The truth about soap

The vast majority of the products on the shelf don’t say soap on their labels. They might be called beauty bars, moisturizing bars, or body bars, but not soap. That’s because these aren’t actually soap and can’t legally claim to be. They are detergents. Many of these products contain synthetic lathering agents and harsh chemicals. Many “soaps” contain triclosan which is a toxic chemical known to cause cancer. Other bad things in these products are phthalates which are linked to reproductive disorders and parabens which links to cancer.

The alternative is natural, organic, handmade soap. These soap bars are good for your skin and are good for the planet.

1. Dr. Bronner’s: Their classic liquid and bar soaps are certified under the USDA National Organic Program and Fair Trade under IMO’s “Fair for Life” program. The liquid soaps are completely biodegradable and vegetable based.
2. Greenridge Organics: They use organic, certified organics, and wildcrafted ingredients naturally rich in vitamins, minerals, essential oils and phytonutrients.

3. Kiss My Face: They don’t use animal ingredients, there are no artificial colors, and is not tested on animals. It is also 100% biodegradable.

4. Green Soap Inc.,: These soaps are 95% certified organic.
*Look for soap that contains glycerine. Glycerine is a clear liquid that absorbs water from the air and is a key factor in keeping skin soft and healthy. It is especially good for sensitive and delicate skin. Because it is a high quality by-product in the soap making process, many mass commercial soap manufacturers often extract the glycerine and sell it as a by-product to be used in higher priced products like lotions and skin creams.