Why Make Toxic Soap?
Can you image anyone setting out to make anything toxic? Many who take up the soap making craft set out to make a better bar, liquid or cream soap. But before long they find themselves with access to chemicals that the big soap makers use.
Just imagine making a beautiful bar of soap that smells like a tropical garden paradise. As I write my thoughts drift to memories of what a garden paradise might smell like, and the most pleasant floral aroma that I have ever smelled, was the smell of a Plumeria fragrance oil, it was wonderful.
Who would not love to re-create a wonderful aroma in the form of a personal care product like soap, and be able to make it yourself, that would just be the icing on the cake.
Plumeria (common name frangipanis) is a tree that grows in tropical and subtropical areas of the world. It is most widely known to be from the Hawaiian Islands, but here on the main land you will also find them growing in Florida.
If you have ever been to the Hawiian Islands you may have been greeted with a flower lei made of Plumeria flowers. The practice of presenting the beautiful Plumeria flower leis to visitors have made the Plumeria flower famous.
Not to mention that, its aroma is truly wonderful, kind of floral and fruity at the same time, it is a sensation that you would not want to miss. So it is no surprise that someone would try to mimic their enticing aroma.
How would someone go about recreating Plumeria’s, “not to be missed” aroma?
The Big Business of Aroma
Throughout time man has been trying to mimic things in nature. We especially love the beautiful smells and aromas that we find all around us in the form of flowers and plants.
We love it so much that aroma extraction and creation has become a huge market… I found one report that said even though the economy has been on a down turn, the perfume industry is doing well… this news caused me to think that for some people having a perfumed body, clothing or surroundings is up there in importance with water & food.
Personally, I find that fragrances are the most prolific addition to almost every place I go… Not only are people scented or fragranced, the air in every place I go is either deliberately or unintentionally fragranced.
If you think about the products that you use or have access to you might find that even common products that never needed to be scented before are now fragranced. For example bleach, we can now buy bleach that smells like a Fresh Spring Flower Garden.
But even things that we do not make the connection to or are not intentionally labeled as being scented, are scented. Kitchen scouring powder is one that I can think of.
I find it hard to think of anything that isn’t scented, can you think of any cleaning, or personal care products that do not contain added scents or fragrances?
The business of providing these scents and fragrances for all the products we use has become big business and is a huge industry. Many people have become wealthy from its use.
Natural or Synthetic
When it comes to scenting our products we have choices, will we go with natural scents or lab created scents?
Essential oils are concentrated liquids that have been extracted from plants. They contain the essences of the plant that they are extracted from. Essential oils can be extracted from either organic or non-organic plant matter.
Organic Essential Oils are the most costly… and in the case of some plants, the cost is prohibitive. I did a quick search for Plumeria essential oil, I found one site where 2 ounces was over $1000, just 2 ounces.
Fragrance oils are made up of many natural, and synthetic chemicals and ingredients, the perfumist has over 3000 ingredients that they can pick and choose from to create an aroma.
Fragrance oils are inexpensive initially compare to good organic essential oils, because they are not a regulated industry, and can use anything it takes to achieve their aroma profiles, and I mean anything, including cheap petrochemicals.
The reason that they are not regulated is because a Fragrance oil has the same status as a perfume, the recipe belongs to the creator, and that prevents them from having to disclose what they use. If their recipe were known others could easily recreate or in other words, steal it.
Our government protects the developer or owner of a fragrance formula by allowing them to keep it a secret, not requiring them to disclose what they use to make it.
Environmental Working Group
According to Wikipedia “The Environmental Working Group specializes in research and advocacy in the areas of toxic chemicals, agricultural subsidies, public land and corporate accountability”.
EWG maintains a large online database of safety profiles for cosmetics and personal care products called, EWG’s Skin Deep
Using EWG’s Skin Deep Site
Over the years, I have enjoyed being able to look up products that I use or consider using to evaluate what their impact may be. One of the most significant things that I have learned is that products that use fragrance oils have the highest toxic levels, and when the ingredients are broken down, the fragrance oils in the product is the reason that the product gets a high toxic rating.
If you have not used it before, please take a look and check out some of your personal care products at the EWG’s Skin Deep Website.
Why Not Learn to Make Non-Toxic Soap?
You may not be able to make everything you use, but you can learn to make non-toxic soaps. The difference between making toxic and non-toxic soaps could be as simple as leaving out fragrance oils.
I have done both, made soaps with toxic fragrance chemicals, and made them without. For a time I used only essential oils, but found that I could not afford to buy good organic oils for making large quantities of soap, now I only make unscented soaps.
Scented or Unscented Soap
So a question comes to mind, do we really need scented soaps? If you consider the different products that we use daily that are scented do we really need another scented product? For example, if you used scented deodorant, shampoo, and conditioner. Then wear clothes washed in scented laundry soap & rinsed with scented fabric softener, along with your favorite perfume, you would already be scented with 6 different products, do we really need to use a scented soap?
Making your own anything is a personal preference, and soap is no different, so I will leave it up to you, I won’t judge you if you decide to scent your soaps, but my hope is that you will choose to scent them naturally.
Making Handmade Soap Post Series
If you would like to learn to make handmade soap, follow me for the next few months as I show you step by step how to make natural non-toxic soaps from scratch. This tutorial will cover everything you need to know to make your own handmade cold process bar soap, hot process bar soap (never got this one done), and liquid soap.
Posts In The Series
- Making Handmade Soap – Soap What Is It?
- Making Handmade Soap – How To Make Toxic Soap
- Making Handmade Soap – Terms & Definitions
- Making Handmade Soap – Safety
- Making Handmade Soap – Equipment
- Making Handmade Soap – Supplies
- Making Handmade Soap – Recipes
- Making Handmade Soap – Cold Process
- Making Handmade Soap – Liquid Soap
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- EWG’s Skin Deep
- Artisan Aromatics
- All Things Fragipanis – About
- History of The Hawiian Flower Lei
- A Short Guide to Extraction Techniques
- Wikipedia The Environmental Working Group
- The Economic Times Untouched by Economic Slump
- Toxic Perfume Chemicals Linked to Cancer, Sperm Damage