Choosing the right soap
Your soap is something you apply on your skin, which is the largest organ of your body. That being said, whatever you apply on your skin, gets through it and into your bloodstream, after which it reaches everywhere. Our body lacks the enzymes to break down these chemical substances, which means they accumulate in our body over time, causing serious illnesses.
Babies and young children are more vulnerable since they have tender, thinner, more permeable skin. This means the chemicals in the products you apply are more readily absorbed into their bodies. Given their lower body weight, even a small quantity of chemical can cause more harm to a child than to an adult. And the problem isn’t just with your soap, think about all the different products you apply in the shower. The soap, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, oil, deodorant – and maybe more! Many of the ingredients in these individual products may not cause much harm on their own, but when they combine with other ingredients from other products, they can turn carcinogenic.
Bringing to your notice few commonly used contents in soap which are really hazardous for skin:
Can you believe that this ingredient is actually a pesticide? Yes, it’s antibacterial and antifungal properties make it an attractive option for soap companies, but not for your health. Triclosan can irritate the skin, eyes and lungs, and can also mess with your hormones.
This is a name that has been in the news for a while, and for good reason. Parabens can mimic hormones in the human body, which can disrupt normal functioning. It has also been linked with breast cancer in women.
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate
This chemical also goes by the name of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or SLS. This is a compound of nitrosamines, which can affect the respiratory system and kidneys. It is also known to irritate & damage the eyes, skin, and lungs.
This is a possibly carcinogenic compound, found in several personal care products. There have also been reports linking it to breast cancer in women.
Besides these, antibacterial soaps may seem like a good way to stay clean, but they end up causing more harm than good in the long term. The result is increased resistance to antibiotics and the emergence of superbugs, against whom current medicines have no effect.
Commercial soaps aren’t just harmful on a personal level – they affect the entire planet. Such soaps are manufactured in large factories, which often create large amounts of waste that end up polluting our water, soil and environment.
As you all know, soap basically is a mixture of any vegetable oil and alkali. This process is called saponification. Glycerine is a byproduct of this process. Since glycerine has great commercial value, it is withdrawn. Only the fatty material is sold as a soap.
Talking about Care Bunch® soaps, these are made from glycerine as base product, which is elsewise removed for commercial benefits by most commercially available soap manufacturers. As glycerine hydrates, moisturizes, cleanse the skin, we make the best out of this glycerine by adding herbal additives and essential oils.