmful to the skin. As such, they don’t contribute to the effectiveness of the soap.
Because most organic soaps are made with an oil base, they don't normally create the lathering effect many people are used to. Despite this, natural organic soaps effectively cleanse the skin because of their organic ingredients.
MYTH 2: They’re not accessible
Another reason why people shy away from organic products is that they think that they're not readily available, unlike commercial soaps that can be found in any drug store or supermarket.
With the increase in popularity and demand for organic products worldwide, it's actually more convenient now to buy organic soaps. Aside from retail stores, you can get your hands on natural soaps by searching for your desired product online. In addition, many brands offer delivery to make their products more accessible to a broader market.
Among the different brands, one of the online organic shops in Singapore that offer a wide variety of organic soaps is Nature’s Glory.
MYTH 3: They’re too expensive
It’s true that some natural soaps are slightly more expensive than their commercial counterparts. However, it’s far from overpriced.
Organic soap makers make it a point to use only the highest-quality ingredients to offer maximum health and environmental benefits. Moreover, because of the ingredients used, the effectiveness of the soap is guaranteed, making it a worthy investment.
Commercial soaps tend to be cheaper because some brands infuse artificial ingredients to preserve soap during production to extend their lifespan. Consequently, these compounds dilute the natural essences in commercial soaps, making them less effective than natural options.
MYTH 4: They dry the skin
Products like organic castile soap are often considered drying because they are used for heavy-duty cleaning. However, this is not true.
Generally, castile soap is made with an olive oil base that promotes sufficient hydration. Other plant oils found in the soap can also enhance the moisturising effect by generating a byproduct known as glycerin to lock in the body’s natural water content. For this reason, some dermatologists recommend using castile soap to fight against skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and inflammation.
MYTH 5: They’re not gentle on sensitive skin
On the other hand, some people believe that organic soaps are not gentle on the skin. This is probably due to the fact that soaps are often associated with lye, also known as sodium hydroxide.
Lye is a strong alkali component found in salt and wood ashes that has been historically used to create soap. Fortunately, through the soapmaking process called saponification, lye and other natural oils are converted into soap, leaving no traces of the harsh lye in the finished product.
Without lye and artificial chemicals in the picture, there would be no reason for an organic soap made only with natural ingredients to be harsh on the skin, especially for those of the sensitive kind.
MYTH 6: They’re not 100% natural
The final misconception is that brands that promote natural soap don’t really use 100% natural ingredients. While this differs per brand, every natural product should have been tested and certified organic before being marketed as one.
Be particular with the ingredient list and be wary if you see ingredients like "fragrance" or "lye." 100% natural organic soaps should not contain any artificial components.
All products are certified natural and organic to protect your health and well-being and ensure maximum benefits.