Soap, with its attractive aromas and textures, can convert such simple gestures such as hand-washing a pleasure, but its daily use can also dry the skin so they should be chosen well, they come in all colors and fragrances, soft and rough, more or less hard or translucent, round, or any other shape imaginable.
Manufacturers of soaps are striving to offer products that appeal to sight and smell, but not all respect the protection of the natural skin.
Natural handmade soap, made with vegetable oils and essential oils, no additives, artificial colors or perfumes, not only is effective but can prevent the skin from being dehydrated and dry with daily use.
Once produced, the soap, solid or liquid, essential oils, fragrances, cereal, milk or other substances can be added to give many different smells, textures and properties.
When buying soap, smell and appearance are likely to guide the first impulse, but a few details can help make better choices.
Some soaps are produced with natural but caustic soda plant saponins, soapy substances that are extracted from plants such as soap or papaya, which are an exception but the difference between a natural soap and an industrial one often lies in the way it is processed.
The soapy substance obtained from classical saponification are added with industrial chemicals that are not present in the natural resources, such as sodium lauryl sulfate, which can cause irritation in some people and used to create more foam, or triclosan, used in soaps with antibacterial properties to eliminate other harmful bacteria that can protect the skin.
The industrial soaps often withdraw part or all of the glycerine produced with saponification.
Glycerol has valuable applications in the cosmetics industry, as it softens the skin and keeps it moisturized, and manufacturers to take advantage of their separate values in more efficient products such as lotions or creams.
By contrast, natural soap do not usually remove the skin and do not dry out so much. Another part of the secret of a good soap lies in the type of fat used.
Today quality natural soaps are made with vegetable oil through a system of cold saponification which does not affect its beneficial properties for the skin.
Instead, it is possible to find industrial tallow or other animal fats, because it is cheaper and produces hard soaps and sparkling bubbles.
Olive oil, very nutritious, and has for centuries been one of the most appreciated ingredients for making soap. Today, it is still the main ingredient for many leading soaps.
Other values are the oils of coconut, which produces a lot of glycerine and leaves skin very soft, the jojoba creamy foam, and wheat germ rich in vitamin E, or almond.
Palm oil is currently limited in an attempt to curb the deforestation of tropical forests, another good option as a vegetable fat which is very mild soap producer.