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What Is Really In Bathsoap
According to the FDA, “the bulk of the nonvolatile matter in the product consists of an alkali salt of fatty acids and the product's detergent properties are due to the alkali-fatty acid compounds, and the product is labeled, sold, and represented solely as soap.” Irrespective of what companies brand their products today, soap or otherwise, soap is only made up of fats and alkali. If we go by this definition, not many products out today will actually qualify as soap.
Do you know that soap is regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and not FDA, and also, they don’t need to list out their ingredients? Most products that we buy today thinking they are soap are actually detergents, and regulated by the FDA. They are called detergents because they probably have additional ingredients, make suds in water and do not develop gummy deposits. Therefore, even if they’re labeled as soaps, they aren’t really!
All cleansing products, including moisturizers, are a cosmetic claim and the product is not soap, according to the FDA. If a product claims to have perfume or deodorant properties, or probably if it is also antiperspirant, or anti-bacterial, or acne-aid, it is a drug and all the product ingredients must be listed! Soap is in a different category and products that meet the definition of soap are excluded from the FD&C Act since while Section 201(i) (1) of the act does include "articles for cleansing" in cosmetics definition, Section 201(i) (2) excludes soap from the definition of cosmetics! This means not many products are actually soap, according to the FDA classifications but are instead, beauty or cosmetic products.
This means most products that you bought thinking they are soaps are probably beauty bars, or bathing bars, not real soap. Companies do this to ensure customers don’t understand the difference and sell both soap and bathing bars at the same price tag. In other words, they are detergents and may have a different purpose than that of soap, and include other synthetic ingredients. They’re probably misusing the term “soap” because soap is not really regulated and placed above regulation standards!
FDA defines, “cosmetic as an article intended to be used on the body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance.” This means, any other product that’s intended for beautifying or treating purpose, is NOT soap but a cosmetic. What’s in the definition, you may ask? While soaps and detergents perform the same function, soaps are milder and work only in soft water. In hard water, it reacts with the calcium and that’s why you see the scum in your bathtub! While that’s not a problem for individuals who don’t use bathtub, it is still a problem because, soaps are milder and detergent is not. According to Australian Soap, your skin will tend to be smooth and moisturized with natural soap as opposite to dried and elderly with detergents. Are you looking at using anti-aging products before you cross 35 or 40? Ask for soaps and buy one, to ensure your skin is supple and clean, without the harmful synthetic ingredient aftermath!