Our star ingredient: traditional soap
At Jabones Beltrán we use our own handcrafted soap as the main active ingredient, which means there is no need for fabric softeners and your clothes are left clean, soft and lightly perfumed. What is more our soap naturally cleans and cares for your clothes, as well as protecting garment fabrics and your skin and the environment.
All the other ingredients in our formulas are 100% plant sourced and produced from sustainable non-food standard natural resources. We do not use any petrochemical or animal components, which makes our products suitable for vegans and people with sensitive skins and allergies.
Our formulas are 100% free of ethoxylated ingredients, enzymes, palm oil, as well as synthetic preservatives such as BHT or kathon, all of which cause a great many allergies and are found in numerous detergents and cleaning products (even bio-products).
All the perfumes we use are naturally sourced pure essential oils. It is this that makes Biobel products the best in terms of sustainability and effectiveness.
This is a list of the ingredients we use and cite on our product labels. It explains what these ingredients are, where we source them from, and why we use them.
- Plant-based soap: the essential active element for cleaning. 100% plant sourced. We make soaps from coconut, olive and sunflower oils, as well as other special oils and butters, which are always plant-sourced.
These ingredients form part of the detergent formula for our Biobel Baby Clothes and Delicate Garments Detergent, bars of Coconut Soap and Stain Remover spray.
- Non-ionic surfactant: it is an active ingredient that complements the soap formulas. It removes greasy stains and helps solubilize all the ingredients included in the formula. It is 100% plant sourced. It is produced from the inedible parts of non-genetically modified cereal crops.
This ingredient is used in Biobel Washing-up Liquid and Household Cleaner.
- Anionic surfactant: it is an active foaming and degreasing agent made from coconut and palm (RSPO certified, solely derived from sustainable plant resources) derivatives..
The ingredient is used in Biobel Washing-up Liquid.
- Amphoteric surfactant: it is an active foaming and conditioning agent produced from coconut derivatives (RSPO [CHK: – Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil] certified, solely derived from sustainable plant resources).
This ingredient is used in Biobel Washing-up Liquid, Household Cleaner, Glass Cleaner and Dishwasher Rinser.
- Vegetable alcohol: 100% plant sourced ethanol. This is possibly the only alcohol with these characteristics used in Spain for the manufacture of cleaning products. Other manufactures use synthetic bittering agents It is a powerful degreasing agent and natural antimicrobial preservative, and is obtained from cereals and fruits.
This ingredient is used in Biobel Liquid Detergent, Dishwasher Rinser, Glass Cleaner, Household cleaner and Washing-up Liquid.
- Carbonate salts: natural mineral used to regulate the pH level of our formulas. It is used to prevent clothes from fading.
This ingredient is used in Biobel Liquid Detergent.el.
- Essential oil of lavender: an essential oil used to add to scent our formulas. It is made from lavandin grosso.
This ingredient is used in Biobel Liquid Detergent and bars of Coconut Soap.
- Linalool: is 100% naturally sourced organic aromatic molecule that is present in numerous natural perfumes and essential oils, as well as the aromatic parts of plants. It is found in essential oils such as lavender and rosemary, amongst others.
This ingredient is used in Biobel bars of Coconut Soap, Liquid Detergent and Household Cleaner.
- Vegetable glycerine: is 100% plant sourced humectant and softening agent that helps disperse soap over the surfaces it is applied to.
This ingredient is used in Biobel bars of Coconut Soap, Baby Clothes and Delicate Garments Detergent and Washing-up Liquid
- Aloe vera extract: concentrated natural extract with moisturizing, softening and soothing properties. It is obtained from the juice extracted from the green leaves of the aloe vera plant. It is grown in Spain
This ingredient is used in Biobel Baby Clothes and Delicate Garments detergent.
- Citric acid: is a natural sequestrant (it binds the calcium and magnesium ions in water to avoid limescale deposits). It is also a good pH regulator and antimicrobial preservative. It is obtained from the fermentation of non-genetically modified maize using other non-genetically modified substances and substrates..
This ingredient is used in Biobel Baby Clothes and Delicate Garments detergent, Washing-up Liquid, Household Cleaner, Glass Cleaner and Dishwasher Rinser.
- Sodium cocoate: coconut oil soap. Excellent foaming and degreasing agent that removes persistent stains following soaking and rubbing. In cosmetic use it works as an excellent foaming agent. It is made from coconuts grown in the Philippines.
This ingredient is used in Biobel bars of Coconut Soap, Baby Clothes and Delicate Garments detergent.
- Tocopherol: is a form of vitamin E that acts a powerful antioxidant preservative, which is 100% naturally sourced from non-plant oils.
This ingredient is used in Biobel bars of Coconut Soap.
- Plant sourced potassium soap: an excellent and potent degreasing plant soap. It is used in detergents and is made from non-GMO olive and sunflower oils and derivatives.
This ingredient is used in Biobel Stain Remover and Liquid Detergent.
- Essential oil of lemon: an essential oil used to add to scent our formulas. It is made from lemon trees and is 100% sourced in Spain.ñol.
The ingredient is used in Biobel Washing-up Liquid.
- Essential oil of citronella: an essential oil used to add to scent our formulas. It is an effective natural disinfectant.
This ingredient is used in Biobel Household Cleaner.
- Sea salt: Organically certified, culinary grade natural mineral. Produced in the Ebro Delta Natural Park, Biosphere Reserve.
This is the only ingredient used in Biobel Dishwasher Salt.
- Sodium percarbonate: a powerful mineral that acts as an oxidizing agent to bring out the whiteness and brightness of even the most well-worn garments
This is the only ingredient used in Biobel Oxygen Whitener.
What are ethoxylated ingredients?
Ethoxylation is a process in which synthetically sourced ethylene oxide is added to plant or petrochemical-sourced raw materials in order to make them more effective and compatible with water. It is a type of organic synthesis frequently encountered in surfactants, the principal active agents used in the manufacture of cleaning and cosmetic products.
In conventional detergent formulas, it is commonplace for the majority of the surfactants to be ethoxylated. However, this can also happen with ecological detergents as plant-sourced ingredients typically need to be ethoxylated in order to achieve a greater cleaning potential. A side effect of ethoxylation, is that the compound becomes less biodegradable and has to be accompanied by risk statements and warnings, which means products containing ethoxylated ingredients are not ideal for a “healthy home”.
In accordance with the regulations that each certification entity established for the limits on the use of these compounds can vary ECOCERT, for example, limits the content of ethylene oxide to a maximum of 2% of the total formula. Furthermore, the use of ethoxylated surfactants must not exceed more than 30% of a formula’s surfactants. Other certification bodies, such as Ecolabel, do not place any direct restriction on the use of ethoxylated derivatives.
Our R+D department have managed to develop Biobel formulas based on new and better plant-based ingredients that are 100% naturally sourced, and have an excellent cleaning power, all without needing to be ethoxylated, nor combined with synthetic additives. Thereby, we attain the highest level of sustainability and effectiveness in our cleaning formulas, and what is just as important, this has no impact on the price of Biobel products.
How can you find these ingredients on the label?
In accordance with the Regulation (EC) No 648/2004 of the European Parliament of 31 March 2004 on detergents, all ingredients included on labels must be classified according to the following percentage ranges:
- < 5%
- between 5-15%
- > 30%
Therefore, any ingredient in a formula whose percentage is over 30%, as is the case with our Biobel Oxygen Whitener, whose sole ingredient is sodium percarbonate must be identified as >30% even though its real percentage is 100%.
The failure to declare an ingredient in accordance with the regulations can result in sanctions being imposed on businesses.