Do you know that soap nuts can be used to clean your home and pretty much anything that needs cleansing? Soap nuts are actually berries, which are found on trees grown in the Himalayans, and are my most favorite natural cleansers/detergents. These berries have been used throughout history in traditional Hindu medicine due to their cleansing, healing, and insecticide qualities. We love a clean space, so in the past we used to constantly bleach our homes and use many chemical filled products until we realized we were inhaling too much chemical fumes. We went on a research binge and noted that we actually come into contact with a whole lot of chemicals every single day! From our makeup and deodorant, to even our perfume, so we figured we can at least try to cut it down where possible. A soap nuts cleanser quickly became our favorite natural alternative to harsh chemical filled sprays and detergents because it cuts back on inhaling chemicals that we used to practically swim in in the past.
Also, if you can believe it they are super easy to obtain (Amazon!) and very easy to prepare. If you have ever made tea then you have received all your training. They are prepared by boiling soap nuts in water until suds form and water yellows/browns (for heavier cleansing) or by simply shaking a few soap nuts in warm water (for more lighter cleansing). Both methods activate the cleansing agent in the soap nut.
What makes soap nuts so amazing as a cleanser is that it can be used to clean pretty much anything (home, laundry, hair, etc.). We cannot imagine cleaning our home without them. Essential oils and other ingredients have been known to be added to aid in cleaning. The effectiveness of soap nuts and the fact that it is super natural was definitely a factor as to why we at Catherine Marion decided to use it in our Shampoo and Wash Out Conditioner. We want to spread this extremely natural method of cleansing so that others will be able to gain the same natural benefits that we have.