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Updated: Mar 19, 2021


Here are ten very good reasons Not to use store bought soaps. If the soap on your sink or tub has any of these in its list of ingredients its NOT soap! They are more likely to be synthetic detergents

True, all natural , non- harmful bar soap for use on skin, is always made with Lye and clean vegetable oils. Salt River Soap Work's recipe is made with a high percentage of Food Grade Extra Virgin Olive Oil and the lye ratio is just right, producing a LYE FREE SOAP when fully cured. You will never see the toxic ten or any other toxic ingredients in our soap because we don't need to use it. Lye + Oils = REAL SOAP.


Household bar soap cleaners/ laundry bar soaps can be made with animal fats and are not recommended for use on skin even though they are made with Lye and generally aren't made with the toxic ten.

DID YOU KNOW SOAP COMPANIES ARE NOT REQUIRED TO DISCLOSE THEIR INGREDIENTS? Liquid soaps are required to but bar soaps, laundry soap & household cleaners are not required to list ingredients.

Think about it- When was the last time you saw and ingredient list on bleach? It is not just 1 naturally occurring substance. It is a composition of many things... All Chemicals.

Empower yourselves by learning what to look for on the ingredient label... This list is a good start.

Cocamidopropyl Betaine Cocamidopropyl betaine is a synthetic detergent and surfactant (substance that increases spreading and wetting properties) that is used to increase the foaming action of cleansing products and moderate the viscosity of liquids. As a synthetic surfactant, cocamidopropyl betaine is found in a number of personal hygiene products including hand soaps.

Butylatedhydroxy Anisole and Butylated Hydroxytoluene These synthetic antioxidants are used to extend a product’s shelf life, and are likely carcinogens, hormone disruptors and may even cause liver damage. Diethanolamine DEA is another chemical that causes Manos Soap Co. concern as it can cause liver and kidney cancer .

Dioxane Dioxane is a chemical that some think is good for the skin since it is derived from a coconut. However, Manos considers this a toxic chemical as it can adversely impact kidney, brain, and liver function.

Formaldehyde Formaldehyde is a commonly used preservative in beauty products. It is a known carcinogen that is also linked to asthma, neurotoxicity, and developmental toxicity. This toxin is present where you see the following on a product label: quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3 diol (Bronopol), and several other preservatives are listed.

Methylisothiazolinone and Methylchloroisothiazolinone These chemical preservatives are among the most common irritants, sensitizers, and causes of contact skin allergies. Parabens (methyl-, isobutyl-, propyl- and others) Parabens are a class of preservatives commonly used to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold. Parabens are endocrine (or hormone) disruptors, which may alter important hormone functions in the body. Phthalates Phthalates are a class of chemicals used in hundreds of products to increase the flexibility and softness of plastics. They are known to be endocrine disruptors and have been linked to increased risk of breast cancer, early breast development in girls, and reproductive birth defects in males and females. Polyethylene Glycol (PEG compounds) PEGs are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. Depending on manufacturing processes, PEGs may be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane, which are both carcinogens.

Retinyl Palmitate and Retinol (Vitamin A) This is a nutrient that may damage DNA and speed the growth of skin tumors when used on the skin.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS and SLES) SLS and SLES are surfactants that can cause skin irritation or trigger allergies. SLES is often contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a byproduct of a petrochemical process called ethoxylation, which is used to make other chemicals less harsh.

Synthetic Flavor or Fragrance These man-made, engineered scent or flavoring agents may contain any combination of 3,000-plus stock chemical ingredients, including hormone disruptors and allergens. Fragrance formulas are protected under federal law’s classification of trade secrets and therefore can remain undisclosed. We minimize the use of fragrance oils our soap by choosing Essential Oils and Fragrances made Essential Oils and free of the toxic 10.

Triclosan and Triclocarban These antimicrobial pesticides toxic to the aquatic environment may also impact human reproductive systems.

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