Last week we talked about Body Wash and all of its benefits. Today, I want to get into the nitty gritty of what makes those Body Washes foam so well and why I choose to use the Body Wash from Jules of the Earth over other main stream washes. So, we’re going to get a bit scientific here.
One of the main ingredients that Jules uses in her Body Wash is Coco-Glucoside. Its an natural, gentle and eco-friendly cleanser that is derived from fruit sugars and coconut. It falls into the category of a non-ionic surfactant.
A surfactant is an organic compound that lowers the surface tension between liquids, or between a solid and a liquid. They are used as foaming agents, emulsifiers, conditioner, wetting agents, detergents and dispersants. Coco-Glucoside has a very low irritation score.
There are literally hundred of compounds that one can use as a surfactant and each is classified by its ionic behaviour in solutions:
Anionic – Anionic surfactants have a negative charge and are sometimes contaminated with nitrosamines, which are considered carcinogenic. However, the fall between cationic and non-ionic where toxicity levels are concerned.
Cationic – Cationic has a positive electrical charge and is considered toxic. You find them in hair conditioners but they were originally developed for thee fabric and paper industries as anti-static and softening compounds. Extended use of products using cationic surfactants can cause the hair to become brittle and dry. They are also synthetic and can be irritating to the skin and are considered the most toxic group of surfactants.
Amphoteric – Amphoteric (zwetterionic) is a synthetic surfactant that can have both positive and negative ions, depending on the waters pH. It has a low toxicity and are mild in action. They tend to be used in many personal care and household cleaning products. They respond to the alkalinity or acidity in water and can carry negative, positive or no charge at all.
Non-ionic – Non-ionic surfactants have no ionic charge and is the mostly widely used in many products.
So, why are non-ionic surfactants better? They are derived naturally, have minimal irritation to the skin. This is why Jules of the Earth uses Coco-Glucoside as its surfactant agent in its foaming products, like its Body Wash. Its an ingredient that is considered to be compatible with all skin types and is gentle enough to be used in many baby products.
What is coco-glucoside used in:
Shampoos, such as anti-dandruff, anti-seborrheac, conditioners and frequent use products
Dermatological liquid soaps
Sensitive skin cleansers
Benefits of coco-glucoside
Mainly, coco-glucoside works to increase the capacity or foaming in a solution and has been found to be particularly useful in many hair care products sue to its ability to smooth the structure of the hair shaft, making it more manageable. Its a surfactant that is more easily rinsed off the body and doesn’t contain impurities. It can maintain the skins balance without drying it out, is easily biodegradable, environmentally friendly and had been proven to be very mild.
I’ve used other Body Washes that used different surfactants in their ingredients and many of these would leave my skin feeling dried out afterwards, left a film or residue, or left my skin feeling irritated, and I don’t have sensitive skin. This is why I switched to Jules of the Earth and her products. She pairs all natural ingredients that work in harmony with your skin and hair to keep it in balance and leave it feeling clean and soft afterwards, with no residue left behind.
Reference Journal of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research, 2014, 6(7):2233-2237
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