The Dirty Truth about Bar Soap

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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.

Kathy Garton
Kathy Garton
Over the past 50 years, I have been lucky enough to witness powerful changes in technology, nutrition, culture, and life in general, some good and some bad. Only from experience can you see the big picture of an evolving world. After getting past the excitement of frozen meals, furnishings made of plastic and the Internet, the reality began to set in. More illnesses, especially respiratory, cardiovascular and uncontrollable weight gain were becoming the normal conditions of society. Rewind 50 years and the answers are apparent. Hi. I am Kathy and this site was created to share ideas and educate others on how to live a healthier, more meaningful life. I grew up on a farm where we raised our own food and animals for consumption. We never had air conditioning or a microwave oven and I felt as though we were living in the dark ages. What I would give to go back to that time. I have been a professional writer for over 20 years and have always being drawn to the natural aspects of life. I also worked for a petroleum company for 15 years and discovered many facts about how this product impacts our world. Through years of research, it has become crystal clear that we are making our lives less enjoyable by taking shortcuts through unnatural, manmade means. There can be a happy balance and by learning where we went wrong, the best of both worlds is possible. After years in corporate America, I moved to a 3-acre mini-farm where I continue my research and writing along with my kitties, Lizzie, Shadow and BK and bulldog, Bux.

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