3 Toxins HIDING In your Soap + 3 More To Watch Out For

3 Toxins HIDING In your Soap + 3 More To Watch Out For

We all want our families safe, healthy, and happy, right?

And clean.

Clean would be nice.

So we go out and purchase soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and the like.

But wait, what is the big ol‘ word on the ingredient list…and what does it mean?

Fine print hides a lot of nasty chemicals, and here are 3 pretty common ones…and their not-so-pretty side effects. You won’t like what they are.

3 Toxins HIDING In your Soap


“Fun” Facts:

  • it’s actually a pesticide.
  • Recent studies have found that it promotes drug-resistant bacteria growth.
  • It stays on the skin for hours.
  • The FDA has banned it, but companies have a few years to get rid of it in their formulas.
  • It creates dioxin, which is a carcinogen. (dioxins disrupt the endocrine system and thyroid function. Plus, it’s the primary toxic component of Agent Orange.)

Triclosan is used in liquid dishwashing detergent, hand soaps labelled” antibacterial”, toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorants, and cosmetics.

Triclosan is not a low-profile ingredient with no side effects; it is known to disrupt our endocrine systems and can really mess with the female sex hormone, estrogen. Breast cancer or imbalanced hormones, anyone?

The endocrine system produces hormones that regulate metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, and mood. Triclosan messed with ALL of that.

Sodium laurel sulfate (SLS)

“Fun” Facts:

  • Super popular in today’s commercial soaps, shower gels, shampoos, toothpaste, detergents, and bath oils.
  • If it foams or bubbles, it probably contains SLS. Be sure to read the fine print!
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) is its close cousin…and just as bad. Fun fact on this one: it started out as a garage floor cleaner!
  • Also called sulfates.
  • Oh, and it’s very effective at ‘cleaning’ your skin. Read on!

It’s really good at cleaning your skin, teeth, and hair because it’s a detergent, surfactant and emulsifier. Sounds fancy, right?

But what it really means is that it penetrates your skin and hair, while taking away all your natural oils. It also allows other chemicals (like triclosan) to be absorbed into your skin…and bloodstream.

SLS is also carcinogenic, especially when combined with Dioxane, another nasty chemical. SLS is known to cause skin and eye irritation, hair loss and organ toxicity. It can also interfere with your hormones and is a nightmare for those with sensitive skin.

3 Toxins HIDING In your Soap


“Fun” Facts:

  • It has a lot of different names, such as methylparaben, Propylparaben, and butylparaben.
  • They can hide behind the claim “antifungal and antimicrobial” on cleaning product labels.
  • Is one of the top offenders in both our household cleaners and beauty products.

The big, scary thing about parabens is that they are estrogen mimickers. This means that once they are applied to the skin, they enter the bloodstream, (thanks SLS!), and your body mistakes them for estrogen.

The body reacts in various ways when it thinks there is too much estrogen in the bloodstream such as decreasing muscle mass, increasing fat deposits, causing early onset of puberty and spurring reproductive difficulties in both men and women.

As a result, they cause hormone disruption, reproductive problems, and have been linked with hormonal cancers including breast, ovarian, and uterine cancer. They can also cause neurotoxicity and skin irritation.

Scary to say the least!

+ 3 more to Avoid

Fragrance – Constant exposure to fragrances negatively impacts the central nervous system and can trigger allergies, migraines and asthma symptoms.

Formaldehyde – Formaldehyde is used to preserve dead bodies. Yeah. It may weaken the immune system, and may contribute to chronic fatigue, headaches, respiratory issues, and even cardiovascular problems such as irregular heartbeats.

Diethanolamine (DEA) – TEA is also a derivative of DEA.  These are carcinogenic chemicals, specifically affecting the liver and kidneys.

Where to go from here:

Start to slowly switch over to natural soaps and cleaners. Don’t be afraid to try a bar of soap here, a natural liquid soap there.

Family not on board? Click here to download a list of helpful tips and hints to getting started with natural skin care!

Questions? Comment below or feel free to send me an email, I would love to hear from you 🙂


3 Toxins HIDING In your Soap + 3 More To Watch Out For

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