For thousands of years, people had relied on bar soap to keep good hygiene and ward off sickness. In 1865, that all changed. A man named William Shepphard patented liquid soap. A few years later, Minnetonka Corporation had made Sheppherd’s liquid soap world-renowned, and extremely popular. It was called SoftSoap. And it's still around today, causing cancer and poisoning clueless consumers.The battle between bar and liquid soap had officially begun.
Liquid soaps have become, over the years, the soap of choice. The switch from bar to liquid soap has been driven by the fear of bacteria on the bar itself. But, that’s ridiculous because soap, by nature, kills bacteria.
Technically, chemists have shown why. Soap molecules are electrically charged salts that surround and destroy bacteria and virus’. These destroyer molecules and protectors of health are called micelles.
Large companies however, began to stress that liquid soap was more
hygienic. This was a sales ploy.
Bar soap is made from a combination of fat/oil (like olive oil, shea butter, coconut oil, etc.) and an alkali (traditionally lye). The lye reacts with the oils, turning what starts out as liquid into solid soap. When made properly, no lye remains in the finished product. This makes a traditional bar of soap super sensitive, moisturizing, and nourishing to the skin. Unlike liquid soaps; which are loaded with emulsifying agents and stabilizers that are known to cause cancer and disrupt your hormones. These product's aren't technically 'soap' either, they're a 'detergent'.
According to the FDA, "Today there are very few true soaps on the market. Most body cleansers, both liquid and solid, are actually synthetic detergent products. Detergent cleansers are popular because they make suds easily in water and don't form gummy deposits. Some of these detergent products are actually marketed as "soap" but are not true soap according to the regulatory definition of the word."
Liquid soaps are made of petroleum based synthetic surfactants, which of course, come with their own set of environmental impacts. Not to mention, added fragrance, emulsifying agents and stabilizers, which end up in our oceans, lakes, and even our tap water.
Liquid soap offers no benefits to the consumer.
There's a lot of misinformation about soap out there, but it's super simple. Traditional bar soap is the most effective combat against dangerous bacteria and viruses. It effectively removes dirt and bacteria from all surfaces.
According to the New York Times "A drop of ordinary soap diluted in water is sufficient to rupture and kill many types of bacteria and viruses, including the new coronavirus that is currently circling the globe."
With an oversaturated market of deceiving products, it's difficult to find a soap that's not only legit with real ingredients, but one that you enjoy.