When it comes to soaps, we have often attributed a soap to the most basic ingredients. But times have changed drastically and the kind of soaps that are being made has also seen a change. From pretty packaging to high profile brand names, soaps are seeing a revamp just the way most other beauty and lifestyle products are. There are various kinds of soaps available for men such as shaving soaps, bath soaps and exclusive beard soaps.
Shaving soaps are definitely long lasting and a better value for your money than the canned products that one makes use of. Soaps also remove natural oil from your hair and skin and thus are usually considered to bring about a slicker shave.
Traditional soaps are usually cleansing agents that are formed with a mixture of various sodium salts and are usually obtained from naturally occurring fatty acids. Stripping away the essential oils and fats from the skin is not exactly great and hence a number of exfoliating agents, non-detergent cleansers and moisturizers are also used. Men’s skin is different from women’s and produces more sweat. The most obvious differences between a men’s and a woman’s soap is in the packaging and fragrance.
Using organic soaps that have non chemical formulas and ingredients that do not irritate the skin are a safer bet as opposed to using commercial soaps. These soaps usually have harsh chemicals to prolong shelf life and ensure that lather is created.
The main ingredients for making a soap include
Most commercial soaps use a great amount of tallow. Tallow is a hardening substance that is made from rendering animal fat and is solid at room temperature. While some people also make soap at home, if you want a pure vegetable soap, you can always use palm oil instead of tallow and check how much lye you will need to use.
- Olive Oil-
Olive oil is an ingredient that goes in soaps and is very moisturising for the skin but does not form enough lather.
- Castor Oil-
Most soaps use castor oil instead of coconut oil in their soaps. Not more than 10 percent of the soap contains castor oil.
- Essential Oils-
Soaps are formed with a variety of essential oils such as clove, cinnamon, patchouli and sometimes even spiced scents.
When choosing a bar of soap, make sure you do not opt for the cheap one just because of its price. Ensuring that the soap contains essential ingredients like jojoba, argon or castor oil and does not contain parabens, is a crucial step when one decides to buy a soap. Parabens are found in a variety of ingredients and the easiest way to identify the same is by the suffix at the end of the chemical. Soaps that contain extracts of shea butter, peppermint leaves, orange, rosemary and cedarwood are a great choice. Coconut oil is a good base that is bound to make your skin softer and smoother. The essential oils are exfoliating agents that help shed dead skin and debris.