Summer is the season for being outside. The sun and the fresh air are wonderful, but for kids, it also means getting dirty, playing in sandboxes, and melting popsicles that leave a sticky film everywhere.
Anybody who has a young child knows that a) they get their hands into everything, and b) getting a kid to stand still for the recommended twenty seconds can seem as difficult as threading a camel through the eye of a needle. And if you follow the CDC guidelines – before eating, after sneezing/coughing, after going to the bathroom – that’s a lot of time to spend scrubbing up. A small toy, embedded in a clear bar of soap, might help to convince a child to work a little each day to get the reward.
Soaps are not naturally translucent. Translucency is achieved by forcing the soap molecules to line up in such a way as to permit the passage of light, making a clear soap. The addition of glycerin is one way soapmakers can achieve this effect, but glycerin is very hygroscopic and adding it to bars of soap shortens the shelf life considerably. On an industrial scale, lining up the soap molecules is mainly achieved by the addition of sugars and alcohols, and this makes it possible to create soap noodles that are easy to melt and reshape into the desired shapes. But they clean just as well.
There is something inherently fascinating about a seeing objects embedded in a clear medium, being so close to touching them but at the same time not being able to. The things that can be embedded in the soaps can serve a variety of purposes, such as being a reminder of the scent of the soap, or evoking a sense or serenity, or both. The aesthetics can be tailored to the impact you want to have on the consumer.
Sirius offers translucent soap noodles made from RSPO-certified palm oil. The transparency is achieved through a combination of continuous heating and the addition of sorbitol (a kind of sugar alcohol) and polyethylene glycol, which evenly disperses the sorbitol. Sorbitol and polyethylene glycol are both biodegradable, so you can have soaps that not only look elegant, but are environmentally-friendly as well.
The Sirius effect:
Creating beautiful, enchanting products should not have to come at a cost to the environment. With clear soaps, consumers get a visual treat and a tactile paradox every time they wash their hands, turning a chore into a pleasant experience. Want to find out more about how Sirius can help you achieve the consumer experience you want? Get your hands on your phone today.