This antimicrobial soap was designed by a cosmetic chemist at the beginning of the COVID 19 pandemic. The recipe was made available to soap makers who were inundated with demand for soap. Soap makers across Europe (and maybe further afield) donated thousands of bars of this particular soap to hospitals, care homes, homeless people and other people in need.
Here is a quote from the Cosmetic Safety Assessment company website.
“Soap is naturally antimicrobial by its nature of action – it is cleansing, mechanically, by the physical action of washing and rinsing, thereby removing surface contamination, and it has surfactant properties that are chemically damaging to microbes.ALL soaps exhibit these properties and are vital in terms of the increased hygiene requirements during the current outbreak.It makes sense, however, that the instant sanitising effect of soap can be augmented by the further addition of agents, synthetic or naturally derived, that stay on the skin, in part, even after rinsing to provide additional protection between washing.Our personal choice of antimicrobial agents is a combination of Lavender and Tea tree essential oils. 3% total – when we wash our hands, it’s estimated that approximately 1% of the product stays on the skin – in terms of essential oils, the simple proof of this is to just smell your hands after washing.”