Making my own soaps made me curious about chemicals that soaps can have. I found this website that had some information on how the FDA wants to make sure at home soap makers are to follow proper procedures. Home soap makers seem to be really distraught with this jab at them because they believe they are making healthier soaps than those you can buy in stores. This blog mentions some of the chemicals that regular soaps can have:
Methylene glycol, (an ingredient in the popular hair smoothing treatment known as the “Brazilian Blowout”) turns into formaldehyde when heated, and exposure has been reported to result in hair loss, rashes, blistered scalps, nosebleeds, bleeding gums, shortness of breath, vomiting and increased risk of cancer.
Propyl paraben, a preservative used in a wide range of products including shampoo, conditioner and lotion, mimics the hormone estrogen and can potentially disrupt the endocrine system and cause reproductive system disorders.
Diazolidinyl Urea, which is used as a preservative in a wide range of products including deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, bubble bath and lotion.
Lead acetate, used as a color additive in hair dyes.
Quaternium-15, a preservative used in a wide range of products including shampoo, shaving cream, skin creams and cleansers.
These all sound pretty scary and some things that I wouldn’t want to be putting on my body. I think it is really smart to be conscious about the products you are putting in and on your body. I read a quote once that said, “it only takes four seconds for products to enter your bloodstream.” I think we forget that our skin is an organ and it tells us a lot about what is happening to our body. If you’re cold you get goosebumps, if you’re stressed you get a pimple, and if you’re sick it changes colour. It is important to remember that even the things we are putting on our skin can be absorbed into our system. I think making your own products and being conscious about what preservatives and chemicals you are using can create an overall healthier life.
I really encourage you to check out these benefits of homemade products!