Most of us are aware of the tried and true soap that graces many a shower and soap dish. I know my Mother drilled into my head that it was the only soap I should ever buy. Known Antibacterial soap shall remain nameless. But here are the ingredients that I cut, copied and pasted directly from said soaps website.
Active Ingredient – Triclocarban 0.30%
Inactive Ingredients: Soap [Sodium Tallowate* · Sodium Palmate* · Sodium Cocoate* · Sodium Palm Kernelate*] · Aqua (Water, Eau) · Talc · Coconut Acid* · Palm Acid* · Palm Kernel Acid* · Tallow Acid*· PEG-6 Methyl Ether · Parfum (Fragrance) · Glycerin · Sorbitol · Sodium Chloride · Pentasodium Pentetate · Tetrasodium Etidronate · CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide) · Butylphenyl Methylpropianol · Benzyl Alcohol · Citronellol · Coumarin · Eugenol · Hexyl Cinnamal · Linalool *Contains One Or More Of These Ingredients
Woo, wait a minute, what is the active ingredient? Triclocarban
“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a final rule establishing that over-the-counter (OTC) consumer antiseptic wash products containing certain active ingredients can no longer be marketed. Companies will no longer be able to market antibacterial washes with these ingredients because manufacturers did not demonstrate that the ingredients are both safe for long-term daily use and more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of certain infections.” From <https://www.fda.gov/newsevents/newsroom/pressannouncements/ucm517478.htm>
Enough said let’s just bypass that and go to the ‘Inactive Ingredients’.
Sodium Tallowate (Tallow Acid): …..“ is a true soap made by combining the fatty tissue (or tallow) of animals, such as cattle and sheep, with lye, typically sodium hydroxide [source: Cavitch]. When the fatty acid combines with the lye (the alkali in this instance), it saponifies or is turned into soap. From <https://www.google.com/search?q=Sodium+Tallowate&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8>
Oh, my goodness, I never knew that DXXL had tallow in it, did you?
Sodium palmate is synthesized by reacting palm oil with sodium hydroxide. This process is called saponification. Saponification is a process that produces soap, usually from fats and lye. Saponification occurs when a fatty acid reacts with an alkali. Palm oil is the fatty acid and sodium hydroxide is the alkali. From <https://www.google.com/search?q=Sodium+Tallowate&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8#q=sodium+palmate>
Ok, time for a mini Saponification lesson.
1 + 1 = 0? The Act of mixing Vegetable oil / Animal Oil + lye water =
No Lye Saponified!
If you want ‘Soap’ you must have lye. Even the makers of DXXL use it. But, in the finished product, all the lye will have gone through a chemical process with the fatty acids. The End result is……………… no lye, just Soap.
Any good soap artist will test their soaps before selling or giving them away.
Ok, this is getting long, so let’s hurry along.
Sodium Palmate (Palm Acid): Palm oil
Sodium Cocoate (Coconut Acid): Saponified Coconut oil (Coconut oil and lye)
Sodium Palm Kernelate (Palm Kernel Acid): Saponified Palm kernel oil (Palm kernel oil and lye)
Aqua (Water): H2O Soap makers, commercial or otherwise, dissolve the lye in water before adding to the oils.
Talc or talcum is a clay mineral composed of hydrated magnesium silicate. It helps give the soap some slip.
PEG-6 Methyl Ether: Also known as Dimethicone. It is a polyethylene glycol ether of Methyl Alcohol
Glycerin · Sorbitol · Sodium Chloride · Pentasodium Pentetate · Tetrasodium Etidronate · CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide) · Butylphenyl Methylpropianol · Benzyl Alcohol · Citronellol · Coumarin · Eugenol · Hexyl Cinnamal · Linalool
Ok, I think you got the idea.
Soap Artisans have a tremendous number of goodies they can put in their soaps. There are hundreds of oils, butter’s, milk’s, clays, essential oils and fragrances to choose from. And it does not stop there. Herbs, waxes, salts, resins, exfoliants, infusions, hydrosols, fruits, eggs, coffee, beer, honey, silk, ……………………. I’m sure I forgot something.
My very first soap batch was very simple. The ingredients were; Water, Coconut oil, Palm Oil, Olive oil, and lye. No colors or scent. The end result was; Sodium Cocoate, Sodium Olivate, and Sodium Palmate. I will tell you though, you can’t make just one batch. As with any artist, their art is addictive.
A typical batch I make now has; Water Aqua, Coconut Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Olive Pomace Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Rice Bran Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Palm Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Lye (NaOH) Sodium Hydroxide, Castor Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Kokum Butter Indica Seed Garcinia Butter, Shea Butter Hydrogenated Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Palm Kernel Flakes Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Kernel Oil, Sodium Lactate, Kaolin White Clay, Sugar and Silk protein.
If you are looking for an antibacterial soap, Tea Tree Oil and some others make wonderful natural antibacterials. A wonderful article on antibacterial soap was written by Katie from Wellness Momma.
I learned a lot today about that unnamed soap that I used for 50 some years. I will never go back. Hand crafted soap, try It you’ll like it.