Soap – carries a health warning!


You might think that Soap, one of the most widely used and recommended things to keep you safe at home, would be safe to use. Sadly due to modern developments in terms of chemicals, the old favourite soap is now worthy of carrying it’s own health warning. So why has it become so much of a threat?

As we have seen in our consumer driven society we want, or so we are told, products that feel nicer, foam better, smell nicer etc and sadly simple old fashioned soap is one of the casualties. The reason chemicals are added to soap is to make them perform better, to have a longer lasting creamier lather that feels nice. Sadly the main chemical added is called Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and its close relative Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) both are very effective surfactants and foaming agents but they are derived from Sulphuric acid and often contain dioxane a known carcinogen. Both irritate the skin and unfortunately are absorbed by the skin and SLES cannot be processed by the liver and hence stays in the body long term.

We have seen reports of 80 products that contain sodium lauryl sulphate sometimes in very high concentrations that are described as “highly irritating and dangerous“.

So why is a dangerous chemical like sodium lauryl sulfate used in our soaps and shampoos?

The answer is simple – it is cheap. The sodium lauryl sulfate found in our soaps is exactly the same as you would find in a car wash or even a garage, where it is used to degrease car engines.

In the same way as it dissolves the grease on car engines, sodium lauryl sulfate also dissolves the oils on your skin, which can cause a drying effect. It is also well documented that it denatures skin proteins, which causes not only irritation, but also allows environmental contaminants easier access to the lower, sensitive layers of the skin.

Perhaps most worryingly, SLS is also absorbed into the body from skin application. Once it has been absorbed, one of the main effects of sodium lauryl sulfate is to mimic the activity of the hormone Oestrogen. This has many health implications and may be responsible for a variety of health problems from PMS and Menopausal symptoms to dropping male fertility and increasing female cancers such as breast cancer, where oestrogen levels are known to be involved.

Products commonly found to contains Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or SLES

  • Soaps
  • Shampoos
  • Bubble-baths
  • Tooth paste
  • Washing-up liquid / dish soap
  • Laundry detergent
  • Childrens soaps / shampoos
  • Stain Remover
  • Carpet Cleaner
  • Fabric glue
  • Body wash
  • Shave cream
  • Mascara
  • Mouthwash
  • Skin cleanser
  • Moisture lotion / Moisturiser
  • Sun Cream


Liquid castile soap is a name used in English-speaking countries for soap made exclusively from vegetable oil (as opposed to animal fat). So is ecosoapia. It has an organic vegan formulation and its great for sensitive skin.


Ecosoapia organic liquid castile soap We are pretty sure you won’t find a more feel-good hand and body wash than Ecosoapia organic castile liquid soaps. They won’t strip your skin of moisture, plus they are organic and have the Soil Association seal of approval.

Ecosoapia is super organic, smells amazing. Keep green and clean with these soapy treats. They are totally organic, look gorgeous and contain no nasties.

Ecosoapia organic castile liquid soap will appeal to ethical beauty junkies.

Ecosoapia organic liquid soap comes in cute bottle that fits to every bathroom.

Ecosoapia has been awarded both the Chemical Consumer Award and Consumer Award from Allergy UK which is especially important for all those allergy sufferers.

Author: Steven Chasen

Here at Eco Hip we have a simple philosophyTo offer you the best natural products around, so that you can maintain a chemical-free home, body and spirit.For 15 years we have been striving to give people the opportunity to enjoy and benefit from this lifestyle, using our knowledge and experience to guide you through the process from start to finish. We believe that there is a complete synergy between what is best for you and what is best for the environment.Do you ever stop and think about what goes into the products that we use on a daily basis?Did you know that everyday products such as toiletries and cosmetics are filled with harmful petro-chemicals, parabens, GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms), DEAs, MEAs, TEAs, artificial colours, fragrances and fillers. The list goes on…Why aren’t there stricter regulations concerning these products?Are the waste products of industry being dumped and sold in our personal care and cleaning products?Who is stopping this and telling it how it is?We feel that we have a responsibility to both our customers and to the world around us to ask ourselves these questions every day. That is why we only sell the most responsible and sustainable products.Responsibility to ourselves – All our products are free of toxic chemicals wherever possible and endorsed by Ecocert and the Soil Association.Responsibility to others – We promote Fairtrade produce to stop exploitation and benefit those communities.Responsibility to local communities – We use local suppliers and products wherever possible in order to support the local economy and reduce our carbon footprintResponsibility to the environment – All our products use minimal packaging and recyclable materials. Responsibility to the future – We use sustainable materials and ingredients wherever possible.Responsibility to animals – We do not use any products that have animal ingredients or are tested on animals. Our products are certified as cruelty-free and are endorsed by BUAV and PETA.There doesn’t have to be a trade off between affordability and healthy living either. The choices we make now will impact our future, and we want to ensure that the investments you make now will save you money in the long-term.Sustainability doesn’t just have to connote the environment, but your own household too.In the age of information overload that we live in, we know that shopping online can sometimes be overwhelming, so we carefully source our products, selecting only the highest quality ingredients and most innovative designs, so that you don’t have to.Ecohip is more than just another online shopping website. The Ecohip mindset is all about challenging conventional thinking and finding a new way of looking at the world, believing that smalls steps can gradually add up to make a big difference.

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