Mohalalitoe makes its mark!

Mohalalitoe makes its mark!

ROMA -WHEN we said the National University of Lesotho (NUL)-made Mohalalitoe soap was the best available soap for your skin in Lesotho, perhaps you were sceptical.
It turns out you were not alone.
Two brilliant NUL Chemical Technology students, Limakatso Nthethe and Sepheka Ntjana, were not only sceptical – they set out to prove us wrong.
They ended proving us right.
Today we are going to examine, in detail, the ten areas in which these scientists tested Mohalalitoe against five other South African made commercial soaps.
Lesotho is hardly making its own soap, apart from insignificant efforts here and there.
In fact almost all soap used in Lesotho is imported from South Africa. Mohalalitoe is meant to change that reality.
Their verdict?
Wait for it.

Mohalalitoe beat them all.
Don’t forget, we are talking about some of the best brands whose names we just won’t mention.
However, you don’t have to believe these folks.
In fact, you don’t even have to understand the 10 tested factors in order to believe us.
You just have to use Mohalalitoe and you will know what we are talking about.
Let’s take each of the factors, one at time.
We will start with five factors tested by Limakatso Nthethe.

l Percentage Chloride: A high percentage of chlorides leads to cracking of soap, which is undesirable. Some soap manufacturers put chlorides in their soap to make it harder. Of the five soaps, Mohalalitoe had the lowest percentage of chloride. It maintains the right hardness without chemicals, Nthethe found out.

l PH: High PH creates dry skin. Mohalalitoe was not only within the recommended PH, it was the second best in terms of PH, being beaten by only one of the five soaps.

l Moisture content: Soap with low moisture content has the highest shelf-life (they spend more time on the shop shelves without going bad). Again, Mohalalitoe had the lowest moisture content of them all.
“It could be due to the way Mohalalitoe is manufactured, it spends more than three dozen days where it is allowed to mature before it is sold,” Nthethe said.

l Foam stability: This factor measures how long it takes for a foam from soap to last before it disappears. If the foam lasts long, that means it would clean more. In this case, Mohalalitoe was number 3, beaten by two other soaps. However, others might have had a better foam stability because of their use of harsh chemicals.

l Saponification value: This measures how well oils used to make soaps will react with alkaline liquids also used in soap-making. If the value is high, it means the oils react well with the liquids. Mohalalitoe oils had a well acceptable value. Since this value is based on the oils used in soap-making, comparing with other soaps was not feasible because soap-makers often hide some of their raw materials.
We then take five more factors as tested by Sepheka Ntjana.

l Total fatty matter: This is one of the most important ways to gauge the usefulness of soap. It is so important that it is used as a means to measure soap quality, with grade A (75-100%) being the best, grade B (60-74%) being medium quality and grade C (50-69%) being the not-so-good. Well, Mohalalitoe received a score of 92%, beating all the soaps in terms of quality. It was followed by another with 81% and some went as far as ranging in the 60s.

l Free caustic alkali: This measures the abrasiveness of any given soap. Free alkali has a tendency to attack important soap oils. Soaps without free alkali are good because excess free alkali can also cause skin itching. Here Mohalalitoe and one other soap were tied up in the first position.

l Foam height: Foam height indicates presence of additives that lead to big foams. Mohalalitoe, which does not depend on chemical additives, had a moderate foam height, which was a good sign. It was beaten by one soap only.

l Effectiveness of cleaning: With this factor, your first guess is the right guess. It measures the effectiveness of a soap to do what we buy it for. How well does it clean? Well, as you may have guessed, Mohalalitoe beat all the soaps. It was the best cleaner among the rest.

l Matter insoluble in alcohol (MIA): It is the parameter that is used to determine the purity of soap. It measures non-soap ingredients known as builders or fillers such as sodium silicate, sodium phosphate and sodium carbonates (they can be used to make soap cheaper). Soap with high MIA value suggests that it contains a high level of theses impurities.
“Mohalalitoe had the lowest MIA, implying the lowest content of impurities among all the soaps,” Ntjana said.
With Mohalalitoe, we are only getting started.

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