Why Making Organic Soaps?
Through research and intense reading, I have learned that everything we put on our skin is promptly absorbed by our bodies and quickly moves into our bloodstream. This absorption process can cause several problems, ranging from skin irritation and dryness to alteration of our hormone levels.
Therefore, what we put on our skin matters. Many people go through the supermarket aisles and choose any available brand of soap without thinking about what’s in it or how it has been made. I must admit that I was one of them. But, I learned how to read and interpret product labels. In doing so, I learned that the soaps I was using on my body were loaded with synthetic, “man-made” ingredients instead of natural, organic ingredients. Because soap is a product that is used on a daily basis, I consider it worth taking the time to read the labels and to make sure that what we are putting on our body is safe and beneficial.
We should all have a goal to eliminate purchasing products with ingredients that are detrimental to our skin and equally harmful to our environment. Soap products that contain Triclosan (a pesticide that is used in body care products to kill bacteria), and Dioxane (a synthetic derivative of coconut that is suspected to be toxic to our brain, liver and kidneys), are products that we should refrain from buying. For example, Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS) is the most common toxic ingredient in soaps and beauty products. This is a well-known hormone disruptor and is notorious for increasing our susceptibility to mood disorders. The list of potentially harmful ingredients goes on and on and includes: Formaldehyde, Parabens, Phthalates, PEG-6, etc. We do not need any products in our daily hygiene care that can potentially cause harm to our body. Rather, we should embrace products that nourish and enhance our wellness. These chemicals and human-made ingredients are unnecessary as part of our daily body cleansing routines and are fairly easy to avoid. We should also use products that are biodegradable because we care about what we are leaving behind for future generations.