I got back from my honeymoon in late September. While we were away, we noticed something. Our hands weren’t dry and the skin on my knuckles wasn’t constantly cracked like it usually was. Then we got home and used our normal household hand soap…
“Ew, this feels weird,”
my husband said.
“Yeah, and it smells strange even though it is unscented,” I agreed.
We noticed that our normal store-brand soap, although unscented, left a nasty film on our hands and a disgusting smell that lingered all day. It was also drying our skin. It had dried my skin so severely that my knuckles were constantly cracked. We didn’t notice a lot of this prior to using the soap at our honeymoon spot, so what was going on here?
We realized that the soap we were using in the honeymoon cabin at the lovely Baron’s Creekside Resort in Fredericksburg, TX was natural soap , and we knew we had to get some!
Mrs. Meyers Lavender Hand Soap is our jam now. (We’ve also started using their cleaning products, along with doTERRA’s OnGuard products!)
So, why natural soap? What was going on here?
After some investigation, I decided we will never again be using “normal” soap again.
Let me tell you why…
Or should I say, “fragrance.”
Sorry, but if the soap won’t tell me what the fragrance is in the ingredients, I’d rather not put it on my skin.
After looking at the Mrs. Meyers website, they clearly state what is in their fragrance. In fact, they have an ingredients glossary and tell you what each ingredient is, what it does, and why they use it.
Dr. Bonner’s is another favorite of mine. I love their liquid castile soap - remember to dilute!! They are so proud of their natural ingredients that they post a photo of their label spread out for each product for all to see. Their products are so real that they don’t even have the word “fragrance” on the ingredients panel. They simply have the oils used listed.
I’ve always suffered from extremely dry hands, until our switch to natural soap.
After looking at the bottle of, let’s call it “yucky,” soap, we were using prior to our awakening, I realized there are NO REAL moisturizing ingredients , despite the container’s claim that this was a moisturizing soap that is gentle on hands!
Let’s compare the natural soaps…
All of the natural soaps I looked at had some kind of moisturizing ingredient. Aloe vera was a popular one, along with various carrier oils, primarily coconut oil. Coconut oil is known for its moisturizing properties on the skin and hair.
But why do I want a moisturizer in my hand soap?
Think about it…
Your skin is your largest organ, and it is also the most vulnerable. Skin takes the dirt for us - sometimes literally.
You know those tiny cuts in my knuckles that I was talking about earlier? Those are a doorway for germs. Any cut in your skin (your body’s protector) allows for invasion, infection, and illness to happen. I’m sure you know that dry skin cuts pretty easily while moisturized skin just kind of “goes with the flow” when it comes in contact with an abrasive surface.
With this in mind, I would do all I can to protect my body’s best defender!
So, what else is in nasty soaps? Unfortunately, chemicals.
Take a look at this and tell me what ingredients you recognize.
I don’t know about you but the only ingredients that I recognized (and the only ones I can pronounce) are
water, fragrance, sodium chloride
So what is all that other junk?
It is, you guessed it, junk.
Let’s start with
sodium laureth sulfate,
also known as
There are many people sensitive to SLS that don’t even know they have a sensitivity. This has been found to be the cause of many “mystery” skin conditions people have, and it is known to be
toxic in even a small amount!
I don’t know about you, but I don’t really want to be putting anything that toxic on my body.
Another scary one is Cocamidopropyl betaine. This is found in many hand soaps, as well as household cleaners, and is known to cause eye irritation and skin blistering. The purpose of it is to make products produce more foam.
These are the 2nd and 3rd ingredients on the soap my family was previously using. The first ingredient was water, like most other products.
Check out this list of ingredients in Dr. Bonner’s Castille Soap - Hemp Almond:
Water, Organic Coconut Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Organic Palm Kernel Oil, Organic Olive Oil, Lavandin Extract, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Lavender Extract, Citric Acid, Tocopherol
I bet you know what all of those are, except for tocopherol. After some research, it is pretty much Vitamin E - a moisturizer!
How about this great statement on the Mrs. Meyers website:
“Ingredients are at least 98% naturally dervied.”
Check out “ingredients” on that web page as well. Anything considered “questionable” is explained and usually turns out to be pretty safe!
The Moral of the Story
Know what is in the products you put in your body or on your body. Some things considered “safe” could do some serious damage in the long run, or could even be doing damage that you are unaware of while using the products!
Do your research and take note of how your body is reacting to things - our bodies are much smarter than we think ;)