Natural soap is showing up at craft sales, stores and other places where they sell handmade products. What makes natural hand soap so different? Well the name says it all: it is handmade and natural and a soap! Personally, I love the look and feel of these soaps. Beside this, they smell heavenly.
Which one to choose…
And have you noticed that there are so many different kinds to choose from?
What about this one:
Or this one:
Even this one:
Smell that? Me neither. This pure and unscented soap bar is ideal for extremely sensitive skin. Completely unscented, this natural soap bar contains no added colours, herbs or essential oils. It’s also free of synthetic foaming agents that can easily irritate skin. Instead, it’s full of lovely natural ingredients like coconut oil, olive oil and shea butter to keep your skin soothed and hydrated.
These are just a few examples of companies that are selling beautiful, handcrafted, NATURAL soaps.
Soaps that are healthy for your skin and the environment.
I have never tried to make soap myself, but according to Wellnessmama, it is not at all that hard.
Most people tend to pick up a bar of soap from a big name brand when they are shopping at their local supermarket. After all, it is cheaper and much more convenient too. But, the damage it could cause to your skin, may shock you.
Take a look at the ingredient list on a packet of commercial soap, the number of different chemicals that are included will likely amaze you – for all the wrong reasons. It is quite frightening; you will see a number of artificial colors, synthetic lathering agents, and chemicals that you can’t pronounce. Do you really want to cleanse in chemicals?
Natural skin products
Instead, with natural skin care products, you can expect to see the likes of shea butter, which is a fat that is extracted from the nuts of the shea tree. It’s solid at warm temperatures and has an off-white or ivory color. Shea trees are native to West Africa, and most shea butter still comes from that region. Shea butter has been used as a cosmetic ingredient for centuries. (Source: healthline.com)
Jojoba oil, which is a liquid that is produced in the seed of the Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) plant, a shrub, which is native to southern Arizona, southern California, and northwestern Mexico. . These are all natural items, and they offer a whole host of benefits without any potential side effects. (Source: Wikipedia).
So why Natural Soap?
A lot of soaps contain the ingredient triclosan. It is especially found in antimicrobial and antibacterial soaps especial, and it is linked to cancer. The chemical Triclosan was introduced in 1972 for use as a surgical scrub in hospitals. Since then, it has increasingly been added to a wide variety of products. Including according to the Mayo clinic: toothpaste, clothes, cookware, furniture and toys to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination. This is just one of many chemicals that are linked to cancer.
Research has shown that triclosan:
- Alters hormone regulation in animals
- Might contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant germs
- Might be harmful to the immune system
Check out ovarian cancer symptoms Inspire has written about, as well as symptoms for other cancers, and you will see why this is something to take seriously.
I cared for several patients with ovarian cancer, and can tell you it is a horrible disease. So read your labels and try to use natural products when ever you can!
Interestingly, TCS-containing soap products were not found to provide any additional skin-sanitizing benefits compared to soap not containing TCS (Kim et al. 2015). In addition, TCS was found to produce bacterial resistance via target site modification which decreased the inhibitory effect of this chemical. Bacteria in the environment may also become TCS resistant following environmentally relevant exposure level.
(This article sites some very interesting and scary information related to triclosan use!)
In other words: noting beats good hand washing!
Wash your hands frequently, using Natural soap. Rinse under running water and dry with a clean towel.
Having worked in a hospital, good hand washing has always been the number one defense against the spread of bacteria. The use of hand sanitizers at present is astronomical in hospitals. I have used gallons of the stuff, as it is easy and quick to use between patients. But nothing beats good hand washing!
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