What Are Bathing Soap? How They Are Made?
February 3, 2023

What Are Bathing Soaps? How They Are Made?

तुम हुस्न परी तुम जानेजहाँ, तुम सबसे हसीं, तुम सबसे जवाँ
And you just completed the song in your head, right? All the popular soap adverts sure were a lot of fun to watch.

Unfortunately, despite these fantastic ads, people never really bought soaps. In fact, chances are high that you have never really bought a soap in your life.

Surprised? Peer at the fine print of the cover of any commercial soap sold in stores and you are likely to find “detergent or moisturizing or cleansing bars” in a very tiny font.

And we are back to the ‘Teja main hoon mark idhar hai’ and ‘Kaun sa mark, bhaad mein gaya mark’ conundrum.

The truth behind commercial soaps revealed!

Commercial soaps, the ones sold by big brands, are not really soaps. Rather, these products are filled with

  • Chemical detergents (strip skin of its natural oils)
  • Hardeners (makes hard long-lasting soap) and
  • Synthetic lathering agents (reason for their thick lather).

In fact, it’s often said that a typical mass-produced soap is completely stripped of glycerine, you know the stuff that keeps your skin soft and smooth. This glycerine is used in lotions and creams and sold separately.

Soap is stripped of its natural glycerine and then you are asked to buy lotions, creams, and moisturizers separately to repair the dryness caused by the soap.

So, now you know from where Apple got its inspiration to sell chargers separately. Create a problem and sell the solution—that’s a ‘soppi’ marketing strategy (Marathi pun alert!)

So, paisa bhi bacha liya, aur profit bhi ho gaya. Yane ek tir me do nishane!

Enter the “REAL” soap thing!

Soap Bar

  • Activated Charcoal Bath Soap 125gm Activated Charcoal Bath Soap 125gm ₹93.00
    Product Description : Charcoal Deep Cleansing Bath Soap By Bombay Shaving Company is hand made with the best ingredients and a whole lot of love. Dust and pollution clog your pores and make your skin rough and dull. This Deep Cleansing bath soap unclogs pores, effectively removes dirt and debris resulting in squeaky clean skin. Coffee granules in it gently exfoliate resulting in firmer, less dimpled skin. Exfoliation removes dead cells that have migrated from deeper layers of the skin to the epidermis, revealing a newer, shinier and healthier layer of skin. How to use : Use the exfoliating side of the soap twice a week to avoid damage to the epidermis (top layer of the skin). Product Ingredient : Extra virgin coconut oil, Sorbitol, Glycerin, Activated Charcoal powder, Cocoa butter, Coffee granules Shelf Life : 24 months Country of Origin : India Brand Name : Bombay Shaving Company
  • Oil Control Bath Soap 100 gm Oil Control Bath Soap 100 gm ₹146.00
    Product Description : Oil Control Bath Soap By Bombay Shaving Company is hand made with the best ingredients and a whole lot of love. Restore your skin's natural oil balance with this Oatmeal and Tea tree oil infused exfoliating soap. Oatmeal in it is a natural exfoliator with a gentle moisturizing effect that is perfect for oily and acne prone skin. Exfoliation removes dead cells that have migrated from deeper layers of the skin to the epidermis, revealing a newer, shinier and healthier layer of skin. How to use : Bombay Shaving Company Menthol Refreshing Face & Body Wash:Squeeze a coin sized amount onto a loofah/washcloth or into your palm.Add water and work into a light lather before applying to your face and body.Use gentle circular motions and cover every inch of your skin with the cleansing lather.Rinse off with water.Bombay Shaving Company Exfoliating Menthol Refreshing Bath Soap:Use the exfoliating side of the soap twice a week to avoid damage to the epidermis (top layer of the skin). Product Ingredient : Extra virgin coconut oil, Sorbitol, Glycerin, Poppy seeds, Menthol, Essential oil. Shelf Life : 24 months Country of Origin : India Brand Name : Bombay Shaving Company
  • Gardenia- Cold Process Soap (100gm) - Switch Naturals Gardenia- Cold Process Soap (100gm) - Switch Naturals ₹150.00
    Product Description : 100% natural, sulfate-free, paraben-free, cruelty-free, vegan and non-toxic. Gardenia- Cold Process Soap is handmade and natural-oil based soap. Good lather and lingering aroma. Made with vegetable oils, essential oils and botanical extracts that smells heavenly and lasts longer. Ideal for All Skin Types. How to use : You can use a loafa, or create a lather in your hands, then apply. Benefits of using this product : Good lather and lingering aroma.100% natural, sulfate-free, paraben-free, cruelty-free, vegan and non-toxic. Product Ingredients : vegetable oils, essential oils and botanical extracts Shelf Life : 2 Years Country of Origin : India Brand Name : Switch Naturals
  • Handmade Soap - Woody Sandalwood Handmade Soap - Woody Sandalwood ₹600.00
    Product Description: Dinacharya embodies the idea of a lifestyle that sharpens and rejuvenates the mind and body with small, yet consistent effort over a longer period of time. How to Use: Rub the soap bar between your palms or with a loofah to produce lather. Apply and massage on skin before washing it off. Product Ingredients: Nutmeg(Jaiphal)-0.1%, Honey(Madhu)-0.2%, Liquorice(Yashtimadhu)-0.2%, Rose Ext(Gulab)-0.2%, Jatropha (Jatropha Curus)-0.3%, Tree Turmeric-0.5%, Cedarwood-0.7%, Sandalwood Oil(Chandan Tel)-1%, Aloe Vera(Ghrit Kumari)-2.5%, Glycerine-Q.S, Purified Water-Q.S. Preservatives: Soap Base-Q.S, Sodium Benzoate-Q.S, Potassium Sorbate-Q.S. Benefits / Features of using the product: Choose this anti-bacterial, moisturizing sandalwood soap bar that won’t just hydrate your skin, but also uplift your mood with its pleasing aroma. Shelf Life: 12 Months Country of Origin: India Brand Name: Tvam Naturally Yours

Wahi apna traditional style wala. Jo hamare ancestors banaya karte the! They knew what they were doing, and did it for thousands of years – why change it no?

Traditional handmade soaps are made by

  • Mixing sodium hydroxide (lye) with water
  • Blending this mixture with oils
  • Cooking this blend till the saponification (become soap) process takes place
  • And finally, pour into moulds.

I have made it sound like kholo, milao, pakao, aur tayyar but trust me, it’s quite a process. It’s just like cooking, it needs precision, attention and time. You need years of practice to master the process of authentic soap making.

Soap ka Foreign-Returned Cousin—Handmade Soaps!

Swagat kare eske star ingredient “glycerine” ka!

Glycerine is a humectant that attracts moisture from the air to the skin. Produced naturally during the soapmaking process, it maintains the integrity of the soap by basically settling in between the soap molecules. It’s one of the things that make handmade soap so amazing!

Also, these soaps contain natural herbal extracts, oils such as coconut, sesame, olive and some skin-friendly butter. Plus, these soaps do not contain any additional lathering agents that is why they produce less lather.

Myth alert: Remember that (in)famous Bhaag DK Bose song? It had the line – Sabun ki shakal mein, beta tu tho nikla kewal jhaag… the songwriters actually got it right.
Soap soap hota hai aur jhaag jhaag. Less foam or lather doesn’t mean soap is less effective. Actually, it’s the opposite. Soaps with more oil content generate less foam and clean better. That’s an important reason why real handmade soap is better than commercial chemical-wala foam/lather-filled soaps.

They are generally made in smaller batches, with authentic raw materials, so, more expensive compared to store-bought machine-made soaps.

Soaps are the one product that you are going to use on your entire body. So, remember the following points and be aware while purchasing it from exhibitions or on Instagram:

Product Description: Fuschia Papaya Detan soap is made up of 100% natural ingredients. This soap is made up of Vegetable Glycerine Base derived from coconut plant that cleanses, clarifies & moisturizes skin gently. The pH of this base matches that of skin & thus suits even the sensitive skin types. Also enriched with Olive Oil rich in Vitamin E that delays fine signs of aging & moisturizes skin. Castor Oil is rich in antioxidants that moisturize & maintain good skin health. Coconut Oil moisturizes skin & has anti-inflammatory properties as well. Orange extract & orange peel are rich in Vitamin C & antioxidants. Together they lighten blemishes & brighten skin. The orange peel removes blackheads and dead skin cells. It also delays fine signs of aging.

How to Use: Rinse off your bar soap under the tap quickly before washing your hands, then create a generous lather by rubbing the soap with your hands for at least 20 seconds, circling around the hands and between the fingers. (For more on this, check out our Guide to Washing Your Hands.) Keep it dry between uses (and germ-free!).

Product Ingredients: Papaya, Vegetable Glycerine Base, Olive Oil,  Castor Oil, Coconut Oil, Orange Extract, Orange Peel

Benefits / Features of using the product:  

  • Cleans the skin.
  • Soaps are anti-bacterial.
  • Washing off corrosive acids.
  • Removes oil and dirt.
  • Prevent acne and pimples.
  • Removal of impurities.

Shelf Life: 24 Months

Country of Origin: India

Brand Name: Fuschia

  • Choose handmade soaps over chemically loaded detergent bars
  • Always check ingredients (Do not purchase if not mentioned)
  • Ask for their method of manufacturing
  • Prefer handmade soaps for your babies and young children since they are more vulnerable to chemicals because of their thin, more permeable skin.
  • Buy from authentic licensed manufacturers
  • Spend on quality over quantity

Remember, selling any cosmetic product without license number is a criminal offense. Don’t encourage your friend and family to do so!

 

 

 

Also Read : Shaving – Myth Busters

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