WHY SWITCH TO NATURAL WASHES?
Cleansing is essential, but why do the types of soaps we use matter? The truth is, many conventional soaps contain harsh chemicals like triclosan, parabens, petrochemicals, and SLS, which can cause intense dryness and irritation. Natural soaps use saponified plant oils and are just as effective at eliminating bacteria, while still being gentle on our skin.
Plant-based soaps are a great choice if you deal with the following concerns:
- Redness and irritation
- Acne and clogged pores
Ditch the synthetic fillers, because nature’s got you covered! Our products are also vegan, cruelty-free, and packaged in recyclable glass bottles, so making the switch won’t just improve your skin, but your impact on the environment too. Keep reading to find out how natural soaps can help your skin thrive and check out the botanical cleansers we have to offer!
NATURAL SOAPS ARE "TRUE SOAPS"
The formulations of our washes include saponified plant oils, normally with coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil serving as the base. When oils are made using the traditional cold process method, they go through a chemical reaction called saponification, which transforms them into “true soaps”. This term is only earned when a soap is made solely from fats and a strong alkali, such as lye.
A true soap can deeply cleanse away impurities, while still leaving your skin soft and moisturised. Thanks to the addition of nourishing plant oils and extracts, you’ll also be able to target common skin concerns as you rinse away. Best of all, they’re a great choice for all skin types, from those prone to dryness and irritation to those with oily and acne-prone skin!
Most “soaps” on the market are actually artificial detergents, which strip the skin of its healthy, natural oils due to the inclusion of harsh, synthetic ingredients. Sulphates and surfactants are also added to make cleansers extra foamy, which can be tough on your skin, despite looking visually appealing. Many of our cleansers have a rich lather thanks to the natural foaming properties of plant oils when they go through saponification, so you enjoy those suds without the damage.
Other issues are with the ingredients they don’t include, such as glycerin. Our washes still retain their natural glycerin content, which is what keeps your skin moisturised even after a deep cleanse. Many commercial soaps will remove the glycerin in their products in favor of maintaining a longer shelf life, but this will often disrupt your skin’s moisture barrier in the long term.
At RR, we use the ingredients we need, and with proper storage our natural washes can last 1-2 years without sacrificing nutrients or using added fillers.
Our washes are free of:
- Synthetic additives or preservatives
- Artificial fragrances or colours
WHAT ABOUT FRAGRANCE?
Plant-based soaps are usually scented with a safe percentage of essential oils for their aromatherapy benefits. Artificial fragrances found in commercial soaps can often contain hundreds to thousands of different chemicals which can cause side effects like irritation, dryness, and clogged pores.
Essential oils are also useful for much more than their enticing aromas. Many EOs are packed with antioxidants that give them antibacterial, antiacne, and anti-aging properties. Thus, making our washes effective at beautifying the skin without the use of lab-made chemicals. Thanks, nature! We also make sure to dilute our EO content to 2% or lower, so that you can enjoy their benefits without risking irritation.
THE RR RANGE
Pure Castile Face Wash
Nothing says “less is more” quite like our Pure Castile Face Wash. This two-ingredient cleanser contains just saponified extra virgin olive oil and water. High quality and uncomplicated ingredients means your skin stays squeaky clean without any synthetic nasties harming your moisture barrier.
A common misconception is that we need stripping soaps to get rid of the impurities in our pores, but this can actually affect healthy oil production, causing our skin to overproduce sebum and worsen our breakouts. Make things simple and eliminate harsh ingredients when it comes to your daily cleansing. This is an unscented wash that’s great for all skin types and ages!
Clary Sage & Lemongrass Hair Wash
Strong hair needs a healthy scalp, which is exactly what our botanical Hair Wash tackles head on. Lemongrass provides natural antibacterial properties to help fight dandruff and irritation, while Clary Sage helps promote stronger hair follicles and stimulates faster growth. Our natural Hair Wash also includes a well-rounded mix of plant oils and extracts, to give you everything you need in a shampoo, from volumising, strengthening, hydrating, to balancing oil production.
Drugstore shampoos often contain common synthetics like silicones, which can actually create a barrier that doesn’t allow moisture to enter or escape. This can cause product build-up and irritation to the scalp. The addition of sulphates is also going to rob your precious locks of their hydration and shine! Stick to plant-based ingredients to enjoy freshly cleansed hair that doesn’t feel rough and dry after rinsing.
Litsea & Black Pepper Body Wash
We tend to neglect the skin that’s not on our face, which can lead to dryness, rough texture, and blemishes all over. The good news is that you can get that full-body glow from our earthy and stimulating Body Wash. Its star ingredients feature Litsea, to help improve body odour, regulate oil production, and combat acne, while Black Pepper exfoliates dead skin cells, fades signs of aging, and brightens up dark spots!
Our skin might be our largest organ, but that doesn’t mean it has to be stressful to keep all of it hydrated, and vibrant. This moisturising wash contains a mix of X plant oils that not only beautify the skin, but also create a scent that makes your daily rinse feel like a trip to the spa! Whether you’re leveling up your shower game or enjoying the perfect soak, it’s never been easier to treat every inch of yourself.
Lime & Patchouli Hand Wash
Rinse away 99.8% of germs, while also providing your skin with essential nutrients and hydration!. Contrary to popular belief, antibacterial hand washes aren’t more effective than their natural counterparts. Triclosan is a common antibacterial agent added to most OTC soaps, but it’s had no studies to prove that it can remove bacteria more effectively than true soaps. For some, it can even cause trigger skin sensitivities and have a negative effect on the immune system.
So, when constant sanitising leaves your hands feeling dull and dry, reach for this refreshing wash to promote softer skin, with no sacrifice to your hygiene and safety! Lime and Patchouli are also packed with antioxidants that help keep your hands youthful and radiant, while protecting against free radical damage. Those who struggle with sensitive skin, eczema, and psoriasis will also love the soothing benefits of this gentle formula. It’s time to make washing your hands something to look forward to!
Check out our full range of nourishing, plant-based washes and start treating your skin with the gentleness of true soaps!