Vegan Cleansing Substances

Mild cleansing, rich care

Washing your hands is a kind of automatism for us. Something we do every day. Often, without thinking much about how we wash our hands at all. We buy a commercial hand detergent (usually liquid soap) and assume that it is optimally suited for the cleaning of the hands. The same applies to shower gel or shampoo. But why do detergents clean so well and why do they foam so well? The reason for this lies in the cleansing-active substances, which ensure that an optimal cleaning result is produced. They cause fats and dirt to become water soluble and thus easier to wash off the body.

 The base – oil is not the same as oil

In general one differentiates between two types of cleansing substances: synthetic surfactants that are produced on the basis of petroleum and plant based cleansing substances / surfactants based on renewable raw materials such as rapeseed oil, coconut oil, palm oil, sunflower oil or linseed oil. One thing is clear: The cleansing power of mild soaps and shampoos, which are made with the help of plant based cleansing substances, is perfectly sufficient to thoroughly cleanse the skin and hair. In addition, they are less irritating, gentler and more tolerated by the skin than synthetic detergents. In addition, plant based cleansing substances with great care properties score points. In addition, plant based cleansing substances with great care properties score points. Why is this: When one speaks of synthetic surfactants are mostly sulfate surfactants, which have particularly strong cleaning properties and are particularly good at foaming. The sulfate surfactants can also be made naturally from vegetable oils. The amount and type of sulphate surfactant determine how compatible it is for the skin. In addition, there are the sugar surfactants on a vegetable basis, these are of course particularly mild in the cleaning, their performance in terms of cleaning and foaming is in comparison but lower


The effect – Vegetable oils with added value

Vegetable oils are rich in many valuable ingredients that protect your skin from drying out during washing. Rapeseed oil, for example, contains high levels of fatty acids and is rich in vitamins. The same applies to the sunflower oil. Coconut oil is even considered a natural anti-aging agent because the antioxidants it contains provide your skin with sufficient nutrients, smooth fine lines, and make your complexion look firmer and younger. Linseed oil also has a high proportion of omega-3 fatty acid α-linolenic acid and plenty of vitamin E. Thanks to the vegetable oils contained in the vegan cleansing substances, your skin is not only freed of dirt, but also optimally cared for.In addition, plant based cleansing substances with great care properties score points.

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Thanks to the vegetable oils contained in the vegan cleansing substances, your skin is not only freed of dirt, but also optimally cared for.
Vegan Cleansing Substances an overview of the most important benefits:
  • They effectively remove dirt and bacteria.
  • They provide the skin with moisture and protect it from drying out.
  • They have an anti-inflammatory effect and relieve small tears and itching.
  • They strengthen the naturally protective barrier of the skin.
  • They increase the elasticity of the skin and keep it supple longer.
  • They are extra kind to the skin and are therefore suitable for sensitive skin
  • They have an antioxidant effect and make your complexion look firmer and younger
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A short addition to the topic of sulfates

In some media, sulfates have a very bad reputation because they are supposed to dry out the skin, cause itching and redness. In fact this issue needs to be considered in a differentiated way. Because the decisive factor here is not necessarily the sulfate itself, but the active ingredient concentration or ingredient combination.

Sulfate is not equal to sulfate

Among the most common sulfates are ALS (Amonium Lauryl sulfates) and SLS (Sodium Laureth sulfates). The advantage of both sulfates is that they have particularly cleansing properties, are grease-releasing and provide good foaming in cleaning products. WhereALS is significantly less degreasing and therefore much milder than, for example, the SLS. Disadvantage: In their pure form or very highly concentrated, as they occur for example in some liquid soaps, they degrade the lipid layer of the skin particularly strongly, so that the fat layer of the skin is washed off, so to speak. The skin can become dry and cracked, which in turn can promote the formation of allergies. For this reason, these sulfates are classified by critics as aggressive or even very questionable. Some even assume that they pose serious health risks, such as cancer, heart disease or cataracts. However, these claims are false and scientifically clear.

What is the alternative?

Is it possible not to use sulfates completely in detergents and use only mild surfactants? Unfortunately the problem here is that the mild surfactants have poorer cleansing properties and contribute little to foaming. Added to this is its gel-like consistency, which is less difficult to distribute and leaves layer residues in the sink. However, although research has not yet been able to develop optimally cleansing and foaming mild surfactants, research is still being carried out into alternatives, so that better results are certainly to be expected in the future.

The solution is somewhere in between

As mentioned above, the concentration and combination of certain active substances is very important. The addition of the less degreasing sulfate ALS to a formulation with mild surfactants has a positive influence on the cleaning performance of a product and can also significantly improve the foam formation. Combining the wash-active substances with nourishing substances such as vegan glycerin, hamamelis leaf extract and black oats, which actively counteract drying out the skin, is effective and at the same time a very mild cleansing agent, which is optimal for the daily use.


A global criticism of ALS-containing cleansing products is very superficial and is based only on the general assessment of the ingredient itself or on the wrong equality with SLS. The concentration and combination of active substances is completely disregarded here. In addition, every washing, whether with or without soap, leads to a lipid loss of the skin. So if you have very sensitive skin and know about the problem, you should always compensate for the loss of moisture with a rich hand cream.

At STUDIO BOTANIC we have decided to combine the advantages of both ingredients in a well-tolerated formulation. Our soaps therefore consist of mild sugar surfactants, which we combine with a small amount of the naturally weak sulphate tenside ALS. In this way, we achieve an effective and at the same time very mild cleansing performance, which does not dry out the skin too much. The formulation is therefore in fact harmless, well tolerated and leads to an optimal cleaning result.

A short addition to the topic of palm oil 

We at STUDIO BOTANIC do not use pure palm oil or saponified palm oil in our cleaning products. Practically all high-performance, vegetable cleansing substances that are used in natural cosmetic products, can partly be based on palm oil. The manufacturers of these particular detergents sometimes add, in addition to primary raw materials such as coconut oil, sunflower oil or rapeseed oil, secondary amounts of palm oil in the surfactant production. On the one hand they use palm oil due to the high demand for vegetable oils by industry, which can´t be covered without palm oil in the total surfactant production. On the other hand this is due to the scope of action of the European legislator, which does not provide the manufacturers with certain cleansing substances and no binding specification for a clear declaration of the vegetable oils used or their quantity in production When palm oil is added, it is in any case RSPO certified sustainably sourced palm oil. Important high-performance cleansing substances based on plants are currently not offered by the manufacturers as a guaranteed palm oil-free version. Synthetic substances or petroleum-based substances are of course not included. We make sure that for our cleaning products the highest possible proportion of vegan, plant based cleansing substances based on raw materials from native plant species will be used. These convince then by shorter transport routes and a more environmentally friendly cultivation.