It’s no secret that most popular soaps you find in supermarkets are made primarily of cheap chemicals. They are good at doing one thing: making you smell nice. They aren’t good for much else, considering the damage they do to your skin over the long term.
More and more people are looking for reliable herbal and aromatherapy soaps that are also cruelty-free. One of the biggest problems with mainstream soaps is that they are either tested on animals or even contain animal products themselves. That’s simply not acceptable.
The problem with many of these soaps, especially the ones that claim to be “anti-bacterial,” is that even when they contain mostly alright ingredients and aren’t tested on animals, they still destroy the oils and microorganisms that are essential to having healthy, moisturized skin.
Dry skin-related diseases are skyrocketing right now in the West. This is due to a combination of factors, including poor diet, lack of hydration, and the use of cheap cosmetics and soaps.
The results are conclusive that antibacterial soap is dangerous for you. It’s one of those perfect examples of a modern day convention that purports to be a modern marvel of cleanliness and health, but in reality does far more harm than good. It’s not even truly effective at eliminating bacteria, which is the only reason why you would ever want to use it anyway.
As consumers get more aware of how products affect both the environment and their own health, they are looking for better alternatives, and soap is no different. In fact, vegan soap is one of the hottest growing trends, because not only is it more effective at actually cleaning the body, it does so naturally and without side effects like dry irritated skin, and on top of that, it’s sustainable.
What You Need in an Herbal Soap
Obviously the most important part of a good soap has to be its ability to clean. Needless to say, natural plant oils, water, and herbs make a potent combination for cleaning and healing skin. In fact, this is what most of the world used traditionally before the advent of mass-marketed soap products made primarily of chemicals.
The real issue is, what kinds of plant oils and herbs are being used, and how high is the quality?
That is where Plantlife Aromatherapy Herbal Soaps come in. We’ve carried them in our store for some time, back before they even become real popular. They have since become one of the most popular vegan soaps on the market and for good reason. They do their job and don’t skimp on ingredients, since they are classified as aromatherapy soaps.
The key ingredients you are looking for in a good herbal soap are combination of plant oils, minimal chemical binders, and high percentage of herbal oils to create therapeutic and aromatic effects. This is the main point that separates an aromatherapy soap from merely being a vegan soap. Yes a typical vegan soap is good, but you aren’t getting the full effects of a true herbal soap unless the potency of the essential oils in it are at a certain threshold.
This is why Plantlife’s aromatherapy soaps are so good: their generous use of essential oils.
Healing Power of Essential Oils
Certainly, usage of essential oils has grown exponentially over the past few years as their healing properties become more popularly known. What was once a little known medicinal remedy for holistic health practitioners, has become a somewhat popular niche botanical and cosmetic industry.
Essential oils are typically the distilled, pure plant-based aromatic liquids extracted from certain parts of plants. Oftentimes they are both extremely aromatic and potent. They can be used for a multitude of purposes, from curing insomnia through air diffusion, to burning through candles and incense, to the production of special perfumes.
Because they often have extremely potent plant-based compounds, these natural oils tend to make rather effective medical treatments. Essential oils can be administered in topical lotions, administered by scent, or even placed into products like soap.
High quality herbal soaps often make use of essential oils, which can be quite effective. When these oils are used in the right proportions and diluted by water, they create both an aroma that can stimulate and heal the body, as well as a lather that can interact in a variety of ways with the skin.
There are many kinds of herbal soaps, that perform a multitude of duties. Some are meant to be anti-inflammatory, some aid sleep, others reverse dry skin, and others can rejuvenate skin to make it stronger, healthier, and younger-looking.
The combination of strong aromatherapy and potent oil on the skin creates a therapeutic or holistic healing effect, that is far more effective at cleaning and repairing than normal soaps or even most prescription-based soaps. Plantlife has developed a line of herbal soaps that truly go the extra mile in terms of quality and therapeutic potency.
Though I had used a couple of them on and off, it wasn’t until my vacation to Virginia last year that showed me how great these soaps really are.
The coconut lime soap had such a soothing, therapeutic effect on my mild sunburn that I could tell immediately that it wasn’t like normal supermarket soap like Dial or Dove. Not only was the smell so much more earthy and naturally tropical, there was no feeling of irritation on my skin afterwards. In fact, quite the opposite.
By the end of the trip I was pretty much finding excuses to use it every chance I could. “Spa-like” would be an understatement. It was just simply better than anything else I had ever used.
Different Herbs and Oils, Different Health Benefits
The best part of quality herbal soaps is that the different plant-based compounds in them allow for a great variety of health benefits. Just like herbal medicine in general, there is a huge variety of remedies that can be found in nature.
This is because, as plants and animals evolved alongside one another, many plants naturally developed compounds and substances that are beneficial to the animal populations around them. This complex web of symbiotic relationships gave rise to a plethora of compounds that are naturally beneficial to us.
Botanists, herbalists, and other plant experts painstakingly extract these oils and test their usefulness, only to confirm what many traditional medicine practitioners have known for centuries: plants have amazing powers to heal!
Here are some of our favorite Plantlife soaps and their corresponding herbal benefits.
The potent combination of coconut oil and lime makes this our favorite and for good reason. Lime has long been used as a natural remedy to strengthen skin and heal blemishes. Like all citrus fruits, it’s packed with vitamins that are especially effective for skin conditions.
It’s natural antibiotic properties work great to eliminate bacteria that cause acne, for instance. It is an astringent as well, which means that as an herbal remedy, it is used to help clean and shrink pores, giving your face a smoother, healthier look and feel.
Combined with the natural soothing, restorative properties of coconut oil, this soap becomes an easy choice for anyone looking for an all-purpose, effective herbal soap. It also smells incredible, so as you might imagine.
Rosemary is an interesting herb that has been used in aromatherapy for centuries as a mental stimulant. It is often administered for people suffering from depression. It can also relieve migraine symptoms and in general soothe the body and mind. Coupled with tea tree, which is a powerful antifungal and anti-inflammatory oil, you have a potent healing soap.
This combination is perfect for anyone looking to soothe the whole body and lessen any kind of inflammation, especially in the joints and muscles. It works perfect as an after-workout soap, or to wind down after a long day of work.
It should be noted that tea tree oil is also a natural disinfectant and works to eliminate dandruff as well.
Frankincense has a long history of use as a tool of herbal medicine and aromatherapy. Its natural anti-inflammatory properties can help treat arthritis, and on the aromatherapy side of things, can be used to treat asthma.
Myrrh likewise often accompanies frankincense, its primary use being that of an immune system booster and means of soothing and healing boils, rashes, and other skin wounds. Traditionally the oil has also been used to relieve sore gums, teeth, and chapped lips.
Combined, they form a powerful aromatic soap that works to relieve body aches and wounds of all kinds. The perfect soap for helping the body to heal if you’re recovering from a minor accident or want a gentle chemical free way to clean a bed sore, bruise, or scraped knee.
Many people also experience a strong calming effect from the scent of these two combined fragrances. They have a storied history of being used in spiritual rituals and traditions.
The “ambrosia” blend primarily relies on lemongrass to do the heavy lifting, which not only gives it its signature sweet scent, but also turns this soap into a medicinal powerhouse. Lemongrass has a litany of natural medicinal properties, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and apoptotic qualities. It’s also an analgesic and possesses mild sedative properties.
Traditionally, lemongrass has been used in herbology, alchemy, and aromatherapy as a potent means of cleansing the skin and aiding sleep when inhaled. It has been used to fight fungal infections, skin irritation, ringworm, and even help the body clean its cholesterol. It is obvious that lemongrass is just one of those plants that evolved a deep symbiotic relationship with animals, as you’ll often find cats and dogs nibbling on it from time to time if they have a chance.
This soap also contains spearmint, which eases migraines and nervousness.
Comfrey root’s main claim to fame is the compound known as allantoin, which is known to promote skin regeneration. It’s particularly effective at relieving the symptoms of and healing rashes, bug bites, scratches, and similar skin issues.
Of course, aloe being paired with comfrey root means that this soap is basically a skin healing dream. Aloe being one of the most potent and scientifically researched natural cures, its power to soothe and heal damaged skin is well known. Combined, this soap is effective for healing and repairing sun-damaged skin, insect bites and stings, rashes from irritants and infections, rough skin, eczema, and dry skin conditions.
It is also particularly soothing and refreshing feeling, making it a particularly good choice in the summer months for taking away some of the sting from sunburn and mosquito bites!
Anyone who is into holistic skin health these days knows the power of oatmeal. Its natural exfoliating and antioxidant properties make it ideal for sloughing off dead skin and nourishing your skin to give it a smooth, healthy glow.
Almond oil makes for a rather potent compliment to oatmeal, as the vitamins in almond oil help to retain moisture, repair damaged skin, and keep you looking young. Almond oil is quickly becoming a must have product for skin-care enthusiasts everywhere, as its healing effects become more well-known. You see almond oil popping up in beauty products all over the place these days – this is because it’s simply a perfect, safe and effective all-in-one skincare remedy.
Lavender has long been used as an herbal remedy for depression, anxiety, and insomnia. It has the power to quell anxiety and even out blood pressure. It also has a soothing effect on the skin, hence its use in so many lotions, cremes, and other cosmetic products.
Herbal soap that uses lavender oil can be a good choice if you’re looking for a simple fragrant soap that tends to have a soothing effect on the mood and can help ease you into sleep. Use lavender soap before bed for maximum effectiveness. It’s a perfect natural sleep aid.
This unique blend uses the antioxidant and anticarcinogenic properties of vanilla oil, with the refreshing, vitamin-rich power of orange. The combo works best to strengthen the skin, leave it feeling fresh and rejuvenated, and support prolonged skin health.
Both vanilla and orange promote clean skin by helping to eliminate bacteria and fungi, as well as other harmful microbes. Combined, this soap also tends to energize and calm at the same time, promoting mental clarity, improved mood, and better memory retention. It’s best used in the morning to help wake you up and prepare for the day ahead.
Choosing the Perfect Soap For Your Health Needs
Remember to take the time to look into what herbal products best suit your needs. Remember, these soaps are made specifically with natural products designed to help improve your health, specifically your skin through the oils and your mood through the aromas. Choose the best combination for the best results.
You can also mix and match. Soaps like the Coconut Lime and Vanilla Orange work great in the morning when you need an herbal kick start to begin your day, while the Oatmeal Almond and Lavender might work better later in the day or right before bed, to help you relax and repair your skin after a long day.
Research the herbal qualities for yourself and you’ll be surprised at how effective aromatherapy can be at treating a multitude of illnesses. The key is using the right plant-based compound for the job. Hopefully our guide helped you make the right choices.
There are other Plantlife herbal soaps as well, so if you don’t see one that fits exactly what you need above, be sure to explore their product line on Amazon to see their full range of herbal remedies, cosmetics, and botanicals.