soap substitute refers to detergents or cleansing creams, other than soap , for cleaning the skin , especially removing greasy films or glandular exudates. [1] Soap substitutes can be made from a variety of sources including high saponin levels. Soap substitutes should not be confused with natural cleaning products .

Plants with high saponin levels are sufficient to contain saponins in sufficient quantities to produce lather (and may be used in shampoos). [2]

Soap substitutes plants

  • The soap plant group (Soap root root, soap plant root, soaproot bulb)
  • Guaiac leaves
  • Papaya leaves
  • Quillaia bark
  • Red campion root and leaves
  • Atriplex root
  • Sapindus fruit
  • Passiflora foetida
  • Alphitonia excelsa
  • Soap pod fruit (various acacias )
  • Mojave yucca root
  • Red Quinoa
  • Soapwort root
  • Our Lord’s Candle root
  • Wild gourd fruit ( Cucurbita foetidissima [?])
  • Coralberry plant
  • Yucca plant

See also

  • Natural cleaning product
  • Vegan soap


  1. Jump up^ Soap substitute definition
  2. Jump up^ The Herb Book by John Lust