We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow the earth from our
children.
-Native American Proverb
We have been treating the Earth like we don't live on it.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Natural Facial Soap


I finally ran out of Noxzema. It was a little bitter sweet because I have been washing my face with it it for over 20 years, since I was a tween, you do the math. But my new found green calling has lead me to try more natural personal products. I was at the farmer's market yesterday and found Delta Moon Soapworks. The bar is made with the "Cold Press Method" with Aloe and Oatmeal and says it is "great as a facial bar." The woman selling the bath bars claims that everything is natural with no artificial colors, no phthalates and no parabens. I asked her if the soap was organic. Her answer perplexed me. She said, "There is organic and then there is natural. My bars are natural. I can't afford to make them organic. The bars would be $10." Isn't organic also natural? She made it sound like you had to choose one or the other.

Anyway, I did buy the bar because it is better than Noxzema, natural and local. Here is what's in it:
  • Olive Oil

  • Coconut Oil

  • Goat Milk

  • Glycerine (also spelled Glycerin)

  • Aloe

  • Ground Oatmeal

  • Vitamin E

The only ingredient I questioned was glycerine. Off to Google I went. Google did not help. Wikipedia justs gives the facts, not if it is good or bad. (Unless you are a chemical scientist of some sort you can understand all the scientific names.) Treehugger, Alternative Consumer and The Environmental Working Group barely had anything to mention about glycerine. Does that mean if it is in my soap glycerine is ok? I also checked Burt's Bees and Kiss My Face to see if they noticeably excluded it as an ingredient, they did not. And lastly, I did google "organic, natural soap" to see if organic natural soaps exclude it. I stopped at 3 sites and none of them excluded glycerine. But they did boast their bath bars were "cold pressed" which made me feel better about how my bath bar is made.

So I will start tonight to wash my face with it. I will give it, say, a week to report back my findings.

7 comments:

Robin Shreeves said...

Allison - She may have been talking about the fact that she can't afford to be certified organic. There is a lot of red tape involved with getting organic certification and it costs a lot of money. There are many small farms that farm organically, but can't sell their produce as organic because they haven't been certified as such.

So perhaps that's what it is. I also am not sure if cleaning/beauty products can actually be certified organic.

I did a post quite a while back on the difference between natural and organic:

Robin Shreeves said...

http://robinshreeves.blogspot.com/2008/03/green-terms-of-week-organic-vs-natural.html

Okay - above would not allow me paste the link in without making everything else disappear. But hopefully that post will clear up the difference between natural and organic.

Allison said...

Thanks Robin.

And you know, natural PB is so superior to the other stuff with partially hydrogenated oils, et al.

Amanda said...

Allison, here's a link to glycerin's ingredient report on EWG's cosmetics database.

It scores a 2, which is low hazard. It's a very, very common ingredient in bar soaps. Hope that new soap works out for you!

Allison said...

Amanda- Thank you. It is a relief to know the EWG gave it a low hazardous score.

P.S. I love your Enviroblog, http://www.enviroblog.org/

Liv Healthy said...

Allison,

I'm so proud of you! Gradually making important changes in your life and your family's lives.. buying more organic and natural products. It certainly takes time to incorporate all of the changes. It took me 6 years to get to where I am today, and I still have so much more to learn.

I've spoken with other natural product manufacturers and they also say the it's hard to go completely organic- you can't get organic water for instance, for shampoos. So choosing natural brands is a good start.

There's one company in Canada that is awesome called Green Beaver. I love their moisturizer and there's no "junk" in their products.

Dr. Mercola has a great story on what ingredients to avoid in lotions, etc:
http://products.mercola.com/organic-body-butter/?bid=69&aid=CD152&opt=

You can stop the video, but scroll down the post to see the ingredients to avoid.

Good luck & keep up the good work!

Allison said...

Thank you Liv Healthy, I will look into Green Beaver. I try to stay local but at times it is hard to find.