Saturday, August 17, 2013

Handmade Versus Commercial

Handmade Versus Commercial 

Have you ever googled the ingredients on a bar of soap?  Here is a list from a very popular bar - 1/4 moisturizing beauty bar. 

Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate is an anionic detergent and surfactant 
Stearic Acid = Saturated Fatty Acid
Sodium Tallowate = Animal Fat 
Lauric Acida crystalline fatty acid occurring as glycerides in natural fats and oils 
Sodium Isethionate = salt that functions as a skin cleanser
Sodium stearate = sodium salt of stearic acid
Cocamidopropyl betaine (CAPB) = compound derived from coconut oil and dimethylaminopropylamine. It is a zwitterion, consisting of both a quaternary ammonium cationand a carboxylate
Sodium cocoate = generic name for the mixture of fatty acid salts (acid salts) of coconut oil that is used in soap making.
Sodium Palm Kernelate = sodium salt of the acids derived from palm kernel oil.
Sodium Chloride = A colorless crystalline compound, NaCl, occurring naturally in seawater and halite; common salt.
Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid = widely abbreviated as EDTA (for other names, see Table), is apolyamino carboxylic acid and a colourless, water-soluble solid. Its conjugate base is named ethylenediaminetetraacetate. It is widely used to dissolve limescale.(Detergent)
Tetrasodium EDTA is a preservative that’s made from the known carcinogen, formaldehyde and sodium cyanide. It is also a penetration enhancer, meaning it breaks down the skin's protective barrier, going right into your bloodstream. Many companies trying to be "natural" will use Tetrasodium EDTA instead of parabens to preserve their products. In my opinion, Tetrasodium EDTA is just as bad.

Where in any of this is the 1/4 moisturizing ingredients?  And Formaldehyde?  I don't know about you, but I don't want to be rubbing my family in Formaldehyde.  Notice how many ingredients come from oils.  This is because commercial companies don't use the pure ingredients.  They use part of them, and then remove further ingredients after the soaponification process.

Now let's compare to Handmade.  Here is a list of ingredients I use, (not all soap contains all the listed ingredients.  This is a list that I may use in my products)

Olive Oil
Coconut Oil
Sustainable Palm Oil
Avocado Oil
Shea Butter
Cocoa Butter
Almond Oil
Castor Oil
Essential Oil
Kaolin Clay
Natural Colorants (no Dyes!)

I began soaping to save money.  I now soap to protect my family.  

Now you decide.  Which would you rather use?

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