You & Your Skin
We have come into contact with so many wonderful people in the last few weeks and have heard nothing but tales of woe regarding people's skin and the issues that individuals have with their particular soaps.
Some of the things we've been told?:
"My skin is always so dry, even when I use lotion..."
"My hand always crack in the winter time and never heal..."
"I'm allergic to every soap on the market and have to buy $20 bottles of soap that are pure..."
My response to these and many other complaints about using commercial soap is simple. Try our soaps. Feel the difference. It's our motto and we mean it!
Commercial "soap" has so many synthetic ingredients that it can hardly be defined as soap at all. As a matter of fact, (for those that do not know) "soap" that you buy commercially cannot legally be called soap! Notice next time you are shopping that you are buying "Beauty Bars", "Moisturizing Bars" "Body Wash" but you never see the word "Soap".
Here is a list of the things that are in a bar of Dove "soap". Keeping in mind that it is the "purest" on the market.
sodium cocoyl isethionate (synthetic detergent)
stearic acid (hardner)
sodium tallowate (sodium salt of cow fat)
sodium isethionate (detergent/emulsifying agent)
coconut acid (the sodium salt of coconut oil)
sodium stearate (emulsifier, also used as a cheap stabilizer in plastics)
sodium dodecylbenzonesulfonate (synthetic detergent, skin irritant)
sodium cocoate or sodium palm kernalate (sodium salts of coconut or palm kernel oils)
fragrance (synthetic scent, potential allergen, common skin irritant)
sodium chloride (table salt used as a thickener)
titanium dioxide (whitener, also used in house paint but a natural ingredient)
trisodium EDTA (stabilizer, used in industrial cleaning products to decrease hard water, skin irritant)
trisodium etidronate (preservative, a chemical that is used in soaps to prevent soap scum) BHT (preservative, common skin irritant)
A lot of hand made soap companies still use tallow (animal fat) to make their soaps. Soap made from animal fat can clog the pores and cause individuals with skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis to worsen. And since our son Jonathon (who has eczema), is the reason we started making soap to begin with, we just don't feel like it's healthy for anyone's skin. You won't find any animal fats in our soaps.
Our soaps (depending on the particular soap) contain natural oils (coconut, almond, palm, sunflower, vegetable, shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter), milk (goats milk, rice milk, almond milk), lye (which goes away in the chemical reaction), rain water, essential oils, honey, ground almonds, fruits, oatmeal, sea salts, tea, herbs, and flowers.
Very rarely do we use a colorant that is not found in nature and we are striving to switch to all natural micas, oxides, and ultramarines for color.
There are some scents that you just cannot get in a natural oil (Like the Egg Nog or Sugar Plum). Then, and only then, will we use a fragrance oil instead of an essential oil. And even when we do, they are clearly marked so that you know exactly what is going on to your skin.
Your skin is the largest organ that you have! Take care of it with all natural ingredients!