A General Comparison of SOAPS

November 04, 2015

A General Comparison of SOAPS

Know What You're Buying

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. 

Important Considerations

Synthetics are not always a bad thing, and natural ingredients are not always a good thing. Unfortunately, knowing what's what is not super clear. Please make sure you read all labels and understand all ingredients before you start buying products for yourself or your family. The law is very loosey goosey on making sure ingredients are healthy for your skin. Just like food, there are good options and bad options. It's up to you to make the right decisions. The government (rightfully so) is not protecting you and companies (unfortunately) do not always hold your health as a priority over profits. We love science and health and are here for questions. Please contact us anytime for questions. 

This List DOES NOT include the use of Sodium Hydroxide. While Lye (sodium hydroxide) is a synthetic, SOAP is not SOAP without it. When formulated properly (no reputable company will screw up their lye chemistry) ZERO lye remains in the final product. Check out the Saponification link (in the learn more section) at the bottom of this post for more information on the use of sodium hydroxide in soap making.

The synthetic list is ordered by greatest to least percent composition of the product formula. The molecule pictures may not represent the exact structure of the listed chemical. 

THE LIST

 LUSH (honey i washed the kids)

Ingredients: Water (Aqua) , Rapeseed Oil (Brassica napus) , Glycerine ,Honey , Sorbitol , Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera) , Sodium Lauryl Sulfate , Sodium Stearate , Fragrance , Sweet Wild Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis) , Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia) , Titanium Dioxide , Sodium Chloride , Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides) , Sodium Hydroxide , Aloe Vera Extract (Aloe barbadensis) , EDTA , Tetrasodium Etidronate , *Limonene , *Linalool , Amyl Cinnamal , Citronellol, Lilial , Beeswax (Cera alba) . *Occurs naturally in essential oils

Synthetic Detergent: YES

Synthetic Fragrance: YES

Synthetic Preservative: YES

Palm Oil:NO

Animal Fats: NO

Synthetics

Sorbitol moleculeSLS moleculeSodium Sterate MoleculeFragrance phthalate molecule Tetrasodium EDTA moleculetetrasodium etidronate moleculeAmyl Cinnamal moleculeLilial Molecule

 

DOVE (moisture bar)

Ingredients: Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Tallowate or Sodium Palmitate, Lauric Acid, Sodium Isethionate, Water, Sodium Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoate or Sodium Palm Kernelate, Fragrance, Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Titanium Dioxide

Synthetic Detergent: YES

Synthetic Fragrance: YES

Synthetic Preservative: YES

Palm Oil:YES

Animal Fats: YES

Synthetics

Sodium Lauryl Isethionate moleculeSodium Sterate Molecule Cocamidopropyl Betaine moleculefragrance phthalate moleculeTetrasodium EDTA moleculeTetrasodium etidronate molecule

 

IRISH SPRINGS (moisture blast)

Ingredients: Soap (Sodium Tallowate, Sodium Cocoate and/or Sodium Palm Kernelate), Water, Glycerin (Skin Conditioner), Hydrogenated Tallow Acid (Skin Conditioner), Petrolatum, Coconut Acid, Fragrance, Sodium Chloride, Polyquaternium-6, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Pentasodium Pentetate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-DI-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Corn Starch Modified, Peg-12, Mineral Oil, Propylene Glycol, Polysorbate 80, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Ultramarines.

Synthetic Detergent: YES

Synthetic Fragrance: YES

Synthetic Preservative: YES

Palm Oil:YES

Animal Fats: YES

Synthetics

Fragrance MoleculePolyquaternium-6 moleculeHydroxypropyl MethylcellulosePentaerythrityl Tetra-DI-T-Butyl HydroxyhydrocinnamatePeg-12 DIMETHICONEPolysorbate 80 molecule

ZEST (aqua)

Ingredients:Sodium tallowate and/or sodium pamate, sodium cocoate and/or sodium palm kernelate, water/agua, glycerin, coconut acid, palm acid, palm kernel acid, tallow acid, fragrance/fragancia, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, malva sylvestris(mallow) Extract, tocopherol, sodium chloride, titanimum dioxide, pentasodium pentetate, tetrasodium etidronate, yellow 10, Green 

 

Synthetic Detergent: YES

Synthetic Fragrance: YES

Synthetic Preservative: YES

Palm Oil:YES

Animal Fats: YES

Synthetics

Fragrance MoleculeTetrasodium EDTA Moleculeyellow 10 moleculegreen 3 molecule

AVEENO (fragrance free moisture bar)

Ingredients: Oat Flour (Avena Sativa), Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Water, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Citric Acid, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Hydrogenated Castor Oil.

Synthetic Detergent: YES

Synthetic Fragrance: NO

Synthetic Preservative: NO

Palm Oil: NO

Animal Fats: NO

Synthetics

Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate moleculeDisodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate moleculeSodium Trideceth Sulfate

 

L'OCCITANE (shea butter extra gentle soap)

Ingredients:Sodium Palmate, Sodium Palm Kernelate (Palm Kernel Oil), Aqua/Water/Eau (Water), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) (Shea Butter), Citral, Perfume (Fragrance), Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Limonene, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Geraniol, Linalool, Sodium Hydroxide, Hexylcinnamal, Citronellol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract (Rosemary), Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil (Sunflower)

Synthetic Detergent: NO

Synthetic Fragrance: YES

Synthetic Preservative: NO

Palm Oil: YES

Animal Fats: NO

Synthetics

Fragrance Molecule

 

GAIA BODY WORKS (classic lavender)

Ingredients: 100% Saponified Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil, Shea Butter, Dead Sea Salt, Epsom Salt, Lavender Essential Oil, Bentonite Clay, Crushed Lavender Flowers, Alkanet Root Powder 

Synthetic Detergent: NO

Synthetic Fragrance: NO

Synthetic Preservative: NO

Palm Oil: NO

Animal Fats: NO

Synthetics

NOPE! NONE! 

 Check Out the Gaia Natural Artisan SOAP Collection

Learn More

Saponification is the ONLY way to make authentic SOAP

Palm Oil is in Everything and You'll Wish It Wasn't

Natural or Naturally Savvy, Fragrances are an FDA Loophole




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