The Dangers of Soap

Cleanliness is next to godliness, but many soaps are outright made under devilish practices.

The ingredients in many mass-brand and designer-brand soaps are made with ingredients known to damage skin, penetrate the body and can have potentially dangerous effects with long-term use.

Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS)

Commercial brand soaps contain Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS), also known as Sodium Dodecyl and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLFS), for its lathering effect. But this chemical called SLS is highly toxic and should be avoided at all costs. It causes eye damage, especially in babies and little children, when it gets into the eyes.

Numerous researchers have known for years that Sodium Laurel Sulfate is a skin irritant. Sodium Laurel Sulfate is used as a laboratory standard for irritating skin and inducing contact dermatitis. Sodium Laurel Sulfate irritates the skin by inflaming it. Many uninformed individuals are exacerbating chronic skin conditions by using soap, harmful soaps.

Animal fat

Most soap brands on the market also contain animal fat.

This is important if you are a vegan or one who abstains from consumption and use of animals and animal byproducts. The animal fat used in soap is called tallow.

Artificial fragrance

Commercial brand soaps contain synthetic chemicals to make them smell a certain way. ‘Perfume’ as a general word and ingredient means chemically derived fragrance.

Commercial brand soaps are using synthetic smells but these synthetic smells are chemically derived from harmful substances and agents.

Natural alternatives to soap

Natural brands of soap are made of or from glycerin, which is plant derived. Glycerin-based soaps are okay to use for bathing and showering purposes.

There are natural soaps that lather, and it’s OK if the sodium laurel sulfate is derived from coconut. Coconut-based soaps make for some of the best natural soaps, especially if you like foam and lather.

Good alternative brands of soap include:

  • Kiss My Face
  • Grandpa
  • Nubian Heritage
  • Dr. Bronner’s (liquid and bar soaps)
  • Juniper Ridge
  • Alaffia
  • EO
  • Natural Beauty
  • Mono Tiare Tahiti
  • South of France
  • River Soap Company
  • Organic Grooming
  • Tom’s of Maine
  • Nature’s Gate, and
  • Whole Foods Market (365)

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Related Questions

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    Q: I recently ordered some soap by Nubian heritage I wanted to know if that soap if made from all natural products.

    A:

    Made from mostly all natural ingredients. A good brand of soap!

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    Q: I have been using Kiss my Face Pure Olive Oil soap but I noticed it has sodium chloride?? Wasn't sure if that was toxic....

    A:

    JUST A BASE INGREDIENT I WOULDN'T WORRY ABOUT. ONE OR TWO SUSPECT INGREDIENTS ARE BETTER THAN A TOTALLY TOXIC PRODUCT.

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    Q: Thanks for the great web site! MY question is what's the best way to get sodium. I thought un-refined sea salt was the best, but the salt article says "eat this salt only if you must." The great thing about pure sea salt is that it all or almost all the minerals the body needs! So what's the best way to get all the mineral and to stay in balance? Also is there a way to get Epsom salt that is sodium sulfate not magnesium sulfate? Is it a good idea to bath in the "good" Epsom salt.

    A:

    You're welcome, Beloved!

    The best way to get sodium is via vegetables (i.e. celery).

    Sea salt is great source of sodium, but its a secondary source as it has to be processed from ocean water. Absent the process, it would not be available.

    But it does provide minute amounts of trace elements.

    In re Epsom salt, I haven't been able to find the sodium one.

    I stopped using Epsom salt many years ago.

    You could bath in the good Epsom salt, but sea salt is far better and more natural.

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    Q: I am contacting you about a health issue that my girlfriends mom is having... she has had "Body Lice" (pediculus humanus corporis) for a while now, and she has went to the doctor a couple times but they don’t seem to know exactly what to do other than give her special soaps to use... She used to work in the home health care field but can't as long as she has this issue. My question to you is do you have any suggestions for what to do about this ailment? Soaps, teas, balms etc. anything that would work would be appreciated

    A:

    AS WITHIN, SO WITHOUT! I WOULD SUGGEST SHE CLEANSES/DETOXIFY HER TEMPLE. SHE SHOULD PERFORM THE FULL BODY DETOX (SEE ARTICLE â€SEA SALT SOAK†ON THE SITE) AND USE TEA TREE, NIAOULI, AND EUCALYPTUS OIL IN THE WATER. REMEMBER, AS WITHIN, SO WITHOUT, THE EXTERNAL REFLECTS THE INNER, I'LL BE DOING AN ARTICLE SOON ON LICE!

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    Q: Dasani water, if I remember correctly, was banned from the U.K. It contains salt as well as potassium chloride. Essentia contains calcium chloride, as well as sodium bicarbonate, magnesium sulfate, dipotassium phosphate. Are all the ingredients in Essentia safe? One would have do an independent test on the water. Dasani is crap and I no longer drink Essentia but it would be my brand of choice of bottled water if I was to purchase water again.

    A:

    Personally I have an alkaline-antioxidant water machine (Neptune brand) that produces alkaline, antioxidant, oxygenate, mineralized water that is made in Asia.

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    Q: I am a fair-skinned African American and I was wondering what are your recommendations for skin care? I don’t wear makeup or anything; I am just interested in finding a cleansing, moisturizing regimen for daily use. All the products I have seen are SO expensive and or full of toxins. I don’t have any skin problems such as acne. I noticed you have several soaps but I was unsure as to which are best for my face. Finally, is there really a need to wear sunscreen? Is there such a thing as "safe" sunscreen?

    A:

    SOUNDS LIKE YOU MAY BE INTERESTED IN OUR ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLES MANUAL MANUAL E-BOOK WHICH HAS A LISTING OF HEALTHY/ALTERNATIVE PRODUCTS INCLUDING SKIN CARE PRODUCTS. IT'S AVAILABLE FROM THE ON-LINE STORE ($10). THE NUBAIN HERITAGE SOAPS WE SELL ARE GOOD BUT I ACTUALLY RECOMMEND KISS MY FACE BRANDS FOR SKIN CARE PURPOSES. THERE IS REALLY NO NEED TO WEAR SUNSCREEN. SUNSCREEN IS PROMOTED BECAUSE IT WAS INVENTED AND SO IT MUST SELL, SO A THEORY THAT THE SUN WAS DAMAGING TO THE SKIN WAS CREATED AND SUNSCREEN BEGAN TO SELL.

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    Q: Would the Nubian black soap be good for my face to help with the acne?

    A:

    YOU NEED A MEDICATED SOAP LIKE KISS MY FACE OR GRANDPA'S PINE TAR SOAP OR DR. BRONNERS LIQUID CASTILE SOAP

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    Q: During my phone consultation, I inquired about shaving creams other than the magic shave that I had been using for years. I tried the Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap as well as the Alba shaving cream. I have tried them both, and I use the hydrogen peroxide after I shave. But after a couple of days of smooth butter skin, my face becomes slightly irritated and small bumps form around the area where a goatee would grow. I know that I have some skin issues as of late, but don't know what. I even put a good amount of the OZ OIL on my face after I use the hydrogen peroxide. Should I not expect any constant smooth shaves until I go through the FULL BODY DETOX (FBD)?

    A:

    Whether you know it not but you answered your own question and correctly so. Yes, give the FULL BODY DETOX a try!

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    Q: Approximately two weeks ago, I developed dry, itchy patches on my back. Several things changed during this period, I started using Nubian Heritage Shea Butter soap, I starting the Full Body Detox, I received a deep tissue massage in which the primary focus was my back (olive oil mixed with sesame oil). Also I put Oxydrops, in Dherbs Hair Oil, and Healing Skin Oil. I used the Creativity and Abundance Elixirs. Do you think these changes have something to do with the dry itchy patched on my back?

    A:

    Please read the article "Skin Disorder = Blood Disorder" in our articles section. It may be "healing crisis" if the problem started after using natural products.

     

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    Q: I read one of your comments on Epsom salt with magnesium sulfate. You stated that it would not be good to use. Why?

    A:

    It's a chemical! Man-made!

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    Q: Which type product is best for arthritis, shark cartilege or the Glucosamines (HCL or sulfate)???? Thanks winifred

    A:

    RESPONSE: NEITHER! Please Read the â€ARTHRITIS†article

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    Q: What is the best brand of food dehydrators to use? Also do you know if there is there a natural way to combat Edema (fluid in the knee)?

    A:

    Any good food dehydrator that costs about $100 and up should be good. Edema can be knocked out by detoxing (see FULL BODY DETOX).

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    Q: I use the dabur meswak toothpaste and it has an ingredient Sodium Lauryl sulphate is this the same as SLS?

    A:

    If the SLS is not derived from coconut oil TOSS IT! It's toxic! Dabur products are suspect! If the label doesn't tell you where the SLS is derived from, it's chemical-based!

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    Q: Thanks for all of the information which is very beneficial I must say. My question to you is what's the best type of aloe vera juice to drink? Also I have heard that the gel from the plant can be mixed into a smoothie, is that true? Greetings! As far as the best brand I really wouldn't know as there are a few good brands on the market. Just make sure your aloe vera juice is at 99% pure and with no additives. Aloe gel can be added to a fruit smoothie though

    A:

    I personally wouldn't add it to a fruit smoothie.

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    Q: hi I need advice right now I have a skin disease called hidradenitis suppurativa it’s a skin disease of painful puss like ab cyst that grows under my skin I went to see a physician and the physician diagnose me with a prescription called amoxicillin clavulanate potassium however it keep reoccurring. I had goggled up my condition and there seems to be no healing this condition from what I read happens to affect mostly women and African American women in which I am and to minimize the break outs laser treatment is to be an option but there is no cure the laser treatments is expensive and I don't have that kind of money for that I want a natural way of healing it out of my body what would you suggest that is more natural to take for my condition Thank you.

    A:

    All the information you require is in our article â€SKIN DISORDER = BLOOD DISORDERâ€.

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    Q: When I use the OZ OIL my outer skin is very soft and subtle. However deep down in the skin I feel very itchy. I have been assuming this is the effect of the oil doing its job. After a few weeks I got the feeling that I should try to loofa off the top layers of skin so the under skin could rejuvenate its self. I suppose I am writing because I want to check to make sure that the deep itching truly is a positive healing process before I purchase another bottle. Also to prompt you for any other ideas you might have to help my condition. It is purely beauty based btw I don't have any skin illness.

    A:

    The itching is a natural side effect that a healing crisis is taking place. Keep using the Oxy Oil at your discretion.

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    Q: I have severe cystic acne that has caused acne scarring. Some are raised while others are depressed. I have come completely off of the acne medications I've been prescribed and over the counter medicines (i.e., Proactive) and gone the natural route. I first started by changing my diet and followed that with the Full Body Detox. I purchased the olive oil and Shea butter soap and Oz Oil and use this daily. In addition, I use Bentonite clay twice weekly and steam 3-5x a week followed by hydrogen peroxide. I have two questions, will this alone regenerate the scar tissue? And will this also be effective for hyper pigmentation?

    A:

    What you are using now will greatly help your condition (as well as hyper-pigmentation). Just keep doing what you're doing and just know that with Nature patience is required.

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    Q: What Are Some Natural Sweet Treats (Junk Foods) I can Consume? Under free will you can consume what you like, but healthier products are best. You will find plenty of "healthier" snack, treat, and junk foods at good health food stores such as Whole Foods Market, PCC Natural Food Stores, Erewhon, Trader Joes, Natural Grocers, New Frontiers, etc. Just make sure to abstain from salt, sugar, and other harmful chemicals in the products you buy. We list many companies of alternative foods and products (and their website addresses) in our ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLES MANUAL.

    A:

    Recommended: ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLES MANUAL

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    Q: I think this way is easier and faster to have your response. I currently have many skin problems. I first started having body rash and eczema around my lips. When the skin gets dry, it hurts, and I've been trying to moisturize the skin with using all natural Burt's Bees andor Hugo natural lotion, cream or oil. I tried sea salt soak and been taking Sen-Fen, Blood formula, Immune support, Anti-Viral, but it's not working and the symptoms haven't gotten better at all. My entire body is really itchy from rash, so I haven't been able to sleep well for the past 2-3 weeks. If you have any suggestions for life style, special drinks and foods or products I can use, please let me know asap.

    A:

    Greetings! You skin problems are explained in the article "SKIN DISORDER = BLOOD DISORDER" which I suggest you read. (visit articles section). When there's no physical healing, check the mind. Check out the NEW MENTAL SCIENCE MANUAL and there is a chapter in there on using the mind to heal. Basically you are focusing too much on the problem and not the solution which is optimal health and well-being. You are telling yourself how you don't want these problems and by saying this subconsciously, you are keeping the problems. Have your permanently switched or changed your diet? If not, what are you waiting for? Your blood is begging to be purified. Herbs alone won't get the job done. Let go of worrying about the problem. Focus on enjoying life, getting back in balance and you will begin to heal!

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    Q: My eight year old daughter has chronic eczema that has left her skin scared and almost always inflamed. I have tried prescription drugs as well as numerous over the counter treatments that work for a short period of time or not at all. I am convinced that the cure for her condition is a natural remedy. Do you have any suggestions?

    A:

    Please read our â€ECZEMA†article under Articles on our site! Very informative! Also, peruse our â€HERBAL CHART†on our Home Page and scroll down to "Eczema."