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Glycerin Soap Benefits

What are the benefits of using glycerin soap and why do dermatologists recommend it?

To understand the answer, we have to go back to how real soap is made.  By 'real soap', we mean soap that is made with natural vegetable oils, lye and no added detergents.  Most real soap is made with coconut,  palm and olive oils.  In authentic soap-making, these oils are mixed with sodium hydroxide (or lye).  This mix drives a wonderful molecular transformation called saponification - a process by which a fat (i.e. the oils) are converted into soap and glycerin, a vegetable-based oil.

Vegetable glycerin is a powerful 'humectant' - a substance that attracts and retains moisture. When the glycerin is allowed to remain in the soap, it makes a gentle and well balanced soap. When additional glycerin is added during the soapmaking process, it creates a clear, transparent soap that is unsurpassed in its mildness and moisturizing capabilities.

How does glycerin soap differ from the soap I'm buying now?

Most commercial soap companies remove the naturally occurring glycerin and use it to make moisturizers, creams and other expensive beauty products.  Their soap product is then altered by adding detergents or other chemical compounds that - although cleansing, they strip skin of needed moisture and oils.  Ironically, today's large personal care companies today sell detergent soaps that strip your skin, then sell you the moisturizer or cream to replenish it!  

So, it's not at all strange that glycerin soap users discover they can skip the expensive moisturizers - because their skin has never felt better!  If you have sensitive skin, you may have already heard that dermatologists recommend glycerin soap to their patients for this very reason.  It has a silky, low-lather, is gently cleansing and contains no harsh detergents - it's exactly they way soap should be.

Getting back to basics, avoiding chemical in skin care products...

The proliferation of chemicals in our products and foods, imports from the abroad, and the scaling of manufacturing technologies have made "soap" for the masses.  These products are cheap and they clean, but the qualities of a real soap have been lost.

Even the latest trend in personal care - Moisturizing Body Wash - feels good and smells great.  But the list of chemical compounds they contain are unpronouncable.  We're starting to learn that constant exposure to chemicals, especially in those products we use on our skin, can effect our immune systems or result in a variety of symptoms, sensitivities and ailments.   

If you are concerned about this trend, we recommend you try a high quality glycerin soap.

At Tamarinda, we advocate the use of glycerin soap and other natural personal care products.  We research new glycerin soap formulations and ingredients to create the most comprehensive line of glycerin soap you'll find adn we stand behind every bar.

Explore our entire line of glycerin soap!

More glycerin soap benefits....

Eczema, psoriasis and sensitivity to fragrance: Thousands of Tamarinda customers have reported improvement in these skin conditions after using glycerin soap. Tamarinda offers a variety of unscented bath bars.

Sulfate free glycerin soap: There is a growing movement to reduce the amount of chemicals used in growing and ingredients of personal care products.  Tamarinda offers a full line of additive-free glycerin soap - we call it our 'Sensitive' formula  This formula is sulfate free (contains no SLS or SLES), paraben free and propylene glycol free.  We also have an Organic Oils based glycerin soap - this soap uses organically grown cocoa and palm oils as its main ingredients.  

As a shampoo:  Shampoos are especially loaded with detergents, silicone and other chemicals too hard to pronounce.  Our customers have told us that using glycerin soap as a shampoo has been incredible in leaving hair soft and smooth!  Scalp issues?  Most can be eliminated when using glycerin soap.  Dry scalp or forehead - shampoo with glycerin soap and it's gone!   We recommend our olive glycerin facial soapas a shampoo bar.

For Babies and kids:  Glycerin soap is also great for babies and children.  Yes, be careful around eyes, but it is better than a 'no more tears' formulation, which contains an actual anesthetic.

For Pets:  Pet skin is supersensitive and most pet skin do not contain a high the level of natural oils.  Skip the chemical pet shampoos and wash your pet with glycerin soap - see our pet care section.