Soap is no more a thing of luxury only, but a necessity to keep oneself clean, fresh and healthy. Soap brands today not only stress on the cleansing properties alone but also address benefits such as fragrances, moisturizing capacities and ability to impact, change skin colour and eradicating germs.

Is soap only good for skin care?

Apart from skin care, regular use of soap can make a positive impact on the health and hygiene of a population and curb many fatal diseases; diseases which require a certain amount of cleanliness as a preventive measure. However, use of purely those so called beauty soaps can cause more harm than good

What are the special benefits of organic soaps?

Organic soap made from coconut, olive oil or palm oil, is rich in vitamins. They help care for sensitive skin and those who suffer from skin diseases like acne, psoriasis, eczema, and other dry skin problems.

What makes handmade soap better?

Handmade soap is made in small batches. This helps retain its freshness and benefit us more than the usual bar of soap. They also contain glycerin which is a necessary moisturizing agent found in lotions and other skin creams. Commercial soaps which do not contain glycerin dry up the skin fast. For fragrance, handmade soaps use essential oils instead of synthetic fragrances.

How do essential oils in soaps help us?

The essential oils have a great aromatherapy effect that is relaxing for the mind and body.

They also have anti-fungal and antibacterial properties which act as cleansers for the body, and help treat skin infections.

How to select a handmade soap?

Handmade soaps are no longer sold from specialty stores but available in most department stores, Internet and mail order. See the labels if there is a blend of ingredients such as coconut, vegetable, peanut, sunflower, palm, and palm kernel. Look for ones which contain olive oil. Avoid a handmade soap that contains high amounts of coconut oil since it can leave your skin dry.

Handmade soap with no animal fats or tallow is most preferred. Tallow has comedogenic properties that tend to remain on the skin as if creating its own barrier. Check for additional natural ingredients such as cocoa butter, shea butter, vitamin E, and Aloe Vera along with other organic herbs and spices.

What are the benefits of hand washing with soap?

Hands are the principal carriers of disease-causing germs. Hand washing with soap after using the toilet or cleaning a child and before handling food can reduce rates of diarrhea by nearly one-half and rates of respiratory infection by about one-quarter. Hand washing can also prevent skin infections, eye infections, intestinal worms, SARS, and avian flu.

Is antibacterial soap better than regular soap at stopping the spread of disease?

With proper use, all soaps are equally effective at removing the germs that cause diarrheal disease and respiratory infections. To date, there is no evidence that using recommended antiseptics or disinfectants selects for antibiotic-resistant organisms in nature.

What are soap alternatives?

If you don’t wish to use any soap you can go for ‘multani mitti’, reetha or soapnut, rice powder or chick pea flour. They all help in cleaning the body and are also free of any side-effects.

Is face wash better than soap?

What is the impact of long term use of chemicals in soap on my skin?

Do essential oils in soap have any effect?

Are baby soaps actually better for my skin?

Where can I buy handmade soap?

Are organic soaps free of chemicals?

Do handmade soaps use chemicals?

Can you make soap at home?

Do soaps use preservatives?

Are face soaps better for hair than shampoos?

Should body and face soaps be different?

Do soap alternatives like multani mitti, besan, soapnut, remove bacteria like soaps?

What ingredients should I avoid while buying soap?

How long should I lather soap to wash hands properly?