All of these natural castile foaming soaps are made with cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil as a base, to which is added other nutritious and moisturizing plant oils and luxurious plant butters. These foaming soaps are Vegan, Gluten-Free, Cruelty-Free and contain ZERO man-made synthetic fragrances. No animal products, no phosphates, no phthalates, no parabens, no formaldehyde, no alcohols, no BHT or BHA, no petrolatum, no SLS, no triclosan.
How is soap made? This information is taken from www.pennylaneorganics.com
All Natural Soap – bar soap, liquid soap as well as natural shampoos are made during the saponification process.
Saponification is the chemical reaction that occurs when fats or oils (fatty acids) come into contact with an alkali (or a base.) and it literally means “soap making” – from a Latin word “sapo” or Celtic word “saipo” which also means soap. Without these 2 main ingredients there is simply no soap.
Remember: no lye, no soap!
In the past soap makers used animal fats and wood ash lye to make soap. Lye soap had a bad reputation as being harsh and damaging to the skin. This was often true since soap makers didn’t have lye of consistent strength and quality or sophisticated instruments to help them determine the perfect ratio between fats and lye, so to ensure that they will get soap at the end of their soap making effort they often used more lye than would be required, resulting in highly alkaline soap.
Today we use sodium hydroxide (for hard soap) and potassium hydroxide (for liquid soap) in combination with variety of plant based oils and butters. Soap made with these oils is more expensive than commercially made soap and soap made from animal fats, but they also contain nutrients and vitamins that other soaps don’t and therefore they are much healthier and gentler for both skin and hair. They also contain glycerin which attracts water and protects your skin and which is a natural by-product of saponification process.
Most commercial soaps do not contain glycerin as manufacturers extract this highly prized component and use it in manufacturing of more expensive cosmetic products. That’s why commercial soap has drying effect on skin and most people can’t get through the day without creams and lotions to reduce damage and discomfort caused by commercial soaps, detergents and shampoos. And let’s not forget the effect of detergents and phosphates contained in commercial soaps on our environment.
To ensure that we have perfectly balanced soap that is gentle on both skin and hair we add Shea butter to our soap once the saponification has happened (this is called super-fatting). This ensures that any free lye is neutralized so even though soap is made with lye (sodium or potassium hydroxide) the finished product contains no lye at all. Soap made in this way is wonderfully moisturizing and safe for everyone, from babies to people with any skin conditions.
Toxic Ingredients to Avoid
Any personal care product that has warnings on the labels such as these examples should be avoided:
- Harmful if swallowed
- May causes skin irritation or burns
- May cause central nervous system depression
- May cause kidney damage
- May cause respiratory and digestive tract irritation
The warnings are there because these products contain toxic ingredients that are known to cause hormonal abnormalities, birth defects and reproductive problems, affect our lungs, our brains and central nervous system, cause rashes and eczema on our skin and some are known carcinogens.
For your own and your family’s sake you should stay away from any product containing these toxic components.
Here’s a “Dirty Dozen” list from David Suzuki Foundation
1. BHA and BHT
2. Coal tar dyes: p-phenylenediamine and colours listed as “CI” followed by a five digit number
In addition to coal tar dyes, natural and inorganic pigments used in cosmetics are also assigned Colour Index numbers (in the 75000 and 77000 series, respectively).
Look for p-phenylenediamine hair dyes and in other products colours listed as “CI” followed by five digits.1 The U.S. colour name may also be listed (e.g. “FD&C Blue No. 1” or “Blue 1”). Potential to cause cancer and may be contaminated with heavy metals toxic to the brain.
3. DEA-related ingredients
Used in creamy and foaming products, such as moisturizers and shampoos. Can react to form nitrosamines, which may cause cancer. Harmful to fish and other wildlife. Look also for related chemicals MEA and TEA.
4. Dibutyl phthalate
Used as a plasticizer in some nail care products. Suspected endocrine disrupter and reproductive toxicant. Harmful to fish and other wildlife.
5. Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives
Look for DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine and quarternium-Used in a variety of cosmetics. Slowly release small amounts of formaldehyde, which causes cancer.
Used in a variety of cosmetics as preservatives. Suspected endocrine disrupters and may interfere with male reproductive functions.
7. Parfum (a.k.a. fragrance)
Any mixture of fragrance ingredients used in a variety of cosmetics — even in some products marketed as “unscented.” Some fragrance ingredients can trigger allergies and asthma. Some linked to cancer and neurotoxicity. Some harmful to fish and other wildlife.
8. PEG compounds
Used in many cosmetic cream bases. Can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer. Also for related chemical propylene glycol and other ingredients with the letters “eth” (e.g., polyethylene glycol).
Used in some hair products for shine and as a moisture barrier in some lip balms, lip sticks and moisturizers. A petroleum product that can be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which may cause cancer.
Look for ingredients ending in “-siloxane” or “-methicone.” Used in a variety of cosmetics to soften, smooth and moisten. Suspected endocrine disrupter and reproductive toxicant (cyclotetrasiloxane). Harmful to fish and other wildlife.
11. Sodium laureth sulfate
Used in foaming cosmetics, such as shampoos, cleansers and bubble bath. Can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer. Look also for related chemical sodium lauryl sulfate and other ingredients with the letters “eth” (e.g., sodium laureth sulfate).
Used in antibacterial cosmetics, such as toothpastes, cleansers and antiperspirants. Suspected endocrine disrupter and may contribute to antibiotic resistance in bacteria. Harmful to fish and other wildlife.