Okay, so you’ve heard about soapberries and been intrigued, but put them in the ‘too hard basket’ or said “I’ll give them a go one day – they sound amazing (muttering under your breath ‘if they actually work’)” If this sounds like you, keep reading and find out more about how they actually perform, like scientifically and shit! The truth is however – until you try them, you probably won’t be convinced by this blog either – but once you try them… I promise you – you won’t look back!! Anyway – forget it, just keep reading...
These crusty looking brownish balls are grown on the ‘Sapindus Mukorossi’ tree and are found in many different regions around the world. They are also referred to as Soapnuts (which they aren’t) – they’re actually a fruit related to the Lychee - but don’t eat them, they taste baaaaad. The fact that they are not processed in any way, simply picked from the tree and dried in the sun makes them raw, vegan, paleo, completely natural and we have 100% organic certification – yes, it’s full on hipster stuff here people!
The berries we source are from the pristine Himalayan mountains and contain a luscious amount of saponin - a natural soap. When they hit water, the soap is released, making them a very effective alternative to chemical laundry detergent – this shiz is real! – check out the vid here. Ancient cultures have been using these little guys for thousands of years – apparently we are slow learners – but hey… we’re up to speed now!
They’re super simple to use – chuck 5 berries in the cotton bag provided and throw them in with your clothes in the machine. Cold water is fine and they work in front or top loaders. Warm water will draw more soap out the berries if you’re the particularly dirty sort!
They are perfect for people with sensitive skin or conditions like eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis etc... as they leave no soap residue in the clothing. Strap yourself in for the sciencesy mumbo jumbo…. The saponin simply breaks the surface tension of the water, removing the dirt and leaving clothes soft and clean with nothing left behind to irritate the skin. Soapberries also have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and are sustainably grown. BOOM people! B-O-O-M!!
If you still need convincing, here are some testimonials from people who have given them whirl and not looked back!