What’s a Syndet bar? What’s in a soap bar?

Washing with Organic SoapBeing a soap maker and artisan. We get asked a lot of questions about soap. What’s in soap, is natural Soap bad? What’s a Syndet bar? What’s in a Syndet bar?

We thought a brief explanation of soap and what it does might help to answer many of the questions we get asked. Soap is made by mixing an alkali (lye / caustic) with oil or fat in a process called saponification. This is a chemical reaction… the triglyceride oils / fats are hydrolyzed into free fatty acids, these then combine with the alkali to form crude soap, this is a mix of various soap salts, excess fat or alkali, water, and liberated glycerol (glycerin) as this is broken off from the triglyceride during the reaction process.

The glycerin is a useful by-product from soap production, which can be left in the soap to act as a softening agent, utilizing the high Glycerin content for additional processing and performance benefits. The fats or oils can range, so long as you have the correct ratio of hard to soft that enables the soap bar to physically form and set. This ratio can then be adjusted to give you a bar that lasts longer and doesn’t lather, or foams higher and dissolves quicker. We excel at adjusting and manipulating these ratios, creating specialty soaps. We can use a vast array of oils in our soap, however most suppliers will use a standard range of oils like:

VEGETABLE OILS

  • Palm Oil
  • Palm Kernel Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Olive Oil

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WHAT IS A SYNDET BAR 

The word “syndet” is derived from “synthetic” combined with “detergent”. Technically it refers to the binding that occurs between different detergents, also called surfactants or tensioactive agents. These detergents, which have an affinity for oils and repel water, surround dirt with small structures that are then removed by water. From a technical viewpoint, syndets admit the possibility of using additives (colorants and fragrances) that are not suitable for soaps due to the high pH environment.

SOAP VS. SYNDET

Syndets are recommended for cleansing sensitive skin and even baby skin, as they are far more gentle and skin-friendly than traditional soaps. But remember that the anionic surfactants contained in syndets may cause sensitization problems in reactive skins. Syndets might prove to be a source of irritation for a segment of the population. They also seem less likely to cleanse like traditional soap.

Syndet bars are made using blends of synthetic surfactants, they are a different product, formulation and chemistry to that of traditional soap. Syndet soap surfactants are derived from oils, fats, or petroleum products that are processed in a wide range of chemical processes other than traditional saponification.

These synthetic surfactants make syndet bars mild cleansing bars, often pH neutral these soap bases produce cleansing and mild soap bars. The most famous and in fact the first syndet soap bar was Dove® – launched in 1955.

Common ingredients in syndet bars

  • Sodium cocoyl isethionate (the most widely used)
  • Sulfosuccinates
  • Alpha olefin sulfonates
  • Alkyl glyceryl ether sulfonate
  • Sodium cocoyl monoglyceride sulfate
  • Betaines

There are pros and cons for both types of soap, we can guide you as to what type of soap would work best dependent on the circumstance you need to use it for. Please reach out to us if you have questions by email at info@ahvidesigns.com or just give us a call.

So what’s the deal with Antibacterial soap, does it really work?

Regular hand washing with non-antibacterial plain soap removes bacteria and viruses by physical means. Plain soaps helps remove loosely adherent bacteria and virus. Plain old soap and water is effective at removing surface dirt, grime and germs. This is because soap is a surfactant- a solution that lifts crud, bonds with it, and allows it to be rinsed away with water.

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Natural Benefits of ingredients in handmade soap.

Antibacterial soaps do this as well, but are also promoted as “germ killing.” To do this, the antibacterial agent must be in contact with bacteria for approximately 20 seconds to be effective. Antibacterial soaps for household use generally contain the active ingredient triclosan at concentrations between 0.1% and 0.45% weight/volume. Triclosan has varying effectiveness across bacterial and fungal species, and is less effective against viruses.

Unfortunately, many people do not wash the required amount of time in order for the active agents in antibacterial soap to work. which potentially leads to bacteria with increased antibacterial resistance. There is also concern about the safety of some commonly used antibacterial agents (i.e. triclosan) because of their similarity to dioxins, and links to endocrine system disruption. Other concerns include the potential of triclosan to react with chlorine in tap water to form chloroform gas (a potential human carcinogen).

I’ll share the following that I found on Wikipedia: “A comprehensive analysis from the University Of Michigan School Of Public Health indicated that plain handmade soaps are just as effective if not more effective as consumer-grade antibacterial soaps with triclosan in preventing illness and removing bacteria from the hands.” Some experts are now recommending reducing or even discontinuing the use of antibacterial household soap.

In summation the benefits of antibacterial soaps over plain soap have not been clearly proven and the data on its potential risks are conflicting. The actual risks posed by these reactions, outside the laboratory setting, are currently unclear. Based on existing studies handmade organic soap seems to be just as effective, if not more effective as commercially made antibacterial soap.

Why Use Natural Skin Care Ingredients?

100% All Natural Ingredients are better for your skin
100% All Natural Ingredients are better for your skin

The real advantage of using natural/organic over synthetic bath and body products is that they enhance the skin’s natural function; working in synergy with the skin by utilizing active ingredients that help optimize skin regeneration.

The skin is the body’s largest organ and research proves it is capable of absorbing up to 60% of the ingredients in the products we apply. The vast majority of bath and body products available today contain commonly-used synthetic ingredients such as Parabens and SLS; these synthetic ingredients have been recognized to cause irritation in some people and may have long-term damaging effects.

AhVi Fluer developed its range of products with hand selected blends of naturally derived ingredients and certified organic essential oils that have caring yet effective qualities.

An abundance of natural ingredients have been used in skin and hair care for many years, many of which are widely recognized for their genuine effectiveness in enhancing the health and vitality of the skin and hair.

Skin Types

Skin types include normal, oily, dry, and sensitive. Some people also have a combination of skin types in different areas of their skin. Your skin type can change over time. For example, younger people are more likely than older people to have a normal skin type.

Skin types vary depending upon factors such as:
• Water content, which affects your skin’s comfort and elasticity
• Oil (lipid) content, which affects your skin’s softness
• Sensitivity level

The Basics of Skin Care:

These tips will help your skin stay healthier no matter its type.
• Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Avoid direct sunlight    and wear a hat and sunglasses.
• Don’t smoke.
• Stay hydrated.
• Wash your skin thoroughly every day with cold water and never wear makeup to bed.
• Moisturize your skin.

We hope that everyone understands the importance of knowing their skin type, so that we can care for our skin using natural/organic skincare products which will  help revitalize our skin and make us look magnificent.

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