Natural, handmade soaps are believed to be better for two reasons. First, they’re better for your skin and body. Your skin is an incredible organ, easily absorbing ingredients from the lotions, laundry detergents, body washes and clothing you use everyday. If the “soaps” and other beauty products you regularly use are filled with chemicals and artificial ingredients, your skin will absorb them. Your body will then store those chemicals as toxins in your body, which over time, may cause disease. In fact, many commercial beauty bars and detergents – which can’t even legally be called soap – contain esthers, which are known carcinogens. Definitely not the way to go if you’re looking to prevent disease and cleanse your body of harmful toxins!
Second, natural, organic soaps are better for the environment. Unfortunately, our water supply is subject to the chemicals we wash down the drain. Synthetic compounds may not only affect you, but also our water supply.
So, here’s what to watch out for:
- Read your labels and avoid ingredients you don’t recognize. This includes phthalates, parabens, formaldehye and diethanolamine.
- True soaps will contain glycerine, so look for soaps with pure oils or fats. Scented or colored soaps should contain essential oils and natural colorants (ideally organic).