What is a soap grade?


A grade 3 soap, notice the 70%T.F.M.

What is a Soap Grade? Some of the soaps we sell at Smelly Good Stuffs are "graded". I did a little research and this is what I found out.

Grade 1 is the highest category laid down by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). The grading of the soap is determined by the percentage of Total Fatty Matter (TFM) in the soap. TFM content is the ratio of mass of the fatty content to the mass of the soap. So, the higher the TFM the better and purer is the soap. The TFM of a Grade 1 soap is minimum 76% with no fillers (least number of additives), thus making it a purer soap. The soap with the higher TFM gives more lather, lasts longer and, more importantly, cleans better.

The goodness of soap lies in the % of TFM contained in it. A high quality (Grade 1) soap has to contain 76%TFM. Least quality soap (Grade 3) at least 60%.

What does ayurvedic mean? Ayurvedic originates from Sanskrit: Ayuh, meaning "life," "life principle," or "long life" and the word Vedah, which refers to a system of "knowledge." Thus "Ayurveda" roughly translates as the "knowledge of life" or "knowledge of a long life".

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