Did you know that skin is the largest organ of the body? And everything you put on it can be potentially absorbed by the body? Most commercial soaps are laden with questionable chemicals and toxins that the should be avoided. Natural soap, on the other hand, is made with pure and natural ingredients (most, if not all are food grade), are beneficial to the skin and have the ability to thoroughly cleanse while not stripping the skin of its natural oils. So why should you use natural soap? The main benefits can be summarized as follows:
Benefits of using natural soap:
1 – Glycerine, Glycerine, Glycerine!
Glycerine is a natural emollient moisturizing substance produced during the soap making process and natural soap is full of it. Glycerine also acts as a humectant and may help to alleviate dry skin and irritation caused by commercial soap.
2- Natural Ingredients
Many natural soap makers use natural food grade oils and other natural ingredients to create their soap products such as: olive oil, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, shea butter, mango butter, almond oil, essential oils and clays, etc.
3- No Harmful Chemicals
Natural soap does not contain any harmful synthetic ingredients or chemicals. On the other hand, since most commercial soap manufacturers remove the natural glycerine produced during processing , cheaper chemicals or synthetics are added to make up for this loss. Some of these additives can be quite toxic as well as drying and irritating to skin. A few of these ingredients are:
- Triclosan – an antibacterial and preservative ingredient used in antibacterial soaps, deodorants and some home cleaning products. Triclosan can cause skin irritation, organ system toxicity and endocrine disruption.
- Sodium Laurel/Laureth Sulfate (SLS and SLES) – these are chemicals used to facilitate a soaps lathering and foaming ability. The problem is that these chemicals can strip (or dissolve) a skins natural oils causing dry, itchy, irritated skin.
- 1,4 Dioxane – a contaminant used as a solvent in the manufacture of other chemicals and as a laboratory reagent. It is a known irritant and may also cause cancer and organ toxicity. 1,4-Dioxane is not intentionally added, but may occur as an unintentional byproduct in some ingredients, that may be listed on the product label, including:
- polyethylene glycol
- Parabens – Used as a preservative and/or fragrance agent, parabens mimic estrogen and can act as potential hormone (endocrine) system disruptors.
- Synthetic colors/fragrances – Synthetic fragrances often contain phthalates. Phthalates are endocrine disruptors linked to problems of the reproductive system, including decreased sperm motility and concentration in men and genital abnormalities in baby boys. Synthetic colors are often made from coal tar, a highly viscous brown or black liquid made from the destructive distillation of bituminous coal. Coal tar is a known carcinogen.
Since all ingredients are natural there is no harmful effect on the environment , there will be no questionable, toxic ingredients going down the drain into our water supply or septic system.
Natural soap is a product you can feel good about using for both the environment and yourself. Your skin will be thoroughly cleansed and it will feel less dry and itchy. As a result of this enhanced moisture you will find that your skin soft and moisturized and that you won’t have to use as much lotion after using.