The natural soap contained in soapberry nuts is called saponin,
and is a truly sustainable alternative for cleaning and washing.
Harvested directly from the trees, soapberry nuts require no alteration to act as a soap. They are also free of artificial foaming agents making them a safer option for your family and the environment. In other words, they’re a truly green product!
and Soapberry Nuts
Sapindus trees produce soapberry nuts each season, which are small, leathery drupes that measure less than 1 inch in diameter and are
yellow-blackish. These little fruits have been harvested by people in Asia and the Americas for centuries as natural cleaning agents because of the surfactants that exist in the pulp.
The Sapindus genus of species includes about five to 12 varieties of shrubs and trees, all of which are commonly referred to as soapberry or soapnut trees because their fruit pulp is used to make soap. Soapberry trees can be either deciduous or evergreen and are found in Asia and the Americas.
Soapberry nuts are wild-harvested, which means they are taken from the ground after they’ve fallen from the soapberry trees. The trees grow naturally in their native habitats, and as such require no chemical fertilizers or pesticides to thrive. In fact, by and large they’re grown organically, with many farms certified by the USDA or Oregon Tilth. What’s more, because of the bad-tasting saponins in soapberries, they are not attractive at all to insect or animal pests.