*This article was made in collaboration for Similar Souls on Fire (https://similarsoulsonfire.com/)
I have been soaping since I was 13. Six years later, I’ve found myself sharing my knowledge and supplying soap to people across the world; from Australia and Indonesia to my own neighbors, here in the States. As a young, award winning entrepreneur, I take pride in providing the best luxury soap to my Soap Club.
Did you know?! The average person encounters over 100 chemicals, before breakfast!! Okay, c’mon guys... We can do SO much better than that.
According to Charlotte Brody, RN, an Executive Director of Commonweal: “Mine can include shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, hair gel, toothpaste, moisturizer and sunscreen and, on special occasions, foundation, powder, blush, lipstick, and mascara. My daily use of personal care products is about average, according to the Skin Deep report by the Environmental Working Group.”
Let’s not forget the creamer in your coffee and Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs) found in nonstick pans.... Yeah, now your eggs are infected.
Let’s start simply. Soap is the basis of life.
I’m not talking about toxic filled, store bought crap. I’m talking about handmade in small batches, with natural oils and fats, and lots of love - www.handmadesoapclub.com
Today’s soaps, like Dove, L’Occitane, and more... Are full of fragrance, triclosan, and sulfates; common known carcinogens. In fact, triclosan is also an endocrine disruptor.
I’ve spent years, learning which lifestyle products are BETTER than others. But most suck. You have to read the labels. Even ‘cruelty free’ or ‘natural’ products contain a fragrance. The industries are saturated.
Here are the three most toxic chemicals found in your everyday products.
Soap. Candles. Shampoo. Conditioner. Lotion. Face wash. Serums. And more! All of these products contain fragrance. As yummy as these treats may smell, they contain carcinogens. Further, leading to cancer and other health defects.
One question sits in the back of my head - What exactly is a fragrance?
Essentially, it must be made up of chemical compounds. Which chemical compounds combine to create such a toxic substance, ‘fragrance.’
It’s impossible to know! That’s right, the cosmetic industry is NOT required to disclose the ingredients they use. In 1938, the industry was granted self-regulation. Since then, over 25,000 chemicals are marketed without government intervention. They could be using cyanide… nobody would know!
When product’s containing fragrance are used, unknown toxic chemicals are absorbed into the skin. Further, entering the bloodstream. They do not leave our bodies! These chemicals will store in our cells and break down our immune system.
This is where essential oils come into the picture. These oils are 100% from Mother Earth, and pose no threat to our health. In fact, they have many physical, mental, and emotional benefits. For example, lavender essential oil contains antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It can also be helpful in treating insomnia, depression, and anxiety.
This nasty chemical was apparently banned in September 2016. Turns out, we can still find Triclosan, an antibacterial and antimicrobial chemical, in the following bar soaps;
- Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Bar
- Skin Success Medicated Complexion Bar
- Dial for Men Antibacterial Soap Bar
- And over 2,000 more!
This chemical is also found in shaving creams, deodorant, toothpaste, etc.
Typically used as a pesticide, studies from University of Maine biochemist Julie Gosse, PhD, suggest the effects on mitochondria. Which is essential for reproduction. Gosse states, “We know that it harms mitochondria, and we know that mitochondria function is essential for reproduction, and we know that triclosan affects reproduction.”
Ted Schettler, MD, science director for the Science and Environment Health Network in Eugene, OR, states “Because of its use in so many products, it enters the environment, it enters the sewage system. Triclosan has been detected in freshwater streams and rivers all over the country. … It’s been measured in fish that we eat and in vegetables, so we can get it indirectly as it moves through.”
It has even been linked to lower testosterone levels and less sperm production. Not to mention effects on the thyroid, which produces essential hormones for brain development in children.
I could continue, but the conclusion is simple. Though hundreds of studies, it has been proven that Triclosan is NOT safe.
“Why do companies use harmful chemicals?”
This question lingers in the back of everyone’s head…
It is simply cheaper and more convenient than using natural ingredients. Shelf life is longer, better storage, cheaper production, faster production, etc. It is all about the money!!
Avoid Triclosan and other unnecessary chemicals in your daily products. Making a simple switch of soap is a great place to start…
Commercial soap: Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Tallowate Or Sodium Palmitate, Lauric Acid, Sodium Isethionate, Water, Sodium Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoate Or Sodium Palm Kernelate, Fragrance, Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium Edta, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Titanium Dioxide, SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE, SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE
Handmade Soap Club (a combination of only 2-4 of the following): Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Palm Kernel Oil, Shea Butter, Canola Oil, Beeswax, Lard, Clay Colorants, Essential Oils
See the difference?
You can’t even read the ingredients in a commercial soap bar; Dove, Irish Spring, Dial, etc.
Sulfates, found everywhere, claim to be a “surfactant and emulsifier to add foaming & sudsing benefits in hand soaps.” Though this is true, does that mean a toxic chemical is used for no other reason than aesthetically pleasing bubbles??
If that’s the case, we must be 5… My little brother always asks for a bubble bath, because it’s pretty. I watch my dad throw out toxic ‘bubble bath’ all the time. It is not worth it!
Sulfates are known to cause extreme skin, eye, and lung irritation. Also concerning, the contaminant produced as a by-product of the manufacturing process, 1,4-Dioxane, is a well known carcinogen.
Did you know, my soap bars do NOT contain sulfates… And they still bubble! No need for chemicals. By using certain oils, we are able to configure the perfect soap bar - luscious lather, rich and creamy, silky smooth, and luxuriously moisturizing.
So, no! Chemicals are NOT necessary, and they do nothing but cause harm.
Purchase from brands you TRUST.