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  • Benefits of Using Natural Soap
  • Allison Worley

Benefits of Using Natural Soap

Soap. It’s something that we as humans are all familiar with, especially now more than ever due to the current COVID-19 outbreak. The first evidence of soap traces back to the Babylonians in 2800 B.C. Though the soap we use today is no longer made from fats combined with wood ash and water, it is still a necessity to practice good hygiene as humans. As of just a few weeks ago, if you were to walk down the health and beauty aisle at a store, you would have been bombarded with thousands of fragrances, formulas, consistencies and brands. With the current pandemic going on globally, many people are now searching for any type of soap they can get their hands on the picked-over empty store shelves. What many people fail to realize is many of these soaps offered on shelves are filled with harmful chemicals, synthetic ingredients, and parabens that ultimately cause your skin to become dehydrated. If you’re searching the empty grocery store shelves searching for the last bottle of hand soap, consider turning to natural soap instead.

Because our skin is the largest organ on our body, the way we choose to take care of our skin can have an impact on our overall health. We understand that finding the perfect soap can be difficult, or perhaps the same bar soap you’ve used for the past ten years has started to become boring. There are many myths circulating around natural soaps, but we are here to share some of the reasons why natural soaps are the best for the body. Hopefully, by the end of this post, you’ll be ready to update your soap choices and have fun with new fragrances.

  1. Natural soap is just as effective as commercial soaps, they are just well...more natural.

    Soap is made to lift the bacteria-causing molecules from the skin and help the water to wash those molecules away. In 2016, the FDA banned the use of 19 chemicals said to be marketed as “antibacterial” ingredients. Many believe that the soap itself is what kills the bacteria on our skin, but it's actually the soap that helps to wash away the bacteria. This being said, a soap made out of natural ingredients is just as effective.

  2. You’re investing in the planet by investing in natural soaps.

    From an environmental perspective, when you think of the large volume of commercial soap used each year, that’s a lot of toxic chemical build-up that is going into our ocean, lakes, and rivers. These chemicals can be extremely harmful to animals. By using natural, earth-derived ingredients, we are helping to make our ecosystems and the planet we call home a better place. 

  3. You can find your favorite fragrance or consistency without it being artificial.

    Whether you prefer floral, sweet or earthy scents, you’re sure to find something that delights your senses. Many natural soaps are made with essential oils, meaning the range of fragrance options are endless. You can still find natural soap in your favorite scent!

    Natural soap doesn’t just have to be in the form of bar soap either. Natural soaps can be liquid and foam based as well.

  4. No humans or animals are harmed in the process.

    Many times, mass-produced, detergent soaps are tested on animals. Why would you want to put something so harsh on your skin that has to be tested on innocent animals before using on human skin? By supporting a handmade and natural ingredient soap maker, you’re eliminating the chances of the products being tested on animals.

  5. You know what ingredients are used.

    There are many misconceptions when it comes to the ingredients in soaps. For example, many believe that glycerin is added to the soap in the soapmaking process. In reality, glycerin is actually created during the soap making process. Glycerin is a natural humectant that locks in moisture to the skin. If you take a look at other products, glycerin is extracted and used in higher-end commercial products. In natural soap, the glycerin doesn’t have to be added, it’s just simply created.

    This is also true when it comes to clean, pure ingredients being used to make natural soaps. No hidden oils and chemicals here, just the real thing. Remember, what we put on our skin can be absorbed into our body. 

In conclusion, when you choose to purchase natural soap over regular over-the-counter soap, you are not only investing in yourself, but you’re investing in the planet as well. We have to take care of this beautiful planet that we are so lucky to get to call home. This progress is made by everyone doing their part by switching to natural alternatives. Now more than ever, we are turning to washing away germs and bacteria to fight off the current virus. The best weapon is simply soap and water. So, instead of picking the highly fragranced commercial soap, consider looking to a natural soap instead. There are so many choices of natural soaps out there, what are you waiting for? Here’s to a better planet, here’s to a better you.

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    Allison Worley