5 Incredible Chinese Herbs Found in Handmade Soap

Chinese herbs have transcended their traditional uses and culinary applications to find a place in other unexpected areas, such as soap making. The incorporation of these herbs in soap not only provides physical cleansing but also offers spiritual benefits through the aromatic and therapeutic properties of the herbs. This innovative use of Chinese herbs showcases their adaptability and the diverse ways in which they can enhance different aspects of our daily lives.

Incorporating Chinese herbs into soap making can provide not only a unique and exotic touch but also potential benefits for the skin. Here are five amazing Chinese herbs frequently found in Bencao Herbalist handmade soaps.




Mugwort, a common weed found in many gardens, is often seen as a nuisance due to its ability to overtake other plants. However, don't underestimate it based on its appearance. Mugwort is a potent ingredient used in various Asian skincare products, which might explain the radiant skin seen in that region.

Here's why mugwort, or Artemisia Vulgaris, is highly valued in skincare:

  • Rich in antioxidants, mugwort helps shield the skin from free radicals' harm.
  • Contains artemisinin, a compound with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, aiding in calming irritated skin and reducing inflammation—perfect for sensitive or acne-prone skin.
  • Promotes skin healing by stimulating the generation of new skin cells

You can find this ingredient in our Mugwort & Lemongrass soap



    Gromwell roots

    Gromwell root, also known as Lithospermum erythrorhizon, is a natural ingredient that has been used in traditional medicine and skincare for centuries. When added to soap, gromwell root offers a variety of skin benefits.

    • Anti-inflammatory properties soothe irritated skin.
    • Rich in antioxidants for skin protection.
    • Antibacterial and antifungal properties combat acne.
    • Moisturizing properties hydrate skin.
     You can find this ingredient in our  Gromwell soap





    Calendula officinalis, also known as pot marigold, originates from the Mediterranean region and is recognized for its vibrant flowers and pleasant herbal scent. Calendula is widely used in Asian skin care products. Calendula extract is commonly found in cosmetics and is renowned for its skin benefits, such as addressing acne and irritation. Considered safe and endorsed by the World Health Organization, this ingredient is frequently included in skincare products designed for sensitive skin.

    • Rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, calendula extract is valued for its ability to soothe and heal the skin, making it a sought-after ingredient in skincare formulations.
    • Beyond its topical benefits, calendula is also known for its antifungal and antibacterial properties, making it a versatile addition to products targeting a range of skin concerns.
    • Due to its gentle nature and minimal risk of causing adverse reactions, calendula is favored by those with sensitive skin or conditions such as eczema or psoriasis.
    • Whether used in creams, lotions, or serums, the inclusion of calendula extract underscores a commitment to harnessing the power of natural ingredients for healthier, more radiant skin.
    You can find this ingredient in our Calendula Aloe soap and Sleepy Time soap



      Ginger soap is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, which can help in reducing redness and swelling, making it advantageous for acne and eczema-prone skin.

      • The antioxidants found in ginger soap assist in fighting against free radicals, which are known to accelerate skin aging.
      • Regular use of ginger soap can enhance skin health and radiance by leveraging its soothing and anti-aging qualities.

      You can find this ingredient in our Ginger Honey Lemon soap




       Turmeric is a powerful natural ingredient known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, making it a popular choice in skincare products. When combined with ginger in soap making, these two ingredients can work together to help brighten the skin, reduce dark spots, and soothe skin rashes.

      • Turmeric brightens skin and evens out tone, promoting clearer skin.
      • Turmeric soap can help wounds heal faster.
      • The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric reduce skin inflammation.
      • Turmeric can speed up the skin's ability to generate new tissue.

      You can find this ingredient in our Turmeric Honey soap and Orange Patchouli soap