FAQ Natural Soap Bars

Q: What are natural soap bars?

A: Natural soap bars are soap products that are made using all-natural ingredients such as essential oils, herbs, and botanicals, rather than synthetic fragrances, preservatives, or colorants. They are often free from harsh chemicals or synthetic ingredients that can be drying or irritating to the skin.

Q: How are natural soap bars made?

A: Natural soap bars are typically made through a process called cold-process soap making. In this process, natural oils and butters (such as olive oil, coconut oil, and rapeseed oil) are combined with an alkali (such as lye) to create a chemical reaction called saponification. During saponification, the oils and alkali combine to form soap and glycerin. The soap is then poured into molds and left to cure for several weeks before it is ready to use. The lye solution is not present in the final product.

Q: What are the benefits of using natural soap bars?

A: Natural soap bars can have a variety of benefits for the skin, including:

  • Being gentler than commercial, chemical-laden soaps
  • Being beneficial for sensitive skin as they are made with fewer ingredients that can cause irritation
  • Being moisturizing and nourishing due to the presence of natural oils and butters
  • Being beneficial for acne and eczema
  • Being biodegradable and environmental friendly.

Q: How should I store natural soap bars?

A: It is best to store natural soap bars in a dry and cool place, away from direct sunlight and humidity. A soap dish that allows water to drain away from the bar can also help prolong the life of the soap.

Q: How long do natural soap bars last?

A: The longevity of a natural soap bar will depend on how often it is used and how it is stored. On average, a well-cured natural soap bar will last 4-6 weeks with regular use.

Q: Are natural soap bars safe for children and pregnant woman? A: Many natural soap bars are safe for children and pregnant woman, but as always it's best to check the ingredients list and consult a doctor before using any new product.

Q: Are natural soap bars effective at cleaning?

A: Yes, natural soap bars are effective at cleaning the skin. The saponification process creates a product that is able to cleanse the skin by removing dirt, oil, and bacteria. Additionally, many natural soap bars contain ingredients that have antimicrobial properties, which can help to kill germs and bacteria on the skin.

Q: Are there any downsides to using natural soap bars? A: Some natural soap bars can be more expensive than commercial soap bars due to the use of high-quality, natural ingredients. Additionally, because natural soap bars don't contain synthetic preservatives, they have a shorter shelf life than commercial soap bars.

Q: Can I use natural soap bars on my face?

A: Natural soap bars can be used on the face. 

Q: Are the BEE Zero Waste natural soap bars vegan?

A: Yes the BEE Zero Waste soap bars are vegan. Our natural soap bars are made with ingredients like coconut oil, olive oil, rapeseed oil which are vegan. Our soaps are scented with essential oils and we obtain our colours from natural, botanical ingredients. 

Q: Can natural soap bars cause allergic reactions?

A: While natural soap bars are less likely to cause allergic reactions than commercial soap bars that contain synthetic ingredients, it's still possible for people to be allergic to certain natural ingredients. It's always a good idea to check the ingredient list and do a patch test on a small area of skin before using any new product, especially if you have sensitive skin or a history of allergies.

It's worth noting that while natural soap bars are generally considered to be safe and beneficial for most people, individual results may vary. If you have any concerns or experience any adverse reactions, it's always best to consult with a healthcare professional.