With a relatively new push from Johnson's to appear 'free of toxic chemicals', it's important to realize marketing strategies are not entirely honest. Although SOME of Johnson's products are Phthalate and Paraben free, they still contain ingredients known to cause acute and chronic skin allergies, inflammation and skin damage. Take a look at some information we compiled in hopes to motivate more people to start investigating individual ingredients in the products they use.
Reading Labels can be SUPER confusing, especially when you're not a chemist. We're starting a running list of general comparisons of popular SOAPS. We break the label down to extract key information about what's in your SOAP. This is an evolving list, so please let us know if you want to see another product here.
Ever heard of Palm Oil or Palm Oil Kernel? Chances are you’ve heard the words, but the details about this fast growing import are likely hazy at best. Well, allow us to clear some of the fog away and reveal the big picture. Whether you know it or not you have at least 5 products in your home that contain Palm Oil or Palm Oil Kernel, and sources show that most of those products lead to a loss of life. (1-4)
Also known as, how could something that smells so yummy be bad for me?
What if product labels were color-coded based on how good, or bad, the ingredients within them were for our bodies? That would make things simple right? If only manufactures told the whole truth about the products they’re providing. Unfortunately, the world we find ourselves shopping in is more like the Amazon, where the most beautiful and sweet-smelling things are more than often the exact same ones that can seriously harm us.
com·e·do·gen·ic , (kämədōˈjenik) is another one of those words that your computer might put a squiggly red line under. Its actually a medical /cosmetic term to describe the tendency of something to clog pores and cause breakouts. Comedogenic numbers or ratings are values between 0-5 assigned to oils, waxes, butters, botanicals, etc. to measure their relative tendency to clog pores. Everyone has a different reaction to oils depending on pore sizes and skin type, so just because an oil has a rating of 4, doesn't mean that it will clog your pores, it just means its more likely to clog your pores than oils with ratings of 1,2 or 3.
This post contains a pretty thorough list of oils, butters, waxes, botanicals, herbs, minerals, etc.
This topic needs to be addressed. I feel kind of silly for being passionate about raising SOAP awareness, but commercial SOAP manufacturers are ruining the reputation of bar SOAP and very possibly damaging your skin.....