When shopping for hand and body soaps, there are a several ingredients to be on the lookout for, as they have been linked to skin problems (ironically enough) and organ toxicity. Most hand soaps contain at least one of the following harmful ingredients: Sodium Laurel Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Parabens, Diethanolamine (DEA), Phthalates, and artificial fragrance. Here is a great article listing other ingredients to be wary of, and why.
While there are hundreds of soaps that contain these icky ingredients, rest assured because there many safe, non-toxic alternatives! Here are some recommendations:
Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps– A versatile, safe, great-smelling product! If you have never tried Dr. Bronner’s you are missing out! You can dilute Dr. Bronner’s and use it in a foamer, too.
Alaffia Shea and Coffee Cafe Au Lait Goat Milk Soap– Yes, the name is really that long. But the soap lives up to it’s title! Ingredients are Saponified Unrefined Shea Butter, Virgin Coconut Oil and Unrefined Palm Kernel Oil, Raw Goat Milk, Yirgacheffe Coffee, Vanilla Extract, Orange Essential Oil. Not sure whether you want to taste it or wash your hands with it, huh? It can be found in Whole Foods stores or here on Amazon.
Clean Well– This company makes an assortment of products, but their soaps and hand sanitizers are especially great!
The Honest Company- Founded by Jessica Alba, her products are made safe and all-natural for your favorite little munchkins. The ingredients for her soaps are listed on this page. Inexpensive, too!
Nutribiotic Coconut Oil Soap– I discovered this at a small store in Asheville last year and was excited to find that it can be ordered online! I bring it with me everywhere in a travel contanier and love how smooth it leaves your hands.
Dessert Essence Castile Hand Soap– contains coconut oil, olive oil, and and tea tree oil for a great, nourishing cleanse.
Hugo & Debra Naturals- They have many safe soaps, body washes, and bath soaks that all smell devine
Kiss My Face Foaming Castile Soap– comes in a variety of scents, all wonderful!
Purple Prairie– I love this company! You can tell by looking at their handmade soap bars that they are all natural and made with love. Check out wonderful scents like eucalyptus lemon, ginger clove, patchouli vanilla, and more!
Easy homemade hand soap recipe– The “homemade mommy” shares a quick and easy recipe for DIY hand soap on her site.
By Courtney Perry