BeautifulSoap is made with ingredients that are gentle and safe for your skin. It doesn’t contain any synthetic ingredients, which can be absorbed by the skin ( the body’s largest organ) and sometimes get into the bloodstream causing problems. Many regular soaps are actually synthetic detergents. Always read your soap ingredients and look up the unknown words listed for your safely and for your families safety. At BeautifulSoap you are using beneficial plant based ingredients that will nourish your skin. Chemicals in other soaps can dry your skin and age your skin.
Parabens are chemicals that are used to preserve cosmetics and personal care products, the same way chemical preservatives are used to keep foods from spoiling while they sit on store shelves. Because widespread paraben use is still a relatively modern occurrence, we don’t have definitive scientific research on how it impacts the body.
While the study didn’t link the existence of the parabens to an increased incidence of breast cancer, it does reveal the chemicals’ ability to penetrate the skin and remain in the body unaltered by metabolism. Additionally, according to the Environmental Working Group, parabens can “act like the hormone estrogen in the body and disrupt the normal function of hormone systems.”
One of the best ways to avoid products with unsafe ingredients is to check ingredient labels for known toxins. Sometimes, however, that approach doesn’t work. Because the FDA doesn’t require cosmetic manufacturers to list the specific ingredients that are used to create their product’s scent, the word “fragrance” is often a convenient hiding place for some pretty toxic chemicals.
Phthalates are a group of chemicals that are used as a solvent and fixative in fragrances, and they may possibly cause damage to the liver, kidneys, lungs, and reproductive system.
Like the compounds that make up your favorite soap’s scent, you probably also won’t find 1, 4-Dioxane on any ingredient labels. 1, 4-Dioxane is found in soaps and other sudsy products, and it is created when common ingredients are mixed together. 1, 4-Dioxane is a byproduct of this process — not a standalone ingredient — which explains why the FDA doesn’t require that it be listed on labels.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) notes that while 1, 4-Dioxane can easily be removed from products prior to packaging, it remains in up to 46% of personal care products on the market. This is a critical issue, as the EWG considers 1, 4-Dioxane highly hazardous. Even short term exposure to the chemical can cause irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, as well as possible kidney and liver disease. Long term exposure can cause cancer, and 1, 4-Dioxane is also known to pass through a mother’s breast milk.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
Whether they’re washing their hands or their body, many people equate the efficacy of soap to the amount of lather it generates. Unfortunately, all of those suds come at a cost. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, also known as SLS, is the ingredient added to soap to make it lather, and according to the EWG’s Cosmetics Database, it’s highly toxic. SLS carries a high concern for irritation of the skin, eyes, and lungs, as well as moderate concern for organ system toxicity.
In September 2016, the FDA banned triclosan, an antibacterial and antifungal ingredient used as a preservative in personal care products. The chemical has been found to negatively impact the immune system and cardiovascular function, while also potentially triggering an increase in allergy and asthma symptoms, antibiotic and antimicrobial resistance, and lower testosterone levels (to only name a few side effects).
Unfortunately, the FDA ban didn’t eliminate these risks. The ingredients found in antibacterial soaps place the products in the same category as over-the-counter drugs, so antibacterial soaps are regulated by the FDA. Traditional soaps, however, are not.
Even after the antibacterial soap ban on triclosan, it is still found in 2,000 or more products. And because of its frequent use in personal care products, research estimates that up to 75% of Americans are currently exposed to this dangerous chemical.