For years, I bought whatever soap and other body products looked good at the grocery store. It wasn’t until 2005 when I was bathing my children one day and looked at the ingredient list in the baby wash I’d always used (the one my Mom introduced me to) that I had an epiphany - most skincare products are filled with harmful ingredients, chemicals, and actual toxins. That epiphany led me on a journey to making my own goat milk soap. When the goat milk soap I put in the shower led to my husband’s fingertips no longer cracking, peeling, and bleeding, I knew that natural skincare was important.
Leaving behind the store-bought bath & body products we grew up with and embarking on a healthier lifestyle can take time and is a journey. If your customers are at the beginning of the journey, here are 8 reasons you can share with them to show why they should avoid most commercial products.
At Goat Milk Stuff, we recognize that it matters what you put on your skin. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and any chemicals (such as sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and others) in your skincare products can be easily absorbed into your body and lead to many short-term issues such as skin allergies as well long-term health issues ranging from hormonal problems to fertility issues to cancer. We only use essential oils and paraben and phthalate-free fragrance oils to scent our products.
As mentioned, your skin is going to absorb whatever ingredients you put on it. It's not enough to just avoid the bad ingredients. You should also use ingredients that are nourishing for your skin. Goat milk naturally contains many beneficial ingredients such as Vitamin A, alpha-hydroxy acids, and selenium which can improve the health and quality of your skin.
There is no toxic waste from natural skincare products. At Goat Milk Stuff, we use food-grade ingredients that don’t cause any harm to the environment. And the use of bar soap does not require any plastic packaging at all.
Many commercial companies still test their products on animals which can cause discomfort, pain, or even death for the animals. We will never test anything on animals because we don't need to. Our products use natural ingredients that are generally food grade and known to be safe.
Many chemical ingredients are irritating to the skin. They can cause allergic reactions and lead to exacerbating skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. While people may still have allergies to the ingredients used in natural soap, it doesn't often lead to more allergies or the worsening of allergies.
Chemical ingredients such as those made with petroleum-based products can actually clog your pores. Clogged pores (comedones) can lead to pimples, acne, and an inability of your body to detox (through sweating) and remove toxins. This can not only lead to problem skin but skin that looks older than it actually is.
I'm always amazed at the complexity the ingredient lists on many commercial skincare products such as Dove soap. Natural goat milk soap tends to be much simpler. Our unscented Purity goat milk soap is made with just four ingredients: raw goat milk; saponified natural fats, coconut oil, and sunflower oil that will maintain the skin's natural moisture with no added frills.
There is no perfect ingredient, but the more we study and learn, the more health issues are discovered with ingredients that are created in the laboratory. The use of food-grade ingredients in a bar of goat milk soap can give us peace of mind that we are doing what is best for our skin and not harming it in any way.
It’s always difficult to find products that you can trust on your own skin as well as products that you can trust to be a good product to sell to your customers. Make sure you know and can trust what is in the skincare products that you fundraise with because it’s important. Choose items only made with ingredients you can pronounce and know are safe. Goat Milk Stuff works hard to provide you, and therefore your customers, with natural skincare options that can be trusted.