Bars Soaps - Good or Not?

Bars Soaps - Good or Not?

If you are anything like me I love a good natural bar soap. I have been using them for years. I used to have to source them from the local markets where they where often made with olive oil.

But what makes a good bar soap?

Well of course the ingredients usually determine what makes a good bar soap as far as I am concerned. If you look at one of the most common soaps found at your supermarket, you know the one that states it won't dry out your skin like all the other soaps! The list of ingredients is huge. 

This includes:

"Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Palmitate,
Lauric Acid, Aqua, Sodium Isethionate, Sodium Stearate,
Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Glycerin,
Parfum, Sodium Chloride, Zinc Oxide, Tetrasodium EDTA,
Tetrasodium Etidronate, Alumina, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone,
Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol,
Coumarin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, CI 77891."

That is a pretty long list and really what the hell are most of these ingredients?  

Some of them get a reasonable rating with EWG, they are still listed as a low cancer, low toxicity, low environmental and allergy risk. Some in particular are environmental toxins (thanks sodium palmitate, and sodium stearate), some are in the allergy risk and shouldn't be left on your skin (Coocamindopropyl Betaine) for long, which is not what you would expect from a skin care product. Some are also considered hazardous at higher levels, but we don't know what these levels are!

Some products are higher in the EWG rating which means they are more toxic, or more environmentally toxic or the data to suggest it is ok is in question.

So why would you want to put that on your skin?

Lets look at Base Soaps ingredients and compare:

"Saponified olive and coconut oil, cedarwood and rosemary essential oils, sodium lactate and gluconate, ground walnut shell."

Well for a start I actually know what some of these ingredients are! The list is far less extensive and you are looking at a saponified oil (fat) which is what real soap is made from.

Saponification is a process that converts fats, oils, or lipids into soap by combining them with Sodium Hydroxide (the base) which is also known as lye. Its pretty impossible to make soap without this product. Saponification is described as turning into soap.

A product containing lye can still be considered natural depending on the other ingredients, and that is because lye is no longer in the finished product. It gets neutralized in the saponification process. 

So then looking at Base soaps, it is easy to see that your body is far better off using one of their products versus your commercial soap bar. 

And for very good reason.

At The Conscious Spender we have a whole selection of bar soaps that are all Australian made, eco friendly and non toxic to the body.

As we love a good soap bar we have brands from:

So check out our range, you will find them in the soap section at the store or under each brand.


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