Important information and events about soap nuts:

– Saponin is the active ingredient in soap nuts and is responsible for all of the soap nuts’ benefits. A soap nut is a fruit or berry (much like a cherry) and the pulp and skin is the source for the saponin.

– Soap nuts have been used by man for thousands of years yet remained obscure throughout the ages. Due to the “green” movement and the search for alternatives to synthetic chemicals, coupled with the Internet and Information Age, soap nuts have re-emerged as the ideal alternative.

– Soap nuts and the work of NaturOli was recognized by the Green Dot Awards jury as, “…possibly the most significant green innovation in history for everyday household cleaning needs.”

– A June 2009 independent US laboratory efficacy test has determined the cleaning power of saponin to be equivalent to that of the mainstream commercial detergents utilizing synthetic chemical cleaning agents.

– Soap nuts are a real answer and solution for sensitive skin types, and also sufferers of eczema, rosacea and psoriasis that are commonly irritated by commercial detergent chemicals.

– Recent independent US laboratory toxicology testing has determined in ocular tests that saponin is “minimally irritating”. When compared to to major leading detergent brands the saponin-based was the least irritating of all tested.

– NaturOli wins a “Green Dot Award” for their work with soap nuts and saponin. In the jury’s own words, “NaturOli green detergents and cleansers. Use of saponin, which is derived naturally from soap nuts, is possibly the most significant green innovation in history for everyday household cleaning needs.”

– Soap nuts are gentle enough for infant skin and fantastic for laundering diapers and removal of odors.

– Although soap nuts are known to be an aid to healthier hair and scalp, there is no hard evidence of it preventing hair loss.

– They have been virtually unknown outside of Southeast Asia, yet can dramatically and positively impact the entire global environment.

– Soap nuts are naturally anti-fungal and anti-microbial.

– Saponin is an extremely effective and safe and chemical free pesticide and insect repellent.

– Soap nuts are hypoallergenic. Many people develop skin irritations and have allergic reactions to detergents due to the hazardous synthetic chemicals and fragrances in commercial detergents and additives. Continued exposure to such chemicals has led to new conditions such as Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS). This ongoing chemical exposure is affecting our immune systems in ways we may not fully understand for decades. Soap nuts are free of all such synthetic chemicals.

– Soap nuts are extremely versatile. They can be used for laundry, personal care and numerous everyday-cleaning needs.

– Soap nuts are easily converted to powder or liquid forms at home for a multitude of uses.

– The shelf life of non-preserved homemade soap nut liquids is very short. Care must be taken to prevent homemade liquids from becoming rancid. Freezing is one of the best options.

– Highly concentrated soap nut liquid (saponin) extract is available. It has an absolute minimal carbon footprint with tremendous natural cleaning power.

– Based upon study of Material Safety Data Sheets some Asian soap nut liquid producers have been reportedly using less than environmentally or healthy saponin extraction processes. Such processes will typically involve use of powerful and hazardous chemical solvents that will contaminate the liquid.

– NaturOli unveils EXTREME 18X. This is a saponin-based, ultra-concentrated liquid laundry detergent and cleaner. As little as one-half teaspoon is required for a typical load of laundry. This is the most concentrated detergent presently on the market available for consumers.

– Soap nuts virtually eliminate the need, and the expense, for laundry additives, fabric softeners and dryer sheets.

– Soap nuts are far more economical per load than mainstream commercial detergents and particularly so-called natural detergents.

– Being so mild, soap nuts help maintain fabric structure. They are highly effective, yet very gentle. They naturally help reduce static cling. Ideal for fine fabrics, silks and wools.

– Shelf life of raw, dried soap nuts is extremely long (many years) when properly stored (simply kept dry or sealed in an air-tight container).

– Soap nuts do not pollute water; resolves issues of grey water and are great for septic systems. They are 100% biodegradable and excellent for composting.

– Neither fossil fuels nor chemicals are used to grow soap nuts, or to process saponin extractions – essentially no energy is required. Soap nuts grow in the wild and are fully sustainable.

– NaturOli unveils the first cold-processed, hand-poured, saponin and olive soap bar for retail sales.

– Since soap nuts are primarily a resource from emerging nations, increased demand will provide a needed economic stimulus in these areas.

– Soap nuts trees grow in typically undesirable and often useless lands with poor soil conditions. Increased demand will encourage increased cultivation elsewhere in the world.

– The forestation of near barren, unproductive lands with soap nut trees will aid in the reversal of Co2 accumulation.

– Although time tested for safety for thousands of years, soap nuts and saponin are just beginning to be studied in depth to determine all their potential natural benefits. We will still be learning for decades to come and are only scratching the surface of all the potential benefits and uses.

– Paramount Pictures chooses NaturOli’s EXTREME 18X to be included in their care packages to be distributed to the homeless and communities in needs in the Los Angeles, CA area as part of their 15th annual Viacommunity Day.

– Selling soap nuts has been reported to be in the top 100 new business opportunities.

– Some exporters and sellers of soap nuts have been discovered falsely representing and selling sapindus trifoliatus as “certified organic” sapindus mukorossi. The inferior variety was also found to not be de-seeded. The seed is approximately half the weight of the soap nut and has no cleaning value. The organic claim has not been able to be verified.

– Soap nut tree saplings are beginning to be found offered by various tree farms and tree retailers in the US. Demand has far outweighed supply and most sellers offering the soap nut tree saplings have waiting lists.

– Sapindus Mukorossi trees typically take nine to ten years to begin producing fruits.

– Five US universities have begun offering saponin-based detergents in their laundries as a genuinely natural alternative to typical commercial detergents for the rapidly growing number of health and environmentally minded students.

– Use of soap nut liquid as a dishwasher detergent has had mixed reviews. Most of those reporting good results have taken additional steps and used additives. The type of dishwasher and the viscosity of the liquid used appear to be important variables.

Update:
For Immediate Release –
FEBRUARY 1, 2010: EXTREME 18X Soap Nuts Liquid Detergent Concentrate wins NaturOli its second “Green Dot Award” for the unprecedented reduction of the carbon footprint, toxic chemicals and waste products created by the manufacture, packaging and transport of detergent products.