Personal Care and Services

Published on August 17th, 2011 | by belleterre


Why Choose Natural Soap?

Handcrafted Soap

Soap is soap, right?  Absolutely not.

Just like any other product, what’s in it or not makes all the difference.  In fact, most commercial soap is not really soap at all, it’s closer to a detergent.

A common byproduct of the soap making process, glycerin, is one of the major benefits of soap.  It aids your skin in maintaining moisture. Commercial companies remove it as it reduces the shelf life of their product.  To replace the loss, they add back in synthetics and chemicals that may not be the best thing for our bodies.

So, what should we do?

How is a consumer to know?

First and foremost, read the ingredients of anything you consider buying.  It shouldn’t be rocket science to understand what is in the products you are using on your skin.  Found an unfamiliar ingredient?  Do what I did above and look it  up.  A fantastic source that was used in this post is the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database.  Just type in an ingredient and it will give you basic information and lists any potential concerns as well as a safety rating.  If what you’re purchasing doesn’t list the detailed ingredients, I would skip it.

Let’s look at an example:

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About the Author

Julia and her husband own Belle Terre, a natural bath and beauty company. They are working to transition from their traditional home in a small town neighborhood to a truly sustainable lifestyle in which they eat only what they grow, use only the energy they collect, and share their home with the dogs, bees and other animals that will join them.

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