We make hand soap, not hand wash. Here’s why

We make hand soap, not hand wash. Here’s why

What’s the difference between liquid soap and other cleansing products like hand wash, body wash and shower gel? True liquid soap is rich in skin synergistic oils to hygienically clean without stripping away moisture. Hand wash is a synthetic reproduction of soap that is technically classified as a detergent.

 

True Liquid Soaps, Not Washes

Our hand and body soaps are made in the centuries-old tradition of master soap makers: by saponifying oil, alkali and water. The result is a low-foam, organic, biodegradable, vegan and non-toxic formulation that effectively disrupts the lipid layer of viruses and bacteria to cleanse without stripping away moisture or destabilising the skin’s microbiome. 

We formulate with sustainably sourced certified organic olive and coconut oils and infuse our soaps with botanical and marine extracts that promote skin health. Our soaps contain naturally-occurring glycerine, which is highly moisturising to leave skin smooth and soft without the need for synthetic emollients or added conditioners.

Our liquid soaps are made in Australia in small batches to ensure high quality. Given that soap production relies on natural reactions between the organic ingredients, each batch takes several days to produce.

 

The Difference Between Soap and Wash

Hand washes, body washes and shower gels are synthetic reproductions of soap, which are actually classed as detergents. A basic detergent base can be made into any number of products including hand or body wash, shower gel, shampoo, laundry detergent and dish washing or car cleaning detergent.

Known for their ability to produce high levels of foam, detergents are historically petrochemical-based, which makes them harsh on the skin, causing irritation. This is often offset by the addition of synthetic emollients.

The best-known detergent bases are sulphates: SLS, SLES, ALS, SDS. But with consumers trending away from SLS-based products, sulphates are increasingly being replaced with glucosides: caprylyl/capryl glucoside, decyl glucoside, coco glucoside and lauryl glucoside, which are most often derived from petrochemicals or heavily processed palm oil or coconut oil. This allows products to be labelled as ‘natural’ and ‘plant-based’ despite the heavily manufacturing required to turn them into lab-made shelf stable formulations.

Hand and body washes mimic the function of soap but they cannot replicate the environmental and skincare benefits of true soap.

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