The next time you wander through the bath
& body aisle at your favorite store enjoying the heady aromas and the
bright colorful packaging, pay attention. Look at the labels. The vast majority
of the products on these shelves don't say 'soap' on their labels. They are
many times called beauty bars, moisturizing bars, or body bars, but not soap.
That's because these bars aren't actually soap and can't legally claim to be;
they're detergents. The manufacturers have removed most of the 'good' stuff
that occurs in the soap making process, and replaced it with synthetic
lathering agents and harsh chemicals. These cheap, plentiful detergent bars are
not only bad for your skin, but they're also bad for the planet, too.
Commercial soap manufacturers make it a
practice to remove the glycerin that is produced during the saponification (soap-making)
process. The removed glycerin is then often sold to other companies who use it
to make lotions and moisturizers, which your skin, now dried out from the harsh
detergent 'soap,' desperately needs.
Most commercially produced bars contain synthetic lathering agents, artificial
colors, and other synthetic chemical compounds. Antibacterial and antimicrobial
soaps often contain triclosan. Triclosan is a toxic chemical that is known to
cause cancer. According to the National Coalition Against the Misuse of
Pesticides (NCAMP), manufacturers of a number of triclosan-containing products
claim that the active ingredient continues to work for as long as 12 hours
after use. Consumers are, therefore, exposed to triclosan for much longer than
the 20 seconds it takes to wash their hands or face.
Our skin is porous and absorbent - It absorbs whatever it comes in contact with,
use of chemical laden products will cause the body to store the chemicals in
the body fat or even in the brain. With enough accumulations of toxins in the
body, illness can occur.
Increasingly, chemicals and toxins are finding their way into our eco-system.
Every time that lather goes down the drain, those pollutants are going with it,
frequently they make it through the filters at water purification plants. The
list of offenders included phthalates, which are linked to reproductive
disorders in both humans and animals, and parabens, which links to cancer.
Rock River Soap is the perfect alternative to
chemical laden beauty bars! Our all natural, cold-processed, handmade, honest
to goodness soap, is guaranteed good for you and good for the planet! Our soap
bars generally cost more than the detergent bars, but once you try one of our bubbly
treasures, with their ultra-rich lather,
you'll never again be satisfied with 'store-bought' bars. So do yourself and
your world a big favor and start using honest to goodness REAL ROCK RIVER SOAP!