More and more people are asking for natural soaps. Natural, plastic free, vegan, palm oil free.
For a good reason, they are better for you and our planet.
Natural soaps have natural ingredients, so much better for your skin. The pure ingredients that are used to produce them are what provides them with natural moisturizing properties.
You can without any bad feelings use natural soaps in wild water and they won't harm any ocean/water life. Just make sure they are really natural and not greenwashed natural ;) Always check the ingredients list. With food and cosmetics!!
If you use conventional products with severe chemicals and maybe toxins or micro beads, they easily find their way through the drains into our environment.
Every time that lather is getting washed down the drain, the toxins are going with it. Some might get filtered, but some just go straight through into our eco system.
All reasons why all natural, organic, homemade soap is a much better alternative to use.
If you know they are handmade you might also just appreciate it more, maybe you even know the person who sells the homemade soap on a farmers market. Great way to get connected and to support local handcraft.
This was actually the easiest swap for me. The body soap feels and smells good. I have really dry skin and I feel like the soap I have now is much better.
In between I actually use my body soap for my hair too.
But I use rye flour as shampoo regularly.
My hair needed to get used to the new "shampoo" a while, but now it looks fine and even a little stronger than before. I rinse my hair with white vinegar or lemon juice every second week or so.
I love rye flour for my hair. (You can read more about how to use rye flour to wash your hair and why it is a healthy alternative to shampoo in my blog post here-> No Poo.) And in many countries you will find rye flour in paper in the shops or even in bulk. But while traveling to countries where it's not easy to find rye flour, the shampoo bars are the best choice.