Did you know there was a difference in between the commercial soaps we have grown to love are not actually considered "soap" or even have that term included on it's labels. Many of us just go to the grocery's store to pick up our favorite soap brands and never think about what's on the label. In fact, majority of the soap brands on the shelves today are considered synthetic detergents, in other words it isn't considered soap. What do you think this means in terms of your skin-health? What's traditional soap vs popular body cleansers you may be use to. In this blog today we will be exploring the topic more throughly answering all those questions I've posted above and many more.
What's considered a traditional soap vs cosmetic soaps?
According to the FDA there aren't a lot of true soaps out there and the definition of true soap is a bar of soap that just cleanses the skin. Doesn't have any additional synthetic chemicals that will alter the skin or add anything to the skin in any way. There are lots of cleansing bars, beauty bars, body washes on the market that have chemicals that are responsible for various types of skin cancers. The FDA has a clear guideline for categorizing whether its traditional, cosmetic, or drug. On the other hand FDA considers it Cosmetic if the product has any synthetic detergents, these products are always more potent smelling, bubble, or lather more. Even though these products tend to help set a mood of aromatherapy in our wash time it can also alter the skin harmfully. Some of these products have the word soap on the labels but are not considered true soap according to the FDA regulation.
What's the regulatory definition of soap?
This is a great question and to meet the FDA's definition of traditional soap the product must meet three conditions. What it's made of? In order for a product to be considered soap it must be composed of mainly "alkali salts of fatty acids" the reaction you get when you combine fats, oils, with an alkali such as lye. What ingredients cause its cleansing action? In order to fit this category the "alkali salts of fatty acids" must be the only material within the product that causes its cleansing action. If the product contains synthetic detergents its automatically considered a Cosmetic, however you are allowed to still use the word soap on the label. Last condition is How is it intended to be used? It must be labeled and marketed as just soap. If the intended purpose is to moisturize, make the body smell good, exfoliate, or deodorize the body its automatically considered a Cosmetic. Also, if the product's intended purpose is for anti-bacterial, treating/preventing diseases it's then considered a drug the product can still have soap on the label.
How to tell the difference between non-traditional soaps vs synthetic detergents?
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