Herbal soaps contain various natural goodness for your skin without any synthetic chemicals. Nowadays, people are becoming more conscious of the possible health consequences related to chemicals, especially in skincare products.
It’s fair to say that herbal soaps are one of the safest ways to heal your skin. There are many kinds of herbs available with properties such as moisturizing and effectively cleansing and exfoliating your skin.
Without question, herbal soaps are great options for those with sensitive skin. Here’s everything you need to know about herbal soaps!
What Are Herbal Soaps?
Traditionally, herbs have been used to cleanse the skin even before turning them into soaps.
Tamarind and turmeric scrub have always been useful herbs for cleansing and scrubbing the skin. Today, there are a wide variety of herbal soaps available with different ingredients.
In definition, herbal soap utilizes the use of natural extracts such as plants, vegetables, fruits and flowers because these substances are beneficial for the health of the skin and does not leave any chemical residue.
- Made From Vegetable Oil
Herbal soaps are made from natural ingredients such as fats and oils extracted from plants namely palm oil, coconut oil, sesame oil and olive oil. Generally speaking, vegetable oils are higher in quality than animal fats.
Additionally, oils that are used in making herbal soaps are often cold-pressed to maintain their properties in the fats or oil.
- Made from 100% natural extracts (herbal scent)
The scent you get from herbal soaps are 100% from natural extracts without the use of synthetic fragrances.
Often the scent is still on your skin after taking a shower that keeps you feeling fresh.
- Not Mixed with Sodium Sulfate
Herbal soaps come with amazing properties of herbs such as naturally cleansing the skin without the use of cleaning or foaming agents.
This not only washes dirt on the surface but also deeply cleans the skin and removes dead skin cells.
- No paraben
Indeed, herbal soaps are free of preservatives because they are made from natural ingredients.
Herbs such as galangal, ginger, turmeric and basil are able to inhibit the growth of fungi and yeast naturally. Hence, there is no need to add paraben.
- The pH level of Herbal Soaps
The pH level that is allowed by the FDA in Thailand is level 8 – 10. This is considered to be at a level that cleans the skin well and is safe and healthier for the skin.
Herbal Soap Recipes
Here are some examples of well-known herbal soap recipes that are widely available.
Some formulas are suitable for the face while other formulas are more for washing over the skin. Let’s take a look!
Red Radish Soap
The main benefit of radish soap is that it is incredibly rich with nutrients such as vitamins C, E, B1, B2, B3, potassium phosphorus, beta-carotene.
This helps to brighten the skin as well as reducing dark spots.
- Red Radish Extract
- Vegetable oil based
- Herbal oil
Arabica Coffee Soap
Coffee has amazing properties especially for scrubbing and cellulite reduction.
Besides, coffee helps to make your skin look more radiant and peels away dead skin cells from the surface. Most coffee soaps focus on the coffee extraction while keeping the coffee grounds for scrubbing.
Key Ingredients in Arabica Coffee Soap
- Arabica Coffee
- Coffee grounds to help exfoliate the skin
- Vegetable oil based on your preference and what you want to focus on
A lot of AHA and vitamin C are found in Tamarind. Therefore, it has properties for exfoliating dead skin cells and making the skin look clear and radiant.
Key Ingredients in Tamarind
- Tamarind Extract
- Coconut Oil
Contains curcumines and vitamins A, C and E that all help to brighten the skin and reduce dullness.
Turmeric is also rich in antioxidants that reduce allergic reactions to dust and chemicals. Also, it helps to reduce skin inflammation from the sun.
Key Ingredients in Tumeric
- Concentrated turmeric rhizome herbal juice
- Olive oil, rice bran oil
- Herbal oil
Contains plenty of antioxidants that help fade wrinkles that occur on the face away. Restore the skin moisture and help to soften the skin.
To make honey soap, add about 1 -2 % of honey, otherwise the soap may change it’s condition overtime such as the appearance of white spots. Most honey soaps are produced in oil soap form.
- Palm Oil
- Olive Oil
- Rice Bran Oil
- Turmeric powder
- Honey (the main ingredient but be cautious of the volume)
- Herbal oil
Has antioxidant properties that inhibit bacteria that cause acne.
- Cinnamon Extract
- Olive oil or coconut oil
- Herbal Oil
Comes with properties that help to relieve itching and irritation. Also, helps with naturally eliminating dead skin cells.
Some of the main benefits of oatmeal soap are reducing oil and grease on the skin, eliminating body odor, treating acne and moisturizing the skin.
- Finely ground oatmeal
- Shea Butter
- Natural Honey
- Almond Oil
Aloe Vera Soap
Treat rashes, acne, blisters, sunburn, dark spots and reduce skin inflammation.
Aloe Vera helps to nourish the skin by maintaining the skin’s moisture, tighten pores and kill germs and fungi. Not to mention that aloe vera also has great healing properties.
- Aloe Juice
- Aloe Vera Meat
- Herbal Oil
- Olive Oil
The Benefits of Herbal Soaps for the Body?
Loaded with Antioxidants
Naturally, the nutrients in herbs are full of antioxidants. Hence, when it comes to making soap, we get the full benefits of natural antioxidants.
Some herbs have the ability to inhibit the growth or even kill bacteria. Hence, there is no need to include harmful chemical germicides in herbal soaps.
Maintaining the pH level
The approved pH level for herbal soaps by the FDA is between 8 and 10. Higher pH levels are likely to lead to adverse effects on the skin.
You may have come across herbal soaps that have “pH balance” written on the package. This is the pH value that is most similar to the skin and is known to also be safe.
Most herbs can inhibit the growth of yeast microorganisms to some extent.
The Ideal Choice for Vegans
Herbal soaps are created with 100% pure natural ingredients. Additionally, herbal soaps are often cruelty free and not tested on animals.
Herbal Soaps Contain Glycerin
The main ingredient in herbal soap is Glycerin that primarily serves to maintain the skin’s moisture and hydrate the skin.
Beyond that, glycerin does not cause clog pores and is gentle to your skin health.
Skin Rejuvenation Properties
Herbal soaps often have wound healing properties. They exfoliate dead skin cells and help to restore moisture to the skin.
Choosing herbal soaps is the way forward not only for your skin but for the environment. During our day-to-day life, we are unconsciously bringing toxins into our bodies whether it’s from dust, smoke or germs.
Additionally using chemicals to cleanse your skin can lead to harmful and long-term side effects such as increasing the toxins in your immune system. We definitely recommend herbal soaps to get the best benefit for yourself and give your skin natural beauty that is safe.
Last but not least, always remember to always read the packaging details and understand the ingredients listed.