So you don't like to use soap on your skin? I can see why you might have made that decision. After all, many of the commercial 'soap' bars on the supermarket shelf are quite harsh and drying.
What are the alternatives to using soap then? This week I spent some time lurking in the personal care aisle of our supermarket. I found some very appealing products with pretty coloured packaging, reassuring words like 'nourishing', pictures of fruit and mention of naturally sweet scents such as pomegranate.
Some brands come in both bar form or liquid, so I could take my pick. If I was in a hurry, I'd toss these yummy smelling, nourishing products into my trolley confident in the fact that I'd made a good choice for my family. With limited time, I'd move onto the dairy department, where I'd carefully examine the ingredients on the spread to make sure I wasn't feeding any trans fats to my children.
But what if I did take the time to turn over my body wash or beauty bars. Here's a list of what I'd find:
Liquid - Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate/Sodium C12-13 Pareth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoyl Glycinae, Lauric Acid, Fragrance Sodium Lauroyl Isethonate, Glycerin, Heliathus Annus (Sunflower Seed Oil), Punica Granatum Fruit Juice, Lippa Citriodora, Flower/Leaf/Stem Water, Sodium Palmitate, Sodium Isethonate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Stearic Acid Sodium Stearate, Coconut Acid, Myristic Acid, Capric Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, BHT, Carbomer, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylsothazolninone, Cl16255, Cl 77891.
Bar - Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Stearic Ac id sodium Palmitate, Aqua, Lauric Acid, Sodium Isethionate, Sodium Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Parfum, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Zinc Oxide, Tetrasodium eDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Alumina Cl26100, Cl 77891.
So, do these ingredients pose any risk to the health of my family? In some cases you will find these ingredients listed on a number of websites with reference to the 'danger' they pose to human health, based on an experiments on animals. I'm certainly not suggesting that any of the ingredients I've listed are likely to cause health problems.
What I am saying is this. Why use a product with a long, complex list of ingredients when there's a viable alternative with simple ingredients? Washpool Farm makes soap ranging from single ingredient (extra virgin olive oil) to multiple ingredients (shampoo bars). The difference is that you'll recognise what's in them.
We don't claim to nourish your skin or moisturise, like we've seen on some cleansers. We give you credit for being smart enough to know that the purpose of your cleanser, whether it be liquid or bar, is to gently remove unwanted oils and dirt without stripping your skin of its' natural defenses.
We know you're busy, but please, take the time to read what you're putting on your skin. Ditch the long list of unknown ingredients in favour of simple, natural alternatives. Handmade natural soap is the informed choice for you and your family.