Bath soap, it seems pretty basic. You lather, you wash, you rinse, and you’re clean. End of story . . . right? No, the story doesn’t end there. Many of the bath products we are using may actually be doing more harm than good.

Our skin is our body’s largest organ and it occupies about 22 square feet from head to toe. One of the primary ways our body acquires nutrients, other than eating, is through our skin. The good news? Our skin allows us to absorb vitamins and minerals. But, our skin can also absorb harmful chemicals. Some of the toxic ingredients hiding in your traditional bath soap might surprise you—or scare you!

In many soaps on the market, here are some of the common harmful ingredients to look out for:

  • Sulfate: Known as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate. These popular lather-making ingredients cleanse deeply and at the same time strip the good oils from our skin; leaving us feeling parched and dry.
  • Fragrance: when you see that word on the label, it virtually means, “We don’t have to tell you what’s in it.” Many times, synthetic chemicals and cancer-causing toxins (like phthalates) are hiding in that word. Due to the number of chemicals it takes to create one synthetic fragrance, continual exposure has been shown to impact the central nervous system, as well as lead to irritation and allergies. Some studies also suggest it can lead to carcinogenic activity.
  • Triclosan: this is a chemical most often found in antibacterial soap.  Recent studies suggest that triclosan creates dioxin, a carcinogen that has been found in high levels in human breast milk. Dioxins also have disruptive effects on the endocrine system and negatively affect thyroid functions.

When choosing a bath soap, look for those that use natural ingredients to create lather such as ingredients derived from coconut or palm oils.

Also, there is no need to settle for the synthetic fragrances that simply mask odors. You can find ingredients like Kaolin and Moringa oleifera that naturally detoxify to reduce odor-causing bacteria, and chlorophyll to neutralize odor—not just mask it.

By selecting bath and body products that use the power of essential oils, you can treat your mind and body to a spa-like experience right in your own home, every day!