Most people actively try to minimize the amount of toxins that enter their body. They eat good food, they drink purified water, they breathe purified air, and some even take added measures to detoxify their body. However, what many people don’t realize is that toxins can be absorbed through their skin. No time is this more important than when deciding what kind of soap to use. Given the industrious process used to produce many of the commonly known soaps, it’s not a surprise that most contain questionable chemicals, dyes, and fragrances… questionable substances that many of us would be better off avoiding. If you want to minimize the “casual toxins” you and your family are exposed to, consider using organic soap.
Why Use Organic Soap?
Many people have sensitive skin that doesn’t respond well to chemically laden soap. By using organic soap, you might be able to avoid, or at least reduce, the skin problems that are caused by irritating chemical ingredients. Organic soap contains ingredients that are not, and have not been produced with, herbicides, chemical fertilizers, or pesticides. It’s invaluable for those who suffer from chemical sensitivities.
Even if you don’t break out in a full body rash, the chemicals used to make conventional soap will most assuredly dry your skin. Non-organic soaps usually do not contain glycerin (a moisturizing agent). Unfortunately, many people wait until itchy, dry skin is a problem before making the switch to natural soap.
Ingredients in Organic Soap
Shopping for hygiene products needs to be like shopping for food — always review the label. Some products claim to be “made with natural ingredients” or “made with organic ingredients”; however, there are plenty of companies who only use such language as a marketing ploy. Be aware that only soaps labeled as certified organic or 100% organic will contain truly natural ingredients.
It’s a little too simplistic to be a hard and fast rule, but as a general guideline, you want to look for a product that contains familiar ingredients, not one that reads like a chemistry lab supply company catalog. Common ingredients found in organic soap include:
The Benefits of Using Organic Personal Care Products
Using organic soap has other benefits. First off, most organic soaps are cruelty-free, meaning they’re not tested on animals. Purchasing natural and organic products is better for the environment, too. Organic ingredients are grown without chemicals and pesticides, both of which can pollute the water supply, air, and soil. Organic soap might not lead the charge in saving the world but it supports the fundamental effort.
Although the added attention to detail might mean the organic option is a couple dollars more, for many, the health benefits — not to mention the product quality — justify the extra cost. It’s a purchase you can feel good about and enjoy.
Do you want to reduce the onslaught of toxins in your home? Start with replacing your personal care products! We offer a really nice selection of organic coconut oil soaps from Organic Fiji and Branch Basics can be used as a body wash. Not that I’m trying to give a sales pitch, they’re just a couple of my favorites. I recommend doing your own research and comparing other products from other vendors. What’s most important is that you find a product that works for you. If you’ve got a suggestion, please feel free to leave a comment below!
-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM