Soap is just soap, right?
When you break it down, all soap is basically some sort of salt of alkali metal like sodium potassium, or lye, and some type of fat. When these two things get together in the right combination, under the right conditions, a specific reaction occurs called saponification. The resulting substance is what we call soap.
But clearly all soap is not the same. When you consider that soap is something you use everyday (hopefully), something that you rub all over your body, in your hair, over your dishes and drinking glasses, and into your clothes — well, do you know exactly what that something is?
Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and it absorbs most of what it comes in contact with. The stuff that is all mixed up in that bar of soap in your tub, it really does make a difference.
Natural soap is not about something fancy, or trendy, or it some cases, pretty. Natural soap is about realizing that what you put onto your skin can effect your health. Natural soap is about realizing that what you wash down the drain can effect the environment.
Ultimately, natural soap is about doing the right thing for your own body and for the world around you.
In this space, we are going to break down the elements that are often used in commercial soap, and what they can do to you and to the environment.We are going to specifically look at the damaging impact of some of the stuff in commercial soap, including:
- colors and dyes
- perfumes and artificial scents
- sugar solutions
- SLS or SLES
- made from vegetable fats like olive oil, coconut oil, and cocoa butter instead of animal fats like beef tallow
- use essential oils
- use fine olive or coconut oils
You make a choice with every purchase you make in the world — a choice of what type of product you want to consume and a choice of what kind of company you want to support. A choice of what kind of footprint you want to leave on the environment, and what kind of impact you want to have on your own body.Soap is never just soap.