I was wondering if anyone might know of an all-natural soap that lathers really, REALLY well that I might be able to try? I’ve tried several all-natural vegetable based ones in the past several years, but I’ve never been able to find one that lathers worth a darn. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Look for one with 30-50% coconut oil as a base. Lathers with abandon, even in hard water.
Note that the more aggressive the soap lathers, the more risk that the soap will dry your skin. The commercial
products often add sodium lauryl sulfate, which lathers like crazy, and was originally designed as an industrial de-greaser.
So you can imagine how good that is for your skin. Also note that the commercial advertising has made us think that
lots of suds and bubbles is good and even necessary. It's not really.
Compared to other oils and fats, coconut oil is a bit expensive, so expect to pay more.
I may be a little biased since my spouse makes it, but this stuff works great http://www.smilingdaisiessoapco.com/ She doesn't use any SLS, parabans, or sulfates in any of her products. No artificial dyes either, she uses either micas or ground herbs for colour. Some of her products do use a "fragrance" for the scent, but they are free of the chemicals which give me(and many others) headaches. She also does make some with only essential oils for the people who want a completely natural product. Depending on the product she also infuses the oils with different herbs, some of which we grow ourselves(no herbicide/pesticide/gmo), this helps to add their properties to the soap (Calendula for example people have been finding works amazingly for their eczema). Depending on where you live shipping from us can be way to much money. I'd recommend hitting up local farmer's markets and really put the gears to the soapers asking specific details of why thy used specific oils in their product. If they can't answer you, chances are they have no idea what they are doing, probably found a soap recipe on Pinterest and are selling you the first bar of soap they ever made. In our area "Soapers" are popping up quicker than the most vigorous of weeds in a garden. Most of them also disappear as quickly as they popped up. Hopefully you will soon find a soap that will make you happy.
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I agree with Su Ba. I think the lathering of soap has a lot to do with one's water supply.
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posted 2 years ago
Thanks for all the suggestions. While I agree that water hardness or softness makes a difference in lathering ability, I don't think its the only reason. I think some soaps just inherently lather better than others no matter how hard or soft the water is.
I'm also biased as I make this soap. It's plain Castile: olive oil, lye and rain water (soft for better lather): http://etsy.me/2flfyLt If you're interested in making your own, I could paste the directions. It's easy!
I've been an avid soap maker for many years. I make a pure coconut oil bar soap that lathers beautifully, cleans amazingly well, and doesn't dry me out. The ingredients are coconut oil, lye, distilled water. I sometimes add a little low-note essential oils for fragrance so the scent doesn't flash off so fast.
This is the soap made by Jane Weeks. A definite gift item, due to the artistic nature.
Location: Southern Ontario, Canada
posted 1 year ago
Dale Hodgins wrote:This is the soap made by Jane Weeks. A definite gift item, due to the artistic nature.
Thanks so much, Dale! BTW, I use rain water for my soaps, resulting in lots of suds. As a matter of interest, I visited my daughter last week and she insisted that I accept a gift of a professional hair cut. I took my bar of soap and refused conditioner or any other 'products.' The hairdresser was surprised by the suds and how easy it all was. I left looking the same as if she had used all that junk on my hair. (It lasted about as long, too -- back to normal two days later. )