Why natural soap is naturally better, for your skin and for the planet

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Posted Nov 8 2018 by Bas de Vries of Quincessentials
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When is soap not really soap? More often than you might think. Bas de Vries of Quincessentials explores why natural soap is naturally better.

Even if you don’t break out in a full body rash, the chemicals used to make conventional soap will most surely dry your skin. Unfortunately, many people wait until itchy, dry skin is a problem before making the switch to natural soap. Many people also use additional products to replenish and moisturise the skin after using conventional soap.

What most people don’t know is that soap you buy in stores is made with animal fat and chemicals. These chemicals strip your skin of its natural oils. That’s why often when you take a shower, you do not actually moisturise and your skin feels tight or dry.

Natural soap or chemical detergent?

The next time you walk down the soap aisle at your favourite store enjoying the fresh, clean scents and the bright colourful packaging, pay attention. Look at the labels. Most manufacturers have removed 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.

Natural soap produced by Quincessentials

Fragrance-free oatmeal and goat milk natural soap by Quincessentials

What’s so bad about it?

Large commercial soap manufacturers make it a practice to remove the glycerine that is produced during the saponification (soap-making) process. The glycerine is a highly profitable substance, often sold to other companies who use it to make lotions and moisturisers, 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 Beyond Pesticides (formerly National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides), manufacturers of a number of 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.

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. A recent report by the UK’s Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) revealed that synthetic chemicals from soap, body washes, shampoos and other healthcare products were sneaking through the filters at water purification plants. 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.

A selection of natural soaps by Quinessentials

A selection of natural soaps by Quincessentials

Always remember that your skin, your body’s largest organ is porous and absorbent. It absorbs whatever it comes in contact with. Prolonged use of chemical products will cause the body to store the chemicals in body fat or in the brain. With enough accumulations of toxins in the body, illness can occur.

Natural soap makes a difference

All natural organic handmade soap does not strip your skin of its protective natural oils. Sure, these soap bars generally cost more than the detergent bars you’ll find at your supermarket. But the difference is these soap bars are actually good for your skin and for the planet as well. And you probably will save on buying additional moisturisers. Natural soaps are made with essential oils and nourishing organic ingredients rather than chemicals. Using quality all natural products, such as the ones produced at Quincessentials, is the best way to go when it comes to skincare.

This article is kindly reproduced from with permission from the original at Quincessentials.com. You can learn more about the benefits of natural soaps in our dedicated topic introduction. If you’d like to try making your own natural soaps, check out the Lowimpact.org online natural soaps course.

About the author

Quincessentials is a natural product research, development and production company with a focus on zero-waste skin, body and hair care products based on the fruit and seeds of Quince. Scientific and clinical studies have already demonstrated the potential of quince in pharmaceutical products, helping to protect the skin from the harmful effects of the environment while lending itself to environmentally friendly processing technologies.