Things to know about soapberry
What is soapberry?
From its name, you might assume it’s a kind of fruits which contains natural soap in it. Yes, they are literally natural soaps that grow wild on the Sapindus Mukorossi (Soapberry) tree in the Himalayas. They are also called ‘soapnuts’. Let me tell you why The Brown Bottle so loves to use it in our wash-off products.
The natural soap ingredient in soapberry is called saponins. Saponins work as a surfactant. It breaks the surface tension of the water to penetrate the fibres of your clothing, lifts stains from the fabric, and leaves dirt suspended in the water that is rinsed away. It sounds like an excellent laundry detergent. Isn’t it? Yes, of course it is! But, there are many more benefits if we use them for our skin too.
The soapberry extract (infused in water) has naturally pH 5.5-6.0, the same as our skin. So when you wash with soapberry infused water it doesn’t strip your natural skin sebum but leaves your hair and skin smooth and soft. With the same theory, you don’t need to use fabric softeners if you use them for laundry. This also makes soapberry based cleansing products perfectly gentle for babies and those with sensitive skin. After having a shower with soapberry enriched products, you might forget to put moisturiser on your skin thanks to its moisture holding ability.
Truly it is Mother Nature’s present that kindly allows us get rid of nasty chemical surfactants, but also it is…
- Organic – It grows wild in the Himalaya. Can you find more organic? The Brown Bottle uses USDA certified organic soapberries to produce our wash-off products.
- Hypoallergenic – Perfect for every skin and scalp types including babies and sensitive skin.
- Eco-friendly – 100% biodegradable.
- Sustainable – they grow in wild naturally. No need to develop commercial development.
Please check the below video. I bet you’d love to change your cleansing regime including your household products!
How to use soapberry
1. Dried soapberry for laundry work
Simply put 3-5 dried soapberry fruits (depends on the amount of load) in a muslin bag. Throw the bag with all the clothes to wash in the tub of laundry machine. You don’t need to use laundry powder, liquid or even fabric softener! It can be reused around 5 times but whenever you finish the laundry work, make sure dry them to prevent rottenness. Once they are done their laundry agent role, use them as compost in your garden. What a perfect detergent it is!
2. Soapberry liquid as your personal wash-off product, general household cleaner
Infuse 5 dried soapberry fruits in 3 cups (estimate 600ml) hot water. Let them infused while the water cooled down. Once it is cooled, squeeze them further with spoon to infuse more saponins out. It is better to filter out using paper coffee filter to remove the impurities. Now, it’s ready to perform as your personal wash-off product, general household cleaner! If you use foaming bottle, you can make a foam cleanser as well.