Know Your Soap

Soap; we lather up with it each time we shower and we (hopefully) use it whenever we leave the washroom or prepare food, but have you ever stopped to reflect on what it is you are actually cleansing your body with? Your skin is your largest organ and is porous, meaning it absorbs everything it comes in contact with – are you treating it well?

If you are using commercial soaps you may be surprised as to what it is you are actually introducing your body to. These products may smell good and leave you thinking you’re clean but hard truth is that the bulk of them are full of toxins. If you ever read the ingredients list when purchasing new health and beauty products you’ll notice that common soaps often contain harmful synthetic compounds such as parabens, phthalates, perfumes, and artificial colours. Studies have shown that these ingredients can lead to a wide variety of health problems including dry skin, irritation, and allergies. Some of them have even been shown to cause cancer (Edward, 2016).

Aside from having a negative impact on your body these commercial goods also wreak havoc on the environment. They are usually mass produced leading to immense amounts of waste as a result of the production and packaging process (Vemb, 2015).

So what should we be using instead? Natural handmade soaps are a healthy and environmentally friendly alternative. They are created from all natural oils and ingredients such as arrowroot, beeswax, clays, flowers, aloe, and cocoa butter. This makes them very gentle and moisturizing, all while fully cleansing the skin. Natural soaps also tend to be cruelty free and are produced in small batches leading to less waste and environmental harm.

My online shop sources a great variety of handmade natural soap bars. Check them out and give your skin a treat!

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