What’s in Store Bought Commercial Soaps?

Would you be Surprised? Very Possibly!

As we go along in life you may start figuring out what we have been conditioned to buy and use, that looks good, smells good — may not necessarily be good!

Like shampoos, these wonderful and normally inexpensive bars that we have on our shopping list and choose because it smells good or is the brand that has the best of the best products – SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN HOME TO CLEAN OFF THE DAYS GRIME.

You are probably thinking, oh come on – it’s just soap!

Well not really. It is just detergent and a lot of the time the word “SOAP” is not even on the label. Check it out for yourself.

Next time you are at the store or in your bathroom, pick up and read the label, once you look at that attractive label you will most likely find that you have no idea what is in the detergent bar.

Normally you will find the following:

Sodium Tallowate is a byproduct of tallow reacting to sodium hydroxide.

What is tallow? Tallow is removed by extraction of suet (hard fat) from a cow’s carcass, found around the kidneys and other organs. Now keep in mind that cattle are not usually open graze cattle but are in feed-locks and are fed unnatural diets, giving hormones and kept healthy by being dosed by antibiotics.

This inexpensive source of fat is used in the skincare industry at extremely high level. For myself, I would not want to have this in my shampoos, conditioners, creams, lotions and soaps after knowing what I do, especially when we know that there are much better vegetable sources of fat? 

Sodium Cocoate is derived from the fatty acids of coconut oil.

Sodium Palm created by the salts of acids derived from palm oil and can be naturally derived or created to to be identical in its chemical structure as the ingredient found in nature.  In a soap, this ingredient can strips the skin of natural oils and can cause irritation if used at high levels.

Hydrogenated Tallow Acid may cause eczema and blackheads. 

Coconut Acid is a derivative from coconuts and can be drying if used in formulations when used in high percentages or not balanced with other nourishing ingredients.

Fragrance. We often think this is wonderful natural extracts from plants, though it is normally not, because if they were essential oils it would be a selling point of the product that the company would expound on. Most of the time when you see fragrances, they are synthetic chemicals that may have cancer-causing toxins like phthalates that make these scents last for a long time. Constant exposure has been shown to have an impact on the central nervous system and tripper asthma, migraines and allergies. 

Sodium Chloride is table salt and is consider okay in soaps and increases hardness. 

Pentasodium Pentetate is a compound that bind metals, also known as chelating agents. 

Pentaerthrityl has the potential to cause dermal irritation or sensitization. 

Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxhydrocinnamate. First, I cannot find out what exactly this is, but what I found is that it rates a 10 on the most hazardous scale in the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database from published scientific studies.

Titanium Dioxide is used as a whitener and as a sunscreen agent. 

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is a surfactant found in many cleaning products and is also an insecticide. The sodium and ammonium laureate sulfates are known cancer-causing ingredients. Also causes liver damage, skin rashes, depression, diarrhea and eye damage.

Stearic Acid is a wax like fatty acid found mainly in animal tallow but can also be found in cocoa butter and other vegetable fats. Stearic Acid and other fatty acids are used as intermediates in the manufacture of fatty acid salts which are, in turn, used as emulsifiers, emollients and lubricants. I would recommend use of this ingredient if from vegetable fats. 

To sum it up, ingredients in detergent bars, or cleansing beauty bars are pretty much the same, there is too many synthetic ingredients that should not be part of any of skincare products.

Truly it is a personal choice to consider what goes on our bodies, something that is basic, natural and healthy with no detergents, no sodium lauryl sulfate, phthalates (use to make plastic flexible) and parabens (known to disrupt hormone function, an effect that is linked to increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive toxicity).

Let’s keep informed to make the choices that are right for each of us.

I would love to hear from you on this topic and hope that it has been a help to you.

Thanks for reading!

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