Increasingly more and more products are entering the market and labeled as either Natural, Vegan or Organic. But what does this mean? Is one better than the other?
Is it really natural?
The first question to ask yourself when looking at new products is if it is truly natural? Natural Soap isn’t closely regulated and often this is left up to interpretation by you the consumer. For our purposes natural means there are no additional chemicals, artificial fragrances or chemically produced colorants in the batch of handmade natural soap.
So how do you determine if what you are holding in your hands or considering purchasing online is all natural? Check those labels! This can be tricky because if a bar of soap is only intended to cleanse with no additional claims of moisture or condition, by law they don’t have to list the ingredients. But why would you buy that???
Is it Organic?
Organic is regulated much better than the term natural and the guidelines are pretty straightforward on this. In order for homemade soap to be classified as organic it is based on the total percentage of its organic ingredients. For instance if you made a batch of coconut oil soap with 100% organic coconut oil then in theory you have made a batch of organic soap.
BUT HOLD ON…Don’t go slapping an organic label on your product. You must be certified and approved to use this labeling. To find out more information visit the USDA.
If you are properly formulating your soap recipes it would be impossible to have the 100% organic classification or the Organic classification as sodium hydroxide would account for a minimum of 10 to 15% of the ingredients. This falls below the required threshold.
Made with Organic ingredients
Most handcrafted soap artist will fall into the category of made with organic classification as it is possible to achieve 70% organic content.
So what does this mean?
Not everything is as it appears..learn your ingredients, learn your suppliers and most importantly learn the rules and regulations before you fall for the media hype or fancy packaging that has possibly misrepresented their authentic organic or natural nature. I think about these words of wisdom from my mother “everything that glitters ain’t gold”!
Until next time.