Have you ever thought about what’s in your soap? Most people don’t bother to read the ingredients on the back of the package much less look up where those ingredients come from. Soap is supposed to make you feel clean, right? That’s the general idea. Okay, so let’s look at some of the ingredients typically found in most soap then you can decide for yourself how clean it actually sounds. Then we will look at pure castile soap ingredients and see how they compare.
We’ll look at two popular brands of bar soap. First, let’s examine the ingredients in Irish Spring. First, it says soap, but then in parentheses it lists the ingredients used in making that “soap.” We won’t need to look at all of them. Just a couple will probably be enough to gross you out.
First, it says “soap.” Hmm…okay…but let’s see what goes in that soap.
- Sodium Tallowate – The very first thing on the list, so if ingredients are still listed in order of most to least like they have always been, then there is more sodium tallowate in Irish Spring than anything else. But what is sodium tallowate? Well, it’s the main ingredient that made me stop buying all the name brand soaps in the first place (as well as the fact that most soap brands are tested on animals).
Sodium tallowate is made by combining tallow with lye. That doesn’t sound too bad, does it. But what is tallow? It is the rendered fatty tissue of animals. The worst part is how it is obtained. I have found this from information from several sources, but I just decided to take a screenshot from totalbeauty.com.
This may sound just gross to you, but it is totally horrifying to me! And people use this stuff in the shower every day and probably never know what they are using! Not to mention that it is also used in some lipsticks and eyeshadows! Ugh.
- Next, we see sodium cocate and/or sodium palm kernelate. These products come from either coconut oil or palm oil, that is reacted with sodium hydroxide. Nothing horrible like tallowate.
- After those so called “soap” ingredients, if you skip a couple of ingredients, you will see Tallow Acid. Yes, you guessed it! More rendered animal fat (to put it nicely, I guess). But even the safety of this fatty acid is questionable. According to BeefTallow.com tallow acid may be toxic to aquatic life, both fish and plants and not enough studies have been done to confirm the safety of this product in cosmetics. THEN WHY IS IT THERE?
- Further down on the list, you will see Titanium Dioxide. I had to mention this one because I cannot find anywhere that is has any skin benefits, and it can cause rash and irritation. I personally am allergic to it. It is found in many sunscreens and I have had many adverse reactions from trying to use these sunscreens.
Now lets look at the ingredients in Tone Soap. As you can see, there isn’t much difference, so I don’t see any need to discuss the ingredients in Tone. I’d be repeating what I just said about Irish Spring. I do see some cocoa butter, aloe, and papaya extract in there, but if this is their idea of a soap that’s beneficial to your skin, I have to disagree. It looks like the animal fat, that could of have come from roadkill, and the harsh chemicals tag-team to dominate this soap.
Once you compare the ingredients in these soaps to pure castile soap ingredients, I think you will see that the better choice is a no brainer. Unless your idea of clean is smearing animal fat over your body that is. So lets look at the ingredients in castile soap. I chose my two favorite brands of pure castile soap, Kirk’s Castile Pure Botancial Coconut Oil Soap and Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Bar Soap. I have both of these brands in my bathroom vanity, so I copied the ingredients directly off of the packaging.
Kirk Castile Soap Ingredients: Sodium Cocoate, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Gluconate, Fragrance
That’s it. Just a few simple ingredients. The soap is made with absolutely no animal by products, is biodegradable, and it’s cruelty-free. I like it because it lathers so well, seems to destroy odors, and there is hardly no waste. You can take the tiniest little bit and make a rich, creamy lather in your hand – enough to wash your whole body with actually, no exaggeration.
Dr. Bronner Castile Soap Ingredients: Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Palm Oil, Sodium Hydrochloride, Water, Organic Olive Oil, Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Sea Salt, Citric Acid, Tocopherol
Dr. Bronner’s is made largely of organic oils so as you might guess, it’s certified organic. It’s vegan and also cruelty-free. And Dr. Bronner’s comes in a variety of scents, all scented with organic oils. I personally prefer the baby unscented.
Once you’ve tried either Kirk’s or Dr. Bronner’s, you’ll be hooked. And I know you will never go back to those nasty old soaps made with animal by products…roadkill?
Have you tried either of these soaps? Do you have a favorite? Tell us in the comments!
Thanks for reading!
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