Does the soap/body wash you are using contain Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate?

Uses: According to DCI it is used as a detergent, wetting agent, and emulsifier

About This Ingredient: This is a synthetic detergent. It may dry the skin out because if it's degreasing properties. Depending on where you look, this detergent is may be listed as a mild skin irritant.

How It's Made: This detergent is chemically synthesized in a lab.

The Bottom Line: This ingredient does not appear to have any beneficial properties for your skin (aside from cleaning it), and may dry it out.

 

Does the soap/body wash you are using contain Stearic Acid?

Uses: Used as a hardener in soap. According to DCI, it also gives liquid soap a pearly appearance.

About This Ingredient: According to DCI and Cosmetics Info it is deemed safe by the FDA and CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review) expert panel. DCI states that it is a possible sensitizer for allergic people. Stearic acid is a consituent in some vegetable oils.

How It's Made: According to Wikipedia, Stearic acid is prepared by treating animal fat with water at a high pressure and temperature, leading to the hydrolysis of triglycerides.

The Bottom Line: This ingredient does not appear to have any beneficial properties for your skin, and may sensitize you to allergens.



Does the soap/body wash you are using contain Sodium Palmitate?

Uses:

Used for cleansing and creating lather.

About This Ingredient:

Sodium Palmitate is a salt of Palmitic Acid (according to Cosmetic Cop's Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients. Palmitic Acid can be drying to the skin).

How It's Made:

Sodium Palmitate is made my mixing Palmitic Acid with Lye (a solution containing water and an alkali).

The Bottom Line: 

This ingredient cleanses your skin, but may dry it out.

 

Does the soap/body wash you are using contain Lauric Acid?

Uses:

According to Wikipedia it is a surfactant and cleansing agent.

About This Ingredient:

Lauric Acid occurs naturally in some vegetable oils like palm oil. It can be irritating to super-sensitive individuals at high concentrations.

How It's Made:

Occurs naturally.

The Bottom Line: 

This ingredient cleanses your skin. It may irritate very sensitive skin and my cause cancer.

 

Does the soap/body wash you are using contain Cocamidopropyl Betaine?

Uses:

Used as a surfactant.

About This Ingredient:

This is generally regarded as one of the more gentle surfactants, although some studies indicate it may be an allergen, according to wikipedia.

How It's Made:

I wasn't able to pin this down difinitively, but I gather that it is synthesized in a lab

The Bottom Line:

This ingredient cleanses your skin. It may also be an allergen.

 

Does the soap/body wash you are using contain Maltol?

Uses:

Used as a flavoring agent, according to wikipedia.

About This Ingredient:

I wasn't able to find any information on the use of Maltol in soap. It occurs naturally in some types of plants. It does have a fragrance.

How It's Made: I can't say definitively, but I would propose that it is probably harvested from plant material.

The Bottom Line:

This ingredient does not appear to have any beneficial properties for your skin. It might be used as a fragrance, but maybe not considering Dove claims this bar to be unscented.

 

Does the soap/body wash you are using contain Titanium Dioxide?

Uses:  Used as a whitening agent.

About This Ingredient:  Titanium Dioxide is thought to have no negative side effects when used externally. However, I have read that people can be sensitive to it.

How It's Made:  Crude titanium dioxide is purified via titanium tetrachloride in the chloride process, according to wikipedia.

The Bottom Line:  This ingredient does not appear to have any beneficial properties for your skin. It may cause skin irritation.

 



Your comment will be posted after it is approved.


Leave a Reply.