27 Natural Soap Ingredients and Why They Matter
When buying soap, there’s only ONE basic condition I follow -
If I can’t and won’t eat it, then there’s NO WAY it should touch my skin.
Makes sense, considering ANYTHING you put on your skin goes straight to your bloodstream and sails throughout your body.
So if it’s nothing but a bunch of crap and nasty chemicals and ZERO natural soap ingredients at all, don’t even bother picking it up and get yourself the real deal.
Your skin and health will thank you for it.
And so will your pocket.
The Search for Natural Soap Ingredients Begins
Media is a shrewd tempter.
You see a TV ad or a magazine poster of a gorgeous model holding a bar of soap, smiling, and purring away all those things you want to hear:
“This soap will transform your life.”
“It makes my skin so smooth, supple, radiant, and youthful than ever…”
And pretty much all B.S
I say it’s all lies because you look and read the label, and it’s got stuff you can’t even pronounce easily:
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
- Propylene Glycol
Then you’ve got “fragrance” in there somewhere.
“What’s wrong with those things?”
I think the better question is this - Why put all that junk in there?
Let me go through each of these chemicals one by one, so you’ll know what I mean.
1. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Breaks down the moisture barrier of your skin for easy penetration and absorption of chemicals. Researchers have discovered the link between SLS and several health issues including endocrine disruption, organ toxicity, eye and skin irritation, and reproductive toxicity.
Contaminated with highly volatile concentrations of alcohol that is rated as “high hazard” by the Environmental Working Group. It is toxic to the kidneys, liver, central nervous system, and the brain.
3. Propylene Glycol
An ingredient found in varnishes, paints, adhesives, antifreeze, and engine coolants. This compound causes liver abnormalities, dermatitis, kidney problems, and disrupts healthy cell growth.
Mimics estrogen and disrupts hormones. As it interferes with your endocrine system, it results to male breast growth, excess fat storage, and reduced muscle mass.
You probably have liquid hand soap bottles sitting on your sink. But what you may not know about it is that it’s got triclosan in it. When mixed with chlorine (found in your tap water), it forms a probable carcinogen called chloroform, as rated by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Blocks the absorption of choline, a nutrient essential for brain development.
What a mess. Imagine having all of those in your soap that you’ve been using since forever.
Then, there’s the so-called “fragrances”, which is basically sourced from Toluene, coming from coal tar or petroleum.
Just the idea that you’re lathering up something from petroleum is crazy scary…
And I’m 100% sure you would NEVER even considering eating any of these chemicals - coal tar, petroleum, and stuff your paint or varnishes contain.
So why should you feed your skin with these junk??
Natural Soap Ingredients Are Your BEST Options
I think the better way to word it is this:
Natural soap ingredients are your ONLY choice.
You can’t even call these your alternatives because they’re the only ones you should even get for your skin.
This is why you should really take a deep and hard look at your soap and make sure what it’s got are natural soap ingredients without a single trace of nasty, toxic chemicals.
Now let’s talk about what those natural soap ingredients are exactly.
Okay, I won’t lie when I say that lye is a chemical.
But there’s no possible way for any soap to be without it. What it does is to react with oil to create soap. And here’s the takeaway - once the lye and oil reaction takes place, there’s absolutely ZERO lye that remains in the soap.
Natural soaps contain various types of oil such as the following:
Olive Oil - great for oily, dry, sensitive, and combination skin because of its gentle conditioning
Coconut Oil - gives the soap a fluffy and mild lather with cleansing properties
Cocoa Butter - offers excellent skin protection and moisture
Palm Oil - go for sustainable and organic sources
Sweet Almond Oil - light, moisturizing, and mild conditioning
Soybean Oil - provides a stable lather with moisture to the skin
Shea Butter - often makes the soap feel more like butter than a hard bar
Beeswax - makes the bar hard while giving it a lovely scent
As the name implies, antioxidants prevents oxidation and neutralize free radicals to prevent them from wreaking havoc to your health and skin. Among the common natural soap ingredients that are classified as antioxidants include rosemary oleoresin extract (from rosemary leaves) and grapefruit seed extract.
There are also soap ingredients that are antioxidants at the same time include resveratrol, vitamin E, Co Q10, and Alpha Lipoic Acid. All of these help slow down signs of skin aging.
Natural Fragrance Oils
Nope, none of that synthetic fragrance from petroleum.
Natural soaps are mildly scented with essential oils such as lavender, peppermint, orange, lemon, and sandalwood. But there are also oils with natural fragrances, which you can get from oatmeal, beeswax, and sesame oil.
If you want a calming and soothing scent, then lavender is your best bet.
Want something “manly” and enchanting at the same time? There’s sandalwood for you.
Fresh scents that energize and liven up your senses include orange and lemon.
And if you prefer a cooling sensation with every lather, that’s what you can get from peppermint-scented soaps.
Simply put, botanicals are flowers, leaves, root additives, and natural food that add color and texture to the soap. So these are mainly used for decorative purposes, although they are also great for adding an exfoliating effect on your skin.
You’ve got your dried fruit, rolled oats, ground pumice stone, neem oil, madder roots, and even turmeric powder for that gorgeous color and scent.
Natural Soap Ingredients for Healthy Skin and Body
Follow your heart and not the crowd.
That’s the best way to go when buying products for yourself whether it’s food, beverage, soap…
There’s just so much hype when a new product comes out on the market, and you’re not even 100% sure if it’s good for you.
The best way to go is by doing your homework, arm yourself with knowledge on what’s good and what’s not good for you to help you make the best purchasing decision that will ultimately affect your health.
No influencer, no clever marketing tactic, no flashy TV ad should ever make you do one thing you’re not sure about.
And in anything, whether you put it in your mouth or on your skin, NATURAL is ALWAYS the best.
It’s safe, cleansing, and gentle to your skin.
And it’s something you can eat, something you don’t have in your engine coolant, varnish, and not even in petroleum...
That’s why I’m completely certain when I say this:
With natural soap ingredients, you can NEVER go wrong.