DIY-Where Did Our Soap Go?
Goat Milk Soap and Your Skin
A lot of us are wondering where our soap has gone. Most people purchase store-bought, name brand soaps probably because it is convenient to pick them up when shopping at the local supermarket or corner grocery store. However, these commercially mass-produced soaps usually contain synthetic additives, which act as a detergent to remove dirt. I’m not sure we can really call this stuff soap. This product, more like a detergent, is often drying and irritating to the skin. And, even the FDA state that “Today there are very few true soaps on the market. Most body cleansers, both liquid and solid, are actually synthetic detergent products.” Yuck! Who wants synthetic detergent products to clean your child’s face or body or your body or face for that matter? Sure, these products make loads of white fluffy suds, but I can forgo those bubbles for a more natural approach to skin care. We used to call the stuff we cleaned our face with soap. Now, I don’t know what you call it. Personally, I, like millions of others, have taken control and have gotten my soap back.
Some suggests that mass produced soap products are destructive silent killers. Much research proves these products can contain hormone disrupting phthalates and triclosan (TCS), which the FDA has banned. “In September 2016, the FDA announced that effective September 2017, it would prohibit the sale of ‘consumer antiseptic washes’ containing triclosan or 18 other ingredients marketed as antimicrobials due to FDA findings of the lack of efficacy in these products. Triclosan was used as a hospital scrub in the 1970s. Since then, it has expanded commercially and is now prevalent in soaps, deodorants, toothpastes, mouthwashes, cleaning supplies, and pesticides. It is part of consumer products, including kitchen utensils, toys, bedding, socks, and trash bags”. (Wikipedia) In an article from May 2015 on the current status of tricolsan, Gurprett Singh Dhillon and colleagues cite various studies that report, “emerging health concerns related to the use of TCS such as microbial resistance, dermal irritations, endocrine disruption, higher incidence of allergies, altered thyroid hormone metabolism and tumors developed due to TCS and its by-products.” (Wikipedia). Whoa! Why take the chance with these products? Personally, I prefer skin products that avoid anything but ingredients I know how to pronounce such as goat milk, honey, essential oils, and similar natural foods.
Mass-produced commercial soaps can also harbor heavy metals and toxic surfactants. Consumers are opening their eyes wide and realizing these products can be dangerous. As consumers become more wary of mass-produced products, many people are quickly switching to all natural, organic products. But, don’t be fooled by the words natural or organic. The terms natural and organic can be problematic, so read labels carefully and ask questions. One way to purchase what is really pure and natural is to buy goat’s milk soap. Just check labels and always asks questions. If you purchase this soap wisely or make your own, you can be assured it is pure and natural in every way possible.
Another problem with mass-produced soap is the wide-spread use of SLS. SLS goes by many names. Sodium lauryl sulfate is just one. You see SLS in all kinds of soap products, including face and skin soaps. Dr. Mercola’s website states that “What you put on your skin can be more dangerous than what you eat”. “…hair sprays, perfumes and powders can be inhaled, irritating your lungs; shampoo can run into your eyes or your baby’s eyes; laundry detergent, in small amounts, comes in contact with your skin via your clothes”. He goes on to state that “Your skin is vital to your health, yet many people fail to take care of it. Because your skin has the ability to absorb much of what you put on it, informed choices are critical to optimize your health”. You can visit Dr. Mercola’s website for more information regarding SLS and health risks.
A 1983 report from the Journal of The American College of Toxicology blamed sodium lauryl sulfate concentrations as low as 0.5 percent for causing skin irritation. It further states that this chemical has “a degenerative effect on the cell membranes because of its protein denaturing properties”. The Journal adds that “high levels of skin penetration may occur at even low use concentration”.
Other studies show that 10-30 percent concentrations could cause severe skin corrosion. The “Household Products Directory” of the National Institutes of Health lists over 80 products that contain concentrations of up to 30 percent of sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate. As you use these products daily, they can affect the skin’s outer layers and since what you put on your skin absorbs into your skin, it is then stored in tissue. It has been reported that the liver has no way to effectively remove laureth, so it can be stored in tissues and promote toxicity for a person’s entire lifetime (Natural-health-information-centre.com).
Another problem with commercially mass-produced soap is the often additions of synthetic fragrance. Fragrance is a broad term. According to the FDA, synthetics do “not have the same legal authority to require allergen labeling for cosmetics as for food. So, if you are concerned about fragrance sensitivities, you may want to choose products that are fragrance free, and check the ingredient list carefully. If consumers have questions, they may choose to contact the manufacturer directly. “
And, the picture gets worse. Regulations allow companies to avoid listing the individual fragrances a product contains. This is especially dangerous for those with allergies, and synthetic fragrances are disruptive to the body and, in my opinion, are to be avoided as much as is possible. You probably will never get rid of all of them, but it seems a wise choice to reduce those you can.
The FDA Further States that,
- “there currently is no evidence that over-the-counter (OTC) antibacterial soap products are any more effective at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water.” And, that isn’t the end of the story.
- “…antibacterial soap products contain chemical ingredients, such as triclosan and triclocarban, which may carry unnecessary risks given that their benefits are unproven.” Even the EPA regulates the use of triclosan as a pesticide. With the recent ban on triclosan because the FDA believes it is a harmful pesticide, tricolsan in antibacterial soaps and other products will start going away. But, I wouldn’t hold my breath for a better alternative…just a different one that later can have the same tragic results.
- “There are indications that certain ingredients in these antibacterial soaps may contribute to bacterial resistance to antibiotics and may have unanticipated hormonal effects that are of concern to the FDA.”
In light of the potential harmful effects of popular brands of commercially mass-produced soap products, you might want to consider a more natural and better alternative, and while there are many, one certainly is soap made with goat’s milk. Thankfully, goat milk soap is gaining popularity because it is an amazing soap for people with dry or sensitive skin. And those with eczema and psoriasis are finding firsthand the benefits.
Purchasing goat milk soap from reputable small businesses or those you trust making it, can also help the economy grow. Those who make it and sell it are often small farm owners who raise goats and produce these amazing soaps as a way to help financially support themselves. When you purchase from them, you are helping them and helping your skin at the same time.
Those mass produced chemical soaps are popular mainly because of price, but they aren’t worth the negative, long-term draining of your energy. or health. To save money, you can make your own goat milk soap. There are dozens of recipes on the internet. I plan to try to whip out a batch soon.
And, even if you can’t make it, you may be like me and believe it is more important than ever to spend the extra dollar here and there to assure you are getting what is really natural and pure., but cost is always a factor. Small farmers and manufacturers of all natural products are the future for a population which seeks to survive healthily and happily. Personally, I make all kinds of DIY products for our use, including our body and face wash. I just currently haven’t made them with goal milk soap.
The Benefits of Goal Milk Soap
- Water-based soaps often use harsh chemical acids to break down dead skin cells and often leave skin dry and irritated. Goat milk soap, on the other hand, is made with goat milk and, therefore, contains naturally occurring alpha-hydroxy acids such as lactic acid which help break down the bonds that hold dead skin cells together allowing you to naturally remove them as you wash your skin. When dead skin cells are broken up and washed away, the new cells left on the skin’s surface leaves the skin looking younger and feeling smoother.
- Goat Milk Soap is also high in Vitamin A, which medical studies show is needed to repair damaged skin tissue and to maintain healthy skin. And, if you want to look younger, as most women do, several medical studies show that creams made with Vitamin A reduce lines and wrinkles, control acne, and provide some psoriasis relief. Goat’s milk is also packed full of essential nutrients and vitamins like vitamin D, C, B1, B6, B12, and E, that feed the skin and are absorbed into the body. Women spends billions annually to find products that promise to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. And, the answer more than likely comes right off the farm-goat milk. When using products such as goat milk soap that helps us look younger or have smoother and softer skin, our self- confidence is boosted. With renewed confidence, we just feel good about ourselves and are more apt to face our day with charm and grace.
- Since cream contains fat molecules, it makes good soap. Goat milk has a high fat content which can help hydrate the skin. For those suffering from dry or sensitive skin, goat milk soap would be a wise to use. Keeping skin moisturized with natural ingredients such as goat milk soap will naturally keep the skin moisturized and healthy.
- Goat milk also contains important minerals for the skin such as selenium. Selenium is believed by scientists to play an important role in preventing skin cancer. Selenium can also help prevent damage to the skin from excessive time in the sun. Although the water used in other soaps may contain minerals such as calcium, sodium, or iron (commonly found in tap water), that’s not much help when it comes to your skin.
- Another big benefit of goal milk soap is the addition of essential oils. If you make your own goat milk soap, you can add your favorite essential oils to the soap, and you then control the kind of essential oil you use. Personally, I would add lavender, frankincense, or other essential oils that I enjoy. Essential oils distilled properly and produced in the best way increase the soap’s benefit tenfold. For example, frankincense and lavender are both known to be skin beautifying, so why not use them naturally in your soap? When washing your face or your skin, your skin drinks in all the natural goodness.
Essential Oil Benefits
Lavender essential oil has been used for thousands of years and many consider it to be the most loved and most used essential oil. It is generally regarded as safe and gentle. Lavender oil is distilled from the plant’s flowering tops and leaves. If you grow lavender in your garden, you know how amazing it looks and smells. Lavender oil is thought to be calming and relaxing and some research suggests that it benefits skin cell rejuvenation.
Frankincense essential oil has long been known for it’s skin protective and beautifying properties. Frankincense is a Biblical oil, since it was mentioned many times in the Bible, and it was the one of the oils brought to the Christ at his birth. Frankincense is also known for it’s ability to regenerate aging skin and may keep wrinkles at bay.
So the next time you wash your child’s face or your own, think about what you are using to clean your skin. Is it a synthetic detergent? Or, is it something soothing to the skin that offers many additional benefits?
So, go out there and get your soap back? Rebel against those big companies that package and sell synthetic detergent in a bottle and call it body wash or soap. Then take pride in your choice. You will love yourself for making such a wise decision.
Shirleen Sando, Biblical Health Educator, #essential oil enthusiasts
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Sources for this article include:
MSDA Data Sheet for Sodium Lauryl Sulfate