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What's In Your Commercial Soap?

Many "soaps" you buy in the store aren't even soap at all! Their labels state "beauty" or "bath" bar. With labels like this, you can be sure that what you're using isn't really soap. It may be a mixture of soap and synthetic cleansing products ... or completely manufactured with chemicals and synthetics detergents!

Because of this, corporate "soapmaking" seems to be full of ingredients we've never even heard of...and can't even pronounce. Here are some of the ingredients you might find in your commercially produced soaps:

Propylene Glycol
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Trienthanolamine
Tetrasodium Etidronate
Pentasodium Penetate

These are all synthetics and chemicals used to create many of the "soaps" you buy every day. What is their purpose? Anything from creating lather to making the product you buy look like genuine soap.

In corporate soapmaking the most important ingredient -- glycerin, which moisturizes the skin and leaves it soft an supple -- is stripped and sold to the cosmetics companies for use in lotions and moisturizers.

Remember...just because it looks like soap doesn't necessarily mean it is genuine soap!

What's In Our Soap?

Contrary to what many people believe, there is no lye in soap; but there must be lye in the initial process of making soap. Lye is used to facilitate a reaction within soapcrafter's oils called saponification. It is that process which causes soap to be created. By the time the soap is cured and packaged, there is no trace of the lye in the beautiful bar you bring home.

The soapbase from Northern Scentsations is a vegetable glycerin soap. That means, there are no animal products used during the soapmaking process. Believe it or not, there are animal products (fats and waste fats) in many of your soaps...and the manufacturers aren't required to tell you! Rest assured, there is no tallow or tallowate in our soaps.

So what is in Northern Scentsations' soaps, anyway?

It's simple! We use lye, distilled water, a variety of natural, vegetable oils (like coconut, palm and castor oils), sugar, color and fragrance. That's all...no hidden materials or ingredients you can't even pronounce.