Regardless of whatever brands of bath/body products you choose to use, here is some information I hope will be helpful to you and your family!
Did you know that the FDA does not have any regulations or set definition for the term “ALL NATURAL”?
That’s right. Anything could be labeled “all natural” yet contain synthetic ingredients, so I always recommend you check ingredient labels. If you are looking for ingredients in your products that are not man-made, you want to look for words such as “plant-derived” and “plant-based.”
Are synthetic fragrances and colors bad? Not necessarily. Sorry, but you will not be able to find an essential oil of “Love Spell” or “Avobath.” Some fragrances that we all love need to be created synthetically, but you will want to stay away from fragrances containing phthalates.
I cannot create a neon rainbow of colors in soaps with rose clay, turmeric, chlorophyll, and other plant powders, unfortunately. I use micas, oxides, ultramarines to color soaps, and per FDA regulations, those must be listed on the label (not just as “colorants”). Some of those are synthetic, but some are not.
That brings me to my favorite topic—what is true soap? True soap is a combination of lye and oils. On the label, you should see “sodium hydroxide lye” listed along with oils and other ingredients OR “saponified oils of…”. You might even see ingredients listed as “-ate.” Confusing, right? Once the lye, water, and oils are mixed, they go through a chemical change—science!—and become SOAP. Anyone who tells you they make soap without lye is LYING (see what I did there?).
Soap without lye? There are numerous products we call “soap” but really fall into the category of “detergents” or “detergent-based” products, including shampoos, body wash, body scrubs, etc. These are made without lye but with synthetic cleansing agents. Here are the safe ones: SLSA (aka sodium lauryl sulfoacetate—easily confused with the sulfates), SCI (sodium cocoyl isethionate), and coco betaine (Cocomidopropyl betaine). Here are the ones to avoid: sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, and parabens.
Please know that I am not an expert nor do I have all of the answers, but want to share knowledge that I feel passionately about with all of you! I hope this was informative and helpful.