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What’s Wrong With Commercial Soaps?

HARMFUL INGREDIENTS

Many commercial soaps aren’t Soap…they are Synthetic Detergents which have Phthalates and Parabens. These are known to have harmful effects from cancer to infertility.

Chemical-based colorants, dyes, fragrances, lathering agents, preservatives, and other “things” we can’t pronounce. These additives can wreak havoc on our skin and hair, and pollute our drinking water.

Glycerin is a naturally occurring byproduct of the saponification process (The process we use at Lather Nature to create soap!) Glycerine is a humectan, meaning it draws moisture from the air to your skin, leaving your skin soft and moisturized... BUT many commercial soap manufacturers remove the glycerin from then sell it separately, or use it in a second product—moisturizer...

 

ANIMAL CRUELTY

 

 

Does your soap have tallowate, lard, goats milk, silk, or honey? Maybe stearic acid and glycerin?

Not only are these items harvested from animals, but the current age benefits are questionable. While some of these ingredients may aid with cleaning and add some vitamins, some of them have been shown to irritate the skin and cause other side effects.

One of the concerns when using products that contain tallow is the purity of the animal parts from which it’s derived. In 2017, the FDA issued a statement concerning the prohibited and restricted ingredients in cosmetics. According to the statement, “to protect against bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also known as "mad cow disease," cosmetics may not be manufactured from, processed with, or otherwise contain prohibited cattle materials.”

Tallow in cosmetic products approved by the FDA is one thing, but you should have this in mind if you buy local of homemade skincare products containing tallow, or non FDA approved. There are health concerns about using tallow that isn’t manufactured following the strict rules the FDA issued.  

Problems concerning the purity of tallow is the diet of the animals from which its obtained. It’s impossible to know for sure how the animals were treated before they ended up where the did. Usually, you buy products containing tallow from companies that don’t breed animals, but rather buy the ingredient from companies in the meat industry. It’s hard to follow the trace and get first-hand information.  


With commercial soaps being so chemical heavy, up to roughly 1,400 animals suffer to make sure that it meets the needed safety requirements. At Lather Nature, using natural ingredients that do no require any sort of testing to be proven safe. These products are kind to both our furry friends and our own skin and bodies.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL COST & HUMAN EXPLOITATION

The packaging used by the major brands is often excessive, using non-biodegradable plastics, and boxes inside of boxes. In comparison, Lather Nature’s ethical products are sold completely loose (bars), in eco-friendly recycled/biodegradable containers, or reusable tins.

Our Shampoo and Conditioners reduce carbon footprints as 1 bar is equivalent to 2 plastic bottles, because of the added water to make it liquid. With more nourishing benefits, and less waste, Lather Nature makes a commitment to removing unneeded plastics and using minimal packaging.

We are committed to sustainable sourcing, avoiding palm oils, which is a threat to the biodiversity and natural ecosystems, it's an aggravator of climate change, and a cause human exploitation/poverty.

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