SLS, Parabens, Petrochemicals,
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A quick look at the ingredients in commercial soaps
Just for the purpose of comparison. If you don’t want to know best not look.
Sodium Palmate, Sodium Tallowate, Sodium Oleate, Aqua, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Parfum, Sodium Chloride, Pentasodium Pentetate, Pentaerithrityl Tetra-
Aqua, Sodium C12-
Bentonite Clay & Aloe Vera Soap
Sodium olivate, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Sodium cocoate, Sodium palmate, Sodium castorate, Shea butter (in its natural state), Bentonite clay, Sodium lactate, Tocopherol (Natural vitamin E oil). Unscented.
I could go on with links to the chemicals in those lists, check out the rest if you’re so inclined, but after clicking a few you’ll get the idea that some of the stuff that’s added to the products we use are not good. More telling is the information regarding the common impurities in some of those chemicals -
I can buy a lot of those ingredients with potential risks associated with them but I really see no need for them in the soap and quite frankly they make me uncomfortable.
I use Natural Vitamin E (Tocopherol) in three of my soaps, it acts as an antioxidant and is great for skin, as most people know. So given the choice of antioxidants -
I don’t and won’t put anything in the soap that I wouldn’t use on my family or myself. I was asked to make soap that smelled of some berry or other but that would mean I would have to use synthetic fragrance oils -
In the safety assessments of some of those chemicals some are said to be ‘Low risk’, some are above ‘Moderate risk’ but are used anyway (though there’ll be limit set on how much). Some are stated as ‘Not thought to be a carcinogen’, ‘Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful’ -
My principle is that if an ingredient has no real benefit to the end user then it needn’t be in the product. I’m not writing all this as a scare tactic marketing strategy, I’m just pointing out that there are things in personal care products that are best not used on skin. It isn’t a secret and there’s plenty of information on the internet -
A balanced view
To bring some balance -
|On the curing rack|