When I was a little girl my mother bathed us using different brands of soap from Dove, Ivory, Palmolive and so many others. Whatever she could get her hands on is what she used. I as grew up I continued the tradition of using any soap that was available. To me, soap was soap. What else could it be? Well, as I grew wiser and learned more about health and the different chemicals in our food, body and cleaning products, I began to take notice. I notice that the food we buy off the shelves of our grocery store is mostly processed food which contains chemicals. I notice that the cleaning products we use in our home or office environment contains harmful chemicals, but what really surprises me is that the products we use on our bodies to clean ourselves contain harmful chemicals.
Soap, being the number one cleaning product used to clean our body, is the last thing you would think of containing harmful chemicals. Dirt and grime and “chemicals” is what you hope to wash off of your body with soap. Well I am here to tell you, if you read the ingredients contained in soap you might be shocked! For example, there is one chemical called Titanium Dioxide in most soap. This white powder chemical is a pigment that makes products white. You can find this chemical in milk, toothpaste, sunscreen, paint and yes, SOAP. This chemical is a known carcinogen, meaning it is a cancer causing agent.
Since titanium dioxide accounts for roughly 70 percent of the pigment used commercially on a global scale, there have been concerns raised over its toxicity in the workplace. In response, a number of global agencies have advised manufacturers to update material safety data sheets and occupational hazard training programs based on current safety reviews. For example, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has now classified this substance a potential carcinogen based on the rate of incidence of respiratory tract cancer in rats after prolonged inhalation of titanium dioxide dust particles.
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Now, older and wiser, I have learned how to make my own soap; soap that is not harmful to use. To make herbal, healing soap, you must buy soap from a reputable company that sells pure glycerin soap by the pound or you can learn to make your own soap from scratch. Adding pure essential oils along with olive oil and lavender buds to your soap will give the soap good texture, make it smell good, exfoliates, and is healing to your skin. You will notice a difference after you have used it for a while.
For Christmas I gave my homemade soaps to my friends, family and co-workers. They all loved the soap so much, that a few of them asked to purchase some of the bars I made. Since then, I have been asked to sell my soap at a few shops, a salon and a chiropractor’s office. Who’d have thought my soap experience would have turned into a little side business!
Making soaps for others is gratifying. And, I realize I will never look at another bar of soap the same way again. If you are interested in learning more about how to make my version of healing soap for you and your family, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
Remember SOAP is not just SOAP.
Pamela Douglas, Certified Aromatherapist, Young Living Distributor, Author and Artist