Do you ever wonder what ingredient is in the hand wash?
We wash our hands every day. It is even more crucial to wash our hands often with this COVID 19 Pamdemid right now. As washing hands often become our daily routine, I felt my hands become very dry recently and I start to investigate whats the main ingredients are in the hand wash. Do you ever notice of what ingredients they usually put on our daily hand wash?
Aqua, Sodium C12-13 Pareth Sulfate (*A) / Sodium Laureth Sulfate (*B), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lactic Acid, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Cocamide MEA, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Parfum, Sodium Salicylate, Sodium Benzoate, Glycol Distearate, Sodium Hydroxide, Polyquaternium-7, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Laureth-4, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, CI 42090, CI 47005, *A/B: see production code
I was surprised to see so many of the above chemicals are in the hand wash and some are even harmful to our health for long-term use.
Tetrasodium EDTA- The Cosmetic Safety Database rates the hazard of the ingredient at a low “2,” with a low overall health hazard, and EDTA has not been found to cause cancer in laboratory animals.
In addition to the formaldehyde thing, however—which makes me uncomfortable—this ingredient may also contain dangerous levels of dioxane, a by-product of manufacturing that is also carcinogenic. There have been some case reports of sensitive individuals developing eczema after using a cream with tetrasodium EDTA, and it’s known to be a potent eye irritant. It can also be slow to degrade, making it a poor choice for environmental health. Butylphenyl methylpropional- is a known dermal and respiratory irritant, and can also be harmful to developing fetuses exposed through their mother's use of products containing the chemical.
Hexyl Cinnamal -. The ingredient is known to cause contact allergy, which means that it can cause an allergic reaction to your skin.
The list just goes on and on so I have decided to say "NO" to it and I start looking for a natural alternative and found castile soap to be a choice to use. What is castile soap?
Castile soap is a non-toxic, biodegradable soap traditionally made from olive oil, though sometimes it is crafted with hemp, avocado, or coconut oil as well. It lathers and cleans just like “normal” soap but without all the toxic chemicals.
Castile soap is most likely the closest relative to the very first soap ever made. Do you know the ancient beauty queen, Cleopatra, demanded a better way to bathe, so her people created soap using oil from plants.
Castile soap is an amazingly versatile vegetable-based soap that’s made free of animal fats and synthetic ingredients. This natural, non-toxic, biodegradable soap is available in bar or liquid form.
Castile soap was made in the Mediterranean area before its use spread to Europe. Traditionally, castile soap was made of olive oil. It gets its name from the Castile region of Spain.
Castile soap is an exciting product since it’s not only environmentally friendly but also incredibly useful and effective for certain purposes. You can use it on your body, to clean your house, and even on pets.
Now I would wonder is Castile soap enough to kill all the germs and bacterial just like any other chemical hand soap does? After I have done my research yes it does. Castile soap is considered a disinfectant and is not antibacterial. To be considered antibacterial, a solution must kill 99.9% of germs. To be a disinfectant, a solution must kill 99% of germs. Adding essential oil such as tea tree, thyme, lavender which is a natural antibacterial oil, can help make your solution antibacterial,. There are lots of DIY recipes out there that would suggest diluted with water but unfortunately, I often found it becomes very watery and my skin becomes very dry. You may also notice the Castile soap settles at the bottom of your soap dispenser, causing your DIY liquid hand soap to separate. It's a hassle to shake your bottle everytime to use it.
Here's how I make my all-natural hand wash :
First - Pour into 150ml of natural castile soap into the beaker
Second- Pour into 44ml of Glycerin
Last - Put 20 drops of Fresh Essential oil then altogether into glass dispenser and ready to use.
Regarding the ingredient: What is Glycerin?
Vegetable Glycerin is made by heating triglyceride-rich vegetable fat - such as palm, soy, and coconut oil - under pressure or together with a strong alkali, such as lye. It can provide health benefits, ranging from skin health to better hydration. You can get this natural glycerin from any health store and a fair price.
Fresh Essential Oil