Your Soap Could Be Toxic
We all worry about our weight and try to eat better to look and feel better. Are you give as much thought to your personal care products when you choose which ones to use on your body or on those of your loved ones?
Your skin is the largest organ and absorbs 60% of what touches it so what you put on your skin should without toxic chemicals for a healthy body and safe water and the environment for water animals
We purchase soap for obvious reasons to help with cleaning our hands, face, and body without giving much thought to its ingredients. But your choice of soap could be based on the marketing. We look at the names and color on the packaging, we also consider the scent we want and off we go happily with our pretty bottles, bars, and dispensers of soap. Many of you are not aware of the toxic side effects from the additives in your soap, not to mention the harmful effects on the environment.
HARMFUL TO PEOPLE: Serious symptoms connected to chemicals in soap ingredients.
- breast tumors
- male infertility
- breast cancer
- topical & systemic (organs, cells, and tissues) allergic reactions
HARMFUL TO THE PLANET:
- organisms that feed off the bottom of lakes and streams
- surface water bugs and plant
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate
BANNED BY THE FDA:
SOME HEALTHY ALTERNATIVES:
Instead of Parabens – Soaps made without water do not need parabens. Choose soap with fat (ex: jojoba oil, coconut oil), essential oils and lye.
Instead of Phthalates (fragrance) – Choose a soap that is made with essential oils or unscented.
Instead of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate (foaming agent) – Choose soap made with coconut or palm kernel oil or sugar content.
Instead of Propylene Glycol (moisturizing but petroleum based) – Choose soap with a milk base, or coconut or jojoba, avocado, and olive oils are moisturizing.
Simple ways to stay clean and healthy.
1. Use soap that does not say “antibacterial”. Washing your hands using soap under running water will do the trick.
2. Use soap that contains sugar, salt, coffee grounds and crushed seeds to exfoliate.
According to an article from EcoWatch, they list these products found by Rodale News being on the top ten list of safe and sustainable.
- Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps,
- John Masters Organics Body Wash,
- Acure Body Wash, and
- Burt’s Bees Natural Skin Care for Men
I also decided to go to my town’s website to check for toxins in the water levels. I found that some contaminants’ level were on the high side of the range listed. One, in particular, was Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA). This particular substance caught my attention because I shared an article on Google a year ago on the dangers of PFOA which is basically the chemical that is used in Teflon™ and non-stick cookware. This list shows the PFOA health advisory PDF document on the EPA website (www.epa.gov). Note that toothpaste, shampoos, and cosmetics are listed. What also stands out at the top of the list is the high exposure to babies and children due to hand-to-mouth behaviors.
Other materials that result in potential human exposure include legacy use and imported goods or continuing use. Some examples of where PFOA shows up in your home.
- Stain/water repellents on clothing, bedding materials, upholstered furniture, carpets, and automobile interiors (e.g., Stainmaster™, Zonyl™, Nuva™, Unidyne™, Baygard™) (Walters and Santillo 2006); these materials can be a particularly important exposure route for infants and children because of their hand-to-mouth behaviors.
- Cooking surfaces (e.g., Teflon™)
- Toothpaste, shampoos, cosmetics
- Polishes and waxes
- Flame repellents
- Paints, varnishes, sealants
- Lubricants/surfactants/emulsifiers (continuing use)
- Food containers and contact paper4
- Aqueous film forming foams (continuing use; used for firefighting)
- Textiles (e.g., Gore-Tex™) and leather
- Plumbing tape
We all have a responsibility to be mindful and make the best of our purchasing power. Making these easy changes will reduce your carbon footprint and help with your health, the safety of others, the animals, and our environment. The young generation of today and their children didn’t ask to be stuck with a dirty planet but they are the ones fighting and helping to clean it up. Children grow up using safe and environmentally friendly products and eat healthy food, they will have a better exposure to healthier choices.
Lots of love,
Jessica Kliskey – certified health coach, author, and wellness advocate with a passion for helping others improve their health. www.holistichealthyyou.com