Every household needs soap but what soap do you choose when you have concerns about skincare ingredients and their effects on your body and the waterways they wash off into?
You’ve probably heard scary and alarming stats about the skin absorbing 60% of what is put on it and also how palm oil (a staple ingredient in soaps and oh so much more) is contributing rapidly to deforestation. Wow, that’s a lot of guilt from one simple shower or hand wash! Soap should wash our sins away not add to them!
Since learning all this, I’ve been favouring Dr Bronner for my shower and hand soaps. Initially I was bamboozled by the plethora of print on Dr Bronner’s labels and thought it was a bit expensive here in the UK but once I purchased a bottle and diluted it, I found it lasted a very long time. I also found it came in really handy for many things around the house such as making my own dishwashing liquid and for removing stubborn stains (a drop of baby mild liquid soap removed a stain on wood surface that a regular cleaner could not).
Dr Bronner soaps are clearly the eco leaders in soap land and I think it’s great how these latherlicious soaps are so considerate of people and the environment!
Fair Trade Ingredients (IMO certified)
Organic Ingredients (Oregon Tilth)
Fair Trade Palm Oil from Ghana. Production of their oils ‘does not contribute to deforestation’.
‘100% Post-Consumer Recycled Cylinder Bottles and Paper Labels’
Not tested on animals
Classic Liquid Soaps
Water, Saponified Organic Coconut, Organic Palm and Organic Olive Oils, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Essential Oils, Citric Acid, Vitamin E
Citrus Orange Organic Bar Soap – Ingredients
Saponified Organic Coconut Oil*, Saponified Organic Palm Oil*,
Saponified Organic Olive Oil*, Organic Glycerin, Water, Organic
Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba)
Seed Oil, Organic Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Organic Citrus
Medica Limonum (Lemon) Oil, Organic Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil,
Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Tocopherol (Vit. E), (* Certified Fair
Trade by IMO)
OTHER USES FOR DR BRONNER
Brushing teeth (although I haven’t tried that yet)
Cleaning – diluted or neat
HERE ARE SOME ICKY INGREDIENTS IN REGULAR SOAPS
- Triclosan – anti-bacterial agent that is a ‘probable endocrine disruptor and carcinogen’
- Triethanolamine TEA – ‘immune system toxicant and possible carcinogen’
- Propylene Glycol – ‘alters skin structure, allowing other chemicals to penetrate deep into the skin’
- SLS Sodium Laureth Sulfate – foaming agent that can alter skin structure
- Phenoxyethanol – preservative
- Parabens – may alter hormone levels
- Artificial Fragrances & Colours
– Source: Teens Turning Green
SCENTS & SCENTS-IBILITY
Pretty: Rose or Lavender
With antiseptic oils: Eucalyptus or Tea Tree
Strong but pleasant scent: Peppermint or Almond
Unscented: Baby Mild
My favourite: Citrus Orange (zesty, summery and uplifting!)
Available in many convenient sizes
2 oz, 4 oz, 8 oz, 16 oz, 32 oz and 1 gallon
Where to purchase
Visit Dr Bronner to learn more (and view the range of organic Pump Soaps) or UK peeps can purchase online at Love Lula (236ml liquid soaps at £4.99 / organic soap bars £3.50) or check your local health food store.