Unlike the sun, moon and stars, SOAPSTAR doesn’t like to circle things. We take a natural approach to beauty that respects you – and the world we live in.
Our products are made from 100% natural ingredients that are safe for nature and nourishing for the skin. We do not use palm oil or unnecessary synthetic additives and are against animal cruelty.
You will only find this ingredient in our sanitizing hand sprays. The alcohol disinfects and ensures that our hand sprays clean your hands thoroughly.
Water is the basis of our products and is used as a solvent for the other ingredients.
A fragrance that occurs as a natural ingredient in many essential oils. Note: This ingredient can cause an allergic reaction in some people.
Benzyl benzoate is a fragrance found in essential oils. Benzyl benzoate can be obtained both naturally and synthetically. SOAPSTAR only uses the natural variant that occurs in essential oils. Note: This ingredient can cause an allergic reaction in some people.
Citral is one of the prominent fragrances found in lemongrass essential oil. In addition to a fresh fragrance. It also has other important properties. Citral is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-fungal. Note: This ingredient can cause an allergic reaction in some people.
Citric acid is extracted from citrus fruits and can be used in many ways. For example, it is used as a flavoring agent, preservative, and acidity regulator. In SOAPSTAR’s products, it is used to ensure the correct pH value.
Citronellol is a fragrance derived from lemongrass but can also be found in roses and geraniums. Note: This ingredient can cause an allergic reaction in some people.
You can obtain essential oils from almost all plant parts: from the roots and stems to the flowers and fruits. Some plants even have different essential oils in them. Most are used to make perfumes, but they are also used as a flavoring agent – for example, peppermint oil in chewing gum and toothpaste. The fragrances of SOAPSTAR consist exclusively of essential oils.
Essential oil and allergies
Essential oil contains all kinds of substances that provide characteristic odours. For example, in orange oil, you will find a lot of limonene. Lemon oil has a high concentration of citral, and clove oil consists mainly of eugenol. Note: This ingredient can cause an allergic reaction in some people.
Eugenol is a fragrance that is mainly found in cinnamon and cloves. Note: This ingredient can cause an allergic reaction in some people.
Farnesol is a fragrance that occurs in various flowers, such as roses and jasmine. It has an antibacterial effect and a sweet floral fragrance. Note: This ingredient can cause an allergic reaction in some people.
Geraniol is a fragrance found in various plants and their essential oils. For example, it is the main ingredient in palmarosa oil and has an attractive rose fragrance. Geraniol also has a proven anti-inflammatory effect. Note: This ingredient can cause an allergic reaction in some people.
Glycerine or glycerol is a humectant. It is an odourless gel-like substance with a nourishing and moisturizing effect. It also provides firmness to give products a fine structure that is not too liquid. Glycerol is found in vegetable and animal fats, but SOAPSTAR only uses vegetable glycerol.
Inulin is known for its nourishing and moisture-regulating properties, just like glycerine. It is extracted from the roots of plants of the chicory genus. Well-known chicories are endive and Belgian endive. This moisture magnet is added to all SOAPSTAR products.
Limonene is a fragrance divided into two variants: D-Limonene and L-limonene. D-limonene has an orange-like fragrance, and L-limonene is a citrus fragrance. Both are found in the essential oil extracted from orange peel. Note: This ingredient may cause an allergic reaction in some people.
The fragrance Linalool has two variants: L-linalool and S-linalool. L-linalool unmistakably smells of lavender and has a soothing effect. S-linalool has a floral fragrance and is found in coriander and palmarosa oil. Note: This ingredient may cause an allergic reaction in some people.
Perfume is a collection of fragrances in varying quantities. Only 100% organic perfume made from essential oils is used in all SOAPSTAR products – no synthetic fragrances are used.
Read more about synthetic fragrances and why we don’t use them here.
Natural perfume and allergies
SOAPSTAR products only contain natural fragrances; however, they may cause an allergic reaction in people with an allergy to specific allergens. Note: the allergens in SOAPSTAR products are: Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Citronellol, Cimmonal, Coumarin, Eugenol, Farnesol, and Geraniol.
To make soap, you need fat. In cosmetic products, this fat often comes from palm oil. SOAPSTAR only uses olive oil. Potassium olivate is the potassium salt released during the saponification of olive oil.
Potassium sorbate is the potassium salt of sorbic acid. Sorbic acid is found in the unripe berries of the white rowan tree and has a mild preservative effect. However, it is impossible to obtain the quantities needed from nature without burdening it. Therefore, SOAPSTAR chooses to imitate these ingredients synthetically to minimize our impact on nature.
Sodium benzoate is a sodium salt derived from benzoic acid. It is a substance that is commonly found in berries. Cranberries, in particular, contain a high concentration of benzoic acid. Benzoic acid has a strong antibacterial effect and is therefore used as a preservative – in the form of sodium salt. Because it’s impossible to obtain large numbers from nature, SOAPSTAR chooses to synthetically imitate them to minimize the footprint on our environment.
SODIUM BENZOATE AND PARABENS
Instead of parabens, SOAPSTAR uses the preservative sodium benzoate. Parabens are synthetic preservatives that may disrupt the hormone balance in women, and that is precisely why we do not use them.
SODIUM BENZOATE AND VITAMIN C
Due to the reaction with ascorbic acid (vitamin C), uncertainty has arisen about the safety of sodium benzoate. It is true that when sodium benzoate in its purest form comes into contact with ascorbic acid, the dangerous substance benzene is formed. However, when sodium benzoate is incorporated into a product, this reaction does not occur. Therefore, products containing sodium benzoate are safe to use in combination with products containing vitamin C.
Vegetable gum is used as a thickener. It ensures that the body cleanser and liquid hand wash are not too runny, which allows you to use your products sparingly. It also acts as a stabilizer, so ingredients will not separate quickly.
Is a synthetic humectant that can cause skin irritation. SOAPSTAR prefers to use the vegetable alternative: glycerine.
Synthetic thickeners, carbomers, are used to plump up a cream or gel. SOAPSTAR does not use carbomers as they can cause severe irritation. Instead, we have opted for vegetable glycerol, inulin and xanthan gum to thicken our products.
Cocamidopropyl betaine is a common surfactant in cosmetics and is made from coconut oil. Cocamidopropyl betaine, like other surfactants, can have a strong irritative effect.
SOAPSTAR loves all animals, which is why all products are animal cruelty free and vegan. Like parts of plants, some cosmetic ingredients are made from animal products. These are also called ‘natural ingredients’, but we prefer to opt for vegetable variants.
ETHANOLAMIDE (MEA, TEA, DEA)
Because ethanolamide is a synthetic humectant that is proven to be carcinogenic, the use of this ingredient is already banned in Europe.
Phthalates are plasticizers that are mainly found in plastic. In cosmetics, phthalates are used as a solvent for synthetic fragrances. SOAPSTAR does not use synthetic fragrances and therefore does not use phthalates.
GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are organisms, such as plants and animals, whose genetic material has been altered in a way that would never occur naturally. The purpose of these GMOs is that ‘organism A’ acquires a beneficial property from ‘organism B’, so that for example ‘organism A’ can grow better or faster.
The use of GMOs is controversial, it is unclear what the effects of GMO’ s or are if they may end up in nature unchecked. Their use is strictly controlled in Europe. SOAPSTAR opts for high-quality and responsible ingredients and does not use GMOs in any of its products.
Palm oil is oil derived from the oil palm – a plant that thrives in tropical regions. The oil is pressed from the nuts of the oil palm and is mainly used in food and cosmetics, but also for the production of biodiesel. It is a relatively cheap and natural product and the demand for palm oil has soard in recent years.
The problem with palm oil is that it is produced on a large scale in tropical areas on plantations where only oil palms grow (mono-agriculture). To do this, huge amounts of rain forest are being cut down daily and burned and this has major effect on the flora and fauna in the area. Not only does it destroy the habitats of endangered species such as orangutans, the Asian elephant and the Sumatran tiger, it also has a huge impact on the unique biodiversity of those areas. Although there are sustainable palm oil plantations, the regulations and enforcement surrounding palm oil are very unreliable. SOAPSTAR does not want to be part of this and therefore opts for the sustainable, locally produced alternative: olive oil.
Parabens are preservatives used in foods and cosmetics. By mimicking the hormone estrogen, they can potentially disrupt female hormones and could cause breast cancer in the long term. Despite the fact that research on this is inconclusive, SOAPSTAR prefers using an alternative.
The synthetic preservative phenoxyethanol can have a strong irritative effect and is common in babyproducts such as wipes. Although the use of 1% ihas been approved by the EU, SOAPSTAR opts for alternatives that do not damage the skin.
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOLS (PEGS)
Polyethylene glycols are synthetic substances that are added to cosmetics to allow other substances – such as a moisturizing agent – to penetrate deeper into the skin or act as an emulsifier. SOAPSTAR does not use these substances since they may irritate damaged skin and may be contaminated with carcinogenic substances.
Propylene glycol is a humectant which can have a severe irritative effect. It is a synthetic and cheaper alternative to (vegetable) glycerine – which SOAPSTAR uses.
Silicones are synthetic substances that are used as fillers and brighteners in cosmetics. They are often found in facial creams and primers – they provide a silky soft and smooth result. On the other hand, they have no nurturing or protective effect. In some people, the use of silicone may cause irritation and acne. That is why SOAPSTAR does not see silicone as a valuable ingredient and you will not find it in any of our products.
SURFACTANTS & SULPHATES
Surfactants are surfactants and are found in cosmetics and cleaning products. They lower the surface tension of water to allow better absorption. Their practical use is that stain removers are absorbed faster, liquids such as washing-up liquid lather better and shampoos make the hair smoother.
The connection between the acid residues and salts from sulfuric acid are sulfates: surfactants that are often used in shampoos for their cleaning and foam-strengthening effect. Sulphates cleanse the skin by stripping the skin of the top layer, but this also removes important fats from the skin. This dries out the skin and may cause irritation. Known sulfates include sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), and ammonium lauryl sulfate (ALS).
SOAPSTAR does not use any surfactants – including sulphates – because they may cause irritation. This means that our soaps and cleansers foam less than expected – this does not detract from the end result. Thanks to the carefully selected ingredients, the cleansing and nurturing effect of SOAPSTAR products is of the highest quality.
Perfume is a collection of fragrances in varying quantities. Many perfumes nowadays contain synthetic fragrances because they are far cheaper than natural fragrances. They are compounds of different chemicals that imitate natural fragrances but have a completely different effect. The use of synthetic fragrances is still under investigation and recent research shows that they are highly mutagenic and neurotoxic. To dissolve synthetic fragrances, phthalates are used, which may also be a health risk.
Synthetic perfume and allergy
Due to the professional confidentiality of perfumes, it is often unclear which ingredients they contain. Synthetic fragrances – as with natural fragrances – may cause an allergic reaction. This reaction may also originate from the solvent used, which contains phthalates or polyethylene glycols.SOAPSTAR fragrances only contatin natural fragrances from essential oils.
Tetrasodium is a chelating agent, which means that it traps other substances such as lime from tap water – when used in a bath or shower. However, tetrasodium may have a disruptive effect on the development of fetuses. Despite the fact that research on this is inconclusive, SOAPSTAR totally opts for an alternative.