Did you know?
The first commercial soap company was founded by William Colgate in 1806. Colgate’s first “soap” product, “Cashmere Bouquet,” was introduced in 1872 followed by Proctor & Gamble, who launched “Ivory” in 1893.
Up until this point, all soaps were made using animal or vegetable fats, but with the onset of WWI, and decreased availability of those those fats, manufacturers turned to synthetic detergents, and commercial soap as we know it today was born.
Some of the more common chemicals added to commercial soap are:
- Propylene glycol, which replaces glycerin, a natural by-product of soap making. Propylene glycol is petroleum based and is used to make antifreeze. It can be dangerous when inhaled, is a skin irritant, and is also dehydrating and aging to the skin.
- Sodium lauryl sulfate creates “foam.” It is a serious irritant, hormone disrupter, dries out the skin’s proteins, and cannot be metabolized by the liver.
- Pentasodium pentatate makes better “foam.” This one is an eye irritant and not recommended for use on infants.
- Tricoslan is an antibacterial compound, which is being phased out due to adverse effects on the thyroid and endocrine systems (a collection of glands that secrete hormones directly into the circulatory system to be carried towards a target organ).
- Cocomidopropyl betaine is derived from coconuts and allows commercial manufacturers to label products as “natural.” It causes skin discomfort and rashes, is an eye irritant, and is the second ingredient listed in “Johnson’s Baby Shampoo” after water.
- Artificial colors are made up of tar derivatives, long chain hydrocarbons, and other petrochemicals.
Is this really what you want to put on your skin?