These soaps are expensive!!! Why should I even consider going with natural soaps?
The ever looming questions posed to all hand crafted soap and cosmetic makers. The answer is pretty simple to me but maybe not so much for you. So let's start with the fact that the skin is the largest organ of the body. Our skin has the dubious job of protecting us 24 hours a day, 365 days per year and much of this time under extreme conditions in the cold, rain, heat, smoke from car engines as we walk our kids to and from school, ect. ect. Instead of trying to explain this any further, an article from the Natural News does a much better job than I ever could. Heres an excerpt from the 2009 web entry that gives a full on explanation of why to choose natural soaps over the yucky stuff at the local Wal-mart. There are also tons of resources like the Environmental Working Group website (my personal favorite) that not only provide information on the products we use in on our bodies and in our homes, each product is given a rating which lets you the consumer decide how to proceed once you are properly informed. You can check them out here.
The next time you walk down the soap aisle at your favorite store enjoying the fresh, clean scents and the bright colorful packaging, pay attention. Look at the labels. The vast majority of the products on the shelf don't say 'soap' on their labels. They might be called beauty bars, moisturizing bars, or body bars, but not soap. That's because these bars aren't actually soap and can't legally claim to be; they're detergents. The manufacturers have removed most of the 'good' stuff that occurs in the soap making process, and replaced it with synthetic lathering agents and harsh chemicals. These cheap, plentiful detergent bars are just plain bad for your skin.
What's so bad about it?
Commercial soap manufacturers make it a practice to remove the glycerine that is produced during the saponification (soap-making) process. The glycerine is a highly profitable substance, often sold to other companies who use it to make lotions and moisturizers, which your skin, now dried out from the harsh detergent 'soap,' desperately needs.
Most commercially produced bars contain synthetic lathering agents, artificial colors, and a slew of chemicals we can't even pronounce. Antibacterial and antimicrobial soaps often contain triclosan. Triclosan is a toxic chemical that is known to cause cancer. According to the National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides (NCAMP), manufacturers of a number of triclosan-containing products claim that the active ingredient continues to work for as long as 12 hours after use. Consumers are, therefore, exposed to triclosan for much longer than the 20 seconds it takes to wash their hands or face.
Always remember that your skin is porous and absorbent. It absorbs whatever it comes in contact with, much the same as sticking something in your mouth. Chronic use of chemical laden products will cause the body to store the chemicals in the body fat or even in the brain. With enough accumulations of toxins in the body, illness can occur.