Lately my skin felt so dry and cracked and I remembered soap in the market contains lotsss of chemicals. According to Healthywomen.org, here's 4 ingredients you need to avoid:
Parabens. These ingredients are estrogen mimickers—meaning that once applied to the skin, they enter the bloodstream, and the body mistakes them for estrogen. When the body thinks there is an abnormally high amount of estrogen present in the bloodstream due to the presence of these hormone disrupters, it reacts in various ways: decreasing muscle mass, increasing fat deposits, causing early onset of puberty and spurring reproductive difficulties in both men and women.
Sulfates. These chemicals are used to produce lather and bubbles in soap. Some common sulfates are SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) and SLES (sodium laureth sulfate). Sulfates strip the skin of its natural oils and increase penetration of the skin’s surface. They are also irritants for people with sensitive skin or eczema.
Triclosan. This chemical is most often found in antibacterial soap. Recent studies have found that triclosan actually promotes the emergence and growth of bacteria resistant to antibiotic cleansers. It also creates dioxin, a carcinogen that has been found in high levels in human breast milk. Dioxins have disruptive effects on the endocrine system and negatively affect thyroid functions.
Fragrance. Bottom line: If the ingredient is vague, it’s probably hiding something. “Fragrance” could actually be a cocktail of chemicals and you’d never know it. The FDA doesn’t require companies to disclose the breakdown of a fragrance’s ingredients to consumers because the chemicals that produce fragrance are considered “trade secrets.” Most of the time, synthetic chemicals and cancer-causing toxins (like phthalates, used to make fragrances last longer) are hiding under that one sneaky term. Constant exposure to fragrances has been shown to negatively impact the central nervous system and can trigger allergies, migraines and asthma symptoms.
I tried to substitute using commercial soap to natural soap. While browsing instagram, I found beautiful arrays of soap photos from 7cactus and wanted to purchase immediately! The claim of 7cactus based on the owner's experience is:
...It makes total sense to me why handmade soaps are better for our skin compared to store bought ones. The absence of harsh detergents and god knows what chemicals, replaced by natural, skin loving oils and pure additives, you be the judge which one is good for your skin.
Size: quite thin
Lather: good lather, but depends on what soap you use (different oil creates different lather)
Customer Service: good
Repurchase? Yes! Want to try another soap designs, they're just too cute >o<
Dou you love to use natural soap? What brand did you use?
Disclaimer: I purchased these products myself and this review is purely my own opinion