What is the difference between shower gel and soap?
The obvious difference between liquid shower gel and soap is clearly in the use. Solid shower gel and soaps are one piece and liquid shower gel, as the name suggests, is liquid.
Shower gels can still be found in most bathrooms. You can find the cleaners in all possible shapes and colors. They come in the most unusual fragrances and promise a wide variety of properties. The main components of the gels are water, (chemical) surfactants and glycerine (sugar alcohol). In addition, there are usually fragrances, colors and preservatives. And unfortunately it is not uncommon for microplastic particles to hide in conventional shower gels, which can get into our waters unhindered. Acids ensure that the shower gels reach a skin-neutral pH value (5,5). Most people especially like shower gel because it foams up a lot when they are washed, giving them the deceptive feeling that it is only then that it really cleans. However, many shower gels dry out the skin due to the bad ingredients. Another obvious disadvantage is that shower gel almost always comes in plastic packaging and most of the time more product is used than is actually needed.
For some time now, solid shower gels have also been found more and more frequently. Is solid shower gel now something between shower gel and soap? No. Solid shower gel is just shower gel from which water has been removed. So the ingredients stay the same. One advantage, however, is that solid shower gel can do with environmentally friendly packaging.
Soaps, on the other hand, consist of the basic ingredients fat and lye. In addition, there are various combinations of oils and active ingredients that determine the care level of the soap. Our natural soaps do not require any added surfactants, are completely natural and consist only of oils, beeswax, lye and natural ingredients such as honey and propolis. In contrast to shower gels, soaps are slightly basic. Our soaps have a pH value of approx. 9. However, this is not a problem, because healthy skin compensates for this shortly after a shower. In any case, the alkaline pH value does less harm to the skin than bad ingredients in many shower gels do.
Important: Always look carefully at the ingredients of soaps. Although only ingredients whose origin is natural should be used in natural soaps, i.e. free from microplastics, surfactants, sulfates, parabens and petroleum or other mineral oils, the term “natural soap” is not protected. Therefore you have to pay attention to whether everything in it is really natural with “natural soap”. Many producers, for example, are unfortunately not so careful with the pigments and use chemical colors to make the soaps shine. Since we want to leave our natural soaps natural, we decided against artificial coloring agents. All of our soaps are therefore colored with mineral pigments or earth colors. These natural pigments are obtained by extraction and separation of minerals and they make it possible for us to let our different types of soaps shine in different colors. However, if you want to do without color completely, you can use our Original hand and body soap.
We also recommend that you make sure that the solid shower gel or soap is free of palm oil. With all PureBee soaps, you don't have to worry here. We do not process palm oil in any.
Due to the lack of artificial surfactants, soaps do not foam as strongly as shower gels. If you don't want to miss out on your foam party, then give a soap sachet a try. So the soap foams more and at the same time you have a peeling effect. You can also let the soap dry in the soap sachet afterwards. Soap dishes or soap magnets are also suitable for drying.
Most natural soaps still have one difference to curd soap, which you may still know from grandma: They are over-greasy. Our hand and body soaps are 7% over-fat. The overfat is the part of the oils in the soap that does not get saponified. In our soap, this is 7% of the oils used. Over-greasing is very important with hand and body soap, as it cares for the skin and protects it from drying out.
In addition, soap is more environmentally friendly because it does not contain any plastic. Even microplastics have no place in real natural soaps. And a nice side effect: when you travel by plane, you have more space for other things in your travel bag for liquids.
Conclusion: which is better, shower gel, solid shower gel or soap?
This question cannot be answered so easily or in general. All products have their advantages, but also their disadvantages.
Shower gel is easier to store and use. We often find shower gel to be more hygienic, especially when friends and family stay overnight and want to share our shower gel. However, most shower gels are packaged in plastic bottles and they often contain ingredients such as SLS, preservatives or microplastics that are not good for the skin or the environment. In addition, the main ingredient in shower gels is always water, which we don't really want to spend a lot of money on.
Due to the firm structure, however, the dosage of solid shower gel and soap is easier. As a result, the pieces usually last longer than liquid shower gel. When storing wet soap or solid shower gel, however, you have to be careful and let the soap dry in a soap dish or attached to a soap magnet so that no bacteria can form.
Since solid shower gel is actually just shower gel without water, you only pay for the ingredients and not for water. But the ingredients can be the same as in normal shower gel. In addition to SLS, it often contains preservatives, microplastics or silicones.
Real natural soap, on the other hand, is purely natural and does not require any artificial foam enhancers or microplastics.
No matter which product you ultimately choose, it is important that you always pay attention to the list of ingredients.
We hope that with our article we were able to give you a better understanding of the subject of soap vs. shower gel.