Monday, December 28, 2009

Liquid Organic Soap

What ingredients make up a good liquid organic soap?

Like all soap, it starts with the saponification process. Oils are mixed with lye and result in a chemical reaction. The outcome is soap and glycerin.

Choosing oils is a very important step in soap making. Each oil will have a different quality in the final product. Oils come from many sources. One source is plant oils. Coconut oil gives tremendous, bubbly lather to your soap. Sunflower oil gives a rich creamy lather that's very moisturizing. Olive oil is very moisturizing and mild .

Another fat used in soap making is tallow, or rendered beef fat. Be aware that hormones and antibiotics are stored in the fat of animals and may end up in your soap. It may show up in the ingredients list as "sodium tallowate".

Potassium hydroxide (lye) is then mixed with the fat to create soap. No lye is in the final product as it has reacted with the oils to form soap and glycerin.

Keep an eye on the ingredient list of the liquid soap you are using. Soaps that are made from plant oils and are certified organic will keep your soap free from harmful synthetic chemicals that end up on your skin and make their way into your bloodstream.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Sensitive Skin Bar Soap

Is there such a thing as sensitive skin bar soap? Many bar soaps claim to be super sensitive on skin but a closer look at the ingredients tell a different story. Ingredients such as:
  • Sodium tallowate-the fat renderings from meat processing which may contain pesticides and hormones from the animal.
  • Tetrasodium EDTA-possible carcinogen and skin toxicant.
  • Sodium Silicate-animal studies show sense organ effects at very low doses and also a skin toxicant.
  • Fragrance-this general term can hide a lot of chemicals used in making the scent like formaldehyde and pthalates.
Many of these chemicals used in making bar soap actually irritate the skin so it doesn't make sense that it would help sensitive skin.

Better choices would be ingredients such as olive oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil or shea butter. Also look for essential oils which are oils extracted directly from the plant. Unscented products can also be a good choice for people with sensitive skin. Certified organic ingredients are a must in keeping pesticides, hormones and other chemicals out of your sensitive bar of soap.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Safe Skin-Keeping Chemicals Out of Cosmetics

I read about a nonprofit organization called "Search For The Cause". It's a group of teens trying to transform the world by researching and eliminating toxins that threaten our health and the environment. One area they focus on is safe skin.

Another related organization called "Teens for Safe Cosmetics" compiled a list of thirty chemical ingredients that may be linked to cancer called "The Dirty Thirty". This list was constructed with the aid of a chemist and the chemicals were investigated for their potential harm to health.

Most people don't realize that the cosmetics industry isn't regulated. They regulate themselves which is why there are so many chemicals in cosmetics. As more and more girls and women become aware of the hazards in most skin care there will be a movement towards healthier products. Download your copy of the "Dirty Thirty" and become a label reader to educate yourself on chemicals in skin care.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Wash Skin Organically

Think of all the ingredients in soap that end up on your skin.
  1. Sodium laureth sulfate-It's an irritant and alters skin structure. It allows other chemicals to penetrate deep into the skin and eventually your bloodstream.
  2. Cocomide DEA/Lauramide DEA-This chemical is a foaming agent that is an imune system toxicant. It also causes skin irritation.
  3. Sodium Tallowate-This ingredient comes from the fat from cattle. Many pesticides and hormones are stored in the fat and that is what a lot of soap is made from.
These are just a few of the many ingredients in soap that may be harmful to your body. Most people don't take the time to investigate what is in skin care products.

A better alternative is to wash skin organically. Certified organic soaps are void of chemicals and are plant based. Instead of cow fat, plant oils like olive, sunflower, or safflower are used. Soap is scented with essential oils and NOT fragrances that contain many hidden chemicals. Head To Toe Organics has many options of clean, pure soaps that are healthy for your skin.