The irruption of the organic in recent years sometimes leads us to review some classics of our grandmothers. And this is the case of solid soap! Too neglected for shower gel, solid soap is now making a comeback, and for good reason…
In this article we will show you the reasons why you should change the shower gel for a solid soap…
1. Solid soap is much less harmful to the skin
Have you ever looked at the composition of your shower gel? You know, that (often endless) list of ingredients on the back of your bottle. Sulfates, plastics or petroleum derivatives, so many irritants, allergens and even toxic substances with which we smear our bodies every morning, intoxicating ourselves with Cedarwood perfume… synthetic. Glamour… In short, you see where I’m coming from. Changing your shower gel for a solid soap above all allows you to avoid these types of ingredients that attack the dermis and that in the long run can even alter the hormonal balance. For a healthier composition of ingredients, therefore, prefer solid soap.
2. Solid soap contains little treasures for your skin
Solid soap is simply made up of a fatty substance like olive or coconut oil, combined with soda. Also, when it is well chosen (we will see it a little later), solid soap can be a real care for your skin! Vegetable glycerin, essential oils or vegetable butters, solid soaps are composed of noble ingredients that are seeds for the dermis. They clean but also nourish and hydrate the skin. So we say goodbye to tight skin!
3. Solid soap lasts much longer
Solid soap can be kept much longer than a shower gel with which it is much more difficult to measure quantities. In fact, unlike solid soap, water is the main component of shower gel. In addition, bacteria develop very easily in aqueous media, to avoid this manufacturers must add preservatives and these are sometimes toxic to our skin (parabens, phenoxyethanol, etc.). On average, solid soaps last twice as long as a traditional shower gel… and without preservatives, too!
4. Opting for a solid soap is making a gesture for the environment…
And yes, solid soap is a friend of our environment and this for several reasons. The first is that, as seen above, it is much more durable than a shower gel, the second, and no less important, is that it is 0 waste! In fact, solid soap burns off quite naturally over showers without leaving a residue. When purchased, it is soberly packaged in recyclable materials (hemp, cardboard, etc.). Say goodbye to plastic bottles! Finally, in addition to being harmful to our skin, the chemical substances contained in industrial shower gels permanently contaminate the water and the earth during use. With solid soap, we avoid this.
5. It’s also doing something for your wallet!
The shelf life of a bottle of shower gel rarely exceeds more than a month, especially when there are several of us at home! With solid soap, you can count twice as much, at least. And this, for equivalent prices. Thus, in addition to being the friend of the environment, solid soap is also a friend of your pocket since its longevity makes it much cheaper.
6. Solid soap is a traveler’s friend
If you are used to traveling, solid soap is a must have! It will save you a lot of trouble… A solid soap won’t run all over your beautiful shirts neatly folded in your suitcase, for example. And for those traveling by plane, it will also save you the headaches associated with restrictions on the amount of liquids in carry-on luggage…
How to choose the right solid soap?
First of all, choose a cold saponified soap . This manufacturing process does not alter the benefits of the vegetable oils and butters that make up the soap. So if you have quite sensitive skin, go for a surgras soap which will be more nourishing for your skin. Finally, pay attention to the oils and fats used. For example, avoid soaps made with animal fat ( sodium tallow ), which does nothing for the skin, or palm oils, which are not sustainable. You will inevitably find what you are looking for on the Slow Cosmétique website.
How to store solid soap?
To keep your soap solid, nothing too complicated! All you need is a good soap dish, so it can dry away from moisture between uses. You can also invest in a bag made of natural material (bamboo, hemp) to store and transport your soap. Exfoliating, can also be used in the shower to erase the skin. To do this, simply slip your soap (or any remaining bits) into it and use it as a washcloth!
So, convinced gentlemen? Well, if not, if you’re not ready to switch to solid soaps yet, pay close attention to the compositions of your shower gels…