3 Reasons Why You Need To Use Vegan Soap!
You may be paying more attention to what you put into your body, but perhaps do not give the products you put onto your body a second thought. However, the beauty and personal care products you use on your body are absorbed into your skin.
This is why you should pay just as much attention to the ingredients in the products you use for personal care, and why you should use vegan soap. Vegan or not, nobody wants disgusting ingredients and potentially harmful chemicals being absorbed into their body.
Here are the Top 3 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Vegan Soap, regardless of whether or not you live a vegan lifestyle:
Reason one: When soap isn’t vegan, it can contain some pretty gross animal byproducts.
The most common ingredient in soap is some type of fat, listed on the label as “glycerin.” Unless specified as vegetable glycerin, the glycerin on your soap label is, quite literally, cow or sheep fat, which may also be listed as tallow.
Soaps can also contain certain animal ingredients for color, like cochineal/carmine for a red or pink tint (literally crushed up beetle-like bugs), scent (like honey or beeswax, which is bee vomit or melted bee vomit, or civet and musk oil which are glandular secretions from animals), or texture (like lanolin, literally sheep grease).
Reason two: Typically, non-vegan soap like the popular brands on the shelves contains harsh ingredients that dry out your skin.
Chemicals like sodium lauryl sulfate (or sodium laureth sulfate which is nearly identical, both also called SLS) are what makes soap “foam.” SLS removes all of your skin’s natural oils, causing the skin and scalp to itch as well as causing inflammatory reactions like dermatitis and eczema.
Ammonium lauryl sulfate is another similar chemical with the same effect on your skin. These three chemicals can also be listed as “sulfates.” Sodium tallowate (cow and pig fat) can severely dry out skin, causing itchiness and irritation.
Reason 3: Non-vegan soap more often than not contains many potentially harmful, and unnecessary chemicals.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (or sodium laureth sulfate) have both been banned in the UK, but remain legal in the United States, can cause dizziness, hormonal disruptions, and headaches. SLS can cause allergic reactions as well as irritate the eyes.
Chemicals like Cocamidopropyl betaine have been linked to cancer, hormone disruption, and potential liver damage.
Parabens are endocrine disruptors (hormone disruptors). Phthalates have been shown to increase breast cancer, cause early breast growth in young girls, and also cause reproductive birth defects in males and females.
Triclosan is not only toxic to aquatic animals but can also potentially affect our reproductive system. Finally, the term “fragrance,” while it may seem innocuous enough, is a blanket term that is used to describe any number of undisclosed chemicals which may or may not be harmful, cause skin irritation, hormonal effects, or even cancer.
The takeaway here is that there are a LOT of potentially harmful and skin-irritating ingredients found in popular soaps.
Vegan soap typically is much more carefully crafted and made with no harmful chemicals, or disgusting animal-derived ingredients, and poses much less risk to your physical health.
Live Cleaner and Greener.
Blog written by Kristen Flowers