|Really hungry baby goat trying to eat my fingers|
Here's a thought provoking question: did you know that most of the "soap" in the average American household actually contains very little soap? I've never actually read the ingredients list of hand soap or body wash until now. Want to know what I found? My "soap" doesn't actually contain soap... weird, huh?
So, you may be wondering (like I was until just recently), what on earth is soap then? Chemically speaking, soap is a combination of an alkali (base) metal salt containing at least 1 ion of hydroxide and an acid substance (some type of fat). Soap is the result of a chemical reaction called saponification, which happens when you mix the two substances together and the fat molecules bond to the hydroxide molecules. All right, let me crawl out of Frankenstein's lab and break it down for you. Lye (in either sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide form) is the most common alkali substance for soap...you mix that with a fat, like cream or olive oil and BAM! Soap is born, er... made... whatever. From there, you can add some extras, like fragrance and exfoliates.
Sounds pretty straightforward, right? That's what I thought. Until I started label reading. I'm thinking, what's with all the extra chemical stuff? Is that really necessary? I submit that it is not. My body wash alone has 27 separate ingredients. 27!! Yikes. And the majority of them are unpronounceable and unnecessary. I was reminded recently that your skin is really your largest organ - what do you want it absorbing?
Hmmmm.... looks like it's time to ditch the long list of chemicals and get back to the basics. In the meantime, I'll jump down off my soapbox (pun intended) and call it a night. Bubbles up!
Disclaimer: I do not represent The Great Canadian Soap Company or get paid for mentioning or reviewing their products. This is simply my honest opinion of their company and their product.