Soap Secrets Revealed

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Ever stopped to wonder what’s in that soap you use to lather up while bathing?  Since it’s something that we use everyday (hopefully!), then we should be aware of what we’re exposing ourselves to so often, especially if we have sensitive skin, eczema, psoriasis, dry or aging skin.  Natural soaps are also gentler on babies and children.

Soap contains surfacants, or surface active agents, which are derived from petroleum or animal fats (tallow, lard) or vegetable oils.  Commercial soaps contain artificial scents and dyes and other potentially harmful substances.  Antibacterial soaps typically contain triclosan which has been found to mutate bacteria which have become resistant to antibiotics.

Natural soaps with ingredients such as olive oil, coconut oil, canola oil, soybean oil, tea-tree oil, or shea butter, are gentler and more moisturizing than commercial soaps.  Castile soap is a pure, mild soap made from vegetable oils.  If you like a little freshening fragrance, look for soaps that contain essential oils instead of perfumes or fragrances.  Glycerin is another beneficial ingredient to look for, as it acts as a natural skin softener. has put together an extensive list of natural soapmakers.  Or, if you’re feeling creative, you can even make your own soap!  There are plenty of websites out there that explain the short list of natural ingredients and show the step-by-step process.

Source:  sci-toys

Tag(s): Bed and Bath, For Kids, Gift Ideas, Green Cleaning


One Response to “Soap Secrets Revealed”

  1. CoconutOilGuy on January 18th, 2009 12:46 am

    Hello Joyce! “Natural soaps with ingredients such as olive oil, coconut oil,…”
    – Many commercial soaps are manufactured using coconut oil as base. Coconut oil makes the best and richest lathering soaps, and naturally antimicrobial at that. Ask anyone with a decent enough knowledge in soap making and they’ll say the same thing.

    You might want to mix in some other oils like palm oil or olive oil. Because of its potent antimicrobial properties, coconut oil can prove to be too strong when used solely. Just my two cents.

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