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You may want to consider organic soap after reading the list of ingredients below which come from a popular brand of commercially made soap.
Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Tallowate, Water, Sodium Isethionate, Coconut Acid, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Dodecylbenzenesulfonate, Sodium Cocoate or Sodium Palm Kernelate, Fragrance, Sodium Chloride, Mineral Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Titanium Dioxide,
Trisodium EDTA, Trisodium Etidronate, BHT,
D&C Yellow No. 11, D&C Red No. 17.
Now a list of ingredients in bar of organic soap I recently purchased:
Saponified organic coconut, palm and olive oils, all containing their glycerin, water, organic hemp, organic jojoba oil, organic lavendin and lavender oils, salt, citric acid and Vitamin E.
That's better. Simple, pure, easy to understand organic ingredients.
Ok, which soap would you rather use on your skin?
The first brand looks like a long list of chemicals with a few natural ingredients thrown in.
This is an easy choice for me. I'll take the organic soap. But to be fair not all the ingredients in the first brand are troublesome, some have natural sources with chemical sounding names.
For me it comes down to this: There are no organic ingredients in the first soap. There are ingredients which I find questionable such as fragrance, mineral oil, BHT and synthetic colors. See
nontoxic skin care
for more information. It contains animal ingredients [sodium tallowate, a combination of beef tallow and lye]. Click for more information on
in skin care products. And a deal breaker for me, this company does animal testing.
A little soap info:
Soap making or saponification occurs when vegetable oils or fats from an animal source are heated together with an alkali, lye. For a soft or liquid soap the lye is potassium hydroxide and for hard soap it's sodium hydroxide. The product of this mixture is soap, glycerin and water.
Many natural soaps retain the glycerin in their soaps for it's moisturizing benefits. Glycerin is a valuable product on it's own so in many commercial soaps it is often removed and sold separately.
All soaps are made with lye but if the soap is made right there is little to no lye left, in the final product. The lye is actually neutralized during this process. Soap does not have to be labeled as containing lye. In the first soap, lye is part of sodium tallowate - a combination of beef tallow and sodium hydroxide and in the organic soap it is listed as saponified oil - a combination of lye and oil.
Lye or alkali is usually formed when you run electricity through salt water to form potassium hydroxide. When too much alkali or lye is left in soap it can be harsh and dry.
Synthetic ingredients are common in both bar and liquid soaps that are commercially made.
They are added to act as a water softener, bacterial, preservative, coloring or fragrance. Sometimes they can make the soap more drying and may cause irritation in some people.
Natural soaps are very different as you can already see by their label. A great combination of oils are the base.
Organic coconut oil is popular for its ability to create a thick foamy lather and good cleaning properties but it can be drying by itself so usually additions of moisturizing oil like olive, almond or jojoba oils are used.
Other organic additions are botanicals, essential oils, seeds, grains and even chocolate.
Check out the many websites that sells natural and organic soaps?
Today there are so many different companies creating beautiful luxurious, soaps to meet any need you might have. It's really hard to make a decision with so many choices available. So experiment and enjoy.
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