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Why Vegan Soap is Best: The Truth About Soap Now

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Vegan soap is soap that made is without the use of any animal fats or oils. We look into why you should choose vegan soap when you bathe.

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We make our vegan soap without the use of any animal fats or oils. You can use our vegan soap the same ways as any other soap but without any ethical interests. As well, the plants we use are often nourishing for our skin and great for the environment. Vegan Soap is animal cruelty free, great for the conscience and great for the skin.

Soap is a necessity but is easy to overlook in the shopping cart. Often, consumers do not give a second thought on what type of soap they buy. Usually they’re opting for the cheapest and most common brand. However, as this article aims to point out, your choice in simple everyday products such as soap is important. It’s not only important for your own hygiene and health but as well as animal welfare and environmental sustainability.

Even small choices in everyday life can impact the world. When you follow an ethical cruelty-free and environmentally conscious lifestyle you come to realize this. Choosing vegan, natural soaps is a sure way to reduce your negative impact on the wider world.

To understand the difference on the impact of conventional soap versus cruelty-free soap, we first must look at the history of soap.

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Vegan Soap: Key Points

  • Vegan soap is easy to find. However, you should always assume that soap contains animal ingredients unless the label says otherwise.
  • The first recorded evidence for soap was in approximately 2800 BC in ancient Babylon.
  • hen you follow a cruelty-free lifestyle, you realize the importance of abstaining from animal products.
  • Many bar soaps contain animal fat derivatives as their primary ingredients. Don’t expect soap companies to be forthcoming about their use of animal fats.

Are all Soaps Vegan?

Vegan soap is easy to find. However, you should always assume that soap contains animal ingredients unless the label says otherwise.

Many bar soaps contain animal fat derivatives as their primary ingredients. Don’t expect soap companies to be forthcoming about their use of animal fats. Bars of Ivory Soap, for instance, carry the phrase “99.44% pure” on its label. Yet the stuff is largely made from rendered animal fat obtained from slaughterhouses. Soap made from animal fat often has “sodium tallowate” listed on its label. Which is a tip-off since tallow is a fancy word for beef fat.

Similarly, common vegan soap ingredients include sodium cocoate (as in coconuts) or sodium palm kernelate (from palm kernels). Olive oil is great for an excellent bar soap. Basically, if it’s a vegetable fat, companies can figure out how turn it into cruelty-free soap.

Luckily, given the unprecedented demand for cruelty-free personal care products, you can now find vegan soap almost anyplace you shop.

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Brief History of Soap

The first recorded evidence for soap was in approximately 2800 BC in ancient Babylon. It was consisting of all plant products, with the mixture of water, alkali (a type of salt) and Cassia oil. This important invention in human history helped clean out clothes and ourselves. Soap improved human hygiene, preventing us from getting sick and dying from diseases.

The first animal-based soaps were thought to be derived in ancient Egypt. Derived from a mixture of plant-based oils and animal fats combined with alkali salts and water. The word sopa which is Latin for soap first appeared in Pliny the Elder’s Historia Naturalis, which discusses the manufacture of soap from tallow (animal fats) and ashes. The ancient scholar states that he finds soap to be feminine. He continues that the Romans preferred to cleanse themselves with fresh oil.

It was not until Medieval Europe that soap-making became semi-industrialized. In small pockets in Italy and Spain it became an artisanal craft. However, the use of soap was still seen as a feminine quality much like that of perfume. Other methods of cleanliness were used by the majority of individuals.

In the 18th century, however, with the birth of the Industrial Revolution, the connection between hygiene and health became apparent. The use of soap and its production became more universal. This sparked companies to produce soaps that were cheap to produce and sell. Many consisted of harsh chemicals and animal fats. Not much has changed in conventional soap making today. It wasn’t until the very end of the 19th century that liquid soaps were produced. These mainly consisted of vegetable oils, palm oils, and artificial fragrances.

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What’s in conventional soaps?

When you follow a cruelty-free lifestyle, you realize the importance of abstaining from animal products. Also the impact of reducing your exposure to dangerous chemicals. Finally, any hazardous materials that are often found alongside these animal additives. Conventional and traditional soaps are no different. You wouldn’t want to digest these harmful toxins so why put them on your skin?

Human skin is a living protective barrier that keeps organs and muscles from taking damage from external forces. Skin is an organ in itself. It regulates the body by excreting salts and water from its pores. As well as, absorbing beneficial substances such as Vitamin D from the sun, healing herbs and essential oils. However, this also means it can absorb harmful substances. What you apply directly to your skin daily can leech into your system. That is why it’s always important to ensure the products you use are natural and don’t contain any harmful toxins.

There are a myriad common harmful chemicals and toxins that are found in conventional soaps. Some agents numb the nervous system and can bring on dizziness, vomiting and can even effect a person’s blood pressure. Benzyl Acetate is an eye and lung irritant and a known carcinogen associated with pancreatic cancer.

Sodium Laureth Sulfate breaks down fats and inhibits the skins ability to maintain moisture. It is classified as a mutagen and hence can break down or alter genetic material. Ethanol can irritate the respiratory track and motor and can induce a loss of vision. And finally, Linalool which is a narcotic substance that harms your motor skills.

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Parabens are also present in conventional soaps. Scientific studies have shown that exposure to parabens increases a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer. They can also cause neurological damage by way of nervous system toxicity.

Almost all bars of soaps contain fragrances to make them pleasurable for the user. However, most soaps just label ‘fragrance’ when listing it on the back of their product. This can be misleading as the fragrance could consist of a whole collection of different chemicals and carcinogens. Fragrance chemicals can induce side effects such as chronic dizziness, rashes, nausea, depression, respiratory distress and severe headaches.

These are found all together in one bar of soap. They have little resemblance to the makeup of soap made from natural sources. It is always best to stick to natural and vegan based soap products. As well, always read the labels if you’re not sure.

What’s in vegan soap?

Vegan soaps abstain from using a source of animal product which includes milk, lanolin, emu oil, fish oil, mink oil, honey, beeswax, tallow or urea. Vegan soaps contain natural and wholesome ingredients such as dried organic herbs, essential oils, cocoa butter, coconut oil and olive oil. A great rule of thumb is that if you can’t eat it, why put it on your skin?

You can find natural, organic and inexpensive vegan soaps usually in your local supermarket or in a health-food store. You can also purchase them on amazon.com. Also, a nice set of vegan soaps is a great idea for a gift. Keep in mind, just because something abstains from animal products doesn’t always mean they are good for your skin. Always read the label and check the list of ingredients. If there is a long list of chemical-sounding names, chances are it will do damage to your skin.

Palm Oil is another ingredient that is hard on the environment and we should avoid. This can be hard as it is an ingredient in many vegan soaps. (Not at Capulet Soaps!)

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What’s the Best Way to Use Vegan Soap?

If you’ve never used a plant-based soap before, you may be wondering if it can replace your regular soap or if it should just be used as a supplement.

Vegan soaps can be used in the same way you’d use typical soaps; they have all the same applications.

The only difference is that it has a different formula. Your experience will be the same or likely better, compared to traditional soap.

How to Choose the Best Vegan Soap

As you begin looking around, you’ll find many options available, perhaps more than you anticipated. This sometimes means it’s difficult to discern which soap will be the “best” for you.

In order to find one you’ll love, think about the qualities that are most important to you.

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Scent and Fragrance

One important aspect of soap for a lot of people is scent or fragrance. Some people prefer soaps without fragrance if they have sensitive skin. Others may reach for soaps with potent fragrances that linger after a shower.

You’ll want to read each soap’s product description carefully if purchasing online to see what fragrance is in the soap and how strong it is.

Solid or Liquid Soap?

Another factor to consider is the type of soap you prefer. Knowing if you’re looking for a bar, liquid, or cream soap narrows down your search-time.

Saving on Packaging and Waste

Something else to think about is the soap’s packaging. If you’re opting for bar soap, you may be able to pick one up in-store that’s completely free of packaging.

Even if you’re shopping online, a lot of companies have significantly reduced the amount of packaging involved.

If you prefer liquid soap, you can find options that use recycled eco-friendly packaging.

When purchasing online, then, regardless of the type of soap you choose, purchasing in bulk can save you money and avoids wasting shipping materials.

Product Quality and Special Benefits

Lastly, you’ll want to take quality into consideration. Looking at the ingredient list is a great place to start.

If you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to read the ingredients list, some vegan products have some kind of certification stamped on them you’ll see right away.

Next, check the listed benefits they provide. For example, some soaps contain added oils which promote healthy skin.

While these are a perk for some people, they can also irritate sensitive skin for others. When you know what you like and what to avoid, this’ll be a breeze.

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Why avoid Palm Oil?

They make palm oil from the fruit of the palm tree. It is grown throughout Africa, Asia, North America and South America. 85% of palm oil is exported from Indonesia and Malaysia. You can find palm oil in a lot of beauty and food products. The palm oil industry is not a sustainable one, impacting the environment, animals, and humankind alike.

In countries where they harvest the plant, palm oil expansion is a threat to the biodiversity and natural ecosystems. When producing palm oil they destroy large swathes of land. Currently, a third of all mammal species in Indonesia are critically endangered due to this unsustainable production.

The massive deforestation required for palm oil production is also an agravator of climate change. To harvest palm oil they use slash and burn farming. This means large forests might burn and release carbon and smoke and destroy habitats. Because of this Indonesia is the third largest country of greenhouse emissions.

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Furthermore, palm oil production increases the access that poachers and wildlife smugglers have to endangered animals. They may be selling them as pets, medicinal purposes or sell their body parts as trophies. Palm oil is not only and environmental issue but one for animal welfare.

Though these palm oil industries do produce some job to the local communities in which they run, often governments allow greedy corporations to exploit indigenous people’s land for their own profit. The palm oil industry has links to massive human rights issues, and possibly use child labor in their manufacturing.

As you can see, if you choose a product that has palm oil in it, then you are not choosing an animal-free, cruelty-free or ethical choice! There are companies that guarantee the palm oil they source is from sustainable industries. It’s always best to avoid palm oil to make sure you’re not impacting the environment negatively.

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Is anti-bacterial soap better?

In a society where the fear of bacteria and germs is getting more and more prevalent, it may seem a reasonable decision to use antibacterial soap. You only have to give a quick glance at the soaps lining the aisles to realize that more and more companies are using the term ‘antibacterial’ to suck in consumers and make a neat profit in the scare mongering tactics surrounding germs. However, using antibacterial soap is in fact not a great way to remain healthy for some reasons involving the strengthening of bacteria.

Many people attempt to kill all germs by using antibacterial soaps, but as the name suggests, antibacterial soaps only kill bacteria, not other kinds of germs. Furthermore, the antibacterial agents used are a form of antibiotic so even though they claim to kill 99.9% of germ, the .1% that survives is potentially the most hazardous as it can resist the antibacterial agent. The minuscule number of adapted germs that survive breed and pass on the antibiotic resistance to its offspring creating lines of what we have called ‘super bugs.’ Antibiotic resistance is a threat to human health.

Triclosan, Good Bacteria, and Soap

Also, Triclosan, a chemical found in most antibacterial soaps, is shown to interact with chlorine in water to form chloroform gas. This is toxic and even fatal. Triclosan can also cause hormone disruption that is particularly hard on children.

There are plenty of good bacteria, as well as the bad kind. There are evidence and studies showing the benefits of dirt and exposure to some bacteria; that can be as beneficial as probiotics. When we lather ourselves in antibacterial soap, we destroy the good bacteria as well as the bad. Furthermore, it has also been shown that children who grow up in an overly sterile environment face higher rates of allergies and asthma. Exposure to different types of bacteria, specifically early in life, assists kid’s immune systems to develop more strongly.

Vegan Soap: Better for you, AND everyone you love

In conclusion, give your skin a healthy glowing complexion by using vegan, natural soaps that are free from palm oil. This will keep your skin fresh. It will also reduce your impact on the environment and animal welfare. Finally, you guarantee that your choice in soap did not negatively impact the wider world.

If you are having a hard time trying to figure out what to buy for your vegan significant other, why not give them a nice set of vegan soaps? This intimate and timeless gift shows a personal touch. Our soap can be more artisan than the usual generic Christmas beauty gifts out there. Soap is a small gift but it counts. Hand-crafted goods always have a personal touch. Gifts that a person uses in their everyday life are a good way to show how much you care!

If you want to give a more personal touch, why not make your own soap? Most home-made soaps are made from olive oils or coconut oils. You can then mix them with organic herbs, spices, and essential oils. This is how soap gets it’s unique colors and fragrances. As well, many of these herbs and spices have medical benefits.

So instead of giving them a generic soap which will result in them washing themselves in insect vomit, cow lard or sheep’s glands why not pamper them the gift of life and buy them some fresh vegan soaps from our shop!

Here’s a great tutorial on how you can make your own vegan soap:

Vegan Soap: Soap Takeaways

  • Vegan soap is easy to find. However, you should always assume that soap contains animal ingredients unless the label says otherwise.
  • The first recorded evidence for soap was in approximately 2800 BC in ancient Babylon.
  • hen you follow a cruelty-free lifestyle, you realise the importance of abstaining from animal products.
  • Many bar soaps contain animal fat derivatives as their primary ingredients. Don’t expect soap companies to be forthcoming about their use of animal fats.

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