Soap noodles are fast becoming the must-have commodity for soap manufacturers the world over. The biggest market for soap noodles is Asia Pacific like Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia etc. but other continents are catching up fast with this market newcomer. Read on to gain useful insights into some key facts about soap noodles.
1. Soap noodles: one shape, many recipes
Let’s start with the obvious: the characteristic pellet shape of soap noodles. Thanks to the plasticity of the vegetable base, noodle shapes can be obtained easily and shipped in any volume with great convenience.
The simple little pellets enable manufacturers to blend in fragrance and pigments when making soap bars. More or less soap noodles can come into play for each recipe depending on which usage it is for. This is the reason why the same soap noodles can be used to produce personal hygiene products, laundry soap or even multi-purpose soap.
2. Oil-based soap noodles for an eco-friendly approach
The two main types of soap noodles are either animal fat-based or derived from vegetable oil. Clearly this has a big impact on how the end product can be marketed. Used in combination with organic extracts or scents, this type of soap noodles enables sales of a top-range product. After all, personal hygiene is the number one market for soap noodles these days.
3. Why are there different colours of soap noodles?
Soap noodles colours are driven by customer demand. A crisp white is often demanded by the cosmetics industry and requires some refining to achieve. The laundry market however won’t require a perfect white and can readily use translucent soap noodles. In the end, it is up to each manufacturer to go for their shade of choice. This could be a natural white, a snow white or translucent for example. Some colours are specified using colour charts so consistency can be tracked.
4. Soap noodles and the skin
To maximise the cosmetic properties of a body wash or hand soap, say, the best is to go for the snow white type. And that’s not just because of its impeccable finish that can perfectly be mixed with fair ingredients and produce a bright result. It also contains a small amount of glycerine, a hypoallergenic compound that is known to help with skin conditions like acne or eczema. It’s all in the quantity though: the right amount will draw the goodness out of the vegetable oils and other ingredients added to the base noodles. A very small percentage is what is required – anything else and you can quickly go over the top, with a drying effect instead.
5. What’s next in the soap noodle market?
Due to their convenience, superb consistency in product quality and multiple uses, soap noodles are set to sky-rocket on the detergent world market. Vegetable oil-based soap noodles are seeing the most ambitious projections of all, with palm kernel oil fronting the show. With the high availability of palm kernel oil from many source countries, demand can be met in that segment, to every soap manufacturing operation’s delight.