Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Detergents are for dishes and laundry, not for your skin.

Detergents don’t belong on your skin, and they should not be in your soap. Detergents usually are harsh; they are a chemical compound or a mixture of compounds used as a cleaning agent. Detergents are used in everyday products such as personal hygiene, dish washing and laundry. Many commercial mass produced soaps are made with synthetic detergents, chemicals or artificial ingredients which can irritate skin and cause skin problems.
Some people are not sure of the difference between soaps and detergents. They both are made with surfactants which means they are washing compounds that when mixed with water will remove dirt and grease. Soaps are made of natural ingredients found in nature. A true soap will have saponified oils listed in the ingredients. Natural Soap is non-drying and good for your skin. Detergents are synthetic and made with artificial ingredients. They have preservatives and fillers in them. Detergents are drying and irritating. Most commercial bath soap is not really soap, they are called “bath bars” or “beauty bars”, and they are not made with saponified oils.  Numerous commercial “soaps” contain sodium tallowate which is beef fat and sodium hydroxide. Sodium tallowate clogs pores and creates skin problems.

Here is a list of common ingredients used in commercially produced “soaps” or bath bars.


Sodium Laureth Sulfate (or SELS) is a foaming agent that does nothing but create lather. This chemical and its cousin sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) are found in most brands of cosmetics and household cleaners. SELS and SLS are known to dry and irritate skin and hair in products containing a little more than a percent or two of this chemical


Sodium Sulfate – an industrial filler material


Cocamidopropyl Betaine – a thickening agent that can also reduce irritation caused by chemicals like SELS


Disodium EDTA – this chemical binds to impurities in water so detergents can clean more effectively


Sodium Tallowate - made from animal fat (tallow) besides being an animal product, tallow has been known to clog pores and aggravate eczema for those individuals with sensitive skin.

Pentasodium Pentetate is a chelating agent used in cosmetics and beauty products prevent
Various mineral components from binding together and negatively affecting the formulation. It is the salt of Pentetic Acid, and is a compound that binds metal and inactivates metallic ions, such as calcium and magnesium, to help maintain the stability and appearance of cosmetic product

Pentaerythrityl tetra-di-t-butyl hydroxyhydrocinnamate is an antioxidant that inhibits reactions promoted by oxygen that could cause the unsaturated fats in the soap to become rancid.

Tallow acid, or tallow fatty acid, is a type of fatty acid naturally derived from animal fat.

Here is a list of ingredients from a handcrafted natural soap.

Saponified Coconut Oil
Kosher  Vegetable Glycerin
Cocoa Butter
purified water
Sorbitol,(from berries)
Sorbitan(emuslifier)
Soybean Protein

The difference between Handcrafted natural soap and commercial produced “soap” or “Bath bars” is clear, the commercial soap is mass produced and made with inexpensive ingredients that irritate skin and dry it out. Handcrafted natural soap is made in small batches with premium ingredients, it nourishes your skin and moisturizes as well. It also smells great.

 So which soap would you rather use? I choose the natural soap any day. Be good to your skin and use natural soaps.