What is solid shower gel?
Solid shower gel – what can piece care really do?
Whether for the perfect start to the day or gentle relaxation in the evening, a shower ensures that we feel completely at ease and the shower gel that we use should also provide our skin with nourishing ingredients. While until now mainly liquid shower gels were found in most bathrooms, solid shower gels that look like a bar of soap are becoming more and more popular. But what are solid shower gels all about, how do they work, what advantages do they bring and how do you use them correctly? Would you like to learn more about the plastic-free alternative? We have put together everything you need to know.
Did you know…
Conventional shower gels consist of a particularly large proportion of water, mostly chemical surfactants and glycerin. In addition, fragrances, colorings and preservatives are usually added and it is not uncommon to find microplastic particles in them. These get into our waters unhindered through showering and heavily pollute the environment. The numerous "questionable" ingredients often dry out the skin quickly, which can lead to itching and dandruff. Finally, liquid shower gels are packaged in plastic bottles.
Until now, you only had the option of using liquid alternatives made from natural ingredients and in recycled bottles. Solid shower gels now also have numerous advantages that you should definitely know about.
What is solid shower gel?
Wait a minute... Isn't a solid shower gel just a soap? Like you, many people ask themselves this question. Without a doubt, bar soap and solid shower gel look very similar, but differ fundamentally in their manufacture and ingredients. A solid shower gel is a shower gel from which water has been removed. This is how the firm consistency is achieved. In comparison, with soap, fats or vegetable oils are boiled off together with a lye. Due to the manufacturing process, soaps have a basic pH of 9 to 20. However, our skin is rather acidic with a pH of 4 to 5. If you were to use normal soap for your daily shower, it would remove the skin's natural protective acid mantle and natural greasy film. A solid shower gel has a low pH value that is similar to our skin, which makes the bar care more skin-friendly and strengthens the protective film.
What are the advantages of solid shower gels?
A solid shower gel has some advantages that you should know about.
- The ingredient water is not used in the production of solid shower gel.
- Solid shower gel is usually free from preservatives, PEG compounds, synthetic polymers, silicones and paraffins.
- It is economical because a solid shower gel with a weight of 100 g can replace around three bottles of shower gel.
- On the one hand, the packaging is plastic-free and, on the other hand, the small piece only requires a fraction of the sustainable packaging materials - a valuable contribution to sustainability!
- A solid shower gel saves space and is easy to transport – even in hand luggage on flights. Also, you don't need to worry about leaking.
- When buying solid shower gel, look for natural, vegan and animal-free ingredients, like you will find in our solid shower gels.
How to use solid shower gel? Our test
Anyone who uses a solid shower gel for the first time will initially need a little time to get used to handling it. But don't worry, you'll usually be used to it after the second application.
That's how it's done:
- Shower off as usual.
- Lather up the solid shower gel in your hand and spread it over your body.
- Alternatively, lather the body directly with the bar in circular movements.
- Rinse thoroughly with water.
Correct storage is important after use. Make sure that your solid shower gel can dry well and put it in a soap bag, for example. Our plastic-free 3-in-1 soap box made of sugar cane is just as well suited, and together with the lid it also cuts a fine figure when travelling. If you would like more information about using solid shower gel, take a look at our short guide: waterless – how to use.
What makes our solid shower gel special?
Hard to believe, but liquid products consist of around 80% water. Our solid shower gel does not require any water at all, but has valuable ingredients such as organic coconut oil, organic safflower oil, organic cocoa butter and organic stinging nettle extract. Coconut side ensure a particularly gentle cleansing. The formula pampers the skin and provides it with moisture. The moisturizing care substances leave your skin feeling pleasant all day long and protect your skin from drying out. The solid shower gel is suitable for all hair types.
A solid shower gel is an environmentally friendly, caring and practical alternative to conventional shower gels - 100% natural cosmetics that are impressive. Natural fragrance oils enchant your senses every day. Of course, we do not use synthetic colourants, fragrances and preservatives as well as paraffins, silicones and microplastics. Our solid shower gel is also CO₂-compensated, vegan, not tested on animals and biodegradable as well as 100% "Made in Germany". Every purchase also supports our GOOD WATER PROJECTS initiative.