The A - Z of porze soap ingredients

January 28, 2019

porze soap ingredients

At porze, we have ensured that the ingredients in our soaps are all plant (not animal) based but reading through the ingredients list can be a little confusing and scary.  Some of the ingredients are nigh-on impossible to pronounce and don’t sound like something you’d want in your bar of soap.  So, here is a list of our ingredients written in english, in alphabetical (not percentage) order......



Citric Acid (plant-based)

Citric acid is a weak, organic acid that occurs naturally in plants and animals - most commonly in citrus fruits - and is an alpha-hydroxy acid and a beta-hydroxy acid. (You will often hear of it's use in acid peels and face creams). As a soap ingredient, it comes as a white, odourless crystalline powder. 

In soap:  It is used in soap to balance the pH -  to make the soap gentler and prevent it from becoming too harsh and drying. 

Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Coco Betaine from Coconut)

Cocamidopropyl betaine (CAPB) is an organic, viscous, pale yellow solution derived from coconut oil and DMAPA (another compound known as a diamine). 

In soap: It is used as a medium strength surfactant and increases lather.

Surfactant:  The term surfactant comes from the words surface active agent. These molecules have a special construction which makes them compatible with both oils and water. Since oil and water do not usually mix, you need surfactants to remove oils from skin and hair. One end of their molecule is attracted to water, while the other end is attracted to dirt and grease. So the surfactant molecules help water to get a hold of grease, break it up, and wash it away.

Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil

Coconut oil, is a pale-yellow, semi-solid, edible oil obtained from the inner flesh of the coconut.

In soap:  The fatty acids in the oil replenish the skin's vital substances to keep it looking healthy and young. Its antioxidant properties aid in skin's anti-pollution defense, and its high saturated fat content moisturizes dehydrated skin.

Glycerine (from non-GMO canola)

Glycerin, also known as glycerol, is a thick, transparent and non-toxic liquid. 

In soap:  Glycerin is a humectant that can help lock in your skin’s natural moisture and prevent over-drying.  It is nongreasy which means it’s a good choice for anyone with oily or combination skin but is also an effective mosituriser and can help maintain hydration.

Humectant:  This means it has the property of attracting water to itself. It can attract water from the deeper skin layers or even the air in humid environments. It also helps slow the evaporation of water from your skin to help foil dryness.

Canola is a crop with plants from three to five feet tall that produce pods from which seeds are harvested and crushed to create canola oil.

Polyglyceryl-4 ( from non-GMO sunflower and canola oils)

Poly-many and glyceryl-glycerine. In short, this is lots of glycerine molecules that have been joined together in a way that results in a bigger and more moisturising molecule.

In soap:   It is used as a solubilizer (makes ingredients more soluble in water) and emulsifier (prevents the separation of oil and water) and a moisturiser.

 An emulsifier is capable of dispersing one liquid into another immiscible liquid. (blending two liquids that would normally repel each other).  This means that while oil (which attracts dirt) doesn't naturally mix with water, soap can suspend oil/dirt in such a way that it can be removed.

Sodium Citrate (salts of citric acid)

Sodium citrate is the sodium salt of citric acid. It is white, crystalline powder or white, granular crystals and is freely soluble in water.

In soap:  It is used to balance the pH level of the soap to prevent it from becoming too harsh and drying.

Sodium Chloride

Sodium chloride is salt.

In soap:  Salt is stimulating, cleansing, antiseptic and astringent. It is used to increase hardness (of the soap bar) and help the soap to lather.

Sodium Cocoate (soap from coconut)

Sodium Cocoate is the generic name commonly used for the mixture of fatty acid derived from coconut oil.  Not to be confused with sodium tallowate - another common ingredient in many soaps and cleansers - that's made using animal lard.

In soap: Aside from its obvious cleansing properties as a soap product, sodium cocoate acts as a surfactant, that helps get rid of dirt, oil and other pollutants.

Sodium Stearate (from non-GMO canola),

Is the sodium salt of stearic acid.  (Stearic acid is one of the useful types of saturated fatty acids that comes from many animal and vegetable fats and oils). 

In soap:  Sodium Stearate is a stabiliser and a thickener.  It is also used  to increase the hardness of the soap bar.

Trisodium Sulfosuccinate (aka trisodium salt)

Is also known as trisodium salt

In soap:  It acts as a pH adjuster, a surfactant and a chelating agent - it helps pick up free metal ions in water, preventing them from damaging your skin and improving the soaps lather.

Chelating.  If you live in an area with 'hard water' it means the water contains calcium, magnesium, iron and manganese metal ions. These metal ions interfere with the cleaning ability of the soap. The metal ions act like dirt and 'use up' the surfactants, making them unavailable to clean the skin and get rid of oil and pollutants. A chelating agent (pronounced keelating from the Greek word claw) combines itself with these disruptive metal ions in the water. The metal ions are surrounded by the claw-like chelating agent and remain tied up in solution in a harmless state where they will not use up the surfactants. Leaving the surfactants free to work on cleaning your skin.

Sorbitol (a sugar alcohol)

Is a sugar alcohol naturally found in fruits but is usually made from corn starch.

In soap:  Sorbitol acts as a humectant, it is skin-conditioning and prevents moisture-loss from your skin to help keep skin hydrated.

Titanium Dioxide (white mineral pigment)

Is a naturally occurring white mineral that exists in crystalline form but is ground into a very fine white powder.

In soap:  It is used in very small quantities to turn the soap from it's natural pale brown translucent colour (in the case of glycerine based soaps) to white.

All porze soaps are free of:  Palm-oil, Parabens, SLS & SLES, DPG, PG, Phthalates, Formaldehyde, PEGs, Tallow, & Gluten.

Please note that information provided in this blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace professional medical advice. For treatment of health ailments, please seek diagnosis and recommendations from a licensed practitioner.  We will not take any responsibility for the use or misuse of the above information.

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