Soap or Synthetic Detergent?

When you think of soap, you probably think of any one of the massive amount of different cleaning products you see in the grocery aisle. In reality, most of those products are actually synthetic detergents. 


True “soap” is made from the saponification (a type of chemical reaction) between natural oils and sodium (or potassium) hydroxide. Synthetic detergents are made by simply blending the right ingredients in the right proportions. It’s easy to identify a true soap from an aisle full of synthetic detergents - just look at the ingredients. Which is better? No easy answer.


True soaps have been around for thousands of years. The technology is very old, the production process can be very basic, and the main ingredients typically come from nature, with the exception of the sodium or potassium hydroxide. Synthetic detergents are more of a modern marvel compared to soap. These detergents have only been around since the 20th century, but the technology grew very quickly and is obviously well understood by now. The ingredients are usually chemically manufactured, but that does not mean they are bad for you or the environment (many synthetic detergents are biodegradable).


Synthetic detergents have some obvious benefits. Since they are a modern invention, they typically lather better, perform better in hot or hard water, and tend to leave no residue compared to natural soaps. While most soap falls short of synthetic detergents in these categories, our soap has been formulated with the right oils in the right ratios to perform well in hard and hot water. We currently use our soap with non-softened well water to test usability in hard water. 


While synthetic detergents may have some modern tricks up their sleeves, soap production uses beautiful, ancient technology utilizing natural feedstocks that just make it seem & feel superior. You can tell the difference when you wash your hands. Give our soap a chance and you’ll never look at that grocery aisle the same!

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