The next time you visit your favourite supermarket, enjoying the fresh, clean scents and the bright colourful packaging, pay attention. Look at the labels. Most of the products on the shelf don’t say ‘soap’ on their labels. They might be called beauty bars, moisturizing bars, or body bars, but not soap. That’s because these bars aren’t soap and can’t legally claim to be; they’re detergents. The manufacturers have removed most of the ‘good’ stuff that occurs in the soap making process and replaced it with synthetic lathering agents and harsh chemicals. These cheap, plentiful detergent bars are not only bad for your skin, but they’re also bad for the planet, too.
What’s so bad about it?
Commercial soap manufacturers make it a practice to remove the glycerin that is produced during the saponification (soap-making) process. The glycerin is a highly profitable substance, often sold to other companies who use it to make lotions and moisturizers, which your skin, now dried out from the harsh detergent ‘soap,’ desperately needs.
Most commercially produced bars contain synthetic lathering agents, artificial colours, and a slew of chemicals we can’t even pronounce. Antibacterial and antimicrobial soaps often contain triclosan. Triclosan is a toxic chemical that is known to cause cancer. According to the National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides (NCAMP), manufacturers of several triclosan-containing products claim that the active ingredient continues to work for as long as 12 hours after use. Consumers are, therefore, exposed to triclosan for much longer than the 20 seconds it takes to wash their hands or face.
Always remember that your skin is porous and absorbent. It absorbs whatever it meets, much the same as sticking something in your mouth. Chronic use of chemical laden products will cause the body to store the chemicals in the body fat or even in the brain. With enough accumulations of toxins in the body, illness can occur.
These nasty chemicals and toxins are now finding their way into our eco-system. Every time that lather goes down the drain, those pollutants are going with it. The list of offenders included phthalates, which are linked to reproductive disorders in both humans and animals, and parabens, a preservative, which links to cancer.
What’s the alternative?
All natural and handmade soap. At Soapworks, we sell extremely high quality, all natural, organic soap – yes real soap. Sure, these soap bars generally cost more than the detergent bars you’ll find at big hyper markets. But the difference is these soap bars are good for your skin and are good for the planet.
Choosing the right soap
Just because it’s handmade doesn’t mean it’s good for you, however. You need to understand a few things about the soapmaking process to know what to look for.
The two methods of soap making are “hot process” and “cold process.” The hot process method utilizes heat after the saponification process has taken place, while the cold process method does not. The cold process method takes the most time but is undoubtedly the best method for producing the highest quality soaps.
To sum it up, the best soap for your skin and our planet is a handmade, organic, all-natural cold process soap bar. Once you’ve tried one of these lathery treasures, you’ll never again be satisfied with ‘store-bought’ bars. So, do yourself and your world a big favour and start using REAL soap.
At Soapworks, we handcraft our soap using the slow cold process method, which means no external heat is used so the goodness of the natural ingredients are preserved for you as much as possible. Each bar begins with a high percentage of nutrient rich organic extra virgin olive oil to which we add organic coconut oil for fluffy lather, organic palm oil to increase longevity, high oleic sunflower oil for its superior skin care properties, and organic castor oil for a dense creamy lather that conditions and moisturizes. Next, we add responsibly wildcrafted and organic botanicals, fragrant organic spices, purifying earth clays, and tropical butters for their exceptional skin care benefits. Finally, we scent our wildly aromatic oil soaps with only pure essential/fragrance oils extracted from plants… fresh clean scents, the way mother nature intended.
Our skin, remarkably thin and amazingly complex, is our body’s largest organ. Like a sponge, our skin absorbs chemicals. In fact, today many medicines are given in “patch” form to be absorbed through the skin.
Since our skin cannot discriminate between synthetic and natural, or between harmful and beneficial, it may absorb harmful chemicals present is commercial soaps, shampoos, and lotions.
Our bodies are constantly exposed to synthetic chemicals in air, water, and food–why add to the problem by applying synthetic products to your skin and hair. The long-term effects of synthetic chemicals on the body are still unknown.
The ingredients that are used to make soapworks natural handmade soap can often be found in your garden and kitchen.
SOAPWORKS OFFERS PRODUCTS THAT ARE…
- Natural, handmade & organic
- Not tested on animals
- free of detergents
- free of synthetic fragrances & colours
- free from parabens-based preservatives & sulphates-based surfactants
- free of alcohol and petroleum products
- free of GMOs
- 100% biodegradable