Vegan soap uses vegetable oils instead of saponified animal fats as a base. It uses no animal products and by-products. That means there shouldn’t be milk, honey, beeswax, lanolin, keratin, or glycerine in it.
How the soap is made is also important. Everything may be plant-based but if it’s tested on animals, no thanks. When buying vegan soap, always look for the cruelty-free mark. That way, you’re assured that no innocent animal has been harmed in the making of the product.
Vegan soaps tend to have more natural ingredients than conventional soap. So they’re perfect for people with sensitive skin or those who are conscious of exposure to synthetic ingredients commonly used in conventional soap.
Instead of using artificial fragrances that may cause skin irritation, vegan soaps use essential oils to give them a unique blend of scents instead. Apart from their relaxing aroma, essential oils have other benefits too. For example, lavender promotes relaxation and sleep while lemonclears skin and fights off bacteria and viruses.
Parabens are commonly used as artificial preservatives in cosmetic products like shampoo and soap. It can be listed as methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, and isobutylparaben on the label. A study found out that when used on the body, it can enter the bloodstream and stay in the tissues. When you use paraben-containing products for a long time, you may have a certain level in your body causing it to disrupt hormone function. It has been linked to breast cancer and reproductive issues in women.
Sodium lauryl sulfate or SLS is the ingredient responsible for the rich lather in soaps and shampoo. Not entirely a bad thing but SLS may cause skin and eye irritation. So if you’re one with sensitive skin, eczema, or psoriasis, it’s best to avoid this ingredient in your cosmetic products.
Vegan soap bars are a fantastic way to make your bathroom (or kitchen sink area) less wasteful. Make sure to keep them safe on a soap dish or soap tin, away from water puddles, and they will last a lot longer than liquid soap as you will only use exactly what you need.
It can’t be vegan if it ends up harming and polluting the planet. This is why vegan soaps come in plastic-free packaging. Some are even sold naked or are wrapped in minimal packaging using recycled paper that is fully compostable or recyclable.
Because of the attention and love poured into making handmade vegan soaps, their quality is unique and top-notch which means value for your money. Plus, buying items handmade by local artisans, family businesses, and small brands also means supporting the local community and economy. Win-win!
The excellent benefits of vegan soap to your health, to the planet, and the communities are solid reasons why you should switch. Earthbits can help you with that! Whether you’re looking for a specific scent or a solution to a persistent skin problem, we have a soap for you.
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