Lately I've been having a hard time defending the word natural. It's used far too often without meaning 'from nature' when it comes to products. Bare Naked Soap has never used, and will never use, synthetic or artificial dyes/colours/fragrances/products in our soap or balms.
As a consumer, we need to ask those questions of soapmakers who state their soap is made naturally, about what really makes the funky colours in their soap. If it's not natural, then your skin doesn't need it. Chemicals are absorbed into our skin so quickly and easily. If you think about nicotine patches, this is a prime example of something being placed on the skin and the toxin being absorbed into the bloodstream. The same thing happens with chemicals from soap products. - Synthetic Perfume: artificial fragrance scents, although they smell nice, are linked to allergies and hormonal issues and can disrupt the endocrine system. As well, synthetic ingredients such as fragrances are likely to cause skin conditions and to aggravate existing issues like eczema and psoriasis. When you see the word fragrance, realise this isn't natural and do you really need that smell to become clean? We make more unscented soap now than ever, as more customers are asking for the most natural soap possible.
Without even essential oils, nature's own scents. I never would have thought the day would come when I sell more naturally scented (no added scent, just the soap's natural smell) than essential oil scented soap, but it has. Fragrances are now becoming the new second hand smoke. A freshly clean person doesn't smell - at all. But walk past someone who has drenched themselves in fragrance(s) and to me, it smells like they need a shower with some of our soap. I also have the mindset that using expensive essential oils are best saved for the after shower leave on products like the balms, so that their benefits are maximised.
- Artificial Colouring: commercial soaps are packed with artificial dyes that have been known to cause health problems and illnesses in humans. Is your soap making you fat? That's a question I hear being stated so often now. Are you clogging your system with 'natural' soap, that isn't actually natural and your body is paying the price? Some soapmakers use Titanium Dioxide to whiten their soap - google this ingredient and this info comes up:
Evidence suggests that some nanoparticles may induce toxic effects in your brain and cause nerve damage, and some may also be carcinogenic. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies titanium dioxide as a Group 2B carcinogen, which means it's "possibly carcinogenic to humans." Again, another product to look out for.
A customer recently told me she could only use Sorbolene Soap, nothing else. Her skin was red raw on her limbs. She wasn't prepared to try our soaps with ingredients of: Coconut Oil, Rice Brain Oil, Shea Butter, Castor Oil & Sweet Almond Oil but seemed happy with her inflamed skin putting ingredients on it like these: Sodium Palmate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Water, Sorbitol, Glycerine, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, Sodium Chloride, Wheatgerm Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Palm Acid, Palm Kernel Acid, Etidronic Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA. I would eat my ingredients, they are that natural. Sorbolene Soap is Palm Oil for hardness with some chemicals to avoid. Bare Naked Soap = Natural soap - and we truly mean it!