The Millennial and current Centennial generations appear to have embraced liquid soap, foaming handwash and shower gels more than any other generation. Perhaps it’s a convenience thing like disposable nappies compared to the cloth nappies our mothers and grandmothers used.
So by way of heading down the innovation/latest technology, gadget or convenience path, are we sacrificing our wellness for availability? What effect is all of this having on the environment?
Take for example soap which can be purchased in its traditional bar form. Outstripping its popularity with Generation Y and Z (born from 1980’s onward) more than any other generation, are liquid soaps, shower gels or hand, and body washes.
Generally speaking, shower gels, liquid hand soaps, and body washes are liquid detergents rather than 'soaps' as they contain foaming agents such as sodium lauryl sulfates. The important thing is to check the ingredients. Manufacturers add in questionable chemicals which are suspected hormone disruptors, skin irritants and polluters of our waterways. They will use some kind of surfactant which is a chemical that lowers the surface tension between liquids and acts as a foaming agent or dispersant. Extra oomph for cleansing.
In terms of just getting clean, bar soap is just as effective as body wash as it rids your skin of any dirt, oil, and bacteria. Bar soaps that contain natural ingredients are the least drying to the skin as they contain glycerine which doesn’t strip the skin of natural oils unless they have a high PH. Liquid soap or gels made with chemicals marketed as moisturizing are designed to pull moisture out from deep beneath the epidermis, ultimately drying and damaging the skin in the long term. Skin rashes and dryness are very common for this reason. But to keep your skin nicely moisturized and as soft as it can be - make sure to apply natural oils or skin loving lotions after your cleansing.
True soaps have ingredients such as vegetable oils, glycerine or saponified oils (even animal fats) and will list sodium hydroxide (bar soap) or potassium hydroxide (liquid soap) as the lye. Amazingly at the end of the soapmaking process all lye is neutralised but does have a wonderful emollient - glycerine. Bar soaps require less packaging and eliminate the need for plastic containers. They last longer, and natural bar soaps are made without any chemicals that might be damaging to the environment. It’s a ‘green’ tick for the environment.
Juddarnje soaps are true soaps with no petrochemical based detergents, sodium laurel sulphate (SLS), parabens, phosphates, bleach, optical brighteners, preservatives and colours or additives. Our soaps are all natural - soothing gentle and nourishing.