Friday 18 February 2022

Things To Know About Soap Nuts

Soap nuts are also called Reetha. It is an Indian berry that naturally foams up like any regular soap or liquid detergent available in the market. It is odorless and hypoallergenic, and antibacterial in nature.

Soap nuts are very popular because of their natural cleaning properties. However, soap nuts are not new. For centuries people have been using it for hair and skincare. In India, soap nuts have been widely used everyday. But the trend of using chemical free alternatives, led soap nuts to gain so much attention. 

Where can you find soap nuts?

Soap nuts are basically fruits of a tree called Sapindus Mukorossi, that is typically found in the Himalayan ranges between India and Nepal.

Interestingly,  the tree hardly needs any fertilizer or nutrient rich soil for growth. In fact, the Sapindus tree flourishes in harsh environmental conditions and protects the surrounding land from soil erosion. The locals of the Himalayan region pluck the soap nuts and prepare natural soap from it. This provides a good source of income for them. 

What makes soap nuts special?

Once these fruits are sun dried, the shells when in contact with water are rubbed to produce soap-like foam and texture. This is due to saponin, a natural cleaning agent. Saponin is a 100% organic and natural cleaning agent that can potentially replace a lot of the commercially manufactured soaps and shampoos that are filled with Sodium Laureth Sulphates (SLS).

Who can benefit from it?

Since soap nuts are natural berries/fruit, both adults and children can use them. People who have extreme allergies or want to avoid chemical detergents can use soap nuts daily. 

You can use soap nuts in a variety of manners:

  • For washing clothes

  • To shampoo hair

  • For hand wash

  • As shaving cream

  • As multipurpose kitchen cleaner

  • To bathe pets

  • As mosquito repellent

  • To bring shine on jewellery pieces 

How to use soap nuts?

You can make your own concoction at home by boiling soap nut shells in water and straining the liquid and using the solution directly. 

Owing to the rising popularity of natural, organic and chemical-free products for skin and hair, many companies are shifting towards sustainable, environment friendly and natural products. Brands like La’Vedics have come up with a shampoo that is in powder form. Called the Intensive Care and Damage Control Powder Shampoo, the product is packed with ingredients like soap nut, shikakai, amla, aloe vera, Brahmi, fenugreek, hibiscus, rose, tulsi and neem. All these are natural plant based products and herbs that are filled with vitamins and minerals needed for healthy growth of hair. 

Some of the benefits from continued usage of La'Vedics powder shampoo are:

  • Shiny hair

  • No dandruff

  • No split ends

  • Stronger roots

  • Conditioned hair

  • No premature greying

  • Improved scalp health

  • Reduced hairfall

La’Vedics has simplified the process for you with its complete hair care kit.

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Begin with massaging your hair and scalp with their Avocado Oil.

You can keep the oil overnight or at least an hour before bath. Then mix some water in the powder shampoo and generate lather. Now apply on wet hair and shampoo like usual. Rinse well.


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