Want to know more about what is in your soap?
Know what you are putting on your body.
What are you washing your body with every day? That is the question I asked many years ago and found a lot I didn't like. Why would a soap company put the chemicals they do in their soaps? Why would you "clean" your body with those chemicals and pollute the environment with those chemicals?
If you look past the claims made on TV by big companies telling you how good their soap is for you, you will find the real problems. The skin is the largest organ in the body and should be cared for properly. Store bought soaps claim to moisturize your skin and make it "healthy".
Most soaps actually should be called detergents because they contain lathering and sudsing agents.
What is in those soaps/detergents that you use on your kids and your loved ones?
These are just a few chemicals used in store bought soap.
1,4 Dioxane The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies 1,4-dioxane as “likely to be carcinogenic to humans” which means that there is some evidence that the chemical can cause cancer. Please read the website for more information.
Triclosan Some short-term animal studies have shown that exposure to high doses of triclosan is associated with a decrease in the levels of some thyroid hormones
Parabens are a group of chemicals widely used as artificial preservatives in cosmetic and body care products since the 1920s. Since cosmetics contain ingredients that can biodegrade, these chemicals are added to prevent and reduce the growth of harmful bacteria and mold, increasing the shelf life of the product. The concern with these chemicals is that scientific studies suggest that parabens can disrupt hormones in the body and harm fertility and reproductive organs, affect birth outcomes, and increase the risk of cancer. They can also cause skin irritation. Moreover, studies have detected parabens in nearly all urine samples taken from adults in the U.S., regardless of demographic (Ye 2006).
Given the endocrine disruption capacity and documented female and male reproductive harm, coupled with the potential for repeated lifelong exposure, it is clear that long-chain parabens (isobutyl-, butyl-, isopropyl- and propylparaben) should not be used in personal care or cosmetic products. Further, products can be made without these chemicals.
So why do they use these chemicals? Its cheaper and easier to use them than to use real, non-GMO chemical laden materials in your skin care.
What can you do about this? I asked that question and made a decision I would no longer use or allow my family to use those "skin care" products.
Companies would rather increase profits than put a good quality, healthy product on the shelves.
What did I do to solve this problem? I started a many year process of getting the best products and recipe to make my soap. I use only the highest quality materials which include olive oil, coconut oil, mango butter, shea butter, lye and water. We do add fragrance oil and charcoal to add some cleaning power and make the bars smell wonderful. I have used these products on my family and myself for over 10 years.
Do you ever wonder why your skin cracks in the winter? It does have to do with the cold but it also have to do with the soap you use. Above I wrote about some of the chemicals that are in store bought soaps. Some of those dry your skin and help promote your skin to crack during the cold winter months. I won't tell you my soaps will completely stop this process but I have had no issues with cracking/dry skin in winter since I started making and using my soaps.
If you want a product that I stand behind and use on my children look no further. Check out my soaps and give them a try. They are long lasting and have been tested on adults and children. We use organic materials that are cruelty free and never tested on animals.