Bar soap vs Liquid soap

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hand washing with bar soap

Bar soap vs liquid soap – the debate rages

Have you ever asked yourself about bar soap vs liquid soap for your regular skincare routine? There are many cleansers on the market today, and it can often be confusing to figure out which product is best for you and your family.

There are a few things to consider, like 1) cost, 2) effectiveness, 3) earth friendliness, and 4) additives. Which is easier to use? Which is kinder to skin? Which ones provide the most skin benefits? The choices may seem endless.

It’s important to know what soap is. “Real” soap is made by combining a fat with an alkali. IN the beginning, soaps were created by using rendered animal fat and wood ash. The basic formula hasn’t changed very much. What has changed are the ingredients used to make today’s soaps. Commercial soap manufacturers use fats derived from rendered cows or pigs to make their soaps. Manufacturers like WEBA would rather not support the factory farms that produce most of the animal fat used today. Instead, we use organic plant oils and butters, which contain many skin-nourishing fatty acids.

Companies also make non-soap cleansers which consist of commercially manufactured surfactants, like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, which can be derived using petrolatum, a non-renewable resource. They are high foaming and they clean well, which can sometimes result in skin irritation. It is particularly harsh on hair, especially color-treated hair. There are alternatives to this ingredient which area less harsh available on the market today. You can read more about sulfates by visiting Best Health Magazine’s The truth about sulfates webpage.

Liquid soap, ounce for ounce, is more expensive than bar soap. The primary ingredient in liquid soaps and gels is water. This makes it more wasteful, as it’s hard to measure how much you’re using. This also makes it more likely to grow bacteria and mold. Hence, companies must add preservatives to liquid soaps. They often add other additives, as well, like artificial fragrance and coloring. Some of these ingredients may cause irritation or allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Bar soap does not require a preservative; its high pH provides protection against bacterial growth. However, bar soap manufacturers can use additives, too, so it’s important to read labels to avoid potential allergens or harsh chemicals.

If the jury’s still out on which soap is better, why not give our bar soaps a try? They are plant-based, synthetic and SLS free, and use pure aromatherapy essential oils for a fresh natural scent that is naturally antiseptic. You can see our selection by visiting our bar soaps store page.

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Coffee, coffee everywhere!

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There's nothing like a good cup of coffee

Coffee, coffee everywhere!

Ah, the aroma of coffee! If you’re like me, you love the wonderful aroma of fresh coffee beans when ground and made into coffee. It greets me in the morning, as my husband always has a pot of hot coffee ready in the kitchen. Many studies have linked moderate consumption of coffee with health benefits, which you can read about in this article on the health benefits of coffee but the skin can benefit, as well. Did you know that coffee is not just for drinking? The caffeine found in coffee has a skin-tightening effect, and the phenolic compounds provide antioxidants to fight free radicals.

Many beauty companies have jumped on the coffee bandwagon; however, coffee has been used for health and wellness for some time. The jury may still be out on whether or not it combats cellulite and other ailments, but there’s no denying coffee’s appeal. High-quality organic and fair trade shade-grown arabica beans are available, and many women recycle used coffee grounds into scrubs and masks. At WEBA Natural Products, we’ve created a moisturizing cocoa butter-enriched bar soap made to help improve circulation and fight free radicals, while imparting the wonderful just-brewed aroma that we’ve come to love.

Why not treat a fellow coffee lover to the wonderful aroma of coffee with a gift bar made with organic, brewed coffee, coffee, cinnamon, and clove oils, and our signature combination of organic oils and butters? The pure essential oils in our coffee bar soap also provide natural antiseptic properties. If you’re looking for a “wake up call”, then give a coffee bar a try. There are few things more rejuvenating than the scent of coffee in the bath.

You can find our coffee bar soap, as well as our other bar soaps, by clicking on our “Revive” coffee bar soap product page

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