What are the differences between a liquid and solid soap?

Packaging optimisation and quality care are the constants for the entire production of third-party soaps made in Albogroup, the company with over forty years of experience in the sector. A focus on requirements and green ideas are the key concepts that draw on the past to project to the future, even in the choice between liquid and solid formulation.

Which are better, liquid soaps or solid soaps?

Considering the routine for hygiene, the change is cyclical: liquid soap has revolutionised habits for at least a century but now the current trend is reversing towards the return to solid solution. Looking at the function of both, the verdict would be simple: a quality soap is comparable in both liquid and solid formulation. The sensation to the touch is different but certainly not the function, a good surfactant works well in both cases. Quality is at the heart of the matter.

In order to make a comparison between the two types of product, it is always good to consider the response of skin to the type of soap. The principle is as simple as it is archaic: the skin defends itself naturally while maintaining its slightly acidic pH, with values ranging from 4.7 to 5.75. Whether it is liquid or solid, a good soap does not upset that balance; the typical sensation of an overly basic soap is that of “pulling skin”. Which is better, solid or liquid? It’s just a matter of budget and needs.

The real advantages of classic soap

Although the trends point towards liquid soaps, the dear old soap is a solution that has told so much in the past and that has just as much to say in the future. It is good to mention its production: the solid detergent – yes, the product that is often found among the amenities on the plane or in hotels – is the result of the saponification of mostly vegetable fats with soda. Everything lies in the formulation of the production mixture, the choice of natural ingredients and ad hoc solutions that are used to create solid products that respect the pH and bring useful substances to the skin. This is how soaps for the face are created, those for sensitive skin, bactericidal cleansers for acne but also delicate ones for female and male intimate hygiene.

Then there is the packaging factor, soap doesn’t need plastic packaging. Reducing plastic production is one of the challenges to allowing the oceans to breathe again. Soaps definitely help to do this. They add practicality in everyday commutes but also convenience in suitcase transportation plus a bar of soap passes the security checks at the airport without any problems. The visual aspect and the other senses are also relevant factors. Design shapes and colours can combine with the fragrances of quality soaps, the packaging can range from classic and elegant style to real works of graphic art: the soap can stand the test of time because it is worth it. Discover, for example, the Albogroup Soap in Love line of soaps, a new line of plant-based skin soaps with innovative and smart fragrances, to be accompanied by traditional liquid body washes and body creams, all with new, fresh and stimulating fragrances.

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What is the most natural soap?

This is INCI speaking in plain language. It must be stated that the consumer can trust any product if it is produced in accordance with the European regulations. The international nomenclature of cosmetic ingredients is the instrument that protects both the user and the manufacturer regarding the authenticity of the product.

The soap in the liquid formulation, in fact, is the result of a mixture. Liquid soap requires the use of foaming agents and preservatives in order to avoid bacterial colonisation and to ensure the maintaining of unchanged functions over time. The trick for the inexperienced is as simple as it is effective: simply read the list of ingredients, the liquid solution will necessarily have a longer one.

How long does liquid soap last compared to solid soap?

Giving up the aqueous component in the formulation of a soap means, in fact, compressing its density while minimising its volume. By comparing cost prices and evaluating their practicality, the dear old soap demonstrates a clear superiority. Then there is the important aspect of use: liquid soap requires a dispenser that often delivers a greater quantity of product than is necessary: an almost unconscious action clearly reduces its duration in terms of availability. If we consider that hand washing takes place at least five times a day, the consumption of liquid soap is markedly more accentuated than that in the solid formulation.

How do you use a classic soap?

Versatility is the secret of its success, a soap is transported simply inside its container. Not surprisingly, travel solutions always include a solid soap. Correct use is essential to preserve its qualities over time. The product should be left to dry immediately after use. This prevents the possible nesting of bacterial colonies that could cause unpleasant odours and deterioration of the product.

Each soap has its own scope of use. The most common mistake is to use the common soap also in the shower. The common formulation is in fact suitable for the cleansing of hands and face; use for the shower requires a composition that is respectful of the application pH and of the necessary foam content. Proper use is the key to getting the most out of every product.

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Do you want to help protect the environment?

It seems obvious, but have you thought about what it means for the environment to start using solid soaps and bars of soaps instead of liquid soaps? The first ingredient present in the INCI of a liquid soap is always the water that composes the majority of the product. You basically bottle and transport mostly water to wash your face and hands, and almost always in plastic containers. Never before has the need to contain water consumption become a vital necessity and the choice to adopt a solid detergent soap is a small-large contribution. In fact, the quantity of water present in a soap or solid soap is infinitely less than its liquid soap counterpart. In water the classic soap turns into a soft foam, without processes, and the active ingredients and natural ingredients present are immediately available. Behind the simple choice to reduce the consumption of liquid cosmetics and to adopt products in solid form there is a choice of real sustainability.

Soaps in the courtesy lines for Hotel

It is a classic of courtesy lines present in all hotels. The soap becomes a small work of graphic art that communicates a precise style and taste, coordinated with the lines of Hotel Amenities. We find it in multiple formats, with infinite colours and shapes, wrapped, boxed, pleated, with ecological wrappings and with an infinite number of possibilities in terms of enrichments and fragrances. If you are looking for an Italian manufacturer who is able to develop and produce your own line of hotel or retail soaps, you can contact Albogroup and discover all its customised soap and soap bar productions.