What does LUSU Vital Essence mean by natural?
Natural soap means a true soap made by saponifiying plant-based whole oils (not isolated fatty acids). We use certified organic oils for our bar soap and liquid soap base recipes. LUSU Vital Essence soaps do not contain surfactants. We wholeheartedly disagree with the body care industry's use of the word natural, which includes synthetic fragrances, colorants, and preservatives. We believe the use of the phrase natural fragrance to describe scents that are not direct plant extracts is a deception, one that we don not wish to engage in to our customers. We do not add artificial substances to our soaps, such as synthetic fragrances, dyes, and preservatives, and wherever it is possible, we use organically grown products.
All our soaps are scented with essential oils only. Even our soap coloring is done with a variety of organic herbs and plant derived products. Our products contain no parabens. Read through our ingredient list to see what we mean by natural soap. We even encourage you to take a copy of our ingredients with you next time you go to the store and compare them to the ingredients of soaps on the shelves. We guarantee your body will know the difference.
How organic is LUSU Vital Essence soap?
When it comes to the best natural bar soaps, the secret to selecting the right match is knowing which ingredients will be the most complimentary for your skin type.
If you have dry skin, you'll find intense hydration in ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, and olive oil. But if you have acne-prone or oily skin, you may want to opt for a potent detoxifier like activated charcoal, which draws out oil and dirt from pores, helping to reduce break-outs. As for sensitive skin types, anti-inflammatory ingredients like shea butter and aloe vera can keep your complexion feeling calm and nourished.
What makes a good soap bar?
Soapmaking is absolutely a balancing act. A good soap bar balances hardness, lather quality, and moisturizing. Doing each of these three effectively is definitely a challenge. Each of these properties comes from different fatty acids in the vegetable oils we use. Different oils offer different benefits. Some contribute to hardness and durability, some to a fluffy, stable lather, and others to a bar’s moisturizing ability. The balance of fatty acids and their oils is what determines the balance of the soap bar properties.
What type of base oils do LUSU Vital Essence use in their soap?
We use high-oleic versions of organic sunflower and organic safflower oil.
Do your organic soaps contain glycerin?
How do LUSU Vital Essence soaps get their color?
There are three natural ways to add color to soaps: (1) essential oils, (2) herbs and clays added directly to the mix, and (3) herbs that have been steeped and concentrated before adding. We primarily use essential oils, as well as steeped herbs.
What are essential oils and fragrance oils?
Essential oils are volatile plant extracts made from steam distilling or cold-pressing flowers, bark, stems, leaves, peel, roots, seeds, resins, or other parts of a plant.
Fragrance oils, aromatic oils or perfume oils as they are sometimes called, are manufactured scents. They are artificially created fragrances and they contain artificial substances. They are specifically designed to mimic the scent of a natural product.
If the ingredient list includes the words fragrance, fragrance oil, FO, fragrant oil, perfume, or parfum then it's synthetically scented and definitely not all-natural, even though the label may state that it is a natural product.
Can I use LUSU Vital Essence Soap on my sensitive skin?
Can customers with eczema, psoriasis, or rosacea use LUSU Vital Essence soap?
What is superfatting?
Superfatting is either adding extra oil into the formula or discounting some of the lye used, so that there will be oil within the soap that has not saponified, that is oil that has not turned into soap.
If every last drop of oil is combined with lye and turns into soap there’s not much oil left to make your skin feel good is there. Superfatting allows small molecules of oil to become trapped between the soap molecules and these are transferred to your skin when washing. Now luckily whilst the lye turns the oils into soap it also produces glycerin, which is a humectant, attracting moisture to the skin and forming a protective barrier to prevent your skin losing moisture. Essentially it is what makes natural soap so moisturizing.
But the main reason to superfat is to eliminate the risk of your soap being caustic. If every drop of oil finds every drop of lye (the caustic alkali) then the soap should have no caustic alkali left.
Do LUSU Vital Essence organic soaps contain lye?
Yes. Bar soap is made through a chemical process known as saponification (sapo is Latin for soap). A solution of lye, which is an alkali, is combined with vegetable oils to cause a chemical reaction. This reaction breaks down the fats or oils into fatty acid chains, and the lye is neutralized in the process.
Do LUSU Vital Essence Soaps herbal soaps contain SLS?
No. Natural soap means a true soap made by saponifiying plant-based whole oils (not isolated fatty acids). We use only certified organic oils for our bar soap and liquid soap base recipes. Our soaps do not contain surfactants.
Fatty acids sound like chemicals; are they natural?
All oils (and fats) have a molecular form called a triglyceride, meaning they are made up of three fatty acids, (just chains of carbon and hydrogen atoms), and a glycerin-like base. In saponification, the fatty acids participate in a chemical reaction that results in molecules of soap while leaving the glycerin behind. LUSU Vital Essence soaps are made from organic vegetable oils and the natural fatty acids they contain.
Below you will find a list of terms frequently used to describe our products
Analgesic- (of a drug) acting to relieve pain; the term Analgesics encompasses a class of drugs that are designed to relieve pain without causing the loss of consciousness.
Anti-inflammatory- (chiefly of a drug) used to reduce inflammation; an anti-inflammatory is a type of medication used to decrease inflammation; this type of medication is most commonly used to treat the inflammation of arthritis and other inflammatory disorders, but can also be useful in reducing the pain of certain types of headaches.
Antifungal- used to prevent fungal growth; active against fungi; a medication that limits or prevents the growth of yeasts and other fungal organisms.
Antispasmodic- (chiefly of a drug) used to relieve spasm of involuntary muscle; A medication that relieves, prevents, or lowers the incidence of muscle spasms, especially those of smooth muscle such as in the bowel wall.
Antiviral- (chiefly of a drug or treatment) effective against viruses; an agent that kills a virus or that suppresses its ability to replicate and, hence, inhibits its capability to multiply and reproduce.
Astringent- causing the contraction of skin cells and other body tissues; a liquid that you put on your skin to make it less oily or to make cuts stop bleeding.
Cicatrizant- a product that promotes healing through the formation of scar tissue; A medicine or application that promotes the healing of a sore or wound, or the formation of a cicatrix.
Decongestant- (chiefly of a medicine) used to relieve nasal congestion; they work by reducing the swelling of the blood vessels in your nose, which helps open up the airways.
Emmenagogic- herbs which stimulate blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus; some stimulate menstruation; others use emmenagogues to stimulate menstrual flow when menstruation is absent for reasons other than pregnancy, such as hormonal disorders or conditions like oligomenorrhea.
Vulnerary- (of a drug, plant, etc.) of use in the healing of wounds; comes from the Latin "vulnus" meaning "wound." "Vulnus" also gave rise to "vulnerable" which literally means woundable
Aphrodisiac- an agent (such as a food or drug) that arouses or is held to arouse sexual desire; term derived from Aphrodite, the ancient Greek goddess of love
Stimulant- a substance that raises levels of physiological or nervous activity in the body; any drug that excites any bodily function, but more specifically those that stimulate the brain and central nervous system. Stimulants induce alertness, elevated mood, wakefulness, increased speech and motor activity and decrease appetite.
Anti-depressant- (chiefly of a drug) used to alleviate depression; of or relating to a substance that is used in the treatment of mood disorders, as characterized by various manic or depressive affects
Expectorant- A medication that helps bring up mucus and other material from the lungs, bronchi, and trachea; ingredients that increase airway secretions. They do this by increasing the water content of the secretions which decreases their stickiness, making them easier to cough up.
Immunostimulant- substances (drugs and nutrients) that stimulate the immune system by inducing activation or increasing activity of any of its components
Anti-parasitic- used or intended to kill, repel, or remove parasites antiparasitic drugs/medicine; A drug used to treat infections caused by bacteria and parasites. It is also used in the treatment of some cancers.
Antibacterial- destructive to or inhibiting the growth of bacteria; unlike antibiotics, they are not used as medicines for humans or animals, but are found in products such as soaps, detergents, health and skincare products and household cleaners.
Anti-fungal- used to prevent fungal growth; active against fungi; limits or prevents the growth of yeasts and other fungal organisms.
Antimicrobial- an agent that kills microorganisms or stops their growth; a general term that refers to a group of drugs that includes antibiotics, antifungals, antiprotozoals, and antivirals.
Antiseptic- relating to or denoting substances that prevent the growth of disease-causing microorganisms; kills germs and harmful bacteria.
Carminative- (chiefly of a drug) relieving flatulence; a drug causing expulsion of gas from the stomach or bowel.
Stomachic- promoting the appetite or assisting digestion; acting as a digestive tonic; A medicine that strengthens the stomach and excites its action
Tonic- a medicinal substance taken to give a feeling of vigor or well-being; pertaining to, maintaining, increasing, or restoring the tone or health of the body or an organ, as a medicine.
Vermifuge- an agent that destroys or expels parasitic worms : anthelmintic; serving to expel worms or other animal parasites from the intestines, as a medicine;
Antirheumatic- any drug used in the treatment of rheumatism. Antirheumatics can reduce or prevent joint damage associated with inflammatory disorders of the joints. Antirheumatics are used in the treatment of rheumatic diseases to reduce pain and stiffness.
Detoxifying- remove toxic substances or qualities from; to counteract or destroy the toxic properties of
Antioxidant- A substance that reduces damage due to oxygen, such as that caused by free radicals. Well-known antioxidants include enzymes and other substances, such as vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta carotene, which are capable of counteracting the damaging effects of oxidation.
Aromatic- having a pleasant and distinctive smell; an aromatic plant or plant part
Antimutagenic- Antimutagens are the agents that interfere with the mutagenicity of a substance; reducing the rate of mutation
Antiperspirant- a substance that is applied to the skin, especially under the arms, to prevent or reduce perspiration. This is not to be confused with deodorant, which is only there to combat the bad odour. Antiperspirants work by blocking the pores on the outer layer of your skin, reducing the amount of sweat allowed to the surface.
Comedogenic- has a propensity to clog pores and potentially lead to acne. And, therefore, something noncomedogenic is a product or ingredient that is less likely to clog your pores.
Anti-Coagulative- A substance that slows or prevents the clotting of blood; Anticoagulant. Anticoagulants, commonly known as blood thinners, are chemical substances that prevent or reduce coagulation of blood, prolonging the clotting time
Anti-Neuralgic- A remedy employed in the treatment of neuralgia
Antibiotic- a medicine (such as penicillin or its derivatives) that inhibits the growth of or destroys microorganisms.
Polyunsaturated Fat- fats in which the constituent hydrocarbon chain possesses two or more carbon–carbon double bonds. Polyunsaturated fat can be found mostly in nuts, seeds, fish, seed oils, and oysters.
Fatty Acid- Omega fatty acids offer incredible benefits for the skin. They act as building blocks in the skin cells, strengthening the skin's surface layers for a smoother, healthier and younger-looking complexion. Topical application of omega fatty acids helps to: Strengthen and smooth the skin's surface.
Sunscreen- When used as directed, sunscreen is proven to: Decrease your risk of skin cancers and skin precancers. Help prevent premature skin aging
Disinfectant- a chemical liquid that destroys bacteria; antimicrobial agents designed to inactivate or destroy microorganisms on inert surfaces
Diuretic- also called water pills, are medications designed to increase the amount of water and salt expelled from the body as urine. There are three types of prescription diuretics. They're often prescribed to help treat high blood pressure, but they're used for other conditions as well.
Sedative- a substance that induces sedation by reducing irritability or excitement; generally work by modulating signals within the central nervous system.
Nervine- plant remedy, or herb, that has a beneficial effect upon the nervous system in some way.
Anticonvulsant- helps to normalize the way nerve impulses travel along the nerve cells which helps prevent or treat seizures; drug or other substance used to prevent or stop seizures or convulsions.
Coagulate- When liquid starts to thicken and become solid
Flavenoids- diverse group of phytonutrients (plant chemicals) found in almost all fruits and vegetables.
Plasticizer- additives that decrease the plasticity or decrease the viscosity of a material; chemical added especially to rubbers and resins to impart flexibility, workability, or stretchability
Emulsifier- a compound or substance that acts as a stabilizer for emulsions, preventing liquids that ordinarily don't mix from separating.
Vulnerary- a medicine used in the healing of wounds
Febrifuge- a medicine used to reduce fever, by lowering body temperature
Demulcent- a substance that relieves irritation of the mucous membranes in the mouth by forming a protective film.
Phagocytic- a type of cell within the body capable of engulfing and absorbing bacteria and other small cells and particles.
Cephalic- Relating to the head or the head end of the body; is synonymous with cranial, relating to the cranium or head.
Humectant- a substance, especially a skin lotion or a food additive, used to reduce the loss of moisture.
Adaptogenic- non-toxic plants that are marketed as helping the body resist stressors of all kinds, whether physical, chemical or biological.
Cholagogue- n agent that promotes an increased flow of bile
Cordial- a sweetened distilled spirit
Vermifuge- any drug or agent able to destroy or expel intestinal worms
Vasoconstrictor- the constriction of blood vessels, which increases blood pressure.
Sudorific- pertaining to, characterized by, or promoting sweating; diaphoretic.
Antigalactagogue- herbs, foods, or medications that can reduce the milk supply and for lessening engorgement. Antigalactagogues are sometimes recommended to prevent or relieve postpartum mastitis
Bronchodilator- a drug that relaxes bronchial muscle resulting in expansion of the bronchial air passages
Immune-Stimulant- substances (drugs and nutrients) that stimulate the immune system by inducing activation or increasing activity of any of its components
Antihistamine- a drug or other compound that inhibits the physiological effects of histamine, used especially in the treatment of allergies.
Antipyretic- (chiefly of a drug) used to prevent or reduce fever.
Antiphlogistic- Older term denoting the capacity to prevent or relieve inflammation
Antinociceptive- describes or relates to any unique factor that increases tolerance for, or reduces sensitivity to, a dangerous or harmful stimuli,
Psychostimulant- a drug that produces a temporary increase in psychomotor activity or a temporary improvement in physical functions or mental processes or both
Cytophylactic- means that the oils stimulate the generation of new cells, which will aid in preserving the health of the skin. These oils are also used for treatments of burns.
Laxative- (chiefly of a drug or medicine) tending to stimulate or facilitate evacuation of the bowels.
Insecticide- a substance used for killing insects.
Salve- an ointment used to promote healing of the skin or as protection.
Bactericidal- a substance which kills bacteria.
Calmative- (of a drug) having a sedative effect.
Ayurvedic- relating to Ayurveda, the traditional Hindu system of medicine. Ayurveda is a system of medicine with historical roots in the Indian subcontinent.
Hypotensive- relating to or suffering from abnormally low blood pressure.
Fungicide- a chemical that destroys fungus.
Lauric Acid- Lauric acid or systematically, dodecanoic acid, is a saturated fatty acid with a 12-carbon atom chain, thus having many properties of medium-chain fatty acids, is a bright white, powdery solid with a faint odor of bay oil or soap. The salts and esters of lauric acid are known as laurates.
Capric Acid- Caprylic acid is a medium-chain fatty acid that is found in palm oil, coconut oil, and the milk of humans and bovines
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