It’s surprising that the very products we use on our bodies to keep ourselves clean could actually be causing damage to our selves, the environment and the aquatic systems. When we bathe, most of us use a regular soap bought from the store. Unfortunately, most commercial soaps contain harsh chemical additives to make them lather properly. Soaps hold their nice bar-like shape because of ingredients like animal tallow, paraffin wax and other crude oil derivatives. They contain perfumes and fragrances that are known to cause skin irritation in some people. These fragrances are extracted unnaturally and are produced chemically using cancer-causing chemicals. Some ingredients found in body care products are suspected or known carcinogens, others are toxic, will not biodegrade or simply have a strong potential to cause irritation and allergic reactions. We coat our skins with these toxic chemical compounds and then let those same chemicals run down our drains and into our water systems.
In the U.S. the regulation of ingredients in hygiene body care products is virtually nonexistent. In 2015 the federal government had the FDA make a list of products and ingredients with potential contaminants (H.R.4075), similar to California’s Proposition 65 list that became law in 1986. With the majority of today’s health and hygiene industries using these chemicals found on these lists we thought it was time for someone to get back to basics and give customers a more natural product. We strive to not only keep our customers clean and healthy but help keep our environment clean as well. Find our products at HempNaturalSoap.com
This blog highlights toxins found in hygiene body care products and will be updated on a regular basis.
So, what is in your soap?...
Alkylphenol Ethoxylates, may reduce sperm and effect natural hormones in humans. Found in shampoo and bubble bath. During the 1980s and 1990s, several European nations banned the use of alkylphenol ethoxylates in domestic detergents. The alkylphenols can bioaccumulate in some fish, and some of their degradation products are toxic to aquatic life.
4-tert-Octyphenol, an alkylphenol, which is used to manufacture alkylphenol ethoxylates was detected in 43.5% of 139 U.S. streams in 30 states. Urinary levels of 4-tert-octyphenol were detectable in 90th to 95th percentiles in the U.S. population, based on the representative subsamples of NHANES 2005-2010. Reference: (CDC) CAS No. 140-66-9
Cocamidopropyl betaine (CAPB) is an amphoteric synthetic detergent that has been increasingly used in cosmetics and personal hygiene products like (shampoos, contact lens solutions, toothpaste detergents, makeup removers, bath gels, skin care products, cleansers, liquid soaps, antiseptics, and gynecologic)
Because (CAPB) originates from coconut oil, even some personal care products labeled as natural still contain it. CAPB is available as a viscous pale yellow solution and it is used as a surfactant in personal care products. The name reflects that the major part of the molecule, the lauric acid group, is derived from coconut oil. Cocamidopropyl betaine to a significant degree has replaced cocamide DEA. Although the government regards the ingredient as safe, some people do have negative reactions after exposure to it.
Delayed T-cell-mediated type IV hypersensitivity reactions to (CAPB) have been reported, and contact sensitization prevalence is estimated at between 3.0 and 7.2%. The increasing rates of sensitization led to (CAPB)'s being named Allergen of the Year in 2004. Related impurities rendered during the manufacturing process (such as amidoamine and dimethylaminopropylamine) are thought to play a role in sensitization. To sum it up (CAPB) will not give you cancer but if your using a product with this ingredient and you are suffering from skin dermatitis there is a good chance you are allergic to the ingredient cocamidopropyl betaine. Reference: Department of Dermatology, University of Miami School of...