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November 04, 2015
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.
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.
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
Animal Fats: NO
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
Animal Fats: YES
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.
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
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 Fragrance: NO
Synthetic Preservative: NO
Palm Oil: NO
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
Palm Oil: YES
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
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January 07, 2016
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.
December 10, 2015
November 03, 2015
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)