Many people are proactively trying to minimise the number of toxins that enter their body; they eat good food, they drink purified water, they breathe purified air, and some even take added measures to detoxify their body. However, what many people don’t realise is that a great many harmful toxins can be absorbed through the skin. Given the industrious processes used to produce the various types of soaps, it’s not surprising that most contain potentially harmful chemicals, dyes, fragrances and other questionable substances that we’d be better off avoiding. The bottom line is that if you want to minimise the toxins that you and your family are exposed to, perhaps it’s time to consider the benefits of using organic soap.
Why Use Organic Soap?
Many people have sensitive skin, and some have skin conditions that do not respond well to chemically laden soap. Organic soaps allow you to avoid or at least reduce the skin problems that are associated with soaps containing chemical irritants. Organic soaps generally contain ingredients that have not been produced with harmful chemicals, dyes or fragrances, or grown using herbicides, chemical fertilisers, or pesticides. If you suffer from chemical sensitivities, perhaps it’s time to take a look at the soap you’re using. It’s also interesting to note that the chemicals used to make regular soap will most assuredly dry your skin, as non-organic soaps usually do not contain glycerine, which is a moisturising agent. Unfortunately, many people wait until their itchy, dry skin becomes a problem before making the switch to natural soap.
What are the Common Ingredients in Organic Soap?
Shop for your hygiene products in the same way you should shop for food — always review the ingredients. Many products claim to be made with natural or organic ingredients, but manufacturers often only use such language as a marketing ploy. Only soaps that are labelled as ‘Certified Organic’ or ‘100% Organic’ are likely to contain natural, organic ingredients. As a general guideline, look for products that contain familiar ingredients such as:
- Coconut Oil
- Goat’s Milk
- Essential Oils
- Moroccan Red Clay
- Olive Oil
- Sunflower Seeds
- Sunflower Petals
- Unrefined African Shea Butter
- Wild Horsemint
- Wild Yucca Root
The Benefits of Using Organic Soap
The ingredients in organic soaps are not grown with chemical fertilisers and pesticides, both of which can pollute the water supply, air, and soil, and most organic soaps are cruelty-free, meaning they’re not tested on animals. Although the organic option can tend to cost more, many of the health benefits of using organic soap and the product quality justify the extra cost. It’s a purchase you can feel right about and take to heart.