|Posted on November 14, 2018 at 5:10 AM|
A couple of weeks ago while shopping I saw a soap that looked interesting. The label read "Coconut OIl Moisturizing Soap Bar". But when I read the ingredient list both the first and second ingredients were Sodium Palmate and Sodium Palm Kernelate, palm oil. Shea Butter was listed but Coconut oil was not listed in the ingredients. Butylated Hydroxytolune (BHT),a synthetically produced preservative is listed, as is Tetra Sodium EDTA, another synthetically produced preservative made from formaldehyde. But no coconut oil.
So what is soap? As consumers, we see soap as a product we use with water to wash to clean or bodies. But the Consumer Product Safety Commission defines soap as a product in which the non-volatile portion consists principally of an alkali salt and a fatty acid, and the product's detergent properties are due to the alkali-fatty components, and the product is labeled, sold, and represented solely as soap. However, soap can also be defined as a drug or cosmetic by the Food and Drug Administiration, depending upon whether the manufacturer makes claim that the soap cures or treats a disease or if it does not consist primarily of an alkali salt of fatty acid.
What's in an EumeRose soap? Our soaps are handmade using an alkali salt, (sodium chloride, potassium chloride or both) and fats or oils (fatty acid). We prefer vegetable fats or oils such as olive oil, shea butter, or coconut oil. Also depending on the recipe, the soap may include coconut milk,herbs, oats, raw honey or other natural ingredients. We add clays for coloring if coloring is added, not only for the coloring but for the benefit of the particular clay used. Many of our soaps are not scented, but when scent is added we use essential oils instead of synthetically produced fragrances.
In conclusion, about 60% of the lotions and creams we apply to our skin gets absorbed into our bodies. Soap is a wash-off product, meaning it does not linger on the skin very long. However, it is possible that some of the product can get aborbed into the skin. This is why it is important to learn the ingredients that are in the soap and body wash products you use. Knowledge is power when we use it to make better decisions for our lives.