It took me a long time to switch over to organic soap. I just didn’t understand why I should switch. I realized that organic soap is really not that expensive and I switched over because I knew it would be healthier for my body. I did not know, however, that the soaps I had been using were full of toxic ingredients.
I’m using Dove soap as an example because it seems to be a cheap soap of choice for a lot of people. First of all, it contains cocamidopropyl betaine, which is an allergen, environmental toxin, and has proven to cause damage to organs, your immune system and cause cancer. A good rule of thumb when it comes to buying healthy food and products is to make sure you can easily pronounce the ingredients. Don’t be pretentious, now, and say that you can pronounce them. Coh-cah-meed-oh-proh-pill? Maybe that’s how it’s pronounced?
Another common ingredient in these brand soaps is “parfum” or “fragrance” aka a bunch of chemicals to make it smell good. These chemicals are not even listed on the packaging and are also toxins to your body and the environment. Also try to stay away from anything that says “urea.” Urea is the main chemical found in urine. Yeah. That perfume you put on the other day? It’s probably made out of some rat’s pee… or human’s. Maybe a soft, fuzzy lamb’s pee? Who knows?
Tetrasodium EDTA is another chemical commonly found in soap brands. This is another organ toxin and it also increases the absorption of the other chemicals in the soap. This chemical is a bit easier to pronounce, but probably just as harmful.
CL 77891 (yes, that is an actual ingredient) causes cancer, sore throat, and abdominal pain, among other things. What is the point of adding this ingredient? I have no idea.
Many of the other ingredients include lye, a caustic material. So, if you want the tissue in your body to burn and corrode, you’re using the right soap. Now, lye isn’t actually on the list of ingredients. In fact, it’s hidden in other ingredient names such as sodium stearate, sodium cocoate, sodium palm kernelate, sodium tallowate, and sodium palmitate. I looked up “lye” and found many pictures of people with burnt skin. I don’t suggest it.
Anyway, if I haven’t convinced you to switch yet, brand soap dries skin out, which causes itching and other skin issues such as rashes. The allergens contained in brand soap can cause problems you wouldn’t otherwise have such as eczema and even stomach issues such as irritable bowel syndrome. Switching may eliminate or lessen these problems.
That said, here are a few trusted organic soaps you can find in local grocery stores or order online:
1. Dr. Bronner’s Organic Castile Soap
Probably the easiest brand to find, you can get Dr. Bronner’s soap in bulk and it’s fairly cheap compared to other organic soaps. Also, you don’t use as much soap as you would with a normal liquid soap. Make sure you lather well before rubbing it all over your sexy body in order to use as little as possible. It comes in many fragrances and types (it comes in a bar as well). If you can’t find it in your local grocery store, you can buy it here.
Oh, and castile soap means it’s made out of olive oil – just so you know.
2. Avalon Organics
This brand is a little more expensive and probably not best for an all-body wash, but it’s still a great, trusted brand. I recommend their shampoos and conditioners most of all.
3. Pangea Organics
Although I’m not familiar with this brand, I’ve heard that their bar soaps are amazing. Plus, the packaging looks pretty cool if that’s a plus for you.
Edit: After reading this post, a friend of mine raved about these bar soaps. She said the packaging is biodegradable and contains seeds to later grow into plants! How exciting is that!
4. Local Organic Shops and Farmers Market Soaps!
This is by far the best option. You know you can trust something when it comes from a farm, especially when you know it’s not in any way affiliated with Monsanto. Organic shops are everywhere and if you can’t make it to a farmers market or you really can’t find an organic shop, I recommend Soap Muffin. Soap Muffin is an organic soap shop located in Pennsylvania. They make organic soaps, shampoos, deodorants, and even organic products for dogs! Speaking of which, my mom recently washed Mellie with Old Spice, so it might be time to look into organic soaps for dogs as well. Plus, Azizi, the owner, is extremely nice. Oh, and the best part about Soap Muffin? Their soap is shaped like flowers. I’m not kidding. Look:
and another one:
So far, I’ve only tried the bath bar. My mom loves their castile soap, and I have yet to hear back from my friend who is trying out the “Grandma Pumpkin Pie” soap and “Ancestry Shampoo.” Oh, and did I mention they have soap made out of beer? Not only does beer condition your hair, but it also stimulates the circulatory system and draws out toxins from the skin, according to Soap Muffin’s blog. It’s like the opposite of Tetrasodium EDTA.
Alright, I hope I have convinced you to at least try organic soap. Organic soap is way better for your skin, body, and general well-being. It’s not more expensive, like organic food, and it comes in all different shapes and sizes. You can get soap made out of beer, bee pollen, mint, and you can even make your own! If that doesn’t convince you, I don’t know what will. Happy bathing!
- DIY Anti-Bacterial Foaming Hand Soap (organicallyfrugal.wordpress.com)
- Dr. Bronner’s “Magic” Soaps and Its Various Uses (viewpoints.com)
- Anti-Aging, Softening, All Natural & Simple: Dr. Woods Natural Soaps! (storybookapothecary.com)