Why Conventional Soap Sucks

October 11, 2010By 19 Comments

Conventional soap is full of nasty crap that you don’t want on your skin—trust me. I’m just gonna break it on down…

  1. Conventional soaps contain Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (foaming agent) = evil ingredient/suspected carcinogen
  2. They are basically detergent bars made with petroleum (aka crude oil) products—yuck!
  3. Those strong unnatural fragrances (read: chemicals) they add are inTOXICating…
  4. Who wants to bathe with animal fat anyway? (think: Fight Club) I much prefer plant oils (like olive and coconut), thank you.
  5. Why support companies that test on animals when you can go the cruelty-free route?

Seriously, doesn’t your skin deserve better?

Here are a few vegan, cruelty-free soap companies that I highly recommend:

Strawberry Hedgehog – Check out the Candy Corn and Pumpkin Spice soaps, people! 🙂

Dr. Bronner’s Soaps – LOVE their peppermint liquid soap; I use it every day! It’s the ultimate tingly, minty fresh maker!

Herbaria – The French Lavender bar is amah-zing.

Maui Soap Company – Try the Lime Litsea soap. This one is great for the kitchen sink.

Maui Tropical Soaps – My fave is Coconut Mango; it’s a fruity tropical delight.

Hawaiian Bath & Body Soaps – Try the Mango-Papaya soap… smells insanely delicious (I dare you not to eat it)!

Kalliste Soaps -The only place I know that has wine-scented soaps.

Mountain Girl Soap – Highly recommend the Rosemary Mint Bar – earthy & divine!

Nothing beats natural soap that’s 100% handcrafted, made in small batches, fresh, chemical-free, cruelty-free and vegan.

What are some of your favorite vegan bars of soap?

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  1. Tim Hordo says:

    Great summary Sunny, and I agree, why bathe in animal fat and petrochemicals when you can use plant-based alternatives? Hard to believe what we used to do before we knew better, just in the name of price and convenience. Thankfully now price and convenience can be found in the vegan/cruelty-free world 🙂

  2. Brigid says:

    Of course I have to say I love my own soaps! I own Kilted Suds, a small, family run operation making artisan bath and body products. I’ve successfully converted most of my friends and family to natural and vegan soaps! Woohoo!! Saving the planet and the skin of the world one dirty person at a time 🙂

  3. Simon says:

    I’m glad you mentioned Sodium Lauryl Sulphate. I’m sure that toothpastes that contained that ingredient used to give me mouth ulcers. I don’t get any now I’m using more natural products.

    Just to add to your list – In the UK there’s a great company for soap called Faith in Nature. They specialize in vegan and cruelty free products.

  4. Brittany says:

    I want to say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading your article about the nasties in soap and I can relate whole heartedly with most of your points. The one I am still looking to understand is why it is such a bad idea to use the waste from an animal in the soap making process. I understand your position on eating vegan…and I am about 2 pieces of gristle away from joining you, however, I never could quite understand why using animal fats on your body would be so bad. I come from the belief that an animal should be treated humanely at all costs, this is why I support grass fed beef companies first off. They allow the animal to live the way nature intended them too. And the grass fed tallow that is derived from them, is also chock full of nutrients. If people in this world will continue to butcher animals and there is almost nothing we can do about it, don’t you think it would be a great idea to at least use all of the parts of an animal and not let anything go to waste? Please believe me when I say that I am not at all trying to start an argument or offend you in any way, what I am trying to do is inquire to see your side of things. I hope you can appreciate the engagement. I look forward to hearing from you and wish you continued success on your blog. Take care!

  5. Thank you so much – I have been searching for someone to break down what the difference is between vegan and conventional soap/body butters/lotions. I have a lot of customers who are introducing vegan lines these days and so I was wondering what the big deal/difference was between the two. Definitely good to know! I will definitely be checking some of these out myself.

  6. Vannie Crow says:

    I cant use convential foe the life of me. I struggled even before being aware of animal testing. Too drying and itchy.rainwater botanicals on etsy has my favourite body bars. The almond scent is so seductive.

  7. Rhino says:

    Check out my shop http://www.rhinosemporium.com Almost all of my soaps are vegan and All of my soaps are palm free.

  8. Tal says:

    Hi! Great blog. Been on the search for a good soap but am coming across with one more thing to consider, even in vegan and non-animal-tested soaps: use of palm oil and palm oil-derived ingredients. High demands for palm oil are causing rainforest destuction and threatening the orangutan populations, as they are being outright killed and their habitat is being destroyed.
    A few sites about it:

    Please consider adding to your “Ingredients to avoid when shopping for cosmetics and skin care” list at the right-hand side of your website.
    Thanks 🙂

    • Gary says:

      You are right, Tal. Palm plantations are created by destroying rainforests. That’s why we are committed to NEVER use it in our soaps. While it is cheaper than the oils we use we believe that one of the keys to ensuring the best climate is to plant trees not destroy them. That’s why we donate $1 from every purchase to American Forests to plant one tree.

  9. tina says:

    I just bought trader joes soap- 2 bar pack for $1.99 or something like that. Maybe cheaper. Not sure if it is vegan but it is supposed to be all natural.

    Here are the ingredients: Sodium Palmate, Sodium palm kernelate, water, glycerin, essence of oatmeal, oatmeal flakes, honey, sodium chloride, pentasodium pentatate.

  10. Andrea says:

    I Want to use natural soap; but I have two things I am worried about right now in buying natural soap. The biggest is the extra expense, right now I pay less than $5 for 12 bars of soap and I don’t like the liquid as I use too much of it and it ends up being even more expensive. If anyone has some ideas please respond I really don’t want to have to use the toxic garbage to wash my skin anymore.Thanks so much for any helpful ideas, I am also in need of ideas for cheap natural refills for handsoap mine is $4 a gallon.

    1. It is expensive
    2. I am afraid it won’t work as well and I will smell bad or have to use twice as much.

  11. Is Toms Deodorant Soap vegan? How about their toothpastes?



  12. I love papaya soap, it’s perfect for my skin and gives me really good results!

  13. Anne says:

    Hi! New reader here 🙂 Glad to have found this blog. I’m not sure if this is 100% vegan but I really love Sultana of Soap from Lush. It smells wonderful!

    Thank you for the links. I will be checking them out 😀

  14. Juliana says:

    Probably snow fairy and rock star, but I love of them!

  15. Juliana says:

    Lush and Dr. Bronner!

  16. Abby says:

    I’m a fan of Veganu; it smells nice & doesn’t break the bank.

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