Whether its dishwashing, hand, body or even clothing, what is in your soap should be of big concern to you and your family. As you know, skin is the biggest organ (integumentary system) and is super absorbent.
If you are living an organic lifestyle, then I am sure you watch what you eat and what you are absorbing systemically. But for those who don’t, you will be alarmed at what ingredients soaps contain.
Conventional Soaps can contain Triclosan, Dioxane, Sodium laurel sulfate (SLS), Diethanolamine (or DEA), Formaldehyde, Parabens, Fragrance, PEG 6 and more. I’ve listed some of them individually below with synonyms so you can read the label on products and have a better understanding of what you are looking for. Knowledge is power!
Triclosan – Triclosan is an antibacterial agent and preservative used in personal care and home cleaning products; persistent in the environment and may be associated with endocrine (hormonal) toxicity. Synonyms are:
2,4,4′-TRICHLORO-2′-HYDROXY DIPHENYL ETHER; 5-CHLORO-2- (2,4-DICHLOROPHENOXY) – PHENOL; 5-CHLORO-2- (2,4-DICHLOROPHENOXY) PHENOL; PHENOL, 5-CHLORO-2- (2,4-DICHLOROPHENOXY) -; PHENOL, 5CHLORO2 (2,4DICHLOROPHENOXY) ; 2,4,4′-TRICHLORO-2′-HYDROXYDIPHENYL ETHER; 5-CHLORO-2- (2,4-DICHLOROPHENOXY) PHENOL; CH 3565; IRGASAN; IRGASAN DP300; PHENOL, 5-CHLORO-2- (2,4-DICHLOROPHENOXY).
Dioxane – Dioxane is a chemical is an unwanted byproduct of an ingredient processing method called ethoxylation. Synonyms are:
1,4-DIETHYLENE DIOXIDE; 1,4-DIOXACYCLOHEXANE; DI (ETHYLENE OXIDE) ; DIETHYLENE DIOXIDE; DIETHYLENE DIOXIDE (OSHA) ; DIETHYLENE ETHER; DIOKAN; DIOKSAN (POLISH) ; DIOSSANO-1,4 (ITALIAN) ; DIOXAAN-1,4 (DUTCH) ; DIOXAN.
Sodium laurel sulfate – Sodium laurel sulfate is a widely used and inexpensive chemical found in many mainstream personal hygiene products such as shampoos, toothpaste, mouthwashes, body wash, soaps, detergents, and body wash. Synonyms are:
MONODODECYL ESTER SODIUM SALT SULFURIC ACID; SODIUM DODECYL SULFATE; SODIUM DODECYL SULPHATE; SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE; SODIUM SALT SULFURIC ACID, MONODODECYL ESTER; SULFURIC ACID MONODODECYL ESTER SODIUM SALT; SULFURIC ACID, MONODODECYL ESTER, SODIUM SALT; AI3-00356; AKYPOSAL SDS; AQUAREX ME; AQUAREX METHYL.
Diethanolamine (DEA) – Diethanolamine is a chemical that is used as a foaming agent in soaps, shampoo, and as a thickener for conditioners and similar products. Synonyms are:
2,2′-DIHYDROXYDIETHYLAMINE; 2,2′-IMINOBISETHANOL; 2,2′-IMINODIETHANOL; DEA (EWG) ; ETHANOL, 2,2 IMINOBIS; N,N-DIETHANOLAMINE; 2,2′-DIHYDROXYDIETHYLAMINE; 2,2′-IMINOBISETHANOL; 2,2′-IMINODIETHANOL; 2- (2-HYDROXYETHYLAMINO) ETHANOL; BIS (2-HYDROXYETHYL) AMINE.
Formaldehyde – Formaldehyde is a preservative. Synonyms are:
DMDM hydantoin, Imidazolidinyl urea, Diazolidinyl urea, Quaternium-15, Bronopol (2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol ), 5-Bromo-5-nitro-1,3-dioxane, Hydroxymethylglycinate .
Parabens – Parabens are chemicals that have been used to prevent bacteria and act as a preservative in deodorants, lotions, lipsticks, shampoos, scrubs, and more. Synonyms are:
4-HYDROXY- PROPYL ESTER BENZOIC ACID; 4-HYDROXYBENZOIC ACID, PROPYL ESTER; 4-HYDROXYBENZOIC ACID, PROPYL ESTER, SODIUM SALT; BENZOIC ACID, 4-HYDROXY-, PROPYL ESTER; BENZOIC ACID, 4-HYDROXY-, PROPYL ESTER, SODIUM SALT; BENZOIC ACID, 4HYDROXY, PROPYL ESTER; BENZOIC ACID, 4HYDROXY, PROPYL ESTER, SODIUM SALT; POLYPARABEN; POTASSIUM PROPYLPARABEN; POTASSIUM SALT PROPYLPARABEN; PROPYL 4-HYDROXYBENZOATE.
Fragrance – Fragrance is a mixture with various scents that make up a scent for personal care products. Synonyms are:
OXIRANE; 1,2-EPOXYAETHAN (GERMAN) ; 1,2-EPOXYETHANE; AETHYLENOXID (GERMAN) ; ALPHA,BETA-OXIDOETHANE; AMPROLENE; ANPROLENE; ANPROLINE; DIHYDROOXIRENE; DIMETHYLENE OXIDE; E.O.
All of these chemicals above are going into our eco-system. Think about it, when you wash, the lather goes down the drain along with the pollutants.
So what are you looking for? Soap that is without chemicals, additives, animal products and are cruelty-free. Natural soaps are normally made with ingredients such as botanical oils such as palm, coconut, jojoba, olive oil and more. Natural soaps do not wash away your natural oils, which is helpful for psoriasis, skin eczema and for people with sensitive skin. And don’t worry if your soap lathers as it might have an ingredient called Bentonite clay in it. Bentonite clay binds with and removes toxins from the body.
You can make your own natural soap and here are 3 methods:
Melt and Pour method – Buy a pre-made soap base, melt the soap base into a liquid, add extra ingredients like soap dye, essential oils, herbs, and nutrients. Then you’ll pour the soap into a mold, decorate it and let it harden. No patience needed here because as soon as it hardens, you can use it.
Cold Process method – Is mixing fixed oils like Olive, Coconut or Palm Oil with an alkali (Sodium Hydroxide or Lye). The process called Saponification where oils change with the help of Sodium Hydroxide or Lye to create a bar of soap. This process takes approx. 4 to 6 weeks of curing and can be dangerous due to the chemical process. Limiting design options are available and when creating cold press soaps when using fragrance oils, essential oils, and colorants. The soapqueen.com explains more in depth about this process, dangers, safety, and tools needed. In this process, patience is needed.
Hot Process method – This method entails melting the oils and blend in the lye solution without having to check temperatures. This method requires blending it until thick and then cooking it until it’s super thick. Then scoop it into a mold and let cool. You can cut it as soon as it’s hard and that’s why it is a perfect no patience method.