Thursday, April 23, 2009

Soapy Suds

I've been a huge fan of homemade soaps ever since I discovered Etsy. Just one read of homemade soap ingredients compared to store bought soaps and you'll start wondering how the mass produced soaps are even legal. For example:
These are the ingredients for Lever 2000 soap Pure Rain:

Sodium tallowate, sodium cocoyl isethionate, sodium cocoate, water, sodium isethionate, stearic acid, coconut fatty acid, fragrance, titanium dioxide, sodium chloride, disodium phosphate, tetrasodium EDTA, trisodium etidronate, BHT, FD&C blue no. 1, D&C red no. 33. you know what that first, main ingredient sodium tallowate is? It's what's created when you combine sodium hydroxide (lye) with beef tallow. That's right folk. ANIMAL FAT! GROSS. And how about Stearic acid. Any idea what that is? It's a saturated fatty acid that's usually derived from tallow or lard. For those greasy animal fatty soapy suds we all love. The rest of the ingredients are mostly petroleum products, synthetic preservatives and synthetic detergents many of which are proven irritants. Feelin' clean yet?

Now, lets take a look at some homemade soap ingredients:
This is a beautiful bar called "Pink Grapefruit"from Etsy seller Besem Naturals Scents
Ingredients: saponified oils of olive, palm kernal, coconut, rice bran, castor oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, rose clay, pure essential oils and fragrance.
Also, 10% of profits are given to orphan relief.

And rather than smelling like chemicals it smells like sweet, ripe grapefruits. I'm not missing the beef tallow. Would you?

There are so many wonderful choices when it comes to buying handmade soaps. You can buy organic, vegan, completely free of dyes or any scents, and you can buy handcrafted soaps for specific ailments you have that I promise, will do wonders for your skin that beef tallow, stearic acid and trisodium etidronate couldn't even touch. Pictured above are a few of my favorites. Make the switch!


  1. great post! Thanks for spreading the word of the goodness of natural soaps!! And thanks for including me ;~)

  2. I think about the movie "Fight Club" every time I reach for a bar of soap. If you've seen it, you might remember the scene where Brad Pitt goes dumpster-diving at a liposuction clinic to make soap out of rich women's fat thighs, which he then sells back to rich women at high end boutiques ...

    I think it's time to start using Besem's soaps.


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