Commercial Big Brand Soap - it's not really soap.
When you buy a commercial bar of soap, you are thinking you are buying soap, right? Look closer... you won’t find word soap on the packaging. Unfortunately, what we think is soap is usually a detergent. Commercial producers use unhealthy chemical ingredients because it's much cheaper and easier. Let’s take a closer look at the difference between natural soaps versus commercial cleansing bars.
Since its invention, only three ingredients are necessary to make soap. You need water, a caustic substance, and plant oils or animal fats. In the past, they used ashes or alkaline salts as caustic substances. Today we use lye. Any extra ingredient is optional, and there are healthy and harmful ingredients. The ingredients make all the difference between natural soaps and mass-produced bars.
When you mix these three ingredients, you cause a chemical reaction called saponification. Under the effects of the caustic substance, the fats convert into soap and glycerine. There are no traces of the caustic ingredient after saponification. The glycerin naturally occurring in soap provides lubrication, and it moisturizes your skin. It keeps your skin young, reduces acne, or even heals damaged skin. Glycerin is the key ingredient to a good bar of soap.
But glycerin is an expensive and precious substance. It is considered one of the most effective humectants. Furthermore, it is the third most used ingredient in cosmetics. Commercial producers of not-soap remove the glycerine from the process. They sell it separately or use it in other more expensive and profitable skin care products.
Consequently, they sell cheap glycerin-less detergent. These bars will dry your skin because they will strip your skin of the natural oils. Marketers have you believe that all soap is drying. They want to convince you to buy a fancier bar with added moisturizers.
These bars might have a pleasant smell or color. But they add chemical and even toxic ingredients. They use cheap fragrance oils to create that smell that will not fade even after years. The bars they produce contain harmful preservatives. And to make it look prettier, they add artificial colors. These bars are usually called cleansing bar, beauty bar, or any other euphemism, so they don't need to call it what it is: a detergent. And we put these ingredients on our skin and wash them down the drain into our rivers and oceans.
Get to know the unhealthy ingredients that commercial soap may contain. You will find preservatives like parabens, phthalates linked to cancer, petrochemicals derived from fossil fuels, synthetic perfumes, and more. Look at the ingredients on the packaging, you won’t be able to pronounce most of them.
With glycerin taken away, and chemicals added, their bars don't meet the FDA definition of soap. Thus you won’t find the word soap on the packaging.
Natural soaps contain healthy ingredients found in nature. Oils such as coconut, sunflower, safflower. Additives like lavender, Ylang Ylang, essential oils, or natural extracts. Switch to a natural soap today to notice the difference in your skin! Even without the use of moisturizer or cream, your skin will be smoother and healthier. Even your elbows will feel soft again!