Once in awhile my research uncovers facts that I almost wished could have stayed hidden. Commercially-made bar soap is one of those areas.
I began by looking at how natural soap was made as opposed to commercial soap. 80% of all commercial soap on the market today has almost the same ingredients, Triclocarban or Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate. These are chemical substances that stay in the cells of the human body and are known to be toxic.
In fact, on September 2, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration announced that triclocarban, triclosan and hexachlorophene had to be removed from all antibacterial soap products by late 2017 due to adverse health impacts.
In comparison, homemade soap uses lye and oil, which transform into glycerin upon heating. This is the way that good old bar soap used to be made. Glycerin absorbs moisture from the air. It has a soothing effect on your skin when diluted with water and is also known to soften the skin. This is the reason why it is so widely used in cosmetics.
Bar soap manufacturers found that they could stretch their profits by removing the glycerin from bar soap and using it in creams, lotions and cosmetics. Just add a few disinfecting chemicals to the bar soap that promote lather, and look how many products you have created!
Natural bar soap, that leaves the glycerin intact, does not dry out your skin. Glycerin soap is very mild and gentle on the skin and can even help in relieving symptoms of certain skin disorders. In addition, glycerin is a great cleanser, moisturizes your skin and has anti-aging properties.
In price comparison, natural soap may run a little higher, but think of all the lotions and creams that could be eliminated.