Soap - habit, tradition, uselessness? Why should we wash with soap?

Soap - habit, tradition, uselessness? Why should we wash with soap?

We use it every day. We were brought up to use it by our parents, school and even the state. And we encourage our children to do the same. What is this about? Soap. Why do we use soap anyway? Is soap an obsolescence? What about soap and your hair?

Be selective with your soap

There is no soap like soap. Not all soaps are suitable for washing your face. There are hundreds of various types. How do you find your way around them without getting lost?

Classic hand soaps contain alkaline salts of fatty acids and so-called detergents, or chemicals designed to thoroughly cleanse the skin. These soaps usually have a pH value between 9 and 10.

Because the natural pH of human skin is between 4 and 5, ordinary soaps can dry and irritate the skin. So, when choosing a soap, it is advisable to look for one that is gentle on your skin.

Soap and hair

The vast majority of us can only imagine washing our hair with soap in extreme situations, such as when travelling far away or being away from the shower, civilisation and shampoo. But what is the truth? Can soap also be used to wash hair?

The experience of many experts and natural cosmetics enthusiasts shows that soap can be used. What we usually use to wash our hair is often referred to as "solid shampoo". In reality, it is a type of soap, but in a different consistency.

Classic soap contains a reasonable, and therefore appropriate amount of fat. This property of soap is sometimes referred to as 'overfatting'. This is because the residual fat serves as an ideal helper in the care of your hair. Simply put, it is a kind of shampoo and conditioner.

Washing your hair with hair soap brings longer freshness and therefore the possibility of not necessarily washing your hair every day. The soap gives your hair a better and more natural colour and if you use a few drops of lemon on top of that, you are assured of a perfect conditioner as well.

Yes or no?

Whether you choose to use soap is really up to you. You know your skin best. You have your own personal taste when it comes to soap scent. You have the best sense of the effect soap has on your body.

That's why some people choose to combine so-called "soapy" wash with a completely "soapless" one. The decision is yours.


Oil and ash

The first soaps in history were made by mixing oils with wood ash, sand or clay. Although soap making has moved on, the principle remains unchanged. Fats and oils are combined with alkaline substances to form soap.