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Why Our Cold Process Soap Is Different

organic liquid soap bars

Why our soap is different to standard soap on supermarket shelves

Coming back to one of our key principles of less is more, simply put, it’s what’s in the soap that matters.

A lot of people steer clear of soap bars as they have developed an understanding that they dry, strip or tighten skin. Not exactly something you look forward to, right?

Well, let us tell you a bit about what soap bars should be like.

It’s all to do with what’s in them. Standard soaps contain a range of synthetic ingredients that are, at best, known irritants (sulfates and fragrance) and, at worst, hormone disruptors (parabens and triclosan). Whilst these ingredients can make your soap lather up thickly while smelling of all sorts of wonderfully named fragrances, they also harshly strip the natural oils from your skin. This is what causes the tightness and dryness while playing havoc with the skin’s natural oil balance, and often leading it to overproduce oil as a result.

Introduce Nathalie Bond soap…Our soap contains 100% natural ingredients: coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter, castor oil, a variety of clays, plant buds and essential oils. You can view our full range of organic soap bars here. And for some additional reading, you can learn about why we love oil to hydrate skin at Nathalie Bond. We don’t add any synthetic fillers, dyes, fragrances or lathering agents to our formulation.

In standard commercial soap making, ingredients are blended together under extremely high temperatures. By contrast, our soap is produced via a cold processing process in which the active botanicals remain far more intact and potent. We also keep the glycerine, a natural by-product of soap-making and an incredibly moisturising, skin-beneficial ingredient, within our final formula. Standard commercial soap producers remove the glycerine and sell it on to the cosmetics or food industries. This is why commercial soaps can be so drying to the skin, as well as their heavy content of synthetics.

The best way to store our soap is in a drainable soap dish and if being used in the shower, once finished being used, store in a watertight soap container between showers to avoid running the bar down too quickly. Rinse it under running water before use, and lather up in your hands to use, rather than applying the bar directly to your skin.

And if you would like to use organic liquid soap, then we have those too!

If this has still not convinced you to turn to soap bars, maybe our customers will –


Alex on Jul 31, 2014

I have eczema and have to be careful to use soap that won't dry my skin out. This was brilliant, really moisturising, but it washed off easily and didn't go slimy. The scent is subtle but refreshing. Lovely!


Boo on Apr 22, 2017

When my skin became dry and sensitive, I never thought I'd need to turn to soap but I needed to go back to basic ingredients. I tried a few different natural brands but NBO extra sensitive is by far the best quality. The lather is so luxurious it defied any preconception that soap would dry my skin further. I use it on my face too, having given up rather fancy face washes for this. So not only is my skin happy, I don't waste money on multiple products. Will try the other soaps in the range too!


Julia on Aug 01, 2018

I have used one of these soaps for myself as well as getting one for a friend. They don’t dry your skin and I’ve used them on my face as well as in the shower. A lovely soap.



Just bought my first 3 step face care kit. It’s fab. Exactly what I was looking for. Something simple and effective that doesn’t cost the earth (literally and figuratively) and cuts through all the cr@p! I don’t wear make-up so I prefer to use natural products that make my skin look and feel great. Definitely recommend.

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