What’s in Your Soap?

What’s in Your Soap?

Before I get into what could be the answer to that question, I think it’s fair to define what soap is.  Soap is solely made up of fats and/or oils and an alkali, (lye).

Okay, so, now we know what soap is, what is the stuff that’s widely marketed as ‘soap’? Well, there’s one very popular one, that I’ve had many people tell me that they swear by it. Here’s its ingredient list:

  1. Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate,
  2. Stearic Acid,
  3. Sodium Palmitate,
  4. Aqua Lauric Acid,
  5. Sodium Isethionate,
  6. Sodium Stearate,
  7. Cocamidopropyl Betaine,
  8. Sodium Palm Kernelate,
  9. Parfum,
  10. Glycerin,
  11. Propylene Glycol,
  12. Sodium Chloride,
  13. zinc Oxide,
  14. Citric Acid,
  15. Tetrasodium EDTA,
  16. Tetrasodium Etidronate,
  17. Alumina,
  18. Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone,
  19. Benzyl Alcohol,
  20. Butylphenyl Methylpropional,
  21. Citronellol,
  22. Coumarin,
  23. Hexyl Cinnamal,
  24. Limonene,
  25. Linalool…..

Whew! Does that list read – fats, oils, and alkali? Nope! It’s not soap.
Side Note: There is also no listing for cream, or milk, or anything dairy. Not a problem, except that the product we’re looking at claims to have one-quarter cup moisturizing cream.

It’s actually a synthetic detergent! Do you often associate the word “detergent” with showering?

Now, I realize that some people can use this product and it may work for them. I’m just hoping that this helps to influence someone to read the labels of their skincare products! Educate yourself. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, you may want to keep looking.

Here’s a little scavenger hunt for you – the next time you’re in the health and beauty aisle at your favorite store, pick up a bar of “soap” and see if it actually has the word “SOAP” on the label.
Marketing has allowed for terms such as beauty bar, body wash, shower gel, cleanser, etc… but none of those say, ‘soap’, because, legally, they can’t.


What’s In Our Soap?

Our list of ingredients:

  1. Water
  2. Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil – hardens soap; creates super bubbly lather.
  3. Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil – helps to harden soap, known as a skin moisturizer
  4. Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil – helps harden soap, known as a skin moisturizerWhat is in your soap?
  5. Sodium Hydroxide (Lye) – alkali necessary in the soapmaking process. Once saponification takes place, there is no lye left in the end product.
  6. Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil– adds a creamy lather with small bubbles 
  7. Quality Fragrance Oils
  8. Quality Essential Oils

How did we do? Only eight main ingredients.
Sometimes our list is longer.
For example, our EBKS bar has all the above, plus tomato, cucumber and carrot purée, dried basil, goat milk, plus tea tree and clove essential oils.

In addition to the above ingredients, some batches may contain:

Shea Butter – great for extra dry and sensitive skin
Milk – natural skin softener & gentle cleaner
Oatmeal – a natural, gentle exfoliant
Cornmeal – unclog pores, removes excess oil, and scrubs dirt from the skin

So, if you’re already using handcrafted soap, you already know What’s In Your Soap?


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