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What's in my soap, anyway?

There are so many things that can be in your soap when you pick up a bar off the grocery store shelf. These are just some of the ingredients in four of the leading soap brands (Dove, Lever 2000, Dial and Softsoap):

commercial soap chemicals

Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate

Stearic Acid

Sodium Tallowate

Sodium Palmitate

Lauric Acid

Sodium Isethionate

Sodium Stearate

Cocamidopropyl Betaine

Sodium Cocoate

Sodium Palm Kernelate

chemicals in commercial soap

Tetrasodium Edta

Tetrasodium Etidronate

Sodium Methyl 2-Sulfolaurate


Disodium 2-Sulfolaurate

Sodium Sulfate

Tocopheryl Acetate

PEG-6 Methyl Ether

Pentasodium Pentetate

Cocamidopropyl Betaine

Sodium Benzoate


what is in commerical soap

PEG-18 Glyceryl Oleate/Cocoate

Poloxamer 124

Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891)

Yellow #5, #8

Red #4, #33

Blue #1


Citric Acid

Sodium Chloride



Wow! What a list. Most of that stuff is used to enable their soap to sit longer on store shelves, or to create an unnecessary surplus of lather.

Ingredients in my artisan handmade soaps:

olive oil handmade soap ingredients

Olive Oil

Canola Oil

Soy Oil

Canola Oil

Coconut Oil

Sodium Hydroxide (lye)

Purified Water

Common additives that I use are:

Mica Colors

Zinc Oxide

Essential Oils like peppermint, orange, lemon, rosemary, lavender and tea tree.

Fragrance Oils* like sweet peach, magnolia blossom, lilac, rain, fresh linen, chai tea, blueberry, marshmallow and so many more!

Many of my soaps are unscented and don't contain any mica pigments either. My Farmhouse Collection coming 2/2/21 is fragrance free and colored only by natural clays or charcoal!

artisan handmade soap farmhouse collection natural pure

Additional ingredients in your soap can be wonderful like honey, cucumber or avocado powder, herb infusions, apricot seed, pumice, activated charcoal - the list goes on and on. I love creating soap with non-dairy milks like hemp, oat and rice milks. What you're getting with the big brands just can't compare to handmade, natural soap. Be aware for better skin care!

charcoal handmade soap bar natural

*I use a wide selection of fragrance oils and essential oils. I note whether a bar contains EO's or FO's in their descriptions. I rely on industry leading suppliers for fragrances approved in soapmaking.


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