The (ugly) truth behind soap bars

We hate to break it to you, but there is something you use on a daily basis that has an amazing reputation but in reality, it may not be exactly what you think it is. Yes, your soap bar is not exactly what you think it is. It may appear as a clean, glorious, and immaculate savior that will help you get rid of all the impurities in the world, but the truth behind this image is truly not the reality.

The (ugly) truth behind soap bars

There are a few things in life that are truly great for the soul. An amazing meal with friends, a long walk on the beach or the feeling of cleanliness when you step out of the shower and get ready for another amazing day. You feel rejuvenated, clean and free of all the microbes in the world. But have you ever taken the time to read the ingredients on your favourite soap bar? If the answer to this question was a positive one, did you understand half of the ingredients that were on that list? Probably not.

Price and smell are often the most important qualities one can find in soap bar, but it really shouldn’t be that way. As we stated in another article, perfume and fragrances are to be avoided: The ingredients associated with perfume do not have to be disclosed to the consumer. According to the David Suzuki Foundation, about 3000 chemicals can enter the composition of different fragrances found in our everyday lives. One particular concern to the researchers is that the toxicity of most of these products has not been tested either alone or in combination. Moreover, it is estimated that nearly 30% of the population suffers from intolerance to perfume. This results in skin problems, headaches or breathing problems, to name a few.


Another ingredient that you’re perhaps unfamiliar with is tallow. If you ever find it on the list of ingredients of your favourite soap bar, you will be interested in reading what’s next. Soaps are made from fats and oils (like palm oil, coconut oil, olive oil or sunflower seed oil) to help them keep their shape, remain hard and not dissolve when in contact with water. However, generic and mass-produced soaps also include tallow or lard, which are rendered beef fat and pork fat. Is this really what you want to start your day with?

Soap bars include many other ingredients - like triclosan, parabens and sulfates - just to name a few, that are harmful to your skin, your health and can trigger a multitude of reactions. Knowing all this, you may want to rethink the two most common incentives when buying soap bars - price and smell. When a product is in direct contact with our skin every single day, why not spend a little more to know what ends up on our body? We invite you to try our Natural and Organic Sunflower soap bars. Made with sunflower seed oil, coconut oil and essential oils, our Castile soaps will not only answer your every need but they will also give you a (true) fresh start in the morning.

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