The beauty of living a zero waste lifestyle is that you only need a few items and they are multifunctional. Soap is one of them, since I use it as a face wash, body wash, shampoo etc.
However, there are a few things to look out for when purchasing a bar of soap, which I have listed and explained in this post.
Soap is generally made by combining water, lye and fatty acids. Every other ingredient is unnecessary!
Buy your bar of soap unpackaged
This is important for 2 simple reasons:
By purchasing a packaged item you’re basically agreeing to the packaging and signaling that you want more of that packaged product. However, once we start purchasing unpacked goods, marketers will see that there is a market for them and will put more unpackaged goods on the out there. If you can’t find unwrapped soap, go for one that is wrapped in paper, which you can recycle later.
Some natural soaps can have a very strong smell to them. I for one don’t like the smell of 100% olive oil soaps and since I use my soap bar as a body wash, shampoo, face wash and sometimes toothpaste, I need to make sure that I like the smell.
What your soap shouldn’t contain
There is a great article about toxic soap ingredients on botanikskinessentials.com If you now go and take a look at the ingredients of all the soaps out there, you will find that only few soaps don’t contain these toxic ingredients.
Why you shouldn’t purchase soap made out of palm oil
This is not only about an environmental issue, but also about ethical values. If you simply type “palm oil” into your google search engine, you will find no positive post on palm oil on the first few pages. According to the Guardian palm oil “is estimated to be in around half of all packaged items found in supermarkets.”
How you can avoid buying products with palm oil in it
By making my own products I have managed to avoid purchasing palm oil and supporting
You can find out if your soap contains palm oil
Example of a good soap
The soap bar I use is a chamomile and lavender soap by the brand Sæbeværkstedet
Ingredients of my soap explained
Sodium Olivate: olive oil+ sodium hydroxide
Sodium Cocoate: coconut oil+ sodium hydroxide
Matricaris recucita: chamomile ( who knows why they always have to use those fancy terms)
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