Sodium Tallowate is an ingredient that most people have never even heard of. This material is commonly found in many cleansing products and greatly affects the condition and health of the skin.
Tallow is fat derived from the fatty tissue of sheep or cattle, and is often used as a base by most soap companies that produce soap on a large scale. Sodium, Magnesium and Potassium Tallowate are the salts of tallow’s fatty acids. All three of these ingredients are used in many detergents and bath soaps. Sodium Tallowate is also sometimes found in shampoos, cleansing products, and personal hygiene products.
Tallow can be harsh on the skin, pulling out oils that the skin needs to feel and look its best. Tallow can also make the skin feel dry and itchy by removing necessary oils that protect and hydrate. Sodium Tallowate is a surfactant, meaning it operates as cleansing agent, foam booster and helps to increase the viscosity of the product. Many people do not realize that those features which seem attractive are actually detrimental in the long run.
Australian Natural Soaps takes care to use calming, hydrating base ingredients such as coconut oil and olive oil. These natural ingredients ensure that Australian Natural Soaps are safe for all skin types, even sensitive skin that needs very gentle cleansing without harmful detergents.
Although tallow was used to make some of the first soap formulations in human history, our knowledge of what is healthy for the skin and the availability of alternative ingredients has changed drastically since that time. Many large-scale soap and detergent producers have continued to use tallow, mostly for its very inexpensive cost. Typically, the tallow used by soap companies is a byproduct from the commercial meat industry, meaning that the tallow they use in their soaps originates from animals that are born and raised with the purpose of harvesting their resources with little concern for the animal’s well-being. It is common knowledge at this point that unhappy and mistreated animals that are fed antibiotics and hormones do not produce the same level of quality as a well-fed and cared for animal.
If a company uses sodium tallowate in their soap, it is a pretty safe bet that they also use other undesirable ingredients that ultimately harm the skin, such as alcohol or chemicals. Australian Natural Soaps never uses any tallow, sulfates, wax or alcohol in any of their soaps. All Australian Natural Soaps are made with 100% vegan ingredients that are chemical and additive free, and have never been tested on animals.
When choosing products for use on or in the body, most people prefer to support companies that formulate high-quality products from responsibly sourced materials. Australian Natural Soap is proud to produce luxurious, healthful soaps made with environmentally-friendly and people-friendly materials.