Tips For Finding Non Toxic Body Wash And Soap

When you use soaps and body washes, chemicals from these products absorb into your skin and enter the bloodstream, where they then travel through the rest of your body. Using non-toxic body wash and soap can help protect you from the harmful chemicals found in these products.

Why Do Soaps and Body Washes Contain Toxic Ingredients?
Body-care product manufacturers typically include ingredients known or suspected to be harmful to people because they improve the overall appearance or function of the product, which results in more dollars generated and a better bottom line.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency responsible for regulating cosmetics manufactured and sold in the United States, mandates it’s up to consumers to be educated about the products they use.

To this end, very few of the chemical additives commonly used in soaps and body washes have been studied for their damaging effects. Many that have been studied and proven toxic are not prohibited from sale. Rather, the Federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act simply states the products must be clearly labeled so consumers can make an informed choice.

A loophole in the act permits that artificial fragrances, which may contain a number of toxic ingredients, don’t need to be identified on product labels. This means that even if you do take your consumer responsibility seriously and read ingredients labels, you still may not know if the product is toxic.

What Ingredients Should You Avoid?
You may simply elect not to purchase products that include fragrances in their ingredients list. Other toxic ingredients commonly added to soaps and body wash include:
Diethanolamine (DEA)
Momoethanolamine (MEA)
• Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
• Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Triethanolamine (TEA).

Safe Alternatives to Chemical-Based Soaps
Natural and organic body washes and soaps are often thinner and don’t lather as well, but they will get you clean. In fact, many of the lathering agents in commercial soaps have a drying effect on the skin, making them less healthy and less likely to give you radiant skin.

Organic castile soap, a soap made from an olive oil base, is healthy for your skin and doesn’t contain harmful ingredients. To make a safe, scented body wash, you can combine a few drops of essential oil with an ounce of castile soap.

If you’re looking for more ways to practice non-toxic personal care, make sure you’re using non-toxic perfumes and colognes as well. Many fragrances contain the same toxins as soaps and body washes.