16 Aug Why Should I Buy Organic Soap?
“Why should I buy organic soap bars? Why not just use the inexpensive, commercially-produced soap bars found in the supermarket? They keep my hands clean and certainly do smell good!”
You may assume that because commercial hand soap or body soap helps to keep your hands and skin clean and pleasant-smelling, the ingredients in it are all good and healthy for you. Unfortunately, this is almost never true. Many of the chemicals and ingredients that are added to commercial soaps have the ability to seriously damage the human body. The cold hard truth is that most commercially produced soap products found in your local supermarket contain toxic chemicals that harm your body. Although they may keep your hands and skin clean in the short term, it is a fact that they will damage your body to some degree in the long term, especially if they are used on a daily basis.
You may be thinking that it is harmless, since the soap comes in contact with your skin for a brief moment, and is then rinsed off by water. In reality, anything that comes in contact with your skin does not remain on the surface, but actually enters your body through your skin pores. This means that any harmful ingredients in the soap you use on a daily basis will penetrate your skin and make its way directly into your bloodstream.
Let us now get to the toxic ingredients commonly found in soap bars you buy at the supermarket. We will list these harmful ingredients below and provide a brief explanation of what they do to your skin. The chemicals listed may be carcinogens (cancer causing substances), hormone disruptors, toxins (poisons), contaminates, detergents or even petroleum by-products. Some say that they are safe to use on the body in small amounts. But it is hard to tell, and even if they were used in small amounts in soap and skin products, using these products on a daily basis will most likely have a negative effect on your body in the long run. The following is a list of the most common toxic ingredients found in the soap you buy at your local supermarket. This is not an exhaustive list, it mentions only the most common soap ingredients that have been proven to be toxic for the skin.
Toxic Ingredients found in Commercial Hand and Body Soap
This toxic pesticide contains antibacterial properties, and is added to soap bars because it aids in eliminating bacteria from your hands and skin. Sure, this substance kills ‘bad’ bacteria on the skin, but it also tends to kill ‘good’ bacteria as well. The normal, natural bacteria sitting on our skin surface not only helps reduce sweat, but also defends the body against harmful invasive ‘bad’ bacteria. Using Triclosan may kill the good guys, weakening the body. It also tends to create more resistant bad bacteria, just like the overuse of antibiotics does. The triclosan that is absorbed through the skin remains in fatty tissues, gradually weakening your immune system, and could potentially damage your kidneys, liver, lungs and heart. The Triclosan that is not absorbed by the body goes down the drain and directly into the surrounding environment.
This is a synthesized derivative of the coconut fruit that has been scientifically proven to be carcinogenic and has the capacity to cause cancer. It is toxic to the liver, kidneys and brain. Do check the ingredients label of any soap or skin care product for this before you use it on your skin.
3. Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS)
SLS is among the most common ingredients in commercially produced soap. It is known to be carcinogenic when it bonds with other chemicals found in soap. It penetrates the skin rather easily, and this makes your skin vulnerable to all of the other harmful chemicals found in soap. Lab tests on animals revealed that SLS is a reason for organ toxicity, hormone disruptions and mood swings. Studies show that SLS molecules remain in the skin even after you try to wash and rinse your body, and are slowly absorbed by the tissues in the brain, eyes, liver and heart. It even dissolves protein from the skin and body and damages the structure of healthy cells. It reduces any healthy moisture and amino acids from the skin, promotes skin irritation, and disrupts the healthy growth of new skin and hair. The problem is that many commonly-used hand soaps, skin care products and shampoos contain this nasty ingredient.
4. Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate
This causes skin irritation. It also contains ethylene oxide, which is a common cancer-causing substance.
5. Diethanolamine (DEA)
DEA is combined with nitrate preservatives commonly used in soap to become NDEA, which based on scientific evidence has been shown to be associated with kidney and liver cancer.
This is another common ingredient in commercial soap. It makes your immune system weaker, and is also associated with health problems such as heartbeat irregularity, headaches, respiratory problems, among others. This has been found in many soap products, and even in the majority of the world’s leading baby shampoo brands.
Research suggests that parabens are linked to breast cancer and neural problems. They also cause reproductive difficulties in both males and females, and show association with early puberty. Producers of commercial soap are now enforced to mention whether they use this or not on the product label.
Synthetic fragrance is composed of many different chemicals that are harmful to the body, and they are all hidden under the term ‘fragrance’ or ‘perfume’ in the ingredients of soap and other skin care products. The majority of commercial soap contains fragrances for a strongly distinct pleasant smell. However, the term ‘fragrance’ found among the soap’s ingredients is very misleading, since this means many dangerous chemicals have been added to form the soap’s unique smell. Ingredients that make up ‘fragrance’ increase the chances of a wide range of medical issues, including nausea, depression, rashes, obesity, respiratory problems, thyroid problems, infertility, early puberty, diabetes, and even testicular and breast cancer. Fragrance is found in most common hand soaps, body soaps, lotions and shampoos.
9. Propylene, ethylene or butylene
These are petroleum-based plastics that have been shown to easily penetrate the skin through pores and damage the skin’s cell and protein structure. They have also been associated with brain, liver and kidney problems. They are used to give soap its smoothness, but in reality they reduce the moisture of the skin and thus increase wrinkles, aging, and dryness, ironically the exact opposite of what they should be doing in the first place.
10. Synthetic Colors
Many skin care products contain colors, which are actually composed of coal tar or petroleum. They are labeled in the form of FD&C or D&C, and then followed by a number or a certain color. They include heavy metal salts that can cause toxins to enter the skin, making it dry and irritant. Studies on animals revealed that the majority of them are directly associated with cancer and are highly toxic. Any product with color usually contains synthetic colors.
Try All-Organic, Handmade Soap!
Think about this for a moment. If you are ‘cleansing’ your skin and body with soap that is composed of mostly harmful ingredients on a daily basis, this will accumulate over the years to wreak havoc on your skin, body and eventually your overall health. It is up to you to make better informed and proactive decisions as to what you put and what you don’t put on your skin.
After reading the above about all of the different kinds of chemicals found in store-bought soap, you may now want to try out a product that is “organic”. Enhance your health by using high-quality soap and skin products that are free of the above mentioned toxic, hormone-disturbing ingredients. Organic soap is composed of biodegradable ingredients that are produced, harvested or sourced in an environmentally-safe and conscious manner. Unlike harmful chemical ingredients, you can understand these ingredients easily, and how your skin and body will react to them. Try out an all-organic bar of soap that both your body and your skin will be very thankful for.
Organic soap, in contrast to mass-produced soap, is made with care, in small batches, using ingredients that are actually easy to pronounce. Organic soap is composed of ingredients that are readily available in abundance, given to us by “nature” itself. Natural, earth-derived herbs, flowers, fruits, vegetables, clays, essential oils from plants and carrier oils are commonly used in handcrafted soap. These wholesome ingredients have exceptional benefits for the skin, and are truly cleansing, moisturizing, nourishing, rejuvenating and refreshing. Moreover, organic soap tends to have a similar price compared to commercial soap. Don’t take our word for it, try any organic soap, and you will ‘feel’ your skin thank you, as it regains its health, and becomes nourished, glowing and vibrant.