“Did you know that it is safer to eat commercial soap than to use it on your skin? It will at least go through the digestive system, instead of being directly absorbed into the bloodstream. Have you looked at the ingredients in the products you use?” says Divya, an Organic Soap Maker from Mysore.

Well, I hadn’t ever. So I took out a few products from my toiletry kit. The number of chemicals listed there, to say the least, was mind blogging.

Chemicals & ingredients

Basically, I realized I did not know what I was looking for. So I decided to do a little research. This article corroborates exactly what Divya says and also gives you an idea what to avoid. For one, Sodium Laureth Sulphate was common in everything I used, including my toothpaste!

According to this concerned soapmaker, there are two main problems in India. Firstly, there was no awareness(clearly!). I heard about using fragrance-free, natural products, and switching from plastic to glass/steel more than 5 years back from my aunt in Australia. Though there is a trend of going plastic-free here now, there is still not much spoken about cosmetics.

Secondly, there is a large range of “low-cost” commercial products marketed for bouncy hair or fair and smooth skin and the likes. If you have a Rs.20 product endorsed by a celebrated which promises you ‘eternal beauty’, vs a Rs.80 less known product for healthy skin, what are you going to buy?

What we can do:

For starters, it would be good to start paying more attention to what we use and put on our skin. Then, we can start the shift towards more natural products. Divya puts it very eloquently what she wants to do:

“Create awareness for a healthier you than a beautiful you, one family at a time”

Towards this end, she has created some interesting concoctions with turmeric, honey, multani matti, and more as its constituents. Here are some of her creations. Doesn’t the tea soap sound intriguing?

natural soap

Note: This is not a sponsored post. It is written to raise awareness and get us thinking about what we use for our skin.

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12 thoughts on “Natural Organic Soap Maker: #AtoZChallenge

  • April 18, 2017 at 9:55 am
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    Didn’t realize toothpaste had SLS too!

    Organic/hand-made soaps are very gentle and much better than the regular ones, in my experience. I’ve tried lavender, coffee, and many others (got so excited when I discovered them, that I bought just way too many). Coffee is very good for skin. I’m guessing that honey oat one is as well.

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    • April 18, 2017 at 12:10 pm
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      Yeah, the aroma based ones made with essential oils are amazing. Love them! And as you said very gentle on our skin..

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  • April 18, 2017 at 1:59 pm
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    This is so timely. I use natural ingredients, sans sulfates, as soaps in our house, for myself and the children. And I can tell the difference.

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  • April 18, 2017 at 2:49 pm
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    It’s time I switch to organic and natural soaps. Is Dove bar natural?

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    • April 18, 2017 at 2:53 pm
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      I don’t think so. From what I hear, it is known to just “lock the moisture” on the skin’s surface thus in turn blocking the pores. This is not from any research. I am still in the process of getting familiar with the whole organic soap and cosmetics industry.

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  • April 18, 2017 at 5:45 pm
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    Wow! Never thought of soap this way. Will definitely give handmade soaps a try.
    Obnoxious

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    • April 18, 2017 at 10:39 pm
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      Me neither! Talking to her was a revelation to me too!

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  • April 19, 2017 at 10:45 am
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    As a soapmaker, I really appreciated this! 🙂 Isn’t it scary how many chemicals are in our soap? Which technically isn’t really soap, did you know? It’s detergent, and that’s why they all say things like “body bar” on them, because legally in the US they’re not allowed to call it soap if it hasn’t gone through the saponification process.

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    • April 19, 2017 at 1:05 pm
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      It is scary! I realised I have a lot to learn and have just been blindly using whatever is available without thinking too much..

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  • April 22, 2017 at 11:58 am
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    Consumer awareness is very important for such products to see light. Although, people are more inclined towards celebrity endorsed consumer products especially in cosmetics and beauty related products.

    Proper marketing can bring some change, provided that the same celebrity folk endorse organic or natural products as well, which is rare in India. Hope someday people realize what is good for them.

    Thanks for sharing, may be you can write an article on how to make soap at home with some basic elements. That might help some people who visit this blog.

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    • April 22, 2017 at 12:23 pm
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      Thanks for the idea. Will definitely do that.

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