KLERIFYING FACT: If you checked the ingredients on a regular bottle of shampoo or soap, you'd see a long list of harmful, and sometime even toxic, chemicals.
Marketing campaigns make us feel that an expensive shampoo or anti-bacterial bottle of soap is essential to keeping clean. But these bottles of cleanliness can contain a long list of harmful chemicals. Some of these toxins include sodium laureth sulphate, methylisothiazolinone, and triclosan, as well as various parabens, petrochemicals, and ureas.
One of the most common antibacterial ingredients in soap is triclosan and resembles the plastic additive bisphenol A (BPA) as well as dioxins. It poses a risk to our health and is linked to allergies, breast cancer, and endocrine disruption.
Other antibacterial ingredients include triclosan and methylisothiazolinone (MIT), which is chemically similar to Agent Orange--a nerve agent used in the Vietnam War--and linked to nerve cell death!
If that all doesn't make you feel dirty, here are some more reasons to switch it up and swap your bottle for a bar.
Reason 1: A whole lot of garbage
Currently, about NINE MILLION TONS of plastic gets thrown into the ocean annually, which breaks down to one garbage truck full of plastic dumped into the sea EVERY MINUTE. Shame on us.
So we all need to start reducing how often we purchase plastic. Shampoo and soap bars cut out the need for plastic bottles, and most come wrapped in recycled paper or in paper boxes. Since these little pucks don’t require packaging, they are much better for the environment than their bottled counterparts.
If you can't find a bar, then try shopping in the bulk section of your grocery store, and bring your own re-useable bottle. You'll save money, too. (Which you can spend in an actual bar, if you want.)
Reason 2: Why pay for water?
By far the cheapest and easiest way to keep clean is to wash thoroughly with a traditional soap and water. Most shampoos are 80% water and conditioners can be even more—up to 95% water. Why pay for water when you can add it in yourself? Shampoo bars are mega-concentrated and generally last longer than bottled versions. On average, a shampoo bar will outlast two to three bottles of liquid shampoo, so you save money and extra trips to the store.
Reason 3: Animals in your shampoo? Yep.
Check your labels: Lots of soaps and shampoos contain stearic acid (derived from the fatty acids of animals and plants) and sodium tallowate (a combination of lye and animal fat).
From an animal cruelty perspective, some of the toxic chemicals building up in the water due to soap has proven to cause birth defects and liver damage in wildlife. As if that wasn't bad enough, these toxins are tested on animals as well.
If you think it hurts getting soap in your eyes, imagine how painful it is to be restrained while experimental substances are injected into you.
Get thee to a bar, you clean-living fool!
Klerify Shopping Guide for Eco-Friendly Soaps and Shampoos
You know the drill: buy Organic, Regenerative Organic, and Fair Trade or other responsibly labelled products when you can.
Green brands: Garnier, Syoss, Feel Good; Dial
Yellow brands: Johnson & Johnson, Herbal Essences, Pantene; Softsoap, Dove, Jergens, Method
Red brands: Head & Shoulders, Natu, 365 Everyday Value Shampoo