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Sodium dodecyl sulfate

Sodium dodecyl sulfate also known as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is an organic compound derived from coconut and/or palm fats. While Sodium Lauryl Sulfate originates from plants it goes through various harsh chemical reactions and transformations to arrive at the end product, which is used in cleaning products found throughout the house.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) along with Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) and Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS) are often main ingredients in liquid soaps, shower gels and shampoos many of which claim to be good and beneficial to the skin.

In their original state both palm and coconut oils contain nutrients that are beneficial to the skin but once they have been converted into Sodium Lauryl Sulfate none of this goodness remains.

Studies have shown that SLS along with SLES and ALS are all known skin irritants, the irritation worsens with stronger concentrations and prolonged use.  The Cosmetic Ingredient Review has stated that Sodium and Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate;

“appear to be safe in formulations designed for discontinuous, brief use followed by thorough rinsing from the surface of the skin.”

While the quote above clearly states these compounds are safe to use on the skin as long as you wash it off quickly; we believe natural soap is a much better choice for cleaning and looking after your skin.

The Soap’s range of natural bars are made with natural vegetable oils all of which are beneficial to the skin and help clean and moisturise your skin at the same time.


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Take care of your skin it does a lot for you

Your skin is your body’s biggest, heaviest and fastest growing organ, it grows so fast that when damaged your skin will quickly heal and recover. Your skin plays a vital role in many of your body’s functions, including regulating your body’s temperature, protecting you from infection and keeping your insides, well on the inside. Your skin really is your first line of defence against everything daily life has to throw at you and without it your body muscle and tissues would quickly dehydrate and as your body is mainly water you would evaporate away.

With all that said you might consider your body well protected with this big, tough, re-healing protective barrier but skin is easily damaged. Touch something too sharp and your skin will cut, touch something to hot and it will blister and burn, bump your skin too hard and it will bruise and it is not just physical knocks that will damage the skin. Sit in the sun for too long and your skin will absorb and become over exposed to ultraviolet radiation, damaging and ageing the skin.

You see you skin can easily absorb many chemicals and substances that it comes into contact with. Skin diseases are the biggest occupational health risks in many different industries and even if you don’t work somewhere that requires you to wear gloves and handle chemicals chances are you know someone who gets dry hands or other skin problems. This is very likely directly caused by something their skin has come into contact with, even if that contact is the wear and tear that hard working hands to go through.

While you should always consult a doctor if any skin problem persist most people will avoid going to the doctor just for dry hands and instead look for a hand cream or lotion for relief without considering if there is anything that should be avoided that might be causing the problem in the first place. A good place to start looking is what you wash and rub into your hands on daily basis, most people will wash their hands several times often many times more if hygiene is crucial to their job.

Most of the time this hand washing routine will involve squeezing a often brightly coloured vicious liquid into their hands with zero consideration as to the ingredients it might contain. Well here is a little secret the main ingredient in that liquid is Sodium laureth sulfate and it is a known irritant. That’s right, the liquid that most people use for cleaning not just their hands but their whole body and hair is a known skin irritant.

The Soap recommends ditching all Sodium laureth sulfate based products and replacing them with skin loving, environmentally friendly, animal and cruelty free beauty products that are made with natural ingredients that have known benefits to the skin and hair, see our range of soaps and if you have any questions  or have anything else to say please drop us a comment below.


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What is Saponification

If you don’t know much about soap making, you’re about to hear a bunch of new words and terms, don’t be scared if you don’t understand them just be prepared to learn something new. I would honestly be more concerned by some of the ingredients in many cosmetics than what you can learn from soap making.

Saponification is the process that turns or saponifies fats or oils into soap. It is the essential magic at the heart of soap making and without soap wouldn’t be soap.

The process of saponification uses a strong base or alkaline, usually Sodium Hydroxide, to release the fatty salts or soaps and glycerol from the fatty acids that make up the vegetable oils we use to make The Soap.

Please comment below if you still have questions about saponification.

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Love Your Skin With Glycerine

Glycerine is a natural by product from the magical chemical reaction that makes soap; saponification.

It can also be synthetically made in a lab but natural vegetable glycerine is the most valuable and sort after in the cosmetic industry. So much so that commercially made soap often has the glycerine removed and sold off, only to be added to moisturising creams and lotions used to treat dry skin. No wonder soap has such a bad reputation for drying out skin when the active skin loving ingredient has been removed.

The Soap’s range of skin loving soaps only contain natural vegetable glycerine, that is made when vegetable oils are converted into soap. 

Got a question about Glycerine or soap drop us a message or leave a comment below.

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We Are The Soap

We are The Soap and we are here to bring you the very best in natural soapy produce! There is a long, varied and interesting history of soap and even in this modern age of technology and worldwide knowledge people still don’t know much about how and where their soap comes from. Commercially manufactured soap tend to use the have the same ingredients and rely more on image, packaging and marketing rather than quality of the end product to sell. We distinguish ourselves by being different; on the outside soap can easily be made to look and smell different. On the inside The Soap is made from a unique blend of vegetable oils that makes a natural bar of soap that is cleansing, nourishing and most importantly more bubbly than any other soap. The Soap makes and sells soaps of every description, colour and scent because everyone’s skin, favourite smell and colour is different and for every occasion because who doesn’t like getting nice personalised gifts.