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Dog Soap vs Dog Shampoo

Updated: Jun 22

So, what is the difference between soap and shampoo?


Shampoos have humectants (retain moisture), surfactants (these enable oil & grease to mix with water) and give you lots of bubbles to make you feel it's working well and cleaning whatever you're washing and usually a preservstive which is needed in any product that is water based.


You may have seen SLS and SLES on the back of packaging, they are chemicals put in all kinds of cleaning products, whether they are for humans, pets or cleaning your dishes. That's right - the chemicals put in a detergent could also be added to your toothpaste or shower gel. Or in this case, the chemicals added to detergents, can also appear in mass produced dog shampoos and none of us want this for our favourite family member.


That's not to say all shampoos have these. But please look at the labels of the products you buy because you don't have to have chemicals in your shampoo in order to get a good clean. There are many companies these days that provide natural products for our pets so its worth shopping around.


Soap in its simplest form, is water, sodium hydroxide (aka caustic soda, but dont panic its not in the end product) and whatever oils or butters you fancy adding, such as olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter, to name but a few. It's all quite natural which is lovely for you and your dog. If essential oils are added (like in our dog soap bars) then this keeps it natural and beautifully scented.


The magic happens when (and this is in very simple laymans terms) the fats react with the water/sodium hydroxide mixture (lye) and convert to soap. This reaction is called Saponification.


Different oils have different properties. Some give you a creamy lather, some big bubbles, whilst others provide great moisturisation. Its all down to the soap maker to decide what properties they want their finish bar to possess.


Here at Pampered Poochy we use 100% coconut oil in every single one of our handmade bars, because that gives us the beautiful lather that our customers have come to know and love. Coconut oil has so many great qualities and is so versatile, we love using it and never use nasty chemicals in any of our products. Coconut oil is a natural anti-inflammatory, it moisturises dry skin and it's anti-microbial which means it can fight harmful micro-organisms.


Many customers have reported that when they use the soap it takes less water to wash the soap out of their dog's coat and that there is no residue left on the coat, this is all down to the coconut oil.




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