Why choose a cold process soap or shampoo?

Why choose a cold process soap or shampoo?

Cold saponification is a traditional, artisanal manufacturing process, which in addition to preserving as much as possible the virtues of the ingredients that compose it, makes each soap unique. A difference and uniqueness that you can see, touch, and feel in contact with your skin and/or your hair... And this is what could push you to choose it rather than another.

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Manufacturing point: what is a cold saponified soap or shampoo?

While so-called classic soaps are manufactured on an industrial scale, cold saponification is an artisanal, small-scale process. It is a traditional manufacturing process that preserves all the virtues of the oils and ingredients that make up soaps and shampoos.

For what ? How ? The secret of cold saponification

A soap is the product of a chemical reaction between one or more fatty materials, such as vegetable oils for example or shea butter, and a strong base (mostly soda).

In contact with soda, the fatty acid triglycerides contained in oils and butters transform into soap, to simplify of course. And what makes the difference between this traditional process and the industrial process is the heat: in an industrial process, the “soap paste” is heated for a complete and faster saponification reaction, which can denature the ingredients. .

3 reasons to go for cold process soap and shampoo

1. The virtues of the ingredients preserved

While the industrial process heats the soap dough, for a complete and faster reaction, cold saponification… heats the ingredients very little. Result ? They retain more of their virtues and properties.

And we're talking about soap here, but it's the same thing for cold saponified shampoos that you will also find at Avril. The process is similar. In addition: in classic solid shampoos, sulfated surfactants are used which make it possible to obtain a beautiful foam. In cold saponified shampoos, we do not use these sulfates: it is the soap itself that creates lather (but as a result, it lathers less than a traditional hair shampoo).

2. Between soap and care

As each oil, wax or butter used is preserved in this way, cold process soap is as much a treatment as a cleansing product! Also, cold process soap generally contains a higher percentage of superfats than conventional soap, thus making it gentler on the skin and hair.

For chemistry lovers: during cold saponification, certain elements are called “unsaponifiable”... For translation, this means that they do not react in contact with soda (this is the case, for example, of carotenoids or phytosterols). And these substances are interesting for the skin: in fact, they are often antioxidant, nourishing, softening... A little bonus for soap.

3. A local and artisanal product

At Avril, our soaps are made by a couple of artisans from the North of France! 100% local and artisanal manufacturing of which we are proud. And as we said, this is also what makes them different: cold saponified soaps and shampoos are unique, with their small imperfections, signs of manual manufacturing.

Unique and certified organic! Yes, like the majority of Avril products, Avril cold process soaps and shampoos are certified organic. Finally, our soaps and shampoos are delivered in recyclable cardboard packaging. They therefore want to have zero plastic waste.

More natural, more artisanal, whole, real, gentle on your skin and the environment: here are so many reasons to fall for cold saponified soap.