What the hell is a "Whole Food Soap"?

7 soaps in a row, above each one displays an ingredient that is implied to be a food ingredient in the soap. From left to right the ingredients are: blueberries, oats, chocolate and cacao, orange slices, mint, salt, and rosemary.

When it comes to personal care products, we all want the best for our skin. That's why many people are turning to "whole food soaps" in the quest for healthier and more natural alternatives. But what exactly is a "whole food soap," and is the term even accurate? In this blog post, we'll delve into the world of whole food soaps and uncover the truth behind this somewhat misleading label.

First things first, the term "whole food soap" might make you think that it's made entirely from food items you'd find in your pantry. While it's true that these soaps often incorporate food-based ingredients like fruits, vegetables, and herbs, the term can be misleading. Unlike actual whole foods you consume, whole food soaps undergo a complex manufacturing process that transforms these ingredients into a completely different product. This process typically involves saponification, which is the chemical reaction between fats and a strong alkaline substance like sodium hydroxide (lye) to create soap. So, in reality, "whole food soaps" are not entirely "whole" or edible like the fruits and vegetables they contain.


@birdsofvalhalla Melting lye and breastmilk to make punny named #breastmilksoaps ♬ original sound - Birds of Valhalla


Furthermore, the term "whole food soap" can lead consumers to believe that these products are edible or safe for consumption. In reality, they are formulated for external use only and should never be ingested. The ingredients in these soaps may be natural, but they are not intended for consumption and can be harmful if swallowed.

However, it's important to note that some of the best ingredients in skincare are processed. Take olive oil, for example. Olive oil is often used as a key ingredient in skincare products due to its moisturizing and antioxidant properties. It's rich in vitamins A and E, which can help hydrate and protect the skin, while its antioxidants can combat free radicals that contribute to premature aging.

This is why Birds of Valhalla has chosen to market themselves as a "food-based" soap company. We do make soap with "whole food" ingredients such as the oats in our Honey Moon soap bar. However, we also wont deny our customers the benefits of other food items that do not fit the definition of a "whole food" such as olive oil, coconut oil, and honey.

Birds of Valhalla's Honey Moon Soap- a food based soap.

So, while the term "whole food soap" may sound appealing and wholesome, it's essential to recognize that it's a bit of a misnomer. These soaps do incorporate natural food-based ingredients but undergo a chemical transformation in the soap-making process. Additionally, processed ingredients don't need to be shamed! So, enjoy the benefits of these nourishing skincare products, which may include processed ingredients like olive oil, but save the culinary adventures for actual whole foods on your plate.

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It’s so impressive to see a company making sure everyone knows as much as possible about their product vs just slapping a label on it and reaping the benefits of purchases. It’s not often you see a company creating something as time consuming as soap, especially as ethically and uniquely as BOV but yall go the extra mile and explain things such as this. Its so awesome and does my soul good to see!

Nicole Dawson

Whoot whoot! I’m gonna win!

Quentin Graves

Honey Moon soap sounds great! I’m intrigued.


I have to admit the last bar I got (cranberry champagne) smelled good enough to drink! I love that you’re using your chef background to make the best soaps possible!


I’m saving up for another order!! I’ve converted friends to the ways of BOV!! Seriously… I do love your beautiful, beneficial products!🥰
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