Illustration for the free soap samples page at Free Samples 360What are free soap samples or free body wash samples, and why do the major soap companies offer them, whether bar soap, liquid soap, antibacterial soap and so on? One reason is the obvious, namely they want new consumers to try out their soap, especially if there is a new brand or formulation coming out. So offering free soap samples by mail, or even in-store, gets people to try and perhaps like the new product for which the free soap sample was offered.

Soap is not a particularly expensive product, so consumers usually do not mind paying money to try out something. However, the big barrier for the soap brands is not that consumers feel too cash strapped to buy new soaps, but rather that they already have something they like, so no reason to try something new. This is where free soap samples, including free hand soap samples, free body soap samples or free body wash samples come in. By offering the free soap samples a consumer is more likely to give a try to the new product. If it is liked, then a new, happy consumer is locked in for a long time. This makes free soap samples, and free body wash samples, promos and freebies a win win for everyone.

But what is soap or body wash, and how does it work? Funny thing, we all use soap every day of our lives, whether bar soap, hand soap, soap hand sanitizer, anti-bacterial soap, anti-acne soap or medicated soap, and body washes, but we never think about what is is doing for us. So when in writing this blog page in our free samples blog, I decided that I would provide some research and explanation of the ingredients in soap, and how soap works – whether of the free soap samples variety or just what you’d normally shop for and buy. First the ingredients, soap or body wash basically is made out of either sodium fatty acid salts or potassium fatty acid salts, which are the most important ingredients in soap. The cleaning action of soap is possible because soap is an emulsifier, which means that it can allow two substances to mix when they usually would not (such as oil/water).

In addition to the sodium or potassium fatty acid salts, there are several other important ingredients in soap. Today, soaps are made from fats and oils, which react with lye. Fats are solid and used to make hard bar soaps, while oils are used to make softer, more gentle soaps. Commercial bar soaps often have colors or scents added to them during production. For example, Irish Spring soap may have a green color, so naturally that gets added in production.

Continuing on with our “free soap samples” explanation, Soap works by forming spherical clusters of soap molecules called “micelles.” The micelles of soap repel each other and stay suspended in the water. When the micelles come into contact with dirt or grime, the micelles break up the oil molecules. This causes another type of micelle to be formed. The new micelle has soap molecules around the outside of the sphere, with the dirt or grease molecules in the center of the sphere. This allows the entire micelle, including the dirt, to be washed away by water. Without using soap, there would be no micelles, and it would be difficult or impossible to wash away oily residue with only water.

To find free soap samples and free body wash samples, freebies, promotional samples etc., among the sources may be newspaper inserts, soap coupons offered in mailers or mail inserts, look online, including at links you may find around Free Samples 360, also big soap manufacturers websites sometimes may have direct to consumer free soap samples offers. Among the leading soap brands for which free soap samples may be offered are Ivory soap from Proctor & Gamble, Irish Mist, Lava, Dial, Camay, Coast, Zest, Casswell-Massey, Dove soap, Safeguard, Sunlight, Pure & Natural, Imperial Leather, Lever 2000 from Unilever, Lux and so on. Shop, wash and enjoy!