Updated: Nov 14, 2020
What Is a Soap Nut?
Far away from the polluted city, in the foothills of the Thailand Mountains, Mother Nature has provided us with a great treasure. Soap nuts are known worldwide by many names such as soapnuts, soapberry, washing nuts, soap nut shells, wash shells, soapberry nut husk, Ritha (Hindi) nutshell, Chinese soapberry and many more. Very simply, soap nuts are the dried shells (or husks) from the soapberry (or soapberry nut). These berries are the fruit from an entirely unique tree species. These shells contain a substance called saponin that produces a soaping effect. Saponin is a 100% natural alternative to chemical laundry detergent and cleansers. It can replace many synthetic detergents such as those containing sodium laureth sulphate (SLS) that are becoming well known by consumers for being a skin irritant and health hazard.
Soap nuts have been used for centuries throughout the world as a laundry detergent, as soap for personal hygiene, and as a cleanser with a plethora of other uses. It is most commonly used in Thailand, India, China, parts of Europe and numerous countries in the eastern hemisphere.
Luna Blu Team
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