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The Beauty Battle: Organic Soap Vs. Mainstream Products

To go organic or stick with mainstream soap? It’s a longstanding question that many people have faced at least a time or two. In an ideal world, we’d all purchase and use organic products all the time but the reality is that may not be feasible or accessible for everyone. Organic soap is an interesting avenue to explore. While it’s something we all use on a regular basis, not everyone understands the importance of going organic with body wash soap or even hand soap. Are there really benefits of organic soap vs. mainstream products? Does it truly make a difference? These are all valid questions we’ll get into below.

At Malie, our goal is to connect customers with the beauty that nature provides. We harness the power of plants in our beauty, skin care, hair care, and home products to make them available to the masses. That includes organic soaps and body washes. The way everyone cares for their personal hygiene is unique to them, their needs, and their life’s circumstances. Our mission is to explain the differences between organic soap vs. mainstream products so you can decide which one is right for you.

Why Use Organic Soap?

Why Use Organic Soap?

Simply put, going natural is generally preferred when it comes to what we use on our bodies. Organic soap, whether in the form of a luxe hand soap or a natural body wash, comprises recognizable ingredients derived from nature. With fewer or no additives, this is generally a healthier way to stay clean.

Organic soaps and washes connect us to nature in a way that mainstream products often don’t. They tap into the powerful, potent components of natural botanical extracts and use them for our benefits. Still, it’s important to recognize that not all organic products are created equal. Manufacturing processes vary as do the ingredients within the products themselves. A product may be organic but that doesn’t mean it’s effective. The best organic soaps, whether they’re hand soaps or body washes, will actually get the job done. By that, we mean they’ll thoroughly cleanse to eliminate dirt and debris without stripping the skin of its natural oils. There’s a fine line between just relying on nature to do its job and finding the right combination of ingredients that will make an effective impact. To strike this balance, you need the right body care company.

Benefits of Organic Soap

Find the right company for organic soap and you’ll feel like you’ve hit the jackpot! When done correctly, organic soap offers a host of benefits, some of which include:

  • Simple ingredients.

The recognizable ingredients you’ll find in organic soaps and natural body washes will give you an extra sense of trust when using the products. Ingredients such as Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Cocoa Seed Butter and Hawaiian Hydrosols are valuable for a reason. They help keep skin soft and moisturized while thoroughly cleansing away dirt and debris. The beauty of keeping it simple is that it takes the confusion out of the equation. Complicated compounds are often only understood by those with high-level scientific knowledge. Straightforward components are more easily understood by the general public, which means there’s less of a barrier to trusting the products. 

  • Fewer negative reactions.

A major benefit of going organic is that products are also less likely to cause irritation. While mainstream products don’t always result in negative reactions, it can be hard to know what will and what won’t affect you, especially when you’re not familiar with the ingredient profile. Organic soaps keep it straightforward so you can evaluate the ingredient list and decide for yourself whether or not the compounds are safe for you and your body.

  • Ingredients from nature.

Staying connected to nature is one of the biggest draws of organic products in general. We live in a world that tends to pull us away from the natural elements. While that has its advantages in the form of science and innovation, there’s something truly special about reconnecting with nature in its most authentic form.

  • Eco-friendly.

Being environmentally friendly is a huge component of organic body products. By tapping on Earth’s natural resources, we’re honoring a commitment to reducing waste and reducing our carbon footprint. Going organic is better for the planet, as it tends to require less manufacturing, which means less wasted water, energy, and more plentiful resources for generations to come.

So, if organic soap is so good, why doesn’t everyone use it?

Why People Don’t Choose Organic Soap

Unfortunately, there are some roadblocks that prevent people from opting for organic soap all the time. The primary reasons to not use organic soap include:

  • Don’t think organic soap is necessary.
  • Don’t think organic soap is worth it.
  • May not be able to find it locally.
  • Don’t notice the difference between organic soap and regular soap.
  • Don’t feel it does a good enough job at actually cleansing the hands, skin, and body.

Knowing why people may decide not to go organic is important and leads us to explore the other side of the coin, which is regular hand soap.

Everyday Hand Soap

Mainstream products have their benefits; after all, they’re sold to the masses at very high rates, so they must offer some value. The truth is that regular hand soap and body washes offer their own set of benefits.

Why Choose Regular Soap

There are three main reasons consumers opt for mainstream soap products.

  • Affordability.

The hand washing and body wash products you find on the shelves at your local drugstore tend to be more affordable than those found in specialty, organic stores.

  • Availability.

It usually takes a bit more effort to find high quality organic soap. This lack of convenience could prevent some people from making the purchase.

  • Advertising.

Mainstream products are more regularly advertised than niche products. They tend to have the backing of major manufacturers who put money behind promoting their products.

While these are all sound reasons to choose mainstream products over organic, there are certainly areas where regular soap can’t deliver.


  • May leave behind a residue.

The filmy residue some mainstream soaps and body washes leave behind is due to the chemicals used in them. Sulfates are particular culprits, as are parabens and mineral oils. Sulfates (SLS and SES) are used to create a lather, which gives off the impression of a stronger clean without actually making much of a difference. Plus, the allergic reactions and skin irritations that may result from the residue that’s left behind often does more harm than good.

  • May not be ethically sourced or made responsibly.

Manufacturing processes vary no matter where you get your products but it’s important to keep in mind that a company that doesn't prioritize organic ingredients may compromise their manufacturing methods. Aligning yourself with manufacturers that put your best interests at heart every step of the way is an important component of how you treat your body. This is something to consider when deciding whether to go organic vs. mainstream.

  • May not be eco-friendly.

The amount of resources and manufacturing processes needed to produce chemical-laden soaps doesn’t suggest eco-friendly methods. Again, while every company is different, the additional labor (both machine and human) that’s required or unnatural vs. natural body  care is something to think about. 

  • Could be tested on animals.

This element goes back to ethical manufacturing practices. Every company has their own way of determining what is safe for the general public’s consumption. Organic soap companies like Malie are firm in our commitment to remain cruelty-free. That includes never testing our products on animals, as they are vital living beings whose lives deserve safety and respect. Not all mainstream products are tested on animals, but if you don’t see a seal of approval that states otherwise, this may be cause for concern.

When to Use Each

In a perfect world, we’d all be using organic soap and natural body wash all the time. For some people, this is possible. If that sounds like you and you’re just looking for the right brand, Malie is here to provide! Our luxe hand soaps and natural body washes are designed to be used on an everyday basis so you can feel good about the skin you’re in all the time.

Still, we recognize that going all the way organic isn’t feasible for everyone. There may be various extenuating circumstances that could prevent you from making the switch. If that sounds like you, we encourage you to reserve organic soap and body products for special occasions. Think of them as occasional treats for your body and skin.

Some of the best times to indulge and opt for organic may be:

  • Birthdays (your own or friends and family).
  • Romantic nights with a partner.
  • Vacations.
  • The holidays.
  • As a gift for others. Organic soap makes a wonderful housewarming gift!

Need inspiration for gifting organic soap? Malie has unique gift sets that include our specialty soaps and natural body washes.

The Best Organic Soap

Inspired by nature, powered by plants, and made from organic ingredients. That’s what you’ll find at Malie. Our range of organic soaps include luxe cream bar soaps, liquid hand soaps, and natural body washes.

Luxe Cream Bar Soap


It doesn't get more luxurious than this! Pamper your skin with Malie’s intensely moisturizing organic bar soap. Featuring botanical ingredients, this luxurious formula lathers beautifully, giving you all the cleansing benefits you need with none of the drying effects. The strong lather it works up even makes it suitable for shaving.

The cold process method preserves the integrity of the soap’s natural ingredients, some of which include Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, and Cocoa Seed Butter. What’s more, this manufacturing method yields even longer lasting benefits than your traditional bar of soap. Hand crafted from scratch, this special bar soap is cleansing, moisturizing, and intended to be enjoyed!

Malie’s Organic Luxe Cream Bar Soap is available in Koke’e, Mango Nectar, Plumeria, Tiare, and Pikake.

Every Luxe Cream Soap is:

  • Made of blend of natural, 70% organic emollients
  • Vegan
  • Never tests on animals
  • Paraben, petroleum, and sulfate-free
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Suitable for shaving
  • 4 oz each in size

Liquid Hand Soap

Hand soap

Organic liquid hand soap from Malie Organics is an indulgent way to bring a bit of joy into something you already do all the time. Our liquid hand soaps naturally cleanse with awapuhi extract and use organic aloe to moisturize and nourish dry skin. All the while, pure Hawaiian Hydrosols hydrate and provide additional therapeutic benefits.

Each hand soap contains 13.5 oz liquid and comes in a 100% Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) bottle, providing another life to packaging and plastics. This helps ensure that Earth’s extraordinary natural resources can bless future generations. It’s all part of our mission to reduce our carbon footprint and give back to the environment.

Malie’s Organic Liquid Hand Soap is available in Koke’e, Mango Nectar, Plumeria, and Pikake.

Natural Body Wash

Getting clean has never felt so good! Malie’s natural Body Wash is infused with aromatic Hawaiian Hydrosols and therapeutic botanicals to deliver a luxurious bathing experience that both cleanses and nourishes the skin. Hydrating and moisturizing, it also works up a strong lather, rich enough to shave with. The moisturizing formula will leave your skin silky, smooth, clean, and rejuvenated. Find your favorite scent from our offerings of Koke’e, Mango Nectar, Plumeria, and Pikake.

Our Body Wash comes in several sizes, including the 8.25 fl oz bottle, the 2.5 oz mini (TSA-Approved), and Eco-Refill varieties (gallon-size). Every Body Wash contains 70% organic ingredients. Additionally, our formulas are also housed in 100% Post Consumer Recycled (PCR) bottles, providing another life to packaging and plastics. Cleansing, rich, and luxurious, our body wash’s liquid formula reflects a beautiful pearlescent color which only adds to the exceptional experience you’ll have when using it.

As for the ingredients, they’re quite impressive in their own right. Organic Aloe, Awapuhi Ginger, Spirulina Maxima, and Gamma-Linoleic Acid protect, moisturize, and promote the regeneration of new skin cells. Great for all skin types, our vegan formula is paraben, petroleum, and sulfate-free.

Nourish, cleanse, and replenish your skin every time you wash with Malie.

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