HAND & BODY WASH - 100% NATURAL - UNSCENTED BASE PRODUCT
Full Ingredients List (for Labelling):
Filtered rainwater, Potassium soap made from oils of Coconut, Sunflower, Olive and Avocado. Retained Glycerine.
NakedPress Hand & Body Wash offers an ideal alternative to ordinary chemical-based soap substitutes. Proudly Hand Made by traditional soap making methods by us in Australia, our Hand & Body Wash has been formulated from the following purest unrefined vegetable oils:
Our Hand & Body Wash contains no chemicals, preservatives, animal ingredients or synthetic detergents and is suitable for all skin types.
• 100% biodegradable
• No synthetic detergents
• No animal ingredients
• Not tested on animals
• No preservatives
• Incredible value
• No Synthetic Foaming Agents
• No Thickeners
• No Palm oil
Why you Should Use This Product:
• Buy in bulk for your home and save money.
• Minimize chemical exposure in your home.
• Add your favourite essential oils.
• Care for the environment.
• Make your own retail products from our base by adding your choice of essential oils.
Our Hand & Body Wash is potassium soap and a natural surfactant (surface active agent), made from vegetable oils. This soap is free from the usual foaming agents used in the more commercial liquid soaps, like coco betaine, decyl glucoside, sodium laurel sulphate, free from detergents, thickeners, animal fats (making it suitable for vegans), and preservatives, all known skin irritants, making our base non-allergenic and 100% biodegradable.
Unlike industrially made liquid detergents made from petrochemicals, or coconut derivatives, natural handmade liquid soap made from edible oils is always golden yellow to orange to light green in colour and it may appear “runny”. Do not let this thinner consistency trick you into believing your liquid soap is not concentrated enough, as it is usually foamier than most soap substitutes. You may find some essential oils e.g. Rosemary and Eucalyptus can thicken your base, and some oils like Citrus essential oils can thin your base.
Our liquid soap base has its glycerine retained. Glycerine is a natural humectant or moisturizer, due to its water building capabilities, that allows it to draw and absorb water from the air. Chemically speaking glycerine is a byproduct of the saponification (soap-making) process.
To get a bit technical: In a way, it is a “refuse” of the chemical bonding between the three fatty molecules of oils with the alkali molecule (potassium hydroxide), which leaves the fourth component of the oil molecules (glycerol) unbound and easily extracted from the soap.
In industrial soap making, glycerine is reclaimed from the soap paste, purified and sold as a separate product.
At the end of the soapmaking process, the potassium hydroxide (a processing aid) has been used up and the natural handmade soaps contain all the available glycerol molecules (glycerine), which contribute to its mildness and skin-friendliness.
Traditional handmade soaps all have a pH of between 8-10. Due to the high pH, it contains no preservatives, but should you wish to add any botanicals like aloe vera or herbal extracts it is advisable to add a preservative. This is not needed when adding essential oils.
There is a modern misunderstanding that a chemically based soap substitute is safer & milder on the skin, as it has a lower pH and that a natural & traditionally made soap from vegetable oils is harsher because it has higher pH. The fact is that the pH has no bearing on the mildness or harshness of a soap.
This misunderstanding started with the incorporation of chemicals into the soapmaking process, when during and after the 2nd world war, vegetable oils and fats were scarce.
To create a marketing edge over the traditionally made soaps and as these chemicals were naturally acidic in nature, the myth was created that soaps with a lower pH were more gentle on the skin than those with a higher pH.
Soaps manage to cleanse the skin as dirt and oils have a tendency to migrate from a surface of a lower pH (the skin has a pH of around 7) to the higher pH of the soap and it is a fact that skin conditions of thousands of people have improved after changing over from chemical soaps to natural soaps.
Customising your base: You can leave your base unscented if you suffer from chemical sensitivities or we suggest the addition of 1 to 1.5% of essential oil. Decant and Blend well. If you buy a 1L unit of either of our bases, then for easy blending add a 12ml bottle of essential oil and mix well.
Should you wish to add botanicals and vitamins, we recommend adding a preservative.
IMPORTANT NOTE: THIS PRODUCT IS (PALM OIL FREE):
Due to the large amount of olive oil used to make our Liquid Castile Soap and our Hand and Body Wash, you may find that these liquid soaps can go cloudy with a small amount of white sediment when the temperature falls below 15 degrees Celcius. The cloudiness and sediment will disappear as soon as the temperature rises back above 15 degrees. If you are looking for a soap base that does not have this effect, then our shampoo base may be better suited, as it has been made without olive oil.
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